10 Ways to Rock your Afro in the Summertime
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10 Ways to Rock your Afro in the Summertime

Suns Out, Afro’s out!

It is getting closer to summertime every single day. Do you know what that means? It is time to plan out your summer hair journey!

Yep, that is right. Typically, every girl should plan out her hairstyles for the summer for a few reasons. One reason is that during the summer you have a little more time and energy to play around with different styles.

If you plan on taking any vacations this year, this could be the time to test your limits. Try out different braids, twists, wigs, and see what works for you and what does not. You may find that you end up loving specific styles you never even saw yourself trying out. But, let’s get down to why you are here today.

Let’s discuss afros. With the natural hair movement merrily making its way into the media and the everyday lives of our peers, we should be proud of the progress.

But, there are times when we question if wearing our afros are worth the hassle of styling.

natural with bangs

Can you Style an Afro?

My natural sisters know what I am talking about right now.

It can be time to consume, bewildering and sometimes downright unnecessary when it comes to styling natural hair, let alone afros. That can cause many women of the natural hair community to resort to going back to a perm or cutting all of their hair off.

Neither of which I am against, but don’t do it out of feeling defeat for styling your natural hair. Your hair is your crown and glory. Give them proper care with the proper techniques, tools, and products, and you will see your afro flourish all summer. But, what’s the number one thing that can help any afro reach its optimum glow?

Moisture is the key, but sometimes it can be hard to consistently and adequately moisturize your afro. That is, until today!

Tips for Moisturizing your Afro in the summer

Conditioner Makes a Difference

Afros love the conditioner, but they like the right type of conditioner.

Hair conditioner is a hair care product that changes the texture and appearance of hair. The purpose of conditioning your hair is to add moisture to the hair shaft after the shampoo has stripped the hair and raised the cuticles.

You want to get a moisturizing conditioner with natural ingredients that will adequately moisturize the hair. Natural ingredients can be things like shea butter or vitamin B5. They can even be natural oils, such as olive oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil or carrier oils, like, tea tree oil or rosemary oil.

Make sure that the first ingredient is water since water is the best and most natural moisturizer for natural hair. The conditioner moisturizes the part of the hair shaft that the natural oils from our scalp cannot reach because of the coily/kinky nature of our hair.

The more often you condition your hair, the more likely your hair will be in retaining moisture.

Onion Deep conditioner

Let’s Not Forget to Pre-Poo

If you haven’t done this before, you are missing out on something that could potentially change the entire structure of your hair.

That is a method where you add oil, conditioner, honey or eggs to your hair before the shampoo process. Pre-pooing adds moisture to your hair follicles since the shampoo will strip the hair of product build-up, dirt, and oils.

You’re probably thinking “What’s the point if the shampoo is going to strip the hair?” Pre-pooing preps the hair for the harsh ingredients that strip it if you are using a sulfate shampoo by keeping the natural oils from our scalp to keep our hair moisturized. It is kind of like a penetrator and protector for your hair shafts and follicles. The oils I mentioned for conditioner are the same ones that are ideal for different pre-poo recipes.

Distribute it evenly all over your hair strands from the ends to your scalp and cover with a plastic bag or conditioning cap, and sit under a hooded dryer or steamer.

conditioner

Try Out the LOC Method

The LOC method is something naturals have been doing since the natural hair movement began and it’s ideal for the curlier/kinkier hair types.

The LOC method stands for liquid, oil, and cream is a way of sealing in moisture for your natural hair using the following ingredients. For the liquid, you can use water (water is the best moisturizer for our natural curly locs) or a leave-in conditioner.

As far as oils, you can use ones, such as jojoba, almond, castor or coconut oil. Creams work best in butter forms such as shea butter and mango butter. After applying the moisture with the water/leave in, the oil will hold onto the water molecules than the cream seals in everything to the hair shaft.

Make sure to use oils and cream that work for your hair type so you can obtain the most moisture for your hair. We all want to have soft hair when understanding how to moisturize natural hair.

But it won’t be retained in the days after styling if we do not seal it in the oil, and this method allows for that.

moisturize hair

Tools Used to Retain Moisture in your Afro

It is essential to pay attention to the tools you use on your hair because that also plays a role in how your afro keeps moisture.

