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The Afro was popularly sported by African Americans in the late 1960s and early 1970s; however, not all individuals can achieve this hairstyle naturally, and as a result, it has become an integral part of many costumes due to its cultural importance in the form of a wig. Whether shopping for a black Afro or for a brightly coloured Afro, choosing the right one is sure to add flair to your ensemble.

Synthetic vs. Human Hair

Afro wigs can be constructed of either synthetic or human hair. Human-hair wigs offer the most natural appearance and feel, but they are generally more expensive than their counterpart is. As such, these wigs are often reserved for those looking to supplement their natural hair or to modify the look of their hair without making any permanent changes. Conversely, synthetic wigs are cheaper and better suited for costume wear.

Afro Size

When shopping for an Afro, pay close attention to wig sizing. While some wigs are marketed as one-size-fits-all, other wigs (especially high-end models) are personalised according to head size. As such, it is important to direct yourself to the manufacturer's sizing chart and measure the circumference of your head accordingly before making a purchasing decision.

Afro Brand

Afros are made by various manufacturers, including California Costume Collections, Forum, Rubie's, Smiffys and Dreamgirl. When shopping, make sure to only purchase from reputable companies who produce high-quality wigs, especially if you're shopping for a natural-looking hairpiece. On the other hand, quality may not be of dire concern for those looking for a costume wig for one-time wear.

Afro Style

The right Afro should compliment or match your ensemble or costume. Patterns and styles are only limited by your imagination, so as you shop, consider how you intend to use the wig. For instance, a black Afro wig will offer the most natural look, making it perfect for everyday wear or for a disco party, while a neon green Afro wig may be better suited for Halloween or to complement a clown costume.

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