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Get in Shape! Ways to Achieve the Perfect Big, Stretched Afro

Afro is now a look worn by everyday women. If you also craved to rock that big, stretched afro and make those around you envy the way your hair looks, there are so many ways to achieve that. Here are just a few ways:

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

I don't really know when it became official, but yeah, the afro is back! If you miss the 60's and 70's hairstyle, well, I'm sure you are going to love the fact that it is no longer a hairstyle relegated to the old days. Afro is now a look worn by everyday women. If you also craved to rock that big, stretched afro and make those around you envy the way your hair looks, there are so many ways to achieve that. Here are just a few ways:

Have your curls trimmed.

See-through ends can make your tresses look unhealthy. So if you want to achieve a gorgeous fro that defied gravity and blocked out the sun, then you should give your ends a good trim beforehand. If you have no time to book an appointment to a salon or visit one, then be sure you know what you are doing if you are going to self-trim. I am sure you do not want to have asymmetrical, uneven, and lumpy fro.

Don't forget to moisturize your hair.

To get a good fro, your hair should be on point. But how to make your hair on point? Simple. Have a good moisture protein balance so that your hair has the strength and elasticity to be shaped without breakage. That way, you can rock the dense, lush afro of your dreams. Moisture is also the key to a shiny afro that will turn heads. Invest in a good hair moisturizer that contains ingredients that won't harm your tresses.

Your afro pick is the only way to achieve that perfectly rounded 360 degrees ball of awesomeness.

Yes, you read that right. Your afro pick needs to be your all and everything if you want to have a stunning fro that looks smooth from all angles. And because not all picks are created equally, it is recommended to purchase a good afro pick. Choose an afro pick with appropriate length teeth. A pick with too short teeth for long curly hair will not help get the tresses in the middle of your head. If the pick has too long teeth for short curly hair, then it could be unmanageable to use it. Opt for plastic picks because they tend to have more rounded edges which are less taxing on the tresses than the metal ones. Metal picks may have blunt ends.

Do your tresses in a style that encourages shrinkage.

Wash and go, Bantu knot out, and rod set are just a few examples of hairstyle that encourages shrinkage. Once you have set your hair and shrunk it, it will be easier to control it upward and outward into a fro.

Style your hair dry.

Make sure you style your tresses dry because styling wet hair can be a nightmare. Styling wet hair can also become uneven once it dries and shrinks. So that is a big no-no.

Stretch your hair before styling.

Ever dreamt of having a BAA? Yaaas, that big ass afro! Then be sure to stretch your hair before styling it to show as much of your length as possible. You can band your hair, blow it out, comb out an old braid, or twist it out. This way, it will be easier to comb through and style your hair.

Some ladies with straight hair want to have curls, and some women with curly tresses want to achieve straight hair. But if you are blessed with kinky, tightly-coiled hair, then rock a stunning fro. The tips mentioned above will surely help you get that perfectly rounded 360 degrees ball of beauty.

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