How to get the perfect Afro Puff with Miriam Maulana
For the ultimate collection of braid styles for African women, here’s all the inspiration you need…
If you’ve gone natural, believe it or not, you don’t have to place the classic afro on a pedestal as the ultimate style goal. The afro is timeless, of course, but you can put a contemporary twist on it to make it more memorable and – more importantly – more reflective of your personality.
Here are five “New Afro” styles to take to your stylist when you’re ready to shake things up. And don’t forget, you can find your closest salon and knowledgeable hair professionals with our handy Salon Locator tool.
The afro has loads of shaping versatility that tends to be forgotten. Instead of going for a perfectly round cut, where the hair framing your face is all the same length, go asymmetrical. Clip your fro short on the sides and keep the curls piled on top of your head. It’s cooler for summer months too.
The past year has been a big one for embracing new colours. You can choose organic shades like honey, or go far out with metallics and blinding bright pigments, like purple. Remember, a visit to a stylist will help you get the dye job right, and provide you with advice on how to best prolong its life.
An afro doesn’t have to be a uniform cloud floating around your head. Keep the afro fluffiness, but part it unevenly with your fingers or a comb. A deep side parting creates an interesting asymmetrical look that keeps things edgy and a little unconventional.
This one is about shaping as well – breaking away from a uniform afro look. Like a traditional straight-hair bob, the afro bob cuts dramatically in line with your jawbone. For women with heavier curls and coils, this is one distinctive style to definitely ask your stylist about.
Afros aren’t reserved for women with long hair. The short afro – and sometimes very short afro – has won admirers whenever its appeared on the red carpet in recent years, rocked by rising stars and entertainment industry veterans alike. Try it yourself for some daring celeb spirit.
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