How To Grow An Afro
09 March 2018
Right, you’ve committed to growing an afro. But how exactly do you go about it?
The first thing to do when growing an afro is to regulate your expectations. You’re not going to sprout a perfect
fro overnight and look like you time-travelled from the 70s. Your hair will have to grow out to medium length first, at
least. If you have African hair, this requires patience – and a lot of nourishing care.
Obviously, you’ve binned the relaxers by now if you’ve decided to go natural, but you’ll need to restock
your bathroom cabinet with lightweight products that moisturise and strengthen your hair. As already mentioned, the key
feature of an afro is length, and dry hair is prone to breaking off before it reaches that point.
Use light moisturising products
Many afro enthusiasts swear by the application of treatments using natural oils and other ingredients. If you like the idea
of using organic products over chemicals, but are still wary of hearsay solutions that seem different in every article
you read, haircare brand Mizani has you covered.
Mizani True Textures is a salon-exclusive range specially developed for curls, coils and waves. It comes with a scientific
stamp of approval, but formulations are also infused with natural marula oil, olive oil and coconut oil for optimised moisturisation
and manageability. Also, nothing in the range contains drying parabens.
True Textures is a complete care routine for your afro. The different products take you through the stages of gentle cleansing,
conditioning, and weekly application of a moisture-replenishing mask. There are even lightweight styling products with
the same Curl Care Complex Technology included in the rest of the True Textures range, so your fro enjoys the dual benefits
of frizz-free control and intense nourishment.
Practice regular grooming
Hand in hand with a regular care routine for your afro is the need for grooming. Brushing is essential to avoid tangles,
but use your fingers instead of a comb (if you want a fluffier fro, at least), and don’t start brushing from the
scalp. Begin at the middle of your hair strands and direct your attention back towards the roots. And don’t forget
to use protective styling and wraps at night to avoid knots, breakage and general crushing of your curls.
Finally, it may sound counter-productive to cut your hair if you want to grow it, but regular trims will help your hair
grow out consistently, and remove brittle, split ends. You may choose to trim at home, but it’s a good idea to visit
your stylist at first so you can take advantage of their expert knowledge and styling skills. Plus, popping into
your nearest salon
is a great opportunity to pick up the Mizani True Textures products you’ll need on your afro adventure.
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