Afro Experts please help!!!!!!

Hey Everyone, I very seldom wear my hair in what I call a true afro because it seems to be too much work, damaging to hair and normally doesn't fit into the normal rotation of how I deal or work with my hair etc. However when I do get to wear it which could be once a year, lol, I love it.

First I define a true afro as unshrunken, one that has been combed out, not blown out but not shrunken. Usually to get this type of afro my hair has to be combed while dry so the hair is at its biggest. Here is an example ( her fro may or may not be blown out but that is how my hair looks if I don't blow it out - I just comb it dry). She is almost to the bottom of the page. Think Erykah Badu she has big afro, unshrunken but does not appear to be blown.

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Anyway here is the question for those who do wear afros:

do you do it often? I think all of the combing can be damaging to the hair over time.

also how do you preserve the fro at night? I'd think you'd do big twists or something but to get the bigness back you'd have to recomb in the morning right?

Is there an easier and/or healthier method to get the fro I desire? My hair looks so cute right now but needs to be washed and I don't want to go through all of that combing again just to get the fro back. I'd have to wash put in twist let dry fully and then comb again!!!

For clarification, I wear a lot of twist outs, sometimes wash and go's and puffs. What I'm talking about achieving are the huge 70's fro's - that's the fierceness I desire to wear more often without harm to my hair. Maybe it's not possible.

Thanks for any input you can give. I love HUGE hair..
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far from a fro expert lol. i know to achieve my fro i do braid it and then pick it out in the morning, very gently. either with my fingers or pick, depending on how big i want it.Afro Experts please help!!!!!!-183420_10150137268740845_681245844_8380256_6328561_n.jpg i achieved this fro by using a pick
I agree the braid-out fro, carefully finger-separated is the least stressful way. I've been tempted to go for a pick or brush on a twist out to get that beautiful loft and fullness again, the whole 60s/70s look... but I know that my fine, fragile strands can't take it.

I did it a few times last year & year before last? Then re-twisting each night to fight the squish & tangles etc. Simply, too much manipulation & breakage for me.

I'm guessing that people with thicker, stronger strands might have a better time of it.

The closest I get to a fro lately is like 3rd day of a wash and go(heavy gel like Eco applied the first day only)

or applying a medium-to-light gel after a conditioner wash for a semi-shrunken fro. Instead of twisting at night, I just start over in the morning with another cowash. It's a one day deal.
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Fine strands or not I think the pick or comb on dry hair is hell to anyone. So ladies that are braiding and then undoing and separating for a fro the next day about how many braids are you doing? I'd think the bigger the better to avoid crinkles right?
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Fine strands or not I think the pick or comb on dry hair is hell to anyone. So ladies that are braiding and then undoing and separating for a fro the next day about how many braids are you doing? I'd think the bigger the better to avoid crinkles right?
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fat twists gave me less crinkles than braids. about 8? more when my hair was shorter.
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i agree, about 8-10 since you aren't trying to have a defined braid out
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If I am wearing my hair in an afro I normally do it on second day hair. I normally wash my hair at night. After washing and conditioning my hair I apply my leave in conditioner and seal that with a light oil. I keep my hair stretched as it dries (banding, flat twists or braids) to ensure that an adequate amount of moisture stays in the strands.

On the second day I apply Long Aid curl activator and seal that with my Avocado butter mix (Avocado butter 70%, Jojoba oil 20% Sesame oil 10%). After applying my products I comb out my hair to seperate the curls and I have my big afro.

My hair isn't really unshrunken because the Long Aid curl activator keeps it moisturised.

At night I apply a light moisturising lotion (which contains glycerin*) I seal that with an oil and then put my hair in 10 braids. The next day I comb out my hair and have my big afro.




*The glycerin keeps my hair moisturised so my hair is not dry when I am combing it out.

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