Nine Months In: You No Longer Have a TWA If...

by TiAnnaMae of The Fab Life for... Free

For all of you who are not in the know, TWA stands for Teeny Weeny Afro, which is what I have...had. Whatever! Today I am nine months natural (no chemicals), and I'm so glad I decided to take this journey...again. I tried a new hairstyle to celebrate my naturalversary...dun, dun, dun...the faux fro-hawk. LOL! And guess what...I discovered that I'm NOT too old for this hairstyle, it's actually been my best hairstyle thus far.

I used about 24 straight bobby pins and gathered my hair to the center. My hair was previously in a twist-out, so by the time I put it in a fro-hawk, my hair was nice and fluffy and stretched out. I added a flower clip on the side, that I failed to take a picture of....sorry (I photo shopped one in for you guys). However, I'm sure I'll be revisiting this style a lot.


Also, to celebrate my hair growth, I've put together some ways you can tell if YOUR hair has grown from a TWA into a BOA...Big Old Afro! Enjoy.

October 2010
June 2011

You no longer have a TWA if...

1. It takes you more than 15 minutes to do a wng (wash and go).

2. You have to put your hair in sections to detangle and wash.

3. You have more than a couple of styling options.

4. Random strangers start to call you, "Soul Sista," "Angie Davis," or "Foxy Brown"

5. You no longer hear your friends and family say, "I don't know why you cut your hair!"

6. You can actually comb your hair starting at the ends and work up to the roots.

7. You don't get as much use out of a bottle of conditioner as you used to.

8. You can't rub your fingertips in a circular motion through your hair to get your curl pattern to form.

Add to my list! At what point did you realize that you no longer had a TWA?

10 Weigh in!:
Anonymous said...

I knew I no longer had a twa when I couldn't randomly spray my hair with olive oil and water without it turning into a matted mess. My afro covers my ears now!

Anonymous said...

LOL at number 8!

I realized I no longer had a TWA when I could apply little chenille bands to strech (band) my hair to gain a little length (I have 4c shrinkage)!

~Thetruthisoutthere

Anonymous said...

I knew I no longer had a TWA when I had big fluffy hair even when my hair shrunk.

Anonymous said...

I knew I no longer had a TWA when I stayed up on New Year's Eve, after watch night service, and went to sleep without a scarf or twisting my hair. I had to get up the next afternoon for rehearsal and I couldn't just wake, spray, shake and go. My hair was lopsided (from where I slept). After that fiasco, I knew that I needed to tie it up or twist [braid or do something] each night to get the results I want for the next day.

For Curly Girls said...

U know u no longer have a TWA when:

U can finally have a good twist out!!

U can finally have a decent sized puff.

When it takes you forever to twist your hair.

When your twists can actually be pinned in style.

TiAnna Mae said...

@For Curly Girls- I am loving my puff too! Twisting takes forever, but it is so rewarding and versatile.
@Anonymous 8:17- I do miss spraying and just going.

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Lyn said...

Well, I guess I still have a TWA according to For Curly Girls, lol. And I'm not denying it. But, I'm only 7 months post BC, two more months to go (possibly an inch)!

I'm still enjoying the TWA, I'll miss it when it's gone! :(

TiAnna Mae said...

Lyn you will definitely miss it when it's gone, but you will be delighted when you have more options. Of course, it's not an exact science, but enjoy the journey. I still had a TWA at 7 months post BC, but somehow over night, my hair blew up! LOL!!!

tiannamae.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

lol i kno longer have a twa 9months post bc with hair 7-8 inches long - but in its unstretched look i still do - 2 inches :D

NicciLeonard said...

Lyn, you probably do not have a TWA. Basically, if you have to do more than a WNG (meaning you have to manipulate your hair after a WNG) and can achieve a few styles then you have cleared the TWA stage. Enjoy and embrace every stage.

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