When most think of natural hair, they typically think beautifully full, wild and robust afros. However, rocking an afro can also mean going the shorter route … very short. Enter TWA hairstyles (Teeny Weeny Afro if you’re going to get technical). These days these tight and curly ‘dos are all the rage.
What Is TWA Hair?
TWA is a short natural hairstyle with hair length of maximum 2 inches. It’s the style you wear after a big chop resulted usually after heat damage or as a transition from relaxed to natural hair. TWA should never be boring or embarrassing. In fact it can be very cute, creative and flattering. Please never think you can’t do much to the hair this short. We have very nice ideas for you in store!
Best TWA Hairstyles
You can try any craziest color or come up with the most extraordinary texture – an extra short afro will withstand any bold experiment with dignity. Check out the 20 best inspirational images of women rocking short TWA hairstyles!
#1: Icy Blonde Hair
Give your TWA hairstyle an icy edge by dying it a stark white blonde. It’s just as striking and chic as a honey or buttery shade. Heck, haven’t you always wondered if blondes have more fun?
Yes, a big chop sounds discouraging to many of us… and how about making it exciting? With bleach is one way. Okay, you can certainly wear a blonde wig when you want to experience the life of an A-lister blonde, but rocking your own blonde hair is always tempting. When your hair is very short it’s probably the best time to try. Many girls who have grown out their natural hair regret they haven’t tried new colors in their TWA days.
Simple TWA Hairstyle Ideas
When considering a big chop, your major concern is probably “Well, I don’t know how to style TWA((” Let us assure you, it’s not that difficult. Anybody can succeed with the following easy styles.
- Curl Definition for 4c Hair. Wash your hair, apply a leave in-conditioner and seal with coconut oil. If you hair is dry when you begin styling it, dampen it spraying with water. Rub Eco Style Gel into your hair. Work section by section, first saturate a section with gel, then carefully brush starting from your ends. Air dry or blow dry your hair with a hair dryer set on a low setting.
- Finger Coils with a Brush for 4a and 4 b Hair. Use any kind of curl enhancer, cream or gel suitable for your hair. Apply it to your freshly washed, conditioned and sealed hair (with an oil of your preference). Brush your hair in circular motions section by section until your coils begin to define.
- Simple Wash and Go. Wash your hair, apply a leave-in conditioning cream and rub it through your curls. Define a couple of curls twisting hair here and there with your fingers. Make a short side part with a comb if you wish. Pin to keep the hair down on either side of the part.
- Sleeked Back Half Up. Apply BB Foam Moisturizing Wrapping Lotion to the front of your hair and sleek it back with a boar bristle brush. Pin to keep the curls in place. Work on your edges with a tooth brush for the perfect sleekness.
- Long Top Sleek Sides. Try a TWA take on the popular unisex long top short sides style. Brush the top up and slick the sides down with gel achieving the trendy contrast of lengths and textures.
Easy Ways To Spice Up Your TWA
Even though length is what actually gives us a variety of styling options, we have ways to enhance and customize our TWA. Here are some suggestions.
- Make up, especially well-groomed eye brows. Looking like a girl with a TWA is easy with a bit of make up. Beautiful eye-brows are very important as they work as a frame of your face, a frame of your features, to be more specific.
- Chunky earrings or necklaces. Some eye-catching accessory around your face screams “Woman” from far away.
- Headbands and hair wraps. Bright colorful headbands should compliment your skin tone and add to your hairstyle when your hair lacks length. A hair wrap is a cool trick when you don’t want (or don’t have time) to style your TWA.
- Color. Play with color, dyeing the ends of your hair or get a solid show-stopping color. When your hair is this short it’s much easier to decide on a new color you’ve never tried before.
4 Things Your TWA Will Thank You For
- A spray bottle with water. Refresh your hair in the morning and during the day to quench its thirst and keep it moisturized.
- A deep conditioner. This is a key element of your hair care routine, a step you simply can’t skip after every wash if you don’t want to deal with super dry hair. A deep conditioner is packed with nutrients and oils that neutralize aggressive effects of clarifying shampoos, styling tools and styling products.
- Any natural oil as a sealant. It can be extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or castor oil – the most popular choices among naturalistas. Natural oils keep the moisture within the hair shaft and seal the ends which is crucial if you want to prevent their splitting and grow out healthy hair.
- A silk or satin pillow-case. It doesn’t cause friction and takes no precious moisture out of your hair as cotton pillowcases do.
The LOC and LCO Methods for Moisturized Natural Hair
Every girl who has done a big chop plans to grow out healthy natural hair. Starting caring about your TWA properly is as important as maintaining the health of your medium afro and longer curls. The LOC method (Liquid + Oil + Cream) seals the moisture in your hair providing guaranteed hydration for 2-3 days.
The LOC method suggests application of the products in the sequence where liquid (water spray or leave-in conditioner, for instance) comes first. Next oil (olive oil, avocado oil, JBCO oil, coconut oil) is applied to seal the moisture. And the last step is any styling cream for curly hair to define curls. The LOC can and should become your routine for every wash day.
You may also want to invert oil and cream, use oil as the last step, if you find it more convenient and good for your hair. Both LOC and LCO methods are effective and do the job right.
So, you’ve just got a big chop or looking for ways to revamp your look with short hair. Congrats! You are a confident and brave lady! Instead of hiding your chop under protective hairstyles, embrace it and make the most of it.
Try not to be obsessed with hair growth. Just shift your focus. Soft and touchable short hair is better than damaged long hair. Length will be gained with time. Deep condition and moisturize, and you’ll grow out healthy natural hair. The journey can be as enjoyable as the destination itself!
Short hair leaves you nothing to hide behind, so you need to be brave to flaunt a TWA. Don’t make it just average. Use our ideas to brighten your look and enjoy the short hair stage of your life appreciating its benefits. After all, with a bit of TDC short natural hair is much easier to handle than longer curls!