Afro hair needs very special hair care. We spoke to an absolute expert and collected the best tips and tricks for a pretty Afro.
Afro hair is beautiful to look at! Those who have them appreciate the volume and regularly get envious looks. But as beautiful as the hairstyle trend is, it is not that easy to control - unless you know the right care and styling tricks. We spoke to the founder and afro hair expert Anna Baltruschat from Afrolocke and collected her important tips and products for afro hair here.
Just as straight hair is not the same as straight hair, there are also big differences with Afro hair. In terms of hair structure, they are classified according to types 1a to 4c and in terms of texture as wavy, curly, or winky, explains Afro expert Anna. Most people with afro curls have type 3 a-c (curly) or 4 a-c (frizzy).
Afro hair types at a glance:
But the Afro types are not alone in this. Most of the time you have several of these hair types and sub-categories on your head, explains expert Anna.
Anyone who has an Afro can confirm this: Afro hair tends to be dry and is difficult to detangle. However, if you wash your hair with the right products, comb, and dry it properly, you will get it under control. The most important tips from professional Anna:
"Detangle and comb your hair only when it is damp with a coarse comb or with your fingers. This protects against hair breakage and pulling."
"Before washing, detangle the hair a little, e.g. with your leave-in product in a water spray bottle that does not have to be washed out."
"Wash your hair with shampoo no more than once a week. If you feel the need to wash your hair more often, use a hair conditioner."
"It's best to let your hair air-dry after using a leave-in conditioner. Heat makes your hair even drier or split ends. If you want to define your hair even better, braid or twist your hair after using a leave-in, too big braids and let your hair dry in the braids. "
"It is much easier to knot loose hair overnight. Before you go to bed, braid your hair or tie your hair in a pineapple over your head. Very important: Use a satin towel, satin bedding, or a satin sleeping cap. The smooth surface of the Cloth helps you to keep the moisture in your hair. It sounds like a lot of work at first, but it quickly becomes a routine and strengthens your hair, "says Afro expert Anna.
"Hair thickness or porosity are important factors when looking for the right product," says Anna. So you need to find out whether your hair needs light conditioning without weighing it down, or whether you want rich conditioning to better control it. When it comes to the selection and quantity of products, the expert advises: Less is more! "Rely on natural products and use your leave-in product to freshen up your hair."
Anna Baltruschat is the founder of the natural cosmetics label Afrolocke.
Afro hair looks really great when braided and is also super practical. But here too there are a few things to consider. You can get styling tips from great influencers in this area. Joanas Essentials shows wonderful care and styling tips for Afros on YouTube. In the video she shows three braided hairstyles for Afro hair:
There are other great influencers with afro curls on Instagram. On our lead picture at the top, you can see Julia Dalia, who also provides great inspiration for hairstyles for Afro hair. Just like these women: