10 steps to your best Afro

Glamour (South Africa) - - Natural - Words by AISHA O’REILLY

01 Mois­turise

My hair type is prone to dry­ness be­cause nat­u­ral oils have to travel down curly and kinky strands. Wa­ter is the only thing that pro­vides your hair with ac­tual mois­ture. Find prod­ucts where it’s the rst in­gre­di­ent on the list.

02 Seal it

Use an oil or but­ter to seal the wa­ter your hair has soaked up to prevent it from es­cap­ing. I use the LOC method (liq­uid, oil, cream) and it works for me.

03 De­tan­gle

Gen­tly sep­a­rate your hair into sec­tions and de­tan­gle with lots of con­di­tioner. Start with your ngers, then use a comb at the end as a nal step in the process.

04 Stretch

If you have hair that knots up and winds on it­self like mine, keep­ing it stretched is key to hav­ing it knot-free.

05 Good prod­ucts vs bad habits

Don’t just rely on prod­ucts – you need to put in the work and prac­tice good habits to get the best ef­fects.

06 Wrap

Wrap your hair at night with a silk or satin head­scarf. Cot­ton soaks up mois­ture, so it will dry out your hair. Don’t want to rock a doek to bed? Sleep on a satin or silk pil­low­case.

07 Purge

Get rid of tools that dam­age and break your hair: ne-tooth combs, pins with­out bulbs and hair bands with metal clasps.

08 Min­imise heat

Avoid any heat styling as much as you can – it dries your what Break­age. dam­age hair hap­pens your even Heat hair to more. can dry out of hair? And also its nat­u­ral as of­ten curl as pos­si­ble. pat­tern. Stretch Air dry out your ’Fro by twist­ing, braid­ing and band­ing, but avoid the straight­en­ing iron and blow dryer. If you do have to use tools, use it on a low heat with a heat pro­tec­tant.

09 Change rou­tine

Nat­u­ral hair is not the same as re­laxed hair. You need to do a 180-de­gree change. You now have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent tex­ture, so learn how to care for it dif­fer­ently.

10 Lis­ten to your Afro

If it’s dry, mois­turise it. If it doesn’t feel good af­ter a cer­tain prod­uct, stop us­ing it. No one else’s hair is the same as yours. Stick to what works, ditch what doesn’t. It’s re­ally sim­ple. (1) ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Sham­poo R104.99 (2) Cantu Shea But­ter Mois­tur­is­ing Twist & Lock Gel R119.95 (3) Shea Mois­ture Ja­maican Black Cas­tor Oil Strengthen & Re­store Sham­poo R259 (4) Dove Nour­ish­ing Oil Care Treat­ment Mask R69.99

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