How To Maintain Your Afro In 4 Easy Steps
Hey Natural Beauties!
There are some trends that emerge only to fade away as swiftly as they come and then there are some trends that become staples. When you are talking about natural hair, you have to admit that the afro is a definite staple. Since its rise to popularity in the late 50’s, people have been rocking afros in some form. Whether it is the TWA (teeny weeny afro), a frohawk or you are rocking ruff and stuff with your afro puffs… most natural beauties have rocked a fro.
Now we can’t have a serious conversation about the afro without mentioning one name, Aevin Dugas. Some of you might be wondering, who is Aevin Dugas; the answer is, the beautiful woman who holds the world record for the largest afro. Aevin has held this record since 2011 after Guinness World Record measured her afro at an amazing 4 ft. 4in. Now that, is a serious fro!
I had the opportunity to interview (read here) Aevin a few years ago and she dropped some gems that allowed me to have a better understanding about my own natural hair journey. See the thing is, my natural hair journey was one that I embraced after losing my hair during chemotherapy. I never had the opportunity to educated myself prior to doing a big chop like some natural beauties.
Once I embraced my natural hair, I became a product junkie because I had no idea what I needed to use. However, after talking with Aevin, I learned that maintaining my afro was simple and didn’t take all of the steps I was taking. This caused me to develop a regimen that I am dedicated to still today and I must say that my fro… IS ON FLEEK!
Because I know that I am not the only one out here over thinking things, I wanted to share with you 4 steps and products that will have your fro poppin. Now, I am not saying your hair will look like Aevin’s but it will be cute and healthy.
- 1. Keep you hair clean. I know that there are many thoughts about how often we should or shouldn't wash our hair as natural beauties. However, know that water is one of your hairs best friends and nothing will penatrate and soften you hair and allow you to work with it like water. So don't be afraid to wash your hair, just make sure you use a product that doesn't strip the oils from your hair. My go to shampoo is, SILK2 "Longer And Stronger" Conditioning, Detangling Shampoo.
- A leave in conditioner is key! Wearing you hair out, especially during the Winter, does a number on your hair. Leave in conditioner restore the moisture and protects your hair. Try SILK2 Penetrating Leave In Conditioner to assure that your hair is protected.
- Oils are your best friend! Personally I lightly oil my scalp in the morning and at night because I know that my scalp has a tendency to get dry and that is a no-no! While I am a huge fan of coconut oil, I treat my scalp with SILK2 "C.O.O.L. A.D.E." Nutritional Supplement For Hair & Scalp.
- Keep your split ends clipped. I know people who are against clipping split ends but the truth is, it saves your hair and helps it to grow. Split ends are the most obvious symptom of damage, and if left unclipped they will continue splitting and destroy the healthiness of your hair.
Now, don't get me wrong, there are plenty of other things you can do to keep your afro in good standing but in my opinion these are the most vital. However, there will be a post in the near future that will provide additional tips.
So tell me, what are some of your tips for assuring that your fro is on fleek? CHIME IN LADIES!