How to Have a Clean Afro

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The afro is a hairstyle that became popular during the 1960s. It requires much less upkeep than many other hairstyles, including cornrows or those made with of relaxers. In order to keep an afro looking clean, it must be properly cared for, which involves shampooing and styling the hairdo. The over-use of shampoos and other styling products will add weight to the afro that will cause it to fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild, sulfate free shampoo
  • Silicone-free conditioner
  • Towel
  • Rounded bristle hair brush
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Sleeping cap or scarf

Wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Use shampoos that are free of dyes, perfumes and sulfates. When shopping for the shampoo read the ingredients and look for the label “sulfate free."

Rinse out the shampoo and apply a light layer of silicone-free conditioner. Allow the conditioner to remain in the hair for 30 minutes before rinsing it away with warm water. Wash your hair with the shampoo and conditioner once a week to ensure that the afro does not become dried out.

Dry your hair with a towel and brush it out with rounded bristles. This will cause the least amount of damage to the hair. When brushing your hair, work from the tips to the roots. Divide your hair into sections and remove every tangle. Avoid pulling the hair to remove the tangles, as this will lead to breakage.

Allow the hair to air dry. Do not use a hair dryer on your hair, if possible. Once the hair is dry, work a small amount of shea butter into the scalp to prevent drying.

Comb out your hair on a daily basis with a wide toothed comb. Once again, work from the tip to the root. Also use this comb to style your hair.

Wear a sleeping cap or wrap your hair in a scarf when sleeping. This will prevent any damage to your afro during the night.

Tips & Warnings

  • Perform a hot oil treatment on your afro once-a-month. This will infuse your hair with the necessary moisture it requires to stay healthy.

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