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A TWA (that's teeny weeny afro for those who are unsure) is that super cute hairstyle that you're left with when you big chop. It's an exciting hairstyle to have, one, because you are rocking short hair that you may not be used to, and two, because your natural hair is finally on show!

In today's post we're going to be sharing our top tips for caring for a TWA. 


1. Keep your hair moisturized 

This is an especially important tip if you aren't going to be wearing a protective hairstyle. Your TWA will be subject to the elements and both the sun and cold weather can be particularly drying so you'll want to use the LOC method or LCO (that's where you apply leave-in conditioner, cream and then oil) to seal in moisture. Also deep condition weekly or bi-weekly depending on your hair needs. You'll find that your curls will pop and your twist outs will stay longer when your hair is moisturized. 


2. Find your style 

Just because your hair is short doesn't mean that you can't get creative with your hairstyles. Experiment with twist-outs (a flat twist-out works well with short hair), a fade, color or even an interesting cut! And don't be disheartened if you can't master the wash-and-go, in our opinion they take ALOT of practise to perfect. 


3. Don't be afraid to trim 

Your hair may be short but you still need to remove damaged and split ends every 6-8 weeks. Your hair will grow back looking fuller and healthier if you keep up with your regular trims. 


4.  Protect your hair 

As winter approaches sometimes moisturizing daily just isn't enough to keep your hair from drying out so make the most of these winter accessories and wear a cute hat. You could also experiment with protective hairstyles such as wigs and crochet braids. And don't forget to sleep with a bonnet or satin pillowcases to prevent breakage at night. 


5. Be patient and enjoy your hair 

There are no magic potions that will make your hair grow, it just takes a good haircare regime and patience. And then before you know it your TWA will be a BBA (that's big beautiful afro!). For now enjoy how easy it is to do your hair because the longer it gets the more time and effort it will require. 


6. Wash your hair as often as you need to

We recommend washing your hair weekly or bi-weekly depending on your hair needs. If you're using alot of products then you may find that you need to wash your hair more regularly to get rid of product buildup. Everyone's hair is different so experiment to find what works for you.

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7. Read the ingredients 

Some naturalistas advocate the use of natural hair care products. Some ingredients such as sulfates may be drying to some hair types so take the time to read the ingredients of products you're putting in your hair and find what works for you. 


Are any of our blog readers rocking TWAs this fall/winter? If so leave us a comment letting us know!



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  • I found that washing my hair every night to remove the gel was drying my hair, making it difficult to hold moisture. My stylist suggested to wash hair with a conditioner only and wash with a shampoo every other week. My hair started to retain moisture more and the use of a leave in conditioner kept my hair softer. My stylist suggested Aunt Jackie’s products work well for my 4b hair. .. locks in moisture .

  • Hey, if you use heavy ingredients like gel washing your hair every night would still be a bit much, I would recommend brushing it out and washing your hair every week with conditioner only and then washing your hair with shampoo every two weeks.

  • I’m still so confused on whether I should wash the gel out of my short curly twa hair every night or not please help thank you

    Teresa Quinn

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