Wearing an Afro is a beautiful way to showcase natural hair. Afros are a versatile style that can be worn full and flowing or sleek and bobbed. Regardless of the style preference, it is always important to know how to maintain a natural Afro so that it is conditioned and healthy. Incorporating a few hairdressing regimens into your hair-care routine will make all the difference when it comes to having a soft and conditioned Afro.
Find the right shampoo. For any natural hairstyle, the right shampoo can make all the difference in maintaining soft hair. Many shampoos have ingredients that strip the hair of its natural oils or dry the hair out because of an alcohol base. Washing your hair with a shampoo that is free of alcohol and doubles as a moisturizer or conditioner helps. Product lines such as Motions and Carol's Daughter are excellent choices for natural hair care.
Use a conditioner. Applying a deep conditioner will trap moisture in the hair. Apply a dime- to quarter-sized amount of conditioner to the palm. Rub the palms together and massage the conditioner into the hair and scalp. Let the conditioner set for several minutes before rinsing out thoroughly.
Dry your hair. With natural Afros, it is best to towel-dry the hair instead of combing it through. You can also use a blow-dryer on a low, cool setting, or let your hair air-dry. Hold the blow-dryer away from the hair so it does not put too much heat on the hair. Minimizing the amount of heat will ensure that the Afro stays soft and conditioned.
Style the hair. To complete a soft, styled Afro, you will need to lightly finger-comb or pick the hair. Follow up the picking with the application of a moisturizing oil or sheen. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Hair Creme is an excellent product to use after styling your Afro. It contains sweet almond oil and olive fruit oils.