For those seeking voluminous and defined curls, the Afro pick is a powerful tool for curly hair that can help create the 'big hair' look you desire.
The Afro pick, distinguished by its wide-spaced, sturdy teeth, is a go-to tool for those with curly or coily hair aiming to enhance volume and definition.
Here's a step-by-step guide to using an Afro hair pick for achieving voluminous curls.
Step 1. Start with Clean, Damp Hair
Achieving stunning, voluminous curls with an Afro pick starts with clean, damp hair. Begin your routine by cleansing your hair with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner, ensuring your curls receive the hydration they need. Towel-dry your hair until it's damp but not dripping wet to create an ideal canvas for styling.
Step 2. Apply a Curl-Enhancing Product
Apply a curl-enhancing product evenly throughout your hair, such as a mousse or styling cream, to define your curls and promote their natural pattern. Such products will help to maximise volume.
Step 3. Dry Your Hair
Drying your hair before using an Afro pick is crucial as it minimises breakage and facilitates a smoother detangling process, ensuring the curls are more resilient and less prone to damage during styling. Whether you choose to dry your hair using a diffuser or air dry using a microfiber towel, both methods help maintain curl integrity and promote a healthier, defined curl pattern.
Step 4. Find the Right Hair Pick
Using the right Afro hair pick is crucial for maintaining the health and definition of your curly hair. They are usually two main options: Metal picks and Plastic picks.
Metal Afro Pick: While durable and effective, may pose a higher risk of causing damage if not used carefully. The rigidity of metal teeth can lead to more tension on the hair, potentially resulting in breakage.
Plastic Afro Pick: With its wide-spaced and flexible teeth, is generally gentler on the hair, minimising the risk of breakage and ensuring a smoother detangling process.
It's essential to consider your hair type and sensitivity when choosing between the two, as using the right Afro pick ensures that you can effectively enhance volume and define your curls without compromising their health.
Here at Curly Twirly Girl our Afro Hair Pick is made from plant acetate, an alternative to plastic, which still being gentle on the hair strands.
Step 5: Pick Your Hair
As recommended you should start using your afro pick only once your hair is dry. It is also advised to not pick your hair at the ends as this will break your natural curl pattern, causing frizziness and breakage.
To successfully create volume follow these simple steps:
- Flip Your Hair: Tilt your head forward, allowing your hair to fall over, and begin using the pick starting from the bottom, near the nape of your neck.
- Shake and Section: Share your hair out. Divide your hair into manageable sections.
- Fluff and Shape: Use the Afro pick to fluff and shape your curls, paying attention to areas that need additional volume or definition.
- Focus on Roots: Lift sections of hair at the roots with the pick to add height and create an overall voluminous look.
After using an Afro hair pick for volume, apply a light mist of hairspray to set and hold the volume you have created throughout the day.