Bored After Your Big Chop? 6 Ways to Spice Up Your Short Natural Hair

by Tiffani Greenaway of

We all remember the excitement that came with the big chop. How am I going to look? After scrolling through the 'gram and watching dozens of YouTube videos, you chop off your permed ends, revealing a teeny, weeny, afro. Now what?

After the first few weeks, a TWA can get, well...boring. It's too short for the really cute styles you saw online, and all you can do is wait anxiously for it to grow out. If you're bored afyer your big chop, here are 6 ways to spice it up.


When is a TWA No Longer a TWA?

Hola Chicas!

Many naturals, at some point in time, have rocked a TWA, which is short for “teeny weeny afro.” For most, the image of someone following the Big Chop is what comes to mind when they think about a TWA. But when is a TWA no longer a TWA?

Rocking Short Natural Hair with Thin Edges? Try This Instant Fix!

by Emilia Obiekea of

Rocking short hair with thinning or balding edges has been a hindrance for many ladies, especially when going natural. It is always easier to hide them with longer hair styles. This can be caused by tension, health issues or hereditary. Below, I'm sharing tips on stimulating growth in those problem areas and how to camouflage bald spots flawlessly. Be ready to rock your hair as short as you like with confidence!


The Sponge Method for Curl Definition- #BoutThatTWALife

The sponge method is the perfect refresher method that literally takes 5 minutes to do. It's used for short hair and TWA's, but can probably be used for any sized afro if you're looking for some definition. It helps get rid of frizz and gives your TWA some defined coils. You can get these sponges at any auto store, Walmart, and even some beauty supply stores are now carrying them. 

Watch as Shekia Renea removes frizz from her TWA using the sponge method for curl definition! 

How To Protect Your TWA for Short Natural Hair Greatness


by Sabrina Perkins of

The TWA or Teeny Weenie Afro is more than just the beginning of one’s natural hair journey. It is a style all on its own. It can be dressed up or down-- fro'ed out, sponge curled, finger coiled, twisted or you can just rock your natural curls!  The style choices for TWAs are only limited by your own preferences but what should not be a preference is caring for and protecting your short hair. Make no mistake…short hair needs TLC too! While buns, updos, and braids are traditional ways to protect your ends, with a TWA you do not have that luxury so here are some easy yet effective tips on protecting your TWA or short hair.


3 Things I’m Doing for My Short Natural Hair's “Awkward Stage”

by Jascmeen Bush of

Every stage of the natural hair journey has its challenges. When I was transitioning I was bound to braids and buns. When I had my TWA I thought I had to wear huge earrings every day to keep from looking boyish. Now I’m firmly planted in the awkward stage and I’ve got a whole new set of issues, (the greatest being that on some days my head just ends up looking like a broccoli floret, lol!)


5 Minute Sponge Coils- Wash and Go for 4c Natural Hair

Watch as TheNaturalChica123 preps her hair for a fierce wash and go using a few basic tools and products!

Sponge Twists and Coils- How to Define Your Short, Natural Hair

A new category of hair styling tool has emerged. It has been seen at stores like Michael's, local beauty supplies, Amazon, and more. Type 4 naturals everywhere have been able to achieve defined twists--and even start dreads--with this innovative hair sponge, also sometimes called a twist or loc sponge.

What makes it so different from a regular sponge? It contains tiny suction holes on the foam side of the sponge that, when used on damp hair and spun around, grab the hair and twists a tendril, piece by piece.

What would normally take hours sometimes is now reduced to only minutes with the help of the twist/loc hair sponge. Online, mostly men and those with short, tapered cuts are using a hair sponge to define their coily hair.



OWN Your TWA This Summer- Short Natural Hair Styles


When I first went natural, I thought my TWA was the worst thing in the world. I only rocked protective hairstyles in hopes of growing out my hair. Instead, using protective hair styles turned out to be the easiest way to neglect my hair. After realizing the damage, I finally gained some courage to rock my TWA.

Own your teenie weenie afro (TWA) this summer. The summer is the perfect time to stray away from the protective hairstyles and give your hair a break. If some of you are still afraid of flaunting your TWA and continue using protective hairstyles to hide it, I urge you to be brave this summer! After all, your TWA is beautiful no matter how short it is. In time, the length will come. I also urge you to strive for healthy hair more than you do for lengthy hair. Instead of finding styles that will stretch your hair, focus more on length retention by deep conditioning and moisturizing.
We can already tell this summer is going to be a hot one, so give your TWA some fresh air and sun this summer!

Check out some naturalistas rocking their fabulous TWA’s in a few YouTube tutorials below:

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Creating a Regimen for your Growing TWA

by Naeeri of Your Africa is Showing

When I originally started my natural journey, I had no idea how much I would learn about my hair. I've never been one of those girls who was good at sticking to a regimen, so I never even tried. I became a product junkie, buying every good product I researched, and just did my hair from day to day. Through much trial and error (and wasted time, hair, and money), I learned that my hair taught me what it needed, wanted, and very much created its own regimen!

