It was in 2014 when I decided I was going FRO all the way through. At the time I was in High school and being in a catholic school, the rules on uniformity were very strict, hair included so my hair had to be plaited all the time. I faced difficulties between my hair dresser not wanting to plait my “rough” short hair, and the school, where I was not allowed to wear it out. I either had to relax it or plait it as I said.
So here goes a few tips to maintaining an afro and I would say they will help you in a lot of situations you find yourself in:
#1 LEARN HOW TO DO YOUR HAIR IN PROECTIVE STYLE.
I am sorry to say but a lot of hairdressers just don’t want to deal with your rough coiled up hair, nope! A lot of them are always going to persuade you into heat straightening your hair and I am sure you know by now how unhealthy that could be for your hair or relaxing it. I also feel like people hurt me too much when doing my hair now that it’s in this state so, into the learning we go. You can start with simple cornrows, and cornrolls and then move on to perfecting your hand and soon you’ll even be adding afro extensions to it.
The trick is actually to plait it in any protective style you know every night. Just don’t sleep with it all freed up.
#2 INVEST IN GOOD PRODUCTS FOR NATURAL (AFRO) HAIR.
I repeat, invest in good products for natural hair. You see; this I did not learn until 3-4 years into my afro journey. Products for relaxed hair are different from those of an afro so research on products; buy a few from different brands just to get a feel on which ones work best for you. I made my research from YouTube mostly and Google so what I also got from them is that our hair responds to the weather so, what works for you in winter might not work in summer. In this way, we have to take care of our hair like we take care of our skin, ohk?
#3 USE LESS CHEMICALS IN YOUR HAIR AND MORE NATURAL IS AND REMEDIES.
Gosh! I have an endless list of natural remedies I could share with you and I know Google does too. First all, like I said, your hair is like your skin, it will react very badly to chemical over load. This is to say; do not use all your hair growing products all at once, do not condition your hair every day, vary your products a bit, relaxer is a chemical you want to avoid if you can help and I am sure you get the picture.
A simple spraying of water thrice a week, alongside a good moisturizer and oil on your scalp goes a long way.
One more thing; Water is the source of life for your hair alsobut in my opinion three times a week is enough lest you wash out your hair oil you see.
thank you for reading all the way through, i hope this was helpful in some way and i am really sorry for not adding pictures. also feel free to comment and follow and stuff.