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How to Define Your TWA Curls

I love my TWA (teenie weenie afro)I recently got my third Big Chop. I just love to keep my natural hair really short because this length requires the least amount of maintenance of any of the natural hair lengths I’ve tried. I can spend 7 minutes in the morning on my hair and still love the way it looks and get compliments on how cute it is. It’s perfect for me.

And there are so many naturals that have not tried cutting their hair really short because they are not sure what the style options are. Well, this article only focuses on one: defining your TWA (Teenie Weenie Afro) curls, but if you are looking for other TWA hairstyles, read “New to Naturals with BEAUTIFUL Big Chops” for a bunch of other short natural hair style options.

number1_75x121 Wash and Go. Just let your natural curl pattern show. 
Most naturals have hair that is just coily by default. Of course, it may be like mine and so tightly coiled that unless you stretch it out, it looks nappy. In this case, if you’re not choosy about how the curls look, you can just use the wash and go method to get curly natural hair. But you’re going to have to do a little prep work first: 1a) Cut damaged ends. 1b)  Avoid using heat.

Here are some simple wash and go instructions:  
– Co-wash your hair by cleaning it with your favorite conditioner. De-tangle with your fingers as you work the conditioner through your strands.
– Rinse out the conditioner.
– Pat your hair dry with a towel, so it’s still moist, but not dripping.
– Add a leave-in conditioner and work through your tangles again with your fingers. I use Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream. It smells AMAZING, makes my hair feel soft, and doesn’t leave flakes.
– Use a wide tooth comb to separate your hair into four quadrants to make sure you work through it all.
– To enhance my curls, I use Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14 in 1. It keeps my hair soft and curly all day.
– Rub in oil to seal in the moisture once your done. I prefer Pompeian Olive Oil because it’s light and doesn’t add extra weight to my hair to prevent my curls from forming, but use what works best for you.
– Let your hair air dry.

Know that once your hair is dry, unless you naturally have loose curls, it may draw up into a curly afro, but this option is for those who just want to wear your crown of natural hair without any additional manipulation.

Here are some examples of TWA Hairstyles that Use the Wash and Go Method to Define Curls

Wash and Go Hairstyle to Define Curls on a Tapered TWA
Wash and Go on a Tapered TWA Haircut

Wash and Go to Define the Curl Patters on a Faded TWA Haircut with a Subtle Side Part

Wash and Go on a Faded TWA Haircut with a Subtle Side Part

Even Length TWA Haircut with Defines Curls on a Wash and Go Hairstyle
Even Length TWA Haircut that Defines Curls with a Wash and Go


number2_75x121Finger Coils 
If you want more curl definition that the wash and go method described above will provide, finger coils may be a better option. And if you are one of those people who haven’t figured out the finger coil method, I highly recommend the sponge coil method using a Curl Sponge Hair Brush for Twists and Coils. It’s super easy and quickly creates neat, consistent coils throughout your entire head.

It’s best done on moist and conditioned here. Before you get started, you’re going to have to clean and detangle your hair (if it’s long enough to need de-tangling0.  Here’s the link to a natural hair coiling tutorial that I’ve used with great results.

Here are some examples of TWA Hairstyles Use the Wash and Go Method to Define Curls.

Finger coils super short hair and don't unravel. Just wear your natural hair coiled.
You can make finger coils work on super short hair, too.

Get beautifully defined curls on your TWA with finger coils.
You can get beautifully defined curls on your TWA with finger coils.

Finger coil your tapered TWA to get gorgeously defined curls
Finger coil your tapered TWA cut to define gorgeous curls


number3_75x121Make ’em sea sick. Edge it, brush it, and get some beautiful waves

I remember when I grew up, my brothers spent all of their time in the mirror admiring those stupid waves. None of us had good hair, but they spent so much time brushing their hair into submission they always had brush waves. . Still to this day, they sport brush waves. This just goes to say that waves provide great definition to short natural hair. So, keep it clean and brush and get you a Boar Bristle Crown Brush to brush in those waves and  sport some sexy waves in your natural hair like these beautiful ladies.

You can even sport brush waves on a long(er) TWA. This wave hairstyle looks amazing!
This is a long(er) hairstyle, but looks oh so lovely with her deep brush waves.

Brush waves are beautiful on this TWA length.
Short waved natural hair never looked so good. This sister’s TWA looks amazing with brush waves.

Cute waves on this short TWA with a side part
These brush waves and this side part looks amazing on this sister’s TWA. Just A-MA-ZING.


number4_75x121Forget About Curls and Wear Your Beautiful Bald Head

Not everyone wants to twist and brush, or if you’re like me and you don’t feel like growing your hair long enough for it to even form a curl, coil or wave. Well, if that’s you, I’ve got the perfect solution for YOU. Just shave it off and wear your beautiful bald head.

