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Popularized during the 1970s, the Afro -- or "'fro" -- is a hairstyle that is rooted in African American culture. Recognized by the cloud-shaped ball of hair that surrounds the head, the Afro is a hairstyle that requires a considerable amount of time to grow out and develop. With the assistance of some styling tools and products, men can create the Afro style with their own hair.

Braid your hair in rows around your scalp.

Wash your hair. Gently shampoo and condition the braids.

Allow your hair to dry. While it is drying, rub hair oil into your scalp to moisturize your skin and promote hair growth.

Remove the braids one at a time. As you remove each braid, fluff up the hair from the scalp.

Use the pick to fluff up your entire head of hair.

Dab a quarter-sized amount of texturizing balm into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together. Run your hand through your Afro to help create the Afro shape with your hair.


Remember that growing an Afro takes time. Generally, hair grows a half of an inch every month. When applying this growth rate to the desired length of your Afro, you can determine how long it will take for your hair to grow to your chosen length. For example, if you want to grow an Afro that rises three inches from your scalp, plan for a six-month growth period to reach your intended length.