I did not have a TWA stage since I transitioned without cutting my length off but if I could do it all over again, I think I would spend some time loving and nurturing my TWA.
I wasn’t too crazy about the idea of having short hair and just wanted to get past that stage so I totally missed it, I didn’t even make an effort to enjoy it – *smacks self in head*.
The internet is literally bursting with styles with women actually celebrating having short hair, and if you are struggling with your own TWA and simply don’t know how to wear or feminize your look, it helps to watch a couple videos with women who have your texture to get a little inspiration.
4 Simple TWA Tips:
1. Moisturize and seal often – This can mean everyday or every other day depending on how you style your hair. Use water, water based products, aloe vera juice* to add moisture to your hair. While your hair is really short, there’s nothing wrong with getting it wet in the shower every morning if you want to!
2. Pay attention to your scalp – Scalp health is always important but when you have a TWA making sure your scalp is super healthy is extremely important because you have less hair to protect it. Keep your scalp clean, clarify if you have to and massage your head with your favorite oil often to keep your blood flowing.
3. Protect your hair at night – Don’t think that just because your hair is short you can avoid protecting it as much as you should, sleeping with a satin scarf is always recommended but you can also opt for a satin pillow case as an alternative. Either way protect those ends in the beginning will only be beneficial as your hair grows longer.
4. Have fun with styling– Do accessorize, do wear parts, do play with products and do play with color (responsibly). Have as much fun as you can with your TWA because that phase ends pretty fast!
Below are video demonstrations of 3 easy ways to style your TWA. First off here is 20pearlsNcurls showing us how to do finger coils:
Next TellmeBeauty shows us how she achieves her fluffy twist out:
And finally MissKenK does a gorgeous perm rod set on her TWA: