Curly afros are often associated with free bohemian spirits who are creative and have fun. The word “afro” is short for African-American, since the natural style became popular among African-American youth in the 1960s. It has since resurged as a popular style. With a little work and some hair products, those with short, curly hair can create a beautiful curly afro. Those with straight hair will have to use more hair products and heat to create the look.

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Wash hair with a curl-enhancing or -activating shampoo. Curl enhancing shampoos encourage natural curls to stand out from the scalp. Do not condition your hair, as some conditioners weigh hair down, which is not conducive to creating a curly bohemian afro.

Rub a setting gel or cream gel between your palms. Scrunch it into your hair. Allow the hair to dry naturally. If you do not have time for your hair to dry naturally, use a blow dryer with a diffuser to speed up the process.

Use a fine toothed comb to back-comb the hair in small sections. Back-combing–sometimes called rat-tailing–is done to create height and volume. This is essential to creating an afro. Take small one-inch sections of hair and back comb them, starting at the middle of the section and combing toward the roots. After you have done this in multiple sections, smooth the hair out on the surface. It should look like a curly afro.

Pin a natural looking flower hair pin into the side of the afro, towards the front of the head. These types of accessories make hair look even more bohemian. The natural looking flower is a nod to nature in true bohemian style.

Tips

  • This look may be achieved with short, straight hair by using hair rollers to curl the hair. Making short hair into a curly afro takes much more time.