The Easiest Way to Style and Shape an Afro Fade

We're spilling the secrets to getting the perfectly textured Afro haircut.

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The art of styling an afro fade involves an effective technique and the correct products. And guess what? We’re sharing the formula with you! Before we do so, though, understand that there are some things you can do at night to make your morning styling session quick and easy. For one, moisture is key. If you’re not one to wash your hair every day, the steam for your shower is sufficient to soften and add moisture to your hair. After showering, run an oil like coconut oil through your hair to lock in moisture. Secondly, consider sleeping on a silk pillowcase to prevent dry, tangled hair. Otherwise, you’ll be spending a lot more time picking your hair to detangle it in the morning.

Below, we demonstrate how to shape an afro fade. Picking it out isn’t the only way to style and reshape your hair! Read on to discover how you can use these styling tips at home to style your afro fade in just 10 minutes or less:

Step 1

Pick hair to detangle before styling.

Using an afro pick, pick your hair to detangle before styling. Here’s a tip: This is best to do after the shower as the steam softens the hair, making it easier to detangle and comb through.

afro fade: pick hair
Step 2

Apply a softening cream and scrunch into hair.

Scoop a finger-tip amount of AXE Natural Look: Softening Control Cream, then rub it between your palms. This particular cream is ideal for creating natural looks, which makes it perfect for creating this natural style on your ‘fro. Using both hands, squeeze the cream into your hair in a scrunching motion to wake your texture up and create your style. This method helps build texture as you reshape your afro fade with your hands.

afro fade: apply softening cream
Step 3

Define curls with a sponge brush.

It’s best to use tools to help create and define the texture you want. For this look, use a sponge brush on your hair in a circular motion to define your curls. A sponge brush (available at local drugstores and hair supply stores) can help you achieve soft and chunky curls.

afro fade: sponge curls
Step 4

Final look!

There you have it! A well-groomed and super defined afro fade haircut.

afro fade: sponge curls final look

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