Howdy everyone, hope the week’s been great? I hope it has, but remember to keep it positive if it hasn’t as that brings about the good vibes!
This week, I’ll be giving you tips for styling your teeny (weeny?) afro. Yes If you are a member of the big chop association, you must have passed through the difficult stages of the TWA, its maintenance, styling and overall health. I’ve seen people give up at this stage and quietly crawl back to relaxers or texturizers. Well, from one survivor to another hopeful I say hold the fort! Don’t give up.
Those of you who watch me on TV would notice that I have my natural hair out more than half the time which means it needs to go into different styles for each episode. Yes, everyone can do the regular fro but even that gets boring to look at after a while. I’m not even going to lie and call myself a pro, I’ve had loads of help from my fabulous hair stylist Yusuf @dadoyusuf to my MUA extraordinaire @ritasbeauty ; Its been a lot of pinning and weaving to get the final result that you see on TV!
A teeny weeny afro (TWA) can be rocked in many different ways, all you have to do is explore and experiment (make sure it’s a day you have nowhere to go o!). So here are some of the styles I rocked during my TWA stages.
I totally loved doing the bantu knots because it reminded me of the traditional ‘pof pof’ threaded style we had as children.
Dividing hair into sections, carefully taking a bunch with two fingers and wrapping the hair over the enclosed fingers and around the hair bunch itself forming a knot . Use a hair pin to secure if possible. These could be rocked for 3 days and then you could loosen the knots and rock that effect before combing it out. I added the extra weave on the sides for that mmph! You can also use flexi rods and afro gel to create the curly look.
The shorter the hair, the harder it is to achieve the twist out but you can get the look if you increase hair sectioning. I know it may take quite a while to do the twists but it’s worth it for the look, trust me.
This is the number one look besides the fro out when I’ve run out of ideas! It could be achieved with a PuffCuff or stay in comb, hair pins or weaves. I just brush one side of my hair weave in to secure or use a stay in comb or pins to create a side swept quiff.
You can also create a different style and/or suggest longer hair length with the use of a head band. Wearing a head band pressed against your temple and back head alone leaving the rest of your hair out can create the illusion of a bigger fro than the TWA. Yes I know, thank me later!
Last but not least, I say practice , practice , practice.
Being a Naturalista can be so much fun I tell you but only if you understand your hair, see it as a buddy not a burden and take care of it as you would a friend.
What’s your story, challenge or comment?
Feel free to share, Till next time, be Kinky and Proud..xx