Have you ever looked at some photos taken in the '60s and '70s and suddenly envied the folks' gorgeous afros that look healthy? If you want to achieve an afro that goes outwards and makes an impression, be sure to be ready for a long term investment in your tresses for it to grow. If you are ready to rock the fro, here’s your guide of helpful tips for how to grow an afro fast.
But first, understand that growing a stunning afro will not happen overnight and there are no magic pills that will miraculously grow your hair out. So, how long does it really take to grow an afro?
To know how long you can grow your afro hair, you have to determine your current hair length, hair type, and how long it normally takes for your hair to grow. Also, your curl type can impact how long your hair gets over time. You need at least a few inches to achieve the perfect big, stretched afro. As for how long it takes hair to grow, the average is about half an inch per month.
This step is very important if you want to get the afro of your dreams. Black people's hair gets more brittle and prone to breakage when it becomes dried out, so moisturizing it is essential. It keeps your hair healthy and flexible and makes it look great. Drinking plenty of water can also help keep your tresses hydrated, not to mention the fact that water is great for the rest of your body and health too. Some moisturizing products you can use for your afro hair are moisturizing afro butter and other products that can keep your hair hydrated.
As we all know, split ends can cause damage to the hair and they can undermine your efforts to grow it. It is vital to chop the ends every so often to keep all the strands strong and healthy and damage-free.
Pay attention to your scalp too. Gently massage your scalp for 20 to 30 minutes a day to help encourage hair growth. Massaging your scalp daily can be helpful especially if you have thinned or damaged hair from hair relaxers, heat damage, or hair dyes.
Avoid frequent use of heat-styling tools because these can destroy the hair leading to great damage and in worst-case scenarios, it can lead to hair loss. Heat can also make your tresses dry and can make the split ends worse. Be sure to do heat-styling occasionally if you have to do it. Using a heat protectant can help too.
If you want to grow your hair as you desired, then stay away from color. Dyes can dry out your hair which can lead to it being brittle causing breakage. If you want to achieve a healthy afro, then say no to color. Hair dyes are filled with harsh chemicals such as peroxide which bleaches hair to attain the color.
Did you know that lying down on a pillow can cause all sorts of friction, adding fuzz to your mane? It can also increase the chance of breakage. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to this problem. Wrap your hair with a durag or a scarf before sleeping. Durags can protect your hair while you sleep. You can also prevent issues with friction against your pillow and it can keep the essential moisture for your locks. Silk and satin fabrics are best when it comes to scarves.
Be sure to follow these tips and be consistent. Oh, and one more thing, be patient. Keeping your hair healthy will help you achieve a more beautiful puff that will make everyone envious! Remember, length without good health is pointless because that can just lead to breakage.
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