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Afros can be a fantastic way to flaunt your natural hair and your cultural identity. They work well for women with medium or lengthy kinky hair, and involve combing your hair such that it extends outwards of your scalp in a cloud-like shape. However, like most natural hairstyles, afros do require regular maintenance to keep them from drying out or breaking, and to ensure that they look their best. Here are essential dos and don’ts to keep in mind when caring for your afro.
1. Do use a moisturising cleanser: Cleansers that contain natural oils such as avocado, coconut or almond oil, have excellent nutritive properties and can do wonders for your ‘fro. Follow this up with a good quality moisturising product, such as TCB Naturals Hair Food.
2. Don’t begin brushing your hair at the roots. This can cause breakage if your hair is damaged or knotted. Begin at the middle and work your way up.
3. Do divide your hair into four sections and braid, to keep your hair big when you wake up. Neglecting this step can cause your afro to become flat and lose its shape in the morning.
4. Don’t use bands with metal clasps to secure your hair. These can damage your hair’s outer layer and weaken it. You can also use one-piece stretchable nylon hair bands.
5. Do use brushes with wide, soft teeth, which are milder on your hair and make detangling less painful.
Eager to learn more about maintaining your afro? Make sure to read our tips on How To Moisturize Your Afro Like A Pro