If this is something that you think you might want to do, then you need to know the proper procedure so that you can get the best possible results. First of all, as with most hair styles, you need to make sure your hair is clean. You cannot cut, condition, or style hair when it is dirty. A quick shampoo should handle this.
Next, it is usually necessary to also use a conditioner. This is important because African hair is naturally coarse and dry. When you wash it, it can dry out very quickly afterward if you do not use conditioner. Also, any time you style this kind of hair you need to be very careful how you treat it, even if you were gentle. Even just a little too much heat or treatment can cause your hair to weaken and break.
After you have cleaned and conditioned your hair and scalp, you will also need to use a moisturizer. This is extremely important, obviously, because while the conditioner will help your hair to relax and allow you to style it, moisturizer will ensure that your hair retains the hydration that it needs to keep its shape and strength.
Of course, once you have performed all of this preparation, you are ready to actually start styling the hair. This might include a cut or a trim. You may not need to cut your hair, but it is usually a good idea to get everything even before you start so that you know what to expect from the styling session.
When it comes to the actual style, this process involves rolling the hair up in a tight spiral and then pinning it up with bobby pins. Before you do this, though, you need to make sure that your hair is completely dry. You can towel dry it, air dry it, or if you are in a hurry, you can use a blow dryer. Either way, you need to make sure that your hair is dry before you start the actual styling process so that your hair will stay healthy and strong.