Wearing African-American Hair Short - Hairstyles - iVillage Beauty Hair and Nail Salon

Tips to perk up this retro style

The Afro is an easy, low maintenance style since there is no need for chemicals. This style has changed from the days when it was perfectly rounded and pulled out from the head with a pick. Now, an Afro is simply any length of hair that is in its natural state. It can be cared for with a pick or with your fingers. Use an oil sheen for moisture and, as with all styles, schedule a trim every six weeks to keep the hair healthy.

The cropped cut features short layers all over the head finger-combed with pomade for moisture and styling control. This style is ideal if you color your hair since hair is trimmed frequently to remove dryness or damage from processing. Anything goes in this look -- from cropped very close to the scalp to tight curls. For loose curls with the look of a body wave, treat the hair with a little relaxer for silky texture.

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