Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:39

Super Short Styling

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Styling super short hair does not have to  be difficult. YOu can have as many looks as you want!

The twa, (teeny, weeny, afro) is probably the most drastic change we encounter when we do the big chop and get rid of the relaxed ends in order to be 100% napptural.

Many of us have gone from longish, straight tresses to a short, coily fro and there couldn't be a more drastic change than that. When we see ourselves in a TWA for the first time, it can be pleasing, shocking and exhilirating --all at the same time.

Eventhough you now have short hair, don't think that hairstyling options are limited. Short hair can take on many forms and different looks, depending on *just* how short your hair is. Let's explore some examples you can try yourself. This is a listing but I will be updating with photos and more detailed how-to's soon. These styles will get you started.

BANTU KNOTS

You will need:

Jojoba or Coconut Oil
Light Gel
Rat Tail Comb
Water mister

  • You will need to have at least 2 inches of hair
  • Wash and condition hair
  • Comb through with wide tooth comb
  • Moisturize hair and scalp with jojoba oil
  • Section hair with tail end of rat tail comb
  • Place a little natural gel on section
  • Twirl section around index finger until it begins to coil back on itself
  • Wrap coiling hair around itself and tuck the ends into the base

COMB TWISTS

You will need:

Rat Tail Comb
Jojoba or Coconut Oil
Strong Hold Gel
Water mister

  • Wash and condition hair
  • Comb through with wide tooth comb
  • Moisturize hair and scalp with jojoba oil
  • Section thoroughly detangled hair
  • Place a little natural gel on section
  • Hold tail comb by the tail and comb through hair once
  • Slide base of hair through top end of comb, with comb against scalp
  • Begin to twirl the comb by the tail, keeping hair in teeth of comb
  • Grip hair firmly at scalp between thumb and index finger at the same time
  • Draw entire length of hair through comb whilst twirling to the end
  • Section will spring into shiny tube

CURLY 'FRO

You will Need:

Jojoba or Coconut Oil
Gel
Setting Lotion
Water mister

  • Wash and condition hair
  • Comb through with wide tooth comb
  • Moisturize hair and scalp with jojoba oil
  • Section hair, no need to be precise with parting
  • Place a little natural gel and/or setting lotion on section
  • Twirl hair around your index finger until it makes a tube
  • Finish by rolling the ends between index finger and thumb
  • Allow hair to dry either naturally or under a dryer
  • Carefully separate coils and pat hair into shape

STRAW SET

You will Need:

Drinking Straws/ perm rods
Jojoba or Coconut Oil
Setting lotion
End papers
Rat Tail Comb
Wide toothed comb
Water mister

  • Shampoo, condition and comb hair
  • Moisturize hair and scalp with jojoba oil
  • Saturate hair with setting lotion
  • Part hair into 1/4 to 1/2 inch sections
  • You may wish to add gel or another product to section
  • Place end papers on the end of your hair.
  • Roll your hair onto the straws and secure with a hair pin
  • Repeat steps above over entire head
  • You may need to mist with water occasionally
  • Dry your hair under a hard hat or bonnet hair dryer
  • Remove the straws and separate curls with your fingers
  • Spray with oil sheen

SINGLE TWISTS

You will Need:

Jojoba or Coconut Oil
Firm Hold Gel
Water mister
Wide toothed comb

  • Wash and condition hair
  • Grab a section of hair and comb through
  • Add gel to section
  • Twist section around your finger
  • Hair will make a coil and gel will keep it in place
  • The coilier your hair, the longer they will stay
  • It doesn't get much easier than this

SