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What You Should Know About Afros

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Afros have a long history in the black community, particularly in the United States. With black hair cultural practices such as cornrows dating back to 3000 B.C. Dating back to around 1000 BC – with hairstyles often being used to denote a person’s position in society and belonging to a community – the hairstyle was again used as a social message as afros became more popular in the US in the 1960s.

“The Afro is of African origin but wasn’t really known as an afro until the ’60s and ’70s,” celebrity hairstylist and owner of Brush With the Best, Felicia Leatherwood, tells POPSUGAR. “Back then, Afros went from being a cultural legacy to a political statement.” It’s true: At the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, black leaders, with the Black Is Beautiful movement, encouraged black people to love their natural features, especially their hair in its natural state. As a result of this movement, afros became incredibly popular, with activists like Angela Davis sporting the hairstyle as a sign of rebellion against Eurocentric standards of beauty.

Currently, afros are also making a statement, especially in the midst of the fight to pass the CROWN Act, which aims to outlaw discrimination based on hair texture and protective hairstyles at the federal level. “Today, an afro is a symbol of acceptance, pride, and trust in the black community,” says Leatherwood.

Afros come in many variations and styles, including looks like high bun afros, afro puffs, and TWAs (teeny weeny afros) to name a few. The health of your hair is essential to any afro hairstyle, and Leatherwood has some helpful tips for caring for and maintaining a healthy afro.

“Moisture is an afro’s best friend,” says Leatherwood. “Get a good moisturizer, leave-in conditioner, or oil spray to apply to your hair.” Products like the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner ($8) and the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Gloss and Shine Mist ($9) promise to moisturize your hair and, more importantly, be easy to manage and detangle.

Another pro tip when wearing an afro: increase the frequency of your deep conditioning. “Make sure to deep condition yourself twice a month to maintain a healthy afro,” says Leatherwood. Try an ultra-hydrating hair mask, like the Flawless by Gabrielle Union 5 Butter Miracle Masque ($10).

Now that you know how to maintain your afro, get inspiration from the afro hairstyles included upfront.

https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/afro-hairstyle-48886210 What You Should Know About Afros

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