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Updated on July 02, 2021
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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!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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?

2. TWA with Etched Nape

If the society tries to persuade you that short hair is for men only, dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s with cute and feminine temple and nape designs. Such well-done designs will prove you have got great taste and will definitely turn heads.

3. Funky Temple Fade

Try a twist on the funky flat top by getting a shaven angle on the side to define a side part. Grow out the top nice and long and keep it cut in a flattened, squared-off shape. This adds dimension to naturally curly styles … not to mention it looks cool!

4. Neat Natural Coils

Keep it simple by embracing totally natural TWA hairstyles! Embrace tight, uncolored and ultra-curled ringlets that hug the shape of your head and play off your natural features and bone structure.

5. Soft Blonde Afro

TWAs don’t need to be so teeny weeny! Let your curls grow out a bit if you want. Color them a buttery blonde and prepare to be amazed. The golden curls will frame your face perfectly and bring out your natural features!

6. White Blonde Buzz Cut

Channel your inner Amber Rose with a shaved and chiseled afro. Nothing is sexier than a woman who can rock a nearly-bald look. And, don’t worry, your hair is still there! Keep the top a bit long and let that mane be known!

7. TWA with Ombre-ed Quiff

Here we see one more great idea for short women`s hair. Slightly longer front-zone makes the cut look not so short and the abrupt change of colors remembers you that even with TWA you have to stay aware of the trendiest dye jobs. One clean shaven line will be the so-called ‘cherry on the top’ of your ‘do.

8. Natural Auburn Curls

It`s no secret that your natural hair color is the best for you. But if you want to make your look brighter, choose a soft warm shade, which will accentuate the tones of your skin and eyes. Auburn, copper or cherry bronze will be ideal!

9. Bronzed Afro Cut

Lighten up your natural, dark curls by adding some honey or bronze hue as a base color or highlights. The result is a hairstyle packed with life and dimension, yet still natural-looking. Make side part for even more fun and femininity, and pair your cut with some massive earrings. Now your look will be mega-attractive!

10. Short Golden Brown Hair

Golden brown TWA hairstyles look fantastic. The greatest part? When it grows out, you’ll get a lovely, natural ombre effect that is very on-trend now! The sidewalk will become your runway!

11. Side Shaved Design

Implementing a shaved design in your teeny weeny afro is a great way to show off your cut and personality. Whether you choose a straight line, swirl, or intricate pattern, these designs are amazing on twas because of the clear visibility and how they compliment your facial features.

Women's Extra Short Natural Hairstyle

Instagram / @starlinerz

12. Tight Natural Curls

TWA haircuts allow you to embrace natural hair. Set tight curls with your favorite kind of hair oil or gel to best define the texture. A straight cut like this one is simple but has such a beautiful impact!

Twa Hairstyle

Instagram / @rizzouh

13. Bright Red Faux Hawk

Not only are afros always in style, but they are so convenient since they require minimal styling time. These cuts also minimize shrinkage and let the true hair length show through!

Twa With Red Mohawk Highlights

Instagram / @deecarrington

14. Honey Blonde TWA

Change up your hair color when getting a TWA for a total transformation! A blonde twa is a trendy choice — perfect for warming up complexions, try it out if you’ve always wanted to experiment with blonde locks.

Short Natural Blonde Hairstyle

Instagram / @shaddah_elyse

15. Female TWA Fade

This haircut has it all — a female fade, a geometric hairline and a shaved design. Women with fades are edgy and badass, and the cut suits black women’s hair texture flawlessly. Find a good barber and try out this sexy style.

Twa With Side And Nape Undercut

Instagram / @starlinerz

16. Short Defined Curls

How stunning is this TWA?! Achieve this wet look with water-based styling products and by laying your edges flat in a swirled style. Take it to the next level by enhancing your facial features with minimal makeup.

Gelled Twa Hairstyle

Instagram / @queenteshna

17. Purple Tapered Twa

TWAs with type 4 kinky-coily hair are beautiful. This is how a taper cut would appear with your teenie weenie afro. Add a bold color to your bold cut.

Purple Tapered Twa

Instagram / @rimmysparkles

18. Buzz Cut Love

Drop. Dead. Gorgeous. There are countless twa hairstyles, and many of them are buzz cut, or barely there bald cuts. This kind of afro will draw attention to your facial features, and an unusual color if you dare to try it.

Green Twa

Instagram / @shayglam00

19. Smokey Coiled Afro

Type 3 hair can also be coiled in TWAs. This alluring smokey color is eye-catching, but is more elusive than a vibrant hue. Pro tip — with this straight haircut, let your sideburn hair curl a little longer for a modern impact.

Short Natural Pastel Blue Hairstyle

Instagram / @salonchristol

20. Super Short Bald Twa

Many black models decide to go bald because it’s fashion forward and so striking. By having a bald TWA, you are embracing your natural beauty while standing out from the crowd. Bonus points for a color change!

