What is fro short for?


Fro is an abbreviated version of "afro." It is a curly, textured hairstyle that often forms a rounded, ball-like shape.

Afro is derived from the term "Afro-American," which comes from "African American." Black people popularized afro in the 1960s during the American Civil Rights and Black Is Beautiful movements. As part of these movements, Black people sought to broaden society's stereotypical definitions of beauty to include Black features, styles, and aesthetics. The afro is one of the styles Black people sought to reintroduce and recontextualize during this period.

With the afro, at least, Black people succeeded. By the 1970s, some Black people had begun choosing not to wear their hair in afros specifically because the hairstyle had become too mainstream. However, the afro, or fro, is still popular today, especially among Black people with naturally curly hair who do not want to straighten or otherwise artificially shape their hair.


Check out that fro! Thing's mad impressive

A woman touching up her fro

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Updated May 21, 2021

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