I recently big chopped my natural hair for the second time back in June. Initially, I enjoyed my short natural haircut, it was quite liberating. The styling time was minimal. I could get up, wet my hair a bit, and go.
It was glorious but short lived since my hair grew like a weed. I’ve gained about an inch and a half of hair growth since then and my hair is at the awkward length or the TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage.
You know, the stage where it’s too long to just get up and go but not long enough to do much of anything else. If you’re at this stage or have been at this stage before, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
It’s frustrating and I’m often times bored with my hair and just want it to grow out already. However, since this is not likely to happen because nature works at her own pace, I’ve developed five ways to spice up your TWA for all my natural hair honeys going through the same struggle.
1. Hair Accessories
If you haven’t invested in some good hair accessories already, you should definitely consider it. Hair accessories range anywhere from hats to flowers to hair scarfs to those cute little hair chains I adore. They’re most often inexpensive, easy to wear, and fashionable.
They’re also a great way to turn some heads. A statement piece like a bold colored hair scarf or a flower crown will instantly vivify a boring hair day. This is probably the easiest way to spice up your TWA and there are plenty of videos on YouTube to assist you in this.
2. Go Shorter
If you dare, why not cut your hair shorter? I know this may sound a little intimidating. After all if you’ve never rocked a buzzed cut before you have no way of knowing how you will look or what others will think.
It takes a lot of courage; I was just as nervous three years ago when I decided to shave off all my hair. It was weird at first and took a lot of getting used to but once I was over the initial shock, I absolutely adored it. It was the most freeing experience of my life! I continued to wear my hair shaved for about a year and found that doing so had many positive effects.
The short-term effects:
I never had to style my hair, ever! I could literally just get up and go.
I never had to worry about my hair getting messed up by rain, the wind, humidity or anything for that matter.
It gave me an instant fashion upgrade. I felt like I was stylish even when I wasn’t trying to. Shaving her head is about the biggest fashion statement a woman can make and I really enjoyed that aspect of it.
The long-term effects:
I see my beauty in a different light and no longer associate it with having long or short hair.
I gained a great deal of confidence from shaving my hair that I probably would not have gained otherwise.
So, if you’re not in a hurry to grow out your hair, why not? At the least, it’s something to think about.