So you’ve just taken the first major step in your natural hair journey and big chopped.
The unhealthy state of your hair just became too much to handle. From the mass amount of breakage in your hair brush, to the burnt ends as a result of over processing and heat damage, it was time for a fresh start. Unfortunately, this new Teenie Weenie Afro—or TWA—is not slaying your life like you expected. Well, don’t worry natural sisters, we got you. Here are some trendy styles that you can try on your short locks to achieve that newly natural glow you had originally hoped for.
All of the hairstyle listed below are perfect for any and all curl patterns so feel free to experiment!
This simple and playful look resembles an ocean tide or wave and is perfect for women with short hair. Bonus: this look requires minimal effort and products.
STRAIGHT AND SLEEK
Just because you’ve gone natural doesn’t mean you have to ditch straight hair forever! Switching up your look is a part of the fun. As much as we love and embrace our gorgeous curls, it can be nice to pull up on em’ with that length check every now and again.
SLICKED BACK PONY
If you’re in a crunch for time and need a cute versatile style ASAP, look no further than this slick ponytail. This style is absolutely effortless and works well with any occasion and can be achieved with or without hair extensions. Whether it’s a first date, house party, or family dinner, the pony delivers every time.
For more instructions, check out this video: Hannah Mussette
LOW BUN WITH SIDE OR CENTRE PART
A low sleek bun with a swift part can add a dash of sass with a hint of class to any look and can be done with or without hair extensions. This simple style won’t overshadow your outfit. Instead, it will provide the necessary elegance to compliment your fashion sense, while still letting your clothes and accessories do the talking.
The high puff is a great style for length retention as it requires minimal manipulation. With the proper moisturizing techniques, it has the potential to last you throughout the working week all the way up to your party weekend. No need to stop at the hairdresser before that big family BBQ cookout Saturday night, this look will serve all on its own.
WASH N’ GO
Wash N’ Gos are the holy grail of the natural hair movement. Once a naturalista achieves this style they have officially graduated to a full blown natural hair guru! All you have to do is literally wash your hair and go. But be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t contain any form of sulfate, since it’s too harsh chemically for most curls. Instead, go for moisturizing products that contain natural oils such as avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil. If you’re running late and need a quick fix this style is your one stop shop.
[Fine Tooth Comb $1.00-$2.50 and/or Hair Brush $3-$7][Shampoo and Conditioner][Max Hold Gel (Eco Styler, Gorilla Snot, etc up to 500ml $3-$25][Curl Enhancing Smoothie $10-$16][Optional Bobby Pins 100-300 count $ 2.50-$7][Optional: Blow Dryer with a diffuser $30-$65]
BY KEYSHA WATSON