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Natural hair and proud: how to perfect the afro look

27 June 2017
Stylist cutting short Afro hair in salon
Nicole Vince

Nicole Vince

Hair journalist

Nicole is a hair and beauty journalist with a particular fondness for the latest bright hair colours. There isn't a hair trend or tip unobserved by Nicole.

You’re not alone if you’ve always dreamed of loving your ‘fro au naturel, but can’t seem to accept your curls in their entirely natural state. But with the expert advice of Céline Marquet-Gonzales, French hair expert for Mizani, you might just feel equipped to do so. “With the right products and techniques, you can feel proud to sport your natural curls in all their glory,” Céline urges.

 

Woman with curly hair styled side ways

Arm yourself with natural – yet effective – products 

Chemical-free natural products are by no means ineffective. “If you want to leave your ‘fro untampered with, opt for products that are teeming with rich oils that can define your natural curls, all the while providing deep hydration,” Céline explains. 

The True Textures range by Mizani does exactly this. It’s packed with coconut, olive and marula oil, softly re-sculpting, hydrating and nourishing your curls. If you want to leave your tresses in their natural state, it is especially important to use the range’s co-wash, the Cream Cleansing Conditioner, as well as their Style Refresher Milk, which tames frizz up to 24 hours after application.”

 

Woman with Afro Hair

Use the right technique

Along with selecting adapted products, it’s also necessary to dry your ‘fro in the correct way, in order to beautify your natural curls. “One of the most effective ways to naturally define your curls is the Wash N’ Go technique – as long as you do it right!” Céline reveals. “Many feel that it is ineffective, but as long as you are patient, it can work.”

Once you’ve applied all of your products (including your leave-in treatment), make sure that you leave your hair soaking wet, in order to lock in all the moisture. Then, use a silk scarf or microfibre wrap and create a pineapple with all of your hair on top of your head. 

 

This is the important part: it is essential that you do not take your hair down until it is completely dry, otherwise it will begin to frizz. You can use your fingers to rearrange your kinks, but generally, the more you touch, the more you frizz!

Nicole Vince Hair journalist

Woman with a short Afro tied up in a semi-bun

Style it naturally

Jazzing things up once in a while doesn’t mean that you lose your "naturalista" title.  If you want to show off your natural curls but occasionally have some variation, opt for a style such as pigtails or a pony. You’ll feel that you’ve changed things up, all the while remaining true to your natural roots. 

When styling your natural ‘fro, make sure to use a product to tame those lingering rebellious strands, such as Mizani Edge Taming Gel. You’ll never think twice about allowing to let your natural curls shine through again! 

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