So you've decided to transition from chemically treated tresses to natural hair via the big chop and you’re wondering how to rock your new TWA (teeny weeny afro). The dramatic change can present a stylistic challenge, but it can also be viewed as an exciting fresh start! Here are 4 easy ideas to help you flaunt a new chic short natural hairdo with confidence.
Play with color: Color instantly highlights the beauty of a TWA. Actress Viola Davis proved this point when she wowed on the Oscar red carpet sporting stunning colored hair. With shorter hair you can even pull off bolder shades! The key to getting it right is choosing a hue that compliments your skin tone. Whether you opt for bleached blonde or a rich henna shade, proper steps should be taken to protect the health of your coils. Seek out a professional colorist or stylist to minimize any possible damage or hair breakage.
Add Accessories: From trend right turbans to headbands there are so many fun possibilities for adorning a cropped crown. Not into hair bling? Add face and neck framing statement jewelry to your styling arsenal. When Solange Knowles debuted her naturalista look, the songstress/dj/model expertly incorporated fashion forward baubles and quirky headpieces into her wardrobe. Take notes!
Be about face: With shorter hair, your lovely face will take center stage. This is an opportune time to tweak your beauty routine. Play up those features, ladies! Say hello to glowing skin, glam lips, rosy cheeks and lush lashes. Get inspired by the gorgeous makeup moments that Chrisette Michele served with her TWA.
Love your texture: Be it curls, waves, or compact coils, embrace the texture that emerges after a big chop. Knowing more about your hair type or curl pattern will make it easier to research and establish a maintenance regimen. Focus on nourishing, protecting and conditioning. Most importantly, be patient, have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment as you learn what your hair needs.
For the love of hair,