Between Allure's hotly-debated tutorial and Solange's ever-perfect coif, the '70s textured afro has made a huge comeback.
Popularized by black women's transition back to natural curls, the afro hairstyle is once again at the helm of hair news, appearing in magazines and dominating fashion week runways.
However, no two 'fros are created equal. Natch-hair girls must cultivate a specific arsenal of creams, gels and shampoos to achieve the look.
Co-wash with Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Conditioner.
To avoid an afro drier than Michael Cera's humor, skip oil-stripping shampoo and opt for a hydrating conditioner. Pantene's Beautiful Lengths line helps lock in moisture, promoting strong, lengthy coils to keep you Diana Ross ready.
What's more? Proceeds from Pantene's beautiful lengths line help the company donate wigs to women battling cancer.
Deep condition with SheaMoisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque.
Like penises and slices of cake, women appreciate length, but thickness is equally important.
For full, soft strands, leave your hair drenched in SheaMoisture's Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque for about as long as it takes you to listen to Drake's "Hotline Bling." This creamy reinforcement will strengthen and restore your hair from weekly breakage.
Retain moisture and stretch with SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie.
Curl shrinkage is kryptonite when attempting to achieve Angela Davis heights, so stretch your locks with Bantu knots. Separate damp hair into four to five large sections and twist into knots using this frizz-taming cream.
Allow the Bantu knots to set overnight to condition and define your natural curl pattern. This process also serves as the perfect excuse for breaking dinner plans.
Take post-afro care with Creme of Nature Straight From Eden Repairing Oil.
Congratulations, the hard part's over.
Now, untwist and lightly comb out your knots. Then pick out your hair for a voluminous finished coif. Squirt a dime-sized amount of this plant-derived repairing oil to coat your 'fro and keep it from drying out.
Keep this holy hair trifecta of oils (coconut, avocado and olive) in your purse to touch-up your moisture levels before a date night or important meeting.