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Ways to Achieve the Bossiest Afro

By January 27th, 202116 Comments
re-post from July 2010 for your viewing pleasure…

Ways to Achieve the Bossiest Afro

With National Afro Day quickly approaching, I thought it’d be fun to share how you achieve your fiercest, bossiest, baddest, movie screen blocking, unapologetically HUGE ‘fros!

Some people braid-out, others blow-out… what do you do?

Dish on:

-Shaping techniques

Include Fotki and Youtube links if you have them!

Check out how my girl Tia, of HerBestHair, achieves her HUGE fro:

Can you find Tia? I thought so… haute, right?!
ugh… look at me, all swole, lol.
Ways to Achieve the Bossiest Afro


  • Anonymous says:

    My wash and go is an afro, but only a 4" one if I stretched it out far enough

  • TanqueraySunshine says:

    my best fro is created by stretching my hair with twists using my sugar berry pomade. I can take it down the next day pick it out some and hello a bangin fro 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Love it!!!

  • Thembi says:

    Instead of patting your fro directly with your hands, spray it with sheen sprary, lay a big scarf over it, and pat that. You'll have a smoother look with fewer stray hairs.

  • Quite says:

    YEA!!! I can do it this year! last year I saw this post and was still transitioning! I just need to pick out an chunky twist out and I'm good.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm definitely gonna give it a try this year!

  • Noveechops says:


  • apaine says:

    i moisturize my hair with water/oil mix and braid in two flat braids at night. this stretches my hair really well for a blow out look minus the heat. then i pick it out really well. drape a light satin scarf over it and pat it into place (learned this from a 60s baby). this makes it super even, no lumps! then i shake it side to side to fluff for maximum volume. voila! i hardly wear it this way anymore tho, hair is too big, i can't drive well with it out like that. so mostly i wear a super duper puff when i wear it out.

  • Unknown says:

    I'm late commenting because I was out of town, but I two-strand twist and I separate the twists until I get the volume I want. A braid out is better because you get more length retention, however, it is more manipulation to the hair than the twists.

  • ~EssenseVibez~ says:

    hey sis—take a look at my fro to celebrate NATIONAL AFRO DAY!

  • ShakLand says:

    @Mazeratie: I've never tried glycerin w/aloe, but I will experiment tonight. I've already started, doing to curl definition routine that was in one of the videos posted this week, and I'm liking that look, but I will do a patch test with glycerin and aloe and see what that does. Thanks!

  • Mazeratie says:

    ^^ Glycerin + humidity will cause your hair to swell and grow throughout the day. Plus, the two working together = butter soft hair. The Shea might weigh it down tho — Have you tried mixing glycerin with aloe vera juice & filtered or rosewater?

  • ShakLand says:

    I usually do a blow out when I want a big fro, but in the summer I get concerned about my hair drying out in that sun (plus I'll be out all day at Six Flags), so I'm going to have to figure out how I'm going to work this. I may try a shea butter/ vegetable glycerin mixture. I'll figure something out!

  • JaysMom85 says:

    Cute, nice technique….But I personallly would opt not to spray on 4th of july, because I'm going to moisturize really good do a twits out and pick it out like she did. I want a big fro.

  • naturallady says:

    My fro is usually achieved after wearing a braid out that has been retwisted every night. By the last day I moisturize and use a wide tooth pick and comb it out and shape it with my hands. Voila a fro.

  • b. says:

    My wash 'n go IS an afro. 🙂

    Or, if I want a HUMONGOUS one, I stretch it with twists and fluff when just slightly damp.

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