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Short Natural Hair: An Easy Wash Day Routine for Moisturized and Defined Curls

Rocking a TWA and looking to achieve moisture, definition, shine and all around awesomeness? 

The Faux Big Chop- A Crochet TWA Tutorial!

“My face is too fat” and “My head is too big” are all things we hear from women who are hesitant to big chop or get a haircut. CurlyNikki is all about equipping women with educational tools that allow them to make educated choices and exercise their options, so when I saw Pure Estrogen’s DIY big chop crochet tutorial I was more than excited to share. Women have been faking length, texture, and locs for years so why not fake a big chop? Most of the DIY short-haired wigs on YouTube are with curly and wavy textures and now here’s one with afro-textured hair. Not quite sure or ready to big chop? Make your own wig!

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Easy Faux Bun for Short Natural Hair

by Amanda

Having a TWA does not mean your styles have to be limited to a twist out or a wash and go. Get creative! Leah is eight months natural and is ready for a change. A lot of women who big chop anticipate the day they can achieve a effortless ponytail, but until you can do so with ease, here is a great tutorial. This low bun style is great for all occasions and is perfect for something quick when you are on a time crunch.
Products and Tools
  • EcoStyler Gel 
  • 2 ponytail holders
  • Comb or Denman brush 
  • Spray bottle (water) 
  • Rat tail comb 
  • Satin scarf
  • Marley hair
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3 Short Natural Hair Styles for your TWA

The internet is literally bursting with styles for women celebrating their short, sexy hair, and if you are struggling with your own teeny weeny afro (TWA) and simply don’t know how to wear or feminize your look, it helps to watch a couple videos of women who have your texture to get a little inspiration.

Deep Conditioning Your Natural Hair TWA

Watch as Shekia Renea teaches you how to hydrate your situation using a thermal heat cap:

Tips for Short, Natural Hair

Paville (YouTube: Paville Aldridge, Instagram: Pavilleis) shares tips on caring for type 4 TWA natural hair.

1. Why so complicated?
Cutting your transitioning hair or doing a big chop is exciting, but don't overdo it on the regimens, treatments, and methods. In the long run, you may cause more harm than good.

2. Learn your hair
Whenever your hair is short, you get to figure out easier what products are working for you.

4C Healthy Hair Routine- Paville and her Tapered TWA

Introduce yourself!
Hello loves! My name is Paville (pronounced Ah-Vee-L) and I am a Vlogger, Blogger, and Talk Show Host. I make content focused on makeup, natural hair, and skincare. I also have a talk show on my channel where I feature other up and coming Vloggers/Bloggers.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural on & off for four years. I initially big chopped Dec 10' and remained natural for a year and then I relaxed my hair. I decided to big chop again in Aug 12' and AGAIN in Sept 13'.
I think this will be the last time I cut my hair, but who knows?

The Big Chop- What to Expect.

photo source Tamera Mowry
Tamera's interview, HERE!

The second my stylist took a hack at my heat damage and I saw 4+ inches hit the floor, I panicked. I had second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth thoughts about what I was doing. I knew going in that when I emerged from the chair, my hair would be considerably shorter than it had ever been.

I was terribly self-conscious because I had only chopped all my hair off once, and it was straight, blonde, and fly. This, this chop thing was totally different. Even though I had 21 months of growth, my hair was extremely curly and shrunken thanks to the multiple textures of my mane. But nearly 3 months later, I look back and wonder why I was so worried. Big chopping, although nearly 2 years into my transition, was the best decision I had ever made for my hair. In the world of natural hair, there are two ways to go about taking your mane from a damaged, and sometimes unhealthy mess to a head full of gorgeous kinks, coils, curls, and waves. One method is transitioning for a given amount of time, and then chopping your ends whenever you feel comfortable. The other, more gutsy method is to big chop. Big chopping involves straight up cutting all your hair off and starting from scratch. It can be exhilarating, fun, edgy....and a total nightmare. In a culture where beautiful hair is the currency, it can be absolutely difficult to feel attractive after getting rid of something you've had your whole life -- long hair. And even if prior to chopping your hair didn't go past your chin, you still had more then than you have post chop. I won't pretend to know the feeling of waking up the morning after BC-ing, and realizing that there is no more than an inch of hair atop my head. I transitioned for 21 months to avoid that very feeling. But because I chopped before my goal length, I know exactly what it feels like to have less hair than you've ever had, and to have to actively work at loving your hair and feeling beautiful.

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The TWA Survival Guide- Natural Hair Care


Going natural is a beautiful experience no matter where you are in age, life, or around the globe. There are two options to how you can go natural but neither one is better or easier than the other; it is merely a personal preference for each woman.

Whether you big chop (BC) or long-term transition, there are survival techniques that need to be mastered for the journey to be positive, smooth, and damage-free.

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Co-Washing and Styling Your Natural Hair TWA

She'Kia Renea's TWA #BeLayed.   Watch the video to see how she co-washes and styles her natural hair. 

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