Afros are a bold hair style for those who wish to embrace their thick tightly curled hair. Depending on the length of a person’s hair, an afro can be short and thick or tall, fluffy and full of volume. Because of the tight curls common in African-American, Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean and other ethnic hair types, an afro can feel dry and coarse after washing or long-term exposure to the sun. With a few simple hair care products, you can retain moisture and soften your afro.

Here now is a look at some simple ways on how to keep your afro soft and moist:

1. Wash your hair and scalp thoroughly with a nourishing shampoo, specifically designed for curly or processed hair. Thoroughly rinse the shampoo from the hair and follow with a moisture rich cream conditioner. Allow the conditioner to sit on your hair for the suggested time before rinsing.

2. Pat the hair completely dry with a towel. For faster drying, use a blow dryer on the cool air setting.

3. Spray a light coat of leave-in conditioner throughout your hair. Part your hair as needed to reach the roots. Use your hands to spread the conditioner evenly throughout your afro.

4. Dispense a coin-sized amount of natural hair oil onto your palm. Rub your palms together and distribute the oil throughout the entire afro. Start with a dime sized amount, then apply more as needed.

5. Repeat the above steps each time you wash your hair, at least twice weekly.

By David Ng’ang’a