Moisture retention doesn’t only come from the products that we apply to our hair, but we can also use tools that promote moisture as well. It is best to invest in a satin pillowcase, bonnet, and sheets. The satin material keeps the moisture that is already in our hair from getting out.

Cotton material is how it would escape from your hair quicker. Invest in a good shower filter. For those who wash their hair in the shower, chlorine that is in water can wreak havoc on our hair by making it dry and brittle.

Our goal here is to retain moisture, not take it out!

Naptural Elenore curly natural hair

10 Ways to Style your Afro

The Twist Out

Achieving this look can be time-consuming, and it may take a few tries to get right. But, the results are completely worth it.

The first thing you need to wash your hair using your regular hair care routine. Working with clean hair is best for styling. The second thing you need to do is wet the hair slightly. Wet natural hair is much more natural to work with than dry natural hair as the moisture helps detangle it.

Once your hair is somewhat damp, grab a section of hair to twist, apply a little hair food and wrap the hair all the way to the end. Voilà! You finished your first twist out. Now repeat, repeat and repeat until you’ve twisted your entire head. You need to allow the hair to dry before removing the twists. We suggest twisting hair at night and sleeping with a satin scarf over your head to protect the hair.

When you wake up in the morning, all you need to do is untwist your hair, and you’ve got the look.

twisting hair

Wild and Free

Wear your afro out and about! This look can be cute and feel entirely empowering. Use the moisturizing techniques to keep your hair moisturized.

Look up the different wash and go techniques to keep your hair on a schedule that works with its moisture retention and flourishment. Keep a spray bottle mixed with some of your favorite oils and a small portion of water.

Use this bottle throughout the day and occasionally spray your afro with it throughout the day. If you want to define your curls, try out different curl enhancing products.

There are creams and different gels depending on preference.

sza hair big huge curls

Braid Out

Braid outs give a different curl pattern than twist outs. The texture is more of an S curl on 3C to 4A hair.

Use the same technique you would use the twist outs, but replace it with braids instead. The braids will give you a fluffier and more significant appearance the more you pull them apart.

braiding hair

The “FroHawk”

This look is pretty simple to achieve. It is also daring, elegant and the epitome of Afrocentric hairstyles.

Once you’ve combed your ‘fro out, grab a few bobby pins, pull the hair back on each side of your head and pin it. It is best to use a wide-tooth comb. These are ideal for detangling natural hair.

Remember to use your satin headscarf since cotton pillowcases suck all the moisture out of your hair. Wearing a satin headscarf while sleeping or sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase will help hair to retain moisture. Make sure you have hair food. The worst thing you can do to your natural hair allows it to get dry.

Healthy hair needs moisture. Use a water-based moisturizer and try the LOC method.

frohawk 2

Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are a great protective style. It allows your hair to breath so that you can give it a break from the day to day manipulation.

Your hair will be in a braiding foundation, similar to what it would look like in a sew in. From this point, the stylist, or you, will use a crochet needle to pull the hair between different areas in your braids.

The best art about crochet braids is that you can have virtually any style you would like. This style can be from faux braids and dreadlocks to curly and straight hair.

Research some methods and find out which ones you would be interested in trying out.

ombre blue crochet braids protective style

Buns, Buns, Buns

Give your hair another break and pull it back into a puffy, curly bun.

This bun will give your hair a break from constant manipulation as well. Just remember not to pull back your hair too tightly. Doing so, can wear down your edges and thin them out over time. You all know what happens next from there.

The same way you would define your hair in an afro is the same process you would use in wearing your afro.

ninja bun

Crown Braid

The crown braid has been gaining popularity since 2016.

The style is elegant, and you can wear it for any occasion, especially on vacation. There are different ways to achieve this look, so look up some and find out what works best for what you can do.

crown braid

Wear a Unique Scarf

Tie your hair with different scarfs! Invest in some quality scarfs with different prints, patterns, and styles and tie your hair in different ways as well! It is trendy, fashionable and timeless!

headwrap with natural hair

What About Bantu Knots?

Bantu knots have only one con. Do not sleep in these! Bantu knots will likely hurt if you sleep on them.

