Popular in the 1970’s, the Afro is making a comeback on heads across America. The round, bushy hairstyle is a favorite among African Americans and individuals with course, curly hair, as the style itself takes advantage of the hair’s natural growth pattern. In order to grow a big Afro, it’s important to take care of the hair and manage growth carefully.

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Allow curly, coarse hair to grow naturally, starting with a haircut that styles hair close to the head in one uniform length. Grow hair as long as possible, visiting your hairstylist only for trims to maintain the shape of the Afro.

Wash your hair only once or twice each week, to allow the hair’s natural oils to keep hair moisturized and looking healthy. Rinse your hair with a minimal amount of water in between washings, if necessary.

Maintain moisture in the hair by applying natural oils such as jojoba, sunflower, olive or shea to the scalp on a daily basis. Apply a small amount of oil to your fingertips and gently massage it into your scalp. Utilize a hot oil treatment or other deep conditioner on a weekly basis, to help restore moisture to brittle hair.

Comb your Afro with a wide-toothed comb, to remove any tangles and achieve the desired style on a daily basis.

Protect hair from breakage and damage caused by brittle hair rubbing against pillows and other linens while sleeping. Wrap a large satin scarf around your Afro before bed each night and sleep with the scarf on.


  • Afros are best suited to hair that is naturally curly and coarse. Individuals with different types of hair may require a perm or assistance from a professional hairdresser to achieve an Afro style.