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May 20, 2010

On the Couch with Naturals that Rock TWAs


Hola Chicas,

I don't know about you, but I greatly enjoyed reading the responses to the 'Share Your TWA Routine' post last week. I thought it might be cool to give it a segment of its own.

So, if you're currently rocking a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) or TA (Tiny Afro), or recently had one, please respond to the following:

TWA Interview:

  • When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
  • How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
  • What are your plans for your hair (do you plan to grow it out, keep it short)?
  • Do you find it necessary to 'doll up' your look to feel more feminine?
  • If so, what are your favorite accessories, or go to ways to glam up your look?
  • How do you keep it moisturized?
  • What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
  • How do you get your waves or curls popping?
  • How do you preserve your curls at night?
Submit responses and 2 pics to Nikki@curlynikki.com. Use 'TWA' as the subject line!
I'm counting TWAs/ TAs as fros with no more than 4-5 inches of hair! Feel free to modify the questions, and to only respond to the ones relevant to your situation.

Those of you that submit your responses will be entered in the Curly Hair Solution Giveaway!

2 Chime in!:

ashley said...

When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now? - Before I big chopped, I was transitioning. Then, my boyfriend of 3 years broke up with me. I did not know what to do and I cried myself to sleep every night. My two textures were frustrating me even more. Out of liberation and transformation into my new role as a single black queen, I chopped off the perm that held me captive since I was a child.

How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends? - I had gone natural for a year before (before I knew about great, supportive sites like curlynikki.com) and I had given into the curly crack. When my friends saw my natural tresses, I received responses like "YAY" and "it's you again!" How liberating?

What are your plans for your hair (do you plan to grow it out, keep it short)? - I definitely would like my sista soldier fro back, but as long as my hair is healthy and me, I am alright!

Do you find it necessary to 'doll up' your look to feel more feminine? - I love make up and cutsie bows and head bans, but give me a nice wash-and-go and a part and I'm good to go for the day! I am definitely inspired to spunk up my wardrobe too.

How do you keep it moisturized? - I'm still working on my winter routine, but each day, I take a shower and saturate my hair with water, spritz with Aloe Vera Juice, throw on some coconut oil, castor oil and Kinky Kurly Knot Today Leave-In and I'm oh so silky smooth!

What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style? - No styling yet, I don't want to manipulate my hair too much with styling because my hair is short and I know I will want to change it as soon as it becomes "old" to me. Just a part to the side or a nice headband does the trick.

How do you get your waves or curls popping? - My curls POP with my daily routine. I'm still working on this as well. With my first natural experience, I was blow drying my hair each day to get the length I wanted, but, with no manipulation and moisture, my curls POP and I am in love!

How do you preserve your curls at night? - My handy dandy satin bonnet :-)

Nikki said...

•When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
I loved it then and I love it now - about to cut it off again manana:) I find that even more than any other hairstyle - natural or processed - the twa suits me best.

•How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
They're used to me changing my style often and now they're accustomed to me with a twa - it's my hairstyle more often than not.

•What are your plans for your hair (do you plan to grow it out, keep it short)?
Over the past year I've let it grow out, weaved it, braided it, worn it natural (in one, in twists) and most recently texturized. Before that I'd straightened twice but my hair no likey. So I'm gonna go back to twa. Often times the BC is the departure for women and their natural hair journey, but I think it's my destination. I really do love the style:)

•Do you find it necessary to 'doll up' your look to feel more feminine?
For Sure! I look like a boy if I don't (no seriously, people say sir and then have to apologise :S Yikes!)

•If so, what are your favorite accessories, or go to ways to glam up your look?

Full Monty makeup (oxymoron, but you get the jist), big earrings and bright colours.


•How do you keep it moisturized?
Cantu Shea Butter Lotion and any other creamy product to lather it with. Also Doo Gro for the scalp.

•What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?

The only styling that baby gets is a cut at the barber and brushing at home, I love it!

•How do you get your waves or curls popping?
Freshly washed then apply Cantu or even some raw shea butter. Anything that is rich and lotion-y:)

•How do you preserve your curls at night?
Ermmmm...I don't lol It's usually a low cut. However, as it grows, I moisturise before I go to bed - a night's rest can wreak havoc on your hair!

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