Photo Courtesy of Christina Nwabugo

Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA”> is a small afro, and while it started out as a method for going natural, it has turned into a trendy, sexy style that encompasses more than merely embracing a natural hair journey. 

Scores of women realized this was no longer just a method for returning natural, but an embodiment of style. Some feel limited with styles, and while stepping out of your comfort zone may be easy for many, some women feel compelled to either transition or wear wigs and extensions for more versatility. If that is your prerogative, then by all means do you boo, but if you want to thoroughly enjoy the loving spirit of the TWA, then we are here to share just how to do it and do it well.

Embrace your beauty

Self-love is a necessary component in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Loving yourself should come naturally to all of us, but sometimes it does not. Love your amazingly beautiful self inside and out, and that includes the natural coils that grace your beautiful head. Your natural hair is unique and lovely, and as you dance to the beat of your own style, make sure to look at your exquisite features and love every curve, dimple, discoloration, and mark that makes you unique.

Embrace your natural hair changes

The upside to chopping off your relaxed ends is working with only one hair texture. Transitioning can be rewarding but challenging. As your hair grows it may go through plenty of changes in the first few years as you moisturize and nurture it. Be aware of the changes and take them in strides, as that acceptance will make for less bad hair days.

Embrace your texture

What you start off with in texture when you first BC may not be what you end up with at month six, year one, or even year two, and that should be perfectly okay. Whatever your hair’s texture, density or porosity, make sure to love your unique head of hair. All textures are beautiful. While it may seem everyone loves a particular texture, every type from 4C to 2A can master beautiful styles from wash and goes to twist out and beyond. Check out YouTube videos of vloggers with textures that mirror yours for styling choices or hit up a curly hair stylist for tips on styles perfect for your hair type.

Pump up the accessories and styles

Now, short hair is not for everyone and when I did the BC, I felt slightly less feminine at the time because of it, and there is no need for me to even lie about it. I did however begin rocking brighter and bolder lipstick and earrings and a sista felt better about my short hairdo immediately. Accessories can be makeup, jewelry, color, or a hat. ThatIsKei and ImShineStruck share how they rock their TWAs and the immeasurable ways it transforms their look with each accessory, technique, and color.

The takeaway

Yes, you can rock a TWA in more than one way. Limit only to your liking because there are numerous ways to rock a TWA, from adding scarves to creating a part. Once you see the beauty within yourself and your hair, the enjoyment you will have creating a new natural you will be liberating, easy, and fun. Sometimes we just have to get out of our own critical way.

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How do you enjoy your TWA?

Sabrina Perkins


Sabrina, founder of and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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