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Natural Hair: The Big Fluffy Afro

Updated on June 19, 2013

This style is a great way to change up a wash and go. I love this style because it lets me play with big hair. To me big hair is fun and quite honestly, I wish mine was bigger. =) The big fluffy afro is becoming really popular in the natural hair world and I am going to show you how I do mine.


The first thing I do is wash or wet my hair. Sometimes I co-wash (conditioner wash) it or I shampoo it with a sulphate free shampoo. The next thing I do is apply v05 conditioner to my wet hair.

I always leave the conditioner in my hair. After the conditioner is applied, I put my creamy shea butter mix on top. This is of course for added moisture.

The last thing I apply to my hair which is also optional is eco styler gel any type. The gel helps add shine and hold.

I only apply a little because gel mixed with shea butter and conditioner, can turn into a big white mess and we don’t want that. Don’t be alarmed if you see a little bit of white, this should go away. Once I have applied my products I am ready to blow dry!

Washed and parted hair
Washed and parted hair | Source


The first thing I do when drying my hair for this style is diffuse. The diffuser helps dry the hair while keeping the curls intact. If you don’t own a diffuser, you can use a hooded dryer, the handheld dryer without the diffuser nozzle, or you can off course let your hair air dry for this part.

After my hair is completely dry, I like to start stretching. As you can see my hair like to shrink as much as it can into a small afro, this is not the look I’m going for. I want big fluffy hair.

I take the blow dryer, nozzle free, and start stretching my hair from the back to the front with heat on medium and the air speed on high.

(I normally like to use the concentrator nozzle but I unfortunately can not find it.)

I hold the curls at the ends and pull the roots taut. Starting from the back I move from the bottom closest to my neck, up towards the crown of my head. I like to start from the bottom because it insures that I don’t spend too much time on the top portion of my hair causing too much frizz.

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Complete =)

This style is so simple and easy to do. It can also but dressed up in many different ways. It’s a great starter style to a fro hawk, a nice side do and even an up do. But of course we already know how versatile natural hair can be. ;)

I hope you have enjoyed this post and continue to enjoy reading my other hubs!

KySmith =)


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