Use the same technique to style these Bantu knots, the same way you would style braids or twists. Just replace the sections with Bantu knots. This look may take a few times to execute if you try to rush it. But, in the end, you will not regret the look you will get with them.

bantu knots

Blown Out Hair

There is something about natural hair blown out, without a silk press that gives me life. It is sort of like saying we are taking back straight hair and making it our own!

blow out hairstyle

The Possibilities are Endless

When it comes to afros, they are as versatile as any other look. Research different looks that you believe will compliment yourself. Prevent yourself to the world the best way possible, so start with your hair.

Which style is your favorite? Did I miss any techniques that you love? I would like to hear them! Leave a comment below!

About Mirakle Stillman

I'm a writer who enjoys life. I accept everything the world has to offer and one day I hope to make my voice heard on a multiple platforms. I hope to be an inspiration.

8 thoughts on “10 Ways to Rock your Afro in the Summertime

  1. Khaylin Williams says:

    Having natural thick curly hair can sometimes be a headache yet so free. On days I know it’s going to be extremely hot outside I get up early in the day and I co-wash my hair and spray it down with a water mixture of coconut oil tea tree oil and vitamin E oil to keep my moisture for most of the day. Then those weeks where I want to come to have a long-lasting style I will wash my hair and use a variety of moisturizing products and double strand twist my hair. Double strand twisting is very beneficial, reason being you can pull your hair up in multiple Styles when y ou have the twist in your hair then once you’re tired of the twist you can take them down and rock your fro with a Define curl

  2. Erika Davies says:

    These techniques are brilliant. My only concern with the oils is it being too hot and making me hotter. I normally spray my mane with water and olive oil, repeating every couple of days. This works for me whole keep me cool. I also keep my hair trimmed before I wear any protective style, this also helps with growth. If I’m really feeling creative I mix up a few oils and mix with water and apply. This limits the amount of oil while still giving me the moisture I need.

  3. Crystal Medina says:

    My favorite go-to styles are buns and wearing a pretty headscarf.

    Great article

  4. Khloe' Clay says:

    This article hit the nail dead on the head!. There is nothing my fro loves more than moisture. Now too much moisture can cause my fro to be limp and not as “frowey” as I like but my favorite conditioner keeps my hair looking right at all times. Now everyone is definitely not comfortable rocking their fro in every setting but two strand twists and halo braids keep it classy and chic in my opinion. For vacation, I usually go for braids
    and clip ins because I love to get in the water and those are easy to manage without having the hassle while also trying to get some rest and relaxation! I believe no matter what your hair type is the possibilities of styles and uniqueness are endless. I am looking forward to getting into wearing buns more this year. I love my natural mane!

  5. Deborah Thompson says:

    I have an accidental Afro, that is driving me NUTS!!! My hair is very curly as long as there’s some type of moisturizer in it, so it tends to loc easily. My hairstyle for the past 20 years has typically been a fade, which required absolutely no maintenance other than a trip to the barbershop every 2 weeks, and an occasional brushing. I decided to grow my hair out about 8 months ago when I became interested in starting my own hair extensions business. I thought getting a sew-in would be a great way to market my own product and learn about the industry at the same time. Due to having worn a fade for so long, I found out just how little I really know about hair care, hairstyles, hair extensions, hair options!!! LOL!!! I didn’t realize I could actually have a nice wig made, and didn’t have to grow my hair out. I have had some good laughs regarding my lack of knowledge – had no idea what a frontal, closure, weft, pluck or any of this stuff meant. Fortunately, I’ve learned a considerable amount more, and look forward to gaining even more knowledge. Thanks for the wealth of information you all provide.

  6. Jamika says:

    Buns buns buns hun! Lol, I love wearing my hair in a bun especially when its blown out and straighten, it looks very cute. Buns are the go-to style for me. I really want to try out Bantu knots but I feel like mine never hold and never give off the right texture, or never get the look I am going for. I think my next step after I wash this silk press out, is having a blown out afro. I never just wear my hair all out and fun, like it’s always in a modest updo, due to work or the type of setting I am in. My hair needs to be free, there are so many ways to wear afros and embrace the beauty of it so I def can’t wait to implement that into my hair routine!

    1. Jamika walker says:

      Afro=confience

  7. Tiffany Halll says:

    It’s so true when it’s summer times I have to use different products to keep my hair from looking so dry and brittle.

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