Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o were both recently spotted sporting parted afros on their natural hair. The Black Panther leading ladies have been known to pull off just about any hairstyle from a bald head to bantu knots, but this look is a personal favorite. The asymmetrical fro is a great way to put an edgy spin on the classic afro for naturalistas with short hair or a teeny-weeny afro—also known as the TWA.
Gurira and Nyong’o were styled by celebrity stylists, Coree Moreno and Vernon Francois. At just 24 years old, Moreno’s client list already includes Cynthia Erivo, Serena Williams and more. Francois is an OG in the hair game whose hands have blessed the crowns of Angela Bassett, Amandla Stenberg, and longtime client, Lupita Nyong’o, for whom he’s created some truly iconic red carpet looks!
Are you feeling the asymmetrical fro? Not to worry—you can get the look at home, and it’s simpler than you would think. We’ll show you how!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Afro pick or wide tooth comb
Step 1: Start off with detangled and freshly washed or co-washed hair. Try the As I Am Coconut Co-Wash, a personal favorite of mine for leaving the hair clean but not stripped of moisture.
Step 2: Prep your hair using a leave-in conditioner and your oil of choice to lock in moisture. If you are looking for something affordable, go for Hollywood Beauty Argan Oil ($8.29, Walgreens.com) and this leave-in, also from As I Am. After your product is applied, work it through with a wide-tooth comb or afro pick for even distribution and further detangling.
Step 3: Using a rat tail comb, create a precise part starting from the center of your forehead, moving diagonally backwards. Part to whichever side works best for you. Once finished, you should have an uneven plane, with more hair on one side of your part.
Step 4: Use your wide tooth comb or pick again to comb your hair out to full height. Then, starting on your side of choice, use your hands to gently pat your hair down into place. Use your judgement to pat and shape as you go along. Repeat this process on the other side of the part.
As you pat your hair down, be sure to leave one side higher than the other. Generally, the side with less hair should be more compact to create that asymmetrical look. Be sure to be mindful of your part as you go; it should be distinct, while keeping your scalp hidden. Keep a spray bottle with water on deck to rehydrate your hair if it starts to dry out before your style is completed.
PHOTO CREDIT: Lainey Gossip