Blonde Twa Hairstyle

Instagram / @haircolorkilla

21. Pixie Teenie Weenie Afro

For ladies with smaller foreheads, leave some height at the top of your head in your TWA natural hairstyle. Complete this with faded sides and short cut at the back, while having the longest length around the crown.

Twa With Taper Fade

Instagram / @loopsalon

22. Twa with Side Part

Spice up a TWA with a side part! For maximum wear time, part your freshly washed hair with a comb and set it with a firm hold gel. Section off remaining hair with clips on both sides of the part, and blow-dry using a straight nozzle attachment.

Side-Parted Twa Hairstyle

Instagram / @gemishaun

23. Extra Short Shaved Cut

Add some dimension to your super short TWA with a shaved swirl design. Not only does it look chiseled and fresh, but it would also bring the opportunity to incorporate edgier pieces in your wardrobe!

Twa With Shaved Zigzag Part

Instagram / @rastaboycutz

24. Bald Lady Fade

Basic TWA hair does not equal boring — you don’t need bells and whistles to make an impact. An almost bald head ‘do is super pretty and clean.

Women's Extra Short Fade

Instagram / @hairbykatiek

25. Classic Twa Haircut

Classic and sassy TWAs are the gateway into the short afro community. Try shaved lines or designs to dress up your TWA, but if you want to show off your beautiful face, keep those frills to minimum.

Twa With A Shaved Line

Instagram / @its_jennj

26. Kinky Afro

TWAs offer the chance to really grow out natural hair. This kinky afro is an example of a wash and go style with marginal upkeep. Type 4 ladies, here’s some inspiration for minimizing hair routines while growing out your locks!

Twa Cut With Sideburns

Instagram / @aboutiquesalon

27. Bright Pink Mini Coils

Wondering how to style a new afro? Tie up curls all over your head for a chic and fresh ‘do! A popular hairdo for black women with TWA styles, tying lets you wash your hair less frequently, and protects your natural curls.

Red Curly Twa Hairstyle

Instagram / @rimmysparkles

28. Tapered Natural Cut

A tapered teenie weenie afro is fabulous for a substantial amount of time after leaving the salon. Having hair longer at the top visually elongates the face, and is the right choice for ladies who like to wear fauxhawks.

Short Natural Cur With Side Undercuts

Instagram / @nickeewagner

29. Short Natural Curls

Natural short curls are fun and easy going, and draw an air of nonchalant woke-up-like-this beauty. Plus, twas don’t necessarily have to be mega teenie weenie! Welcome your hair texture, whatever it is!

30. Geometric Buzzed TWA

TWA natural hair pairs well with geometric designs. Play up your impressive bone structure, and select a neatly buzzed cut with a hard part to really turn heads and give hair envy everywhere you go!

Women's Twa With Lineup

Instagram / @authentically.b

31. Crimson Razored Curls

Want to introduce even more edgy elements to your style? Get a clear path around your head for a uniquely cool look. For added “cool girl” points, give the top of your afro a little color! Whether it’s red, blue or green, your look will be far from boring.

32. Twisted Blonde Coils

Take those loose, free ringlets for a spin and tie them up all over your head. The result is a uniquely interesting look that’s still oh-so feminine and chic!

33. Faded Ombre Hairstyle

To make your style daring and bold, ask the barber to spice up your haircut with faded sides. And in case it is not enough for you, try contrasting colors. This trick will definitely confirm your status of a real fashionista.

34. Long Top Short Sides Style

Go long up top and add some blonde to your ringlets while you’re at it! Keep the sides of your hair short and tight so the party stays solely on top! Don’t be afraid to go as long as you want with those curls! The funkier the better!

35. Platinum Blonde Crop

Short and sassy afros are great for those with a taste for adventure! Give your super-short ’fro a light and bright blonde hue and watch your style illuminate… starting from the top! Keeping your afro short and tight shows off your facial features and bone structure, so make sure to smile and let people see that beautiful face.

36. Blonde Faux Hawk Effect

If you’re a daring gal with a need to REALLY change things up, it’s time to pick up that razor. Go for a shaved-down hairstyle with the hair longer up top. For added edge, dye the tips and go blonde for a bit!

37. Trimmed Curls with Temple Fade

When it comes to natural hairstyles, a buzzed afro is as simple as it gets. Requiring minimal styling and products, you can literally get up and go! Stay on top of your regular haircuts to keep the cut short and clean.

38. TWA with Razored Edge

Curly TWAs can still be soft and feminine, even if you add a little razored edge. Not to mention, the upkeep is easy, and hair care routine is minimal. If you feel so inclined, you can add some hard part to your cut.

39. Ravishing in Red

Time to channel your inner scarlet lady with a vibrant, sassy hairstyle! Sometimes TWA hairstyles need some freshening, and nothing does that quite like a bright hue. No matter how you style your ‘do, your curls will make a statement wherever you go.

40. Curly Carved Hairstyle

Just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Have fun with different shapes and shades. Colorful, asymmetrical hairdos are sometimes best. Try getting an interesting shaved design on your head and plan your style around it!


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!

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