You’ve taken a big step in your natural hair journey and big chopped, so now what? Is it time to play a waiting game or do you have options even when rocking a Teeny Weeny Afro, commonly referred to as a TWA?
The answer is you will do a little of both. You will definitely have to wait until your hair grows out to try certain styles, but you can explore texture and color with your TWA. This is a great time to explore color because for many it will easily grow out and you can test small color patches. For example, feeling edgy? Go for a mohawk look with the color you want. Feeling more conservative? Try a bold color in the front or an all-over rinse or henna.
Aside from these options, there is also the option to switch up your style with wigs and once your hair grows out a little, hair accessories such as dainty headbands.
Now is also the time to play with and explore your texture. Try products to see which best defines your TWA. If going for a piecey look work with gels and different creams and pomades to see which gives you the best look. If time and care are put into this you will save time and money when trying products when your hair gets longer.
All of the above is not to say that you will not go through growing pains with your TWA. There will be days when you wish you’d never went natural at all. This is when having a great natural hair support system comes into play. Having stylists and other natural hair sisters around to offer you help and support will make this phase a lot easier.
Other tips to help you after you big chop:
- Keep your hair moisturized. This top ranks number 1 for naturals in general, but is especially true for those who have just big chopped, as they may feel their hair looks especially dry. Just because your hair lacks sheen, doesn’t mean that it is actually dry.
- Find a good pomade. Some probably disagree with me on this, but for a more piecey, defined look, you are going to need some type of pomade. If you are a big spender, go for the Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Hold & Control Smoother. A cheaper option is the Giovanni Wicked Texture pomade.
- The shape-up is your friend. While the TWA is low maintenance, it still has to be maintained. For some this means getting regular shape ups. For others this means twisting when the hair gets slightly longer.
Another fact to remember is that not everyone who is wearing a TWA is trying to grow their hair out. Some women just choose to wear TWAs – keeping their hair short. If this is the case, do not question their decision! This is a great style and easily professional and fun. Have fun with your TWA whether you are growing it or whether it is your signature style. It looks good on you.