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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.

Natural Hair Accessories that add Flair to Any Hairstyle

 

When I first did the Big Chop, there were many days when I had a hard time “dressing up” my hair.

Natural Hair is never boringYes. I love wearing my natural hair. But I have a TWA (a teenie weenie afro). And I wear it seven days a week. EVERY day I look in the mirror, I still have a TWA. And some days I would like to look in the mirror and see a little more sassy, or sexy, or just different. I love my little afro, but I have to be able to get some diversity in my hairstyles, so I’ve invested in just a few natural hair accessories to help me jazz up my look.

If you’re a new natural or a seasoned Naturalista looking for a way to jazz up your look, here are some ideas for natural hair accessories I wear on the regular that work for me.

HEADBANDS. I’m crazy about them.

squarerhinestoneheadband
This is the 1st headband I bought. BUY THIS Lux Accessories Crystal Rhinestone Stretch Headband from Amazon. I put it on, and it added all this extra sparkle to my hair, and well. . I was in love.

square rhinestone headband from Amazon for your natural hair
Buy this Lux Accessories Crystal Rhinestone Stretch HeadbandI’m wearing in the pic on Amazon.

Patterned Crystal Headband for natural hair
I purchased this Lux Accessories Pave Crystal Pattern Stretch Bridal Bridesmaid Hair Headband. from Amazon, too. Sometimes it’s too much sparkle for work. You can get it here

Leather braided headbands for natural hair
I just recently purchased FULL TILT 5 Piece Faux Leather Braided Headbands, Natural from Amazon. You’ll be seeing these in pics SOON.

UPDATE:

I recently purchased this gold leaf headband that has gotten me SO many compliments. I know I say this every time, but this is now my new favorite.

Gold Leaf Headband from Amazon for Natural Hair
BlueTop(TM) Gold Leaf Festival Grecian Garland Hippy Woman Forehead Hair Band Necklace – my newest favorite in #naturalhairaccessories

HATS. I live in the South where it tends to be warm, so I love straw hats.

Straw hats are a great natural hair accessory
This straw gat has pretty much dominated my summer.

My uncle's straw hat is one of my favorite natural hair accessories
See my Uncle’s hat in this pic. That’s my new favorite hat. That man knows his accessories! And he’s generous, too.

HEADWRAPS. Purchase a long one, so you can experiment with different headwrap styles to find the one that gives you the look you desire.

I wear this colorful silk scarf as a headwrap on my natural hair
I foundiF Silk, Stargate Butterflies, 35″ x 35″ Large Square Charmeuse Silk Scarf that I experimented with last summer. Loved it!

Here's the actual size of the silk scarf I use to wrap my natural hair
Here’s the actual size of the iF Silk, Stargate Butterflies, 35″ x 35″ Large Square Charmeuse Silk Scarffrom Amazon. They’re huge and silk.

HAIR CLAMP. Yeah. I know. Too soon. But I had to have it so I could grow into it. LOL

I found this hair clamp for my natural hair on Amazon
I found PuffCuff Hair Clamp (5″) for Thick, Coily, Textured Hairon Amazon. Now, I’m just working on growing out my hair so I can wear it. Coming soon!

But my all-time favorite go-to natural hair accessory is one that you own. So, this is just some encouragement for you to wear it. It’s beautiful.

You're never fully dressed without a smile
Wear your TWA, afro puff, braids, locs, WHATEVER with a smile. It’s your most important natural hair accessory?