How to Make an Afro Look Full & Voluminous - Perfect Afro Tutorial

Chrissie Milan
by Chrissie Milan
7 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make an afro look full, voluminous, and all-around perfect. I'm using some products from treasuretress, but you can use whatever you have at hand, or what works best for your natural hair. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Comb
  • Hair ties
  • Hair moisturizer
  • Sealing oil
  • Silk bonnet
  • Afro comb
  • Moisturizing spray
Yaya DaCosta's afro in The Butler

I'll be recreating Yaya DaCosta's afro from The Butler, in which she played the fictional Black Panther character Carol Hammie. Her afro is so powerful, and her overall look just commands attention.

Stretching hair in cornrows

1. Tie and stretch

I start by stretching my hair, and I just do that by putting my hair into two cornrows, one down each side. I find that this really helps in stretching the hair. 

Detangling natural hair with a comb

2. Detangle

Then I'm just going to take the cornrows out, and I'm going to section my hair off and begin to detangle by combing it through.

Applying hair moisturizer to hair lengths

3. Moisturize

Next, I'm going to add some hair moisturizer to moisturize my hair because it will obviously be out on display in the afro. Make sure that when working in your moisturizer, you pay special attention to the ends because the ends are the most vulnerable to getting dry.

Twisting hair into sections

4. Twist

Once done, I'm going to twist my hair and seal the ends with sealing oil. I find that doing twists really gives my hair volume; it's just the best thing to get the most volume in a short space of time.

Wearing a silk bonnet to lock in moisture

5. Wait

Next, I'm going to put on my silk bonnet and just leave it on for a little while. In terms of how long you wear the bonnet, the longer, the better, but if you're pushed for time, don't worry because even wearing it just for an hour will still be effective.

This step of wearing the bonnet will help keep the moisture in my hair and make it nice, smooth, and soft.

Combing hair with an afro comb at the roots

6. Comb

I'm going to take my twists out, then use my afro comb to comb the roots. Do not comb out the ends, just everything else. Once combed, I’ll fluff my afro and shape it how I want.

Adding a spritz of moisturizing hair spray

7. Spray

Lastly, an afro can get very dry, so it's best to carry some moisturizing spray with you that you can apply throughout the day to keep your afro looking moisturized.

How to style an afro

How to style an afro tutorial

I’m really happy with the end result. My hair feels nourished and full of moisture, and it looks full and voluminous. Let me know what you think of this tutorial on how to style an afro and leave your own afro styling hair tips in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Comb
  • Hair ties
  • Hair moisturizer
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