Not just for one day, but every day, our fro’s are the crowns that we never take off. World Afro Day is the celebration of afro hair, culture and identity in all areas of society. As more and more curlies embrace their naturally kinky, coily, curly and textured hair.
Fun fact: Did you know that on the 15th September 2016, a year before World Afro Day came about, the State of Alabama in the United States had passed a law allowing companies to deny jobs to people with dreadlocks.
Exactly one year later to the date, World Afro Day was born and founded by Michelle De Leon.
From protective styling, to wash days and daily or weekly maintenance, our fros can tend to be dry and generally need a little extra love.
We thought we would share with you a few tips on how to care for your fro and keep your curls always thriving.
1. Create A Routine
To keep your fro healthy, starting a simple routine is a good way to start as curly hair needs love and care. Establishing a routine that works for you will be the key to your fro looking and feeling it’s best.
First up, cleanse.
A clean scalp is a happy and healthy scalp to achieve a thriving fro. Using a gentle sulphate free shampoo like our Rose Water & Honey Cream Shampoo will not only gently cleanse the scalp, but will not strip your curls of its natural moisture.
Condition, condition, condition.
The curlier and more dry your hair is, the more conditioner you should be using. So, this is a step not to be missed.
Whether you prefer to use a rinse out or deep conditioner, conditioning adds moisture back into our hair giving it a fresh start while also reviving your curls.
A conditioner like our Rose Water & Honey Cream Conditioner has a powerful blend of nourishing plant oils that sink deep into your hair to moisturise from the inside and out. Follow with our Rose Water & Honey Leave-In Detangler to seal everything in and give you lasting moisture.
Tip: For that extra added goodness, try adding a few drops of our African Citrus Bloom Superfruit Hair Oil to really take your conditioner to the next level.
It is all about trial and error, so find a routine that works best for you.
2. Hydration Is Your Best Friend
As naturalistas, we all know a dry fro is a no no. In addition to using creams and oils in your routine, naturally curly textured hair tends to be drier than other hair types so needs to stay moisturised and hydrated.
A great way to maintain the moisture in your fro would be to use the LOC or LCO method.
This is the routine that all curly haired king and queens should know. This application is all about the layering of products to provide you with the most moisture and retention.
Our LOC Set featuring our Jasmine Oasis Hydrating Hair Mist, African Citrus Bloom Superfruit Hair Oil and our Rose Water & Honey Leave-In Detangler will have your fros looking moisturised, and staying soft and hydrated in no time.
Staying hydrated by drinking more water is vital to not only keeping your body hydrated and healthy, but keeping your tresses moisturised too.
3. Night Protection
Sleeping on a material like cotton will soak up all the natural oils on your curls, taking any necessary moisture you have tried so hard to maintain.
To preserve the health, shine and moisture, try placing your curls in a pineapple (our Large Satin Scrunchies are perfect for this) and sleeping on a stain pillow. Alternatively, you can tie your curls in a satin scarf.
The silky fabric will cut down friction, tangling and breakage. Protecting your curls at all times.
4. Fro Picks At The Ready
Who doesn’t love more volume and big curls.
Originally from ancient Egypt, the fro pick is a staple in any natural hair regimen. Not only is it an accessory, but it is a cultural icon.
Whether you love to rock your full fro, a twist out, braid out, wash and go, or a cute twa, our Gentle Fro Pick is perfect for creating extra volume at the roots or tips.
Just make sure you’re your curls are fully dry, not wet and hydrated before picking out, to avoid unwanted frizz.
5. Love Your Fro
Afro hair doesn’t have to be a struggle, and there’s no need to feel bad about the texture of your hair. Too many times our fros can be seen as unmanageable and “not normal”, but that is far from the case.
Your fro is versatile, so beautiful and created just for you. It is an expression of self-love, self-acceptance and a celebration of diversity.
So, pamper your fro and love it in all its glory.
How do you like to rock your fro?Naturally yours,
The Team at Flora & Curl