Chunky Afro {How To}

March 22, 2013

By Katrice

{Even my pooch is interested.}

I'm always trying to give a drive-by explanation of how I get my afro so chunky, so I decided to take the time to explain my process today. It's a little involved but if you have spongy hair or experience the crazy shrinkage I do, the end result makes it worthwhile.

First off, I wash my hair every 8 to 10 days usually on Sundays, depending on what events I have coming up. But, I'll describe what happens in a 10-day wash cycle.

What I use: Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Restorative Leave-In Conditioner. 

After washing it and combing the conditioner through to detangle, I let my hair air dry. Once it's dry or almost completely dry, I add a small amount of Shea Moisture Reconstructive Elixir or Moroccanoil to it; and then finger part it in both small the medium sections  applying a small dab of Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer to each pre-twisted piece of hair before two-strand twisting. 

Usually I leave it twisted for one or two days before taking it down maybe on Wednesday. The first day I take it down, it's a minimally stretched twist out. So, I twist it back up a couple more times through the week, only using Mango Butter once after the initial twist, to continue to stretch it.

By Sunday, the twist out is usually pretty full and stretched. So, from there, I just sleep with my satin bonnet on and start out Monday morning by taking a nickel-sized amount of Mango Butter and running it throughout my hair before getting into a steamy shower. The steam takes away the crinkled look of the twist out and lifts up any part that is leaning or hanging to a much more full fro. After that, all I do is cover it at night and finger through it in the morning. And that's it!

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  1. I'd love for my hair to "stand" but with the humidity here, it just falls flat. I love the shape and volume that you have.

    1. I'm learning to appreciate it more all the time! Thank you. : )

  2. Your hair is always on point! Love that your doggie is watching in the background :)


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