How to Create a Big Afro on Natural Hair, Plus 5 Looks to Inspire You

This season, it's all about going with the 'fro.

If you’re anything like the naturalistas here at All Things Hair HQ, you tend to gravitate towards carefree styles, like big afros and easy wash and go looks. We can’t blame you! Not only do they look fun, fierce and super confident, these styles also help lessen the amount of time one usually spends in the styling department.

We’re helping you achieve your best afro yet, so read on to learn more about how to get the best big afro style that works for every season:

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Start by washing your strands. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 1: Wash your hair with a volumizing hair care system.

Great hair all begins in the shower! If you prefer to use a volumizing shampoo, go for it. The volumizing agents in the shampoo can help you achieve the big afro style you’re after. We suggest using a system for naturally curly hair. Suave Professionals Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo for Natural Hair and Suave Professionals Curl Conditioner for Natural Hair to give your hair a boost of volume and hydration.

Step 2: Blow-dry or air-dry your hair.

This all depends on how much time you’re working with. If you have plenty, go for the air-dry method, then apply your leave-in conditioner. To help you stretch your hair while air-drying, soak up as much water as you can from your hair and then create four jumbo braids or twists. Allow your hair to dry completely in the braids then move on to the next step. This can take a few hours, depending on how thick your hair texture is.

Step 3: Pick your fro.

Get your afro pick out and go to work! Pick your hair until you get the height you love. If needed, you can use your blow-dryer set on medium heat to blow the roots, encouraging volume.

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Gorgeous and care-free! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 4: Set your hair in place.

This step is super effective but often overlooked. To ensure that your afro hairstyle stays in place, set your hair with a flexible hold hairspray, like Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.


1. Rounded Edges

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Bring this picture to your stylist as inspiration.

Give your afro a rounded shape by bringing this photo to your stylist for inspiration!

2. Go Red

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Go bold with your color. Photo credit:

Go bold with your color and show off your beautiful natural texture with a pop of color.

3. Picked Out

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We love the volume and height this style brings.

Follow the tutorial above to create a big afro that suits you!

4. Lighten Your Strands

big afro brown
Go slightly lighter.

Lift your color just a little and consider this warm brown hue.

5. Purple

big afro purple
So bright and striking! Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Take your bold look to the next level and opt for this super vibrant purple hue.

6. Blonde

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Make sure to deep condition after your color appointment!

This warm and sunny honey hue is super inviting (and trending!).

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Show off that enviable texture in a full-expression ‘fro. Photo credit:

Thinking about trying out this afro style? Be sure to snap a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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