Most times I have my hair in a certain hairstyle, but lately I've been wearing my hair out. This is a challenge sometimes due to the weather, but since winter is so dry and there's very low humidity where I live, it's not so hard. A big inspiration to wear my hair out has also been Natural Hair Master Pioneer, Arlette Pender's signature hairstyle. The lady wears her Afro with such elegance!
For a long time, I was very cautious about wearing my hair out in an Afro around here, especially since someone once told me it was associated with the Black Panther's Movement and that I might be sending out the wrong message. I believed that the comment was everyone's opinion here, but one day I decided to be brave and wore it out, even though I kept a few hair bands in my bag just in case I met with a senior citizen who was going to get offended by my choice of hairstyle. But on the contrary, nothing like it happened. Most of my friends loved it and were asking to touch it, and wanted to know how long it took me to get my hair like that! It was a bit confusing, but I let them touch it. Then came the comments. ''Wow! Its so soft!'' And I thought to myself, eeerrm, what were they expecting??
In between the weeks, I sometimes wear four to six cornrows.
Then, when I undo the cornrows or flat twists, I comb out my hair back into an Afro.
At night, I roll and tuck my hair into two big flat twists. Nothing fancy, just as long as the hair, especially the ends are tucked in. If the hair feels dry, I add some moisturising cream or butter. I prefer heavier creams during winter.
The downside of wearing an Afro for me is the high probability of getting something caught up in the afro, and always combing it out daily to achieve my desired look.
The advantage of an Afro is I don't spend too much time styling my hair in the morning. I just undo the twists and comb it out.
Click on the video below to watch a quick tutorial on how I roll and tuck my hair to prepare it for bed.
Do you wear your hair out in an Afro? How do you maintain it?
I bought these Curlformer knockoffs online almost two years ago when I was high on my product junkism. Unfortunately, they'd been lying around unopened and I had to make up my mind either to give them a try or give them away.
The products I used were:
This style can also easily be worn to the office.
You can watch the whole video below to see how I achieved these lovely curls.
Have you tried the Curlformer rollers yet? What was your experience? Feel free to comment below.