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An Afro, is a loose, natural and full head of hair which works best with naturally curly hair. The process of growing out an afro takes time, as the longer the hair grows, the fuller the Afro will eventually become.

Have your hair trimmed before beginning to let your hair grow long to form an Afro. You will need to have all dead and split ends removed to help facilitate healthy hair. The trimming process will begin your hair growing again, as your hair follicles will not need to provide nutrients to the damaged areas.

Wash your hair only once per week. Naturally curly or African American hair is naturally dry and shampooing further removes moisture from the hair. Use a moisturizing shampoo and a deep conditioner once per week. Pat hair with a towel to remove excess moisture.

Pick out or detangle hair with a wide tooth comb. Move the pick upward and out from your scalp. The Afro will grow over time, as your hair gets longer. You can achieve a shorter Afro by picking hair into place while wet and thus separating the natural curls.

Continue growing your hair to the length required to achieve a puffy Afro. Have hair trimmed once every four to six months to prevent split ends and follicle damage.


Use a hot oil treatment once per month to further condition the hair. Apply a warm oil to the hair, wrap in a warm towel and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing out. Rinse hair with plain water between shampooing.


Check with your school or employer if you have concerns about appropriate hairstyles for your school or workplace.