I’ve done it a couple of times and I love it. Check out these beautiful ladies that are making bald look extra sexy.

Amber Rose sports one of the most beautiful bald heads in the game.
I know you haven’t forgotten about Amber Rose’s beautiful bald head.

Beautiful close crop haircut on natural hair.
Bald heads are SO sensual if you rock them that way. And this sister is rocking her beautiful close crop haircut on her natural hair.

Try a pop of color on closely cropped natural hair.
When I shave my hair off, I add a pop of color. And change the color every time I shave it. : >)

I know I mentioned a few products that I’ve used. . and still use to manage my super short TWA natural hairstyle. Here’s the complete list. Click on the picture to buy any of these products directly from Amazon.

Check them out and see if they work for you.

HOW TO Make Your Natural Hair Curly

Let’s get something straight. If your natural hair texture is not curly, you are not going to wake up every day with curly [or even wavy] natural hair unless you put in some work. And even with work, you are not going to change your natural hair texture. But you can get some beautiful results by defining your curl pattern.

Natural hair rules are just different from permed hair rules. When you live “the permed life” you may decide, youknowwhat, I’m gonna curl these bangs today. Then, you just plug up your curling iron, separate your bangs, and in about 15 seconds you have curly bangs. Yeah. Yeah. That’s not gonna work on your natural hair. But I’ve got a few tactics to help you curl your natural hair (i.e. better define your curls) that may give you the look you will like.

Wash and go on natural hairWash and Go: I love the super fro

1. Wash and Go. Just let your natural curl pattern show. 
Most naturals have hair that is just coily by default. Of course, it may be like mine and so tightly coiled that unless you stretch it out, it looks nappy. In this case, if you’re not choosy about how the curls look, you can just use the wash and go method to get curly natural hair. But you’re going to have to do a little prep work first: 1a) Cut damaged ends. 1b)  Avoid using heat.

Here are some simple wash and go instructions:  
– Co-wash your hair by cleaning it with your favorite conditioner. De-tangle with your fingers as you work the conditioner through your strands.
– Rinse out MOST of the conditioner. When you’re done rinsing, your hair shouldn’t feel slimy, but you should still be able to feel the subtle presence of conditioner.
– Pat your hair dry with a towel, so it’s still moist, but not dripping.
– Add a leave-in conditioner and work through your tangles again with your fingers. Use a wide tooth comb to separate your hair into four quadrants to make sure you work through it oil.
– Rub in oil to seal in the moisture once your done. I usually use coconut oil, but use what works best for you.
– Know that once your hair is dry, unless your hair tends to dry curly, it will probably draw up into an afro, but this option is for those who just want to wear your crown of natural hair without any additional manipulation.

Coiling your natural hair is a great way to get beautiful curlsCheck out the coiling and twisting tutorials

2. Coils and Twists. 
The wash and go described above isn’t going to give you any curl definition, but coils and twists definitely will.

It’s best done on moist and conditioned here. And the only difference between coils and twists is that coils are created by using your index finger to wrap your hair and you have to separate the hair into two separate pieces when doing twists. To make either option work, you’re going to have to detangle your hair before getting started. Here’s the link to a natural hair coiling tutorial that I’ve used. Here’s the link to a natural hair twisting tutorial that I’ve used.

Use curling rods and no heat on natural hair to get beautiful curlsCurl your hair while it’s moist
and forget the heat.

3. Curling Rods
No. The curling iron won’t work on your natural hair – not unless you dry it out and use some setting lotion to get started, but the curling rods will. Once you’re done cowashing, sealing with oil and detangling, and while your hair is still moist section it out into small sections and apply the curling rods. Allow it to air dry or dry overnight.  Here’s the link to a curling rod tutorial I’ve used.

A braid out on natural hair doesn't get you "curls" but gets beautiful waves insteadThe longer you can leave your braids in,
the deeper the wave pattern will be.


4. Braids/Plaits
Cornrow braids won’t curl your hair, but they will help you get a nice wavy look. Again, once you’re done cowashing, sealing with oil and detangling, and while your hair is still moist, part it into 8 sections and cornrow braid each section separately. You don’t have to braid into the scalp, but you want to make sure your braid all the way to the ends of your hair, so your braids don’t unravel while you’re waiting for your hair to dry. Allow your hair to air dry for 3-4 hours and you’ll be able to get some subtle waves. The longer you can leave the braids in the deeper the wave pattern. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Queens, I want you to be bold. Be a show off & support the natural hair movement. Get a New2Natural tote bag today!