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lupita's teeny weeny afro

As we get deep into 2014, the priority of many is to defrost from the polar vortex. For the past two months, all that many could think about was how to stay dry, hydrated, and warm, and that included our hair. Now we can finally step back and see past the frigid snow to think of spring and summer hairstyles to rock.

We sprang forward a little while ago and now have longer sunlit days to look cute and sassy. Many of us are stuck in a winter-wear-hair rut so your creativity may be a little stale and out of practice. You probably need a push to get you in the mood for spring and there’s no better way to spruce up your look than rocking the latest and greatest hairstyle of the year!

Not every year starts off with an ‘it’ hairstyle for naturals but we had no problem figuring out who was the leader this year…Lupita! Whether she rocked a TWA, fade, an accented deep part, and even straightened her coils, Lupita Nyong'o swooned us early on with her ever-changing TWA. She paired her evolving hair with gorgeous gowns that stole the red carpet and wowed all the fashion critics who were left craving for more. If her regal looks taught us nothing else this year, it allowed us to realize the TWA is versatile, sexy, hot, and the look of 2014!

So many women fear going natural because of the misconception that they must big chop (BC). Granted the long-term transitioning can be a challenge, many women fear short hair. Some feel it’s less feminine or even limited in styling. With Lupita reminding us how that couldn’t be further from the truth, I think we’ll see more women going for the bolder TWA cuts whether they are newbies or just cutting it all off for the sake of style. Just thinking outside the box is the best way to realize the endless ways a TWA can be rocked.

Adding color, highlights, hair chalk, accessories, comb coiling, or doing a blowing out on your TWA are just a few ways to break out of your winter shell this spring. It’s time for spring break, prom, and vacation and what better way to be wherever you have to go quicker with a pixie cut, TWA, or fade? Lupita also taught me how our sexy bodies can be a part of the style, as her beautiful frame made her look come alive, and her hair just showcased her beauty. A curly should never feel length is necessary when it comes to sex appeal and I think many are finally listening.

So mark my words…2014 will see a mad rush to the salons as many women will see the potential of the TWA, fade, and pixie cut. A short look is so fresh and funky for spring, and adding a bold color would only make it sizzle. Don’t sleep on the TWA naturals…you don’t want to be left behind.

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