What’s one of the first things people notice about you? Those tresses! That is why it is always good to have well-managed hair. However, caring for your Afro hair can be tricky especially when you are not sure where to start. So if you decided to finally take better care of your Afro natural hair, you have come to the right place.
Having naturally curly hair will give you a great look that makes an impression. But I’m telling you, Afro hair is not the easiest thing to manage. You have probably tried numerous prescriptions and products out there that promise faster growth but just left your hair dry and damaged. Why? Oh, because those products can come with side effects that may really affect your mane negatively.
So what is the top-secret in taking care of your hair? Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is really no big secret nor revolutionary new methods in growing an Afro perfectly. Just using the right products and protective measures on your hair will keep it strong and healthy, and fast natural hair growth.
You are lucky to have found your way on here! Cause I’m gonna help you achieve healthy Afro hair! So if you are ready to rock the ‘fro, here’s our guide of helpful tips for how to grow an Afro and keep it looking great.
How long does it take to grow an Afro?
First, let us figure out how long it will take for your mane to grow. The different curl types can impact how long your tresses can get overtime. You need at least a few inches to get an Afro, depending on the style you want to achieve. You can grow an average of half an inch per month.
Best tips for you to follow to grow healthy luscious curls.
- Feed your 'fro with the nutrients it needs.
Just like your body, your hair needs extra care. You can make it healthy and strong by having enough protein, iron, omega 3, and vitamin A. Yes, the hair needs vitamins too! So a healthy balance of vegetables, meat, fish, fruits, nuts, and dairy products.
- Wash those curls properly.
When washing your mane, avoid scratching your scalp. A gentle massage is acceptable, but scratching is a big no-no. Scratching can damage the cells in the top layer of the scalp. Make it a habit to wash your hair in sections only to avoid knots and tangles.
- Do not ever use shampoos containing sulfates.
Sulfates can dry your Afro big time. Most shampoos contain sulfates and other ingredients that can help with the cleansing process. Ammonium lauryl and laureth sulfates will make your hair prone to breakage so you might want to avoid products containing these ingredients. You can opt for sulfate-free products that you can find in the supermarket.
- Deep conditioning is key to replace any lost nutrients from your hair.
To restore the health of the hair after being exposed to the elements, you need to deep condition your curls. Most people are fine deep conditioning two to four times per month. But if your hair is severely damaged or dry, you should be deep conditioning once a week.
Leaving a deep conditioner on for five to 30 minutes should give your hair enough time to absorb the nutrients and hydration that the product offers. You can also apply a deep conditioner to your hair and leave it on for a while with or without a plastic cap. Apply the conditioner starting at the ends, and work it up toward the scalp. Make sure you do not apply too much conditioner. This can weigh your hair down and make it look or feel greasy. Rinse it off with cold water to help close the hair cuticle, leaving all the nourishing oils infused onto the hair.
- Pat your hair dry with a soft towel or microfiber cloth.
Be careful when drying your hair using a towel. As much as possible, use a soft towel or microfiber cloth to avoid damaging your hair. You can also air dry it and avoid using blow-dryers to avoid tangles and further damage.
- Keep it moisturized.
Dry hair can cause other hair problems. So keep your Afro well-nourished and moisturized by investing in a hydrating product containing no mineral oil, parabens, or drying alcohol.
- Use a silk or satin pillowcase.
If you think your pillowcase does not have something to do with your hair, well, you might want to know that cotton pillowcases are known to absorb the oils from your hair and skin, which can leave them dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. So it is best to use naturally hypoallergenic silk pillowcases to reduce the loss of natural hair oils and moisture. A silk or satin pillowcase will not only give you a good night’s sleep but also a healthy Afro!
Note: If you do not have a silk pillowcase, wrapping up your hair overnight is a must. Wrap it with a silk head wrap or bonnet of some sort.
- Don’t forget to trim your mane regularly.
We all know having regular trims is the best way to prevent split ends. This goes the same for growing an Afro. Dead ends should always be chopped away!
- Comb correctly.
For combing your 'Afro, always use a wide-tooth comb to pick at your hair. The small-tooth ones can cause breakage and knots.
- Do not wash your hair too frequently.
A high-volume wash routine can leave our hair dry and without protection which can lead to damage and breakage. Wash your curls once or twice a week at the most.
And there you have it! The tips may be a bit overwhelming, but following them is very well worth it! Growing and taking care of your Afro can be a little complicated and can take some time and preparation, but being patient and well-disciplined is the key to growing the Afro of your dreams! I am sure you cannot wait to rock your Afro like a boss! So give these tips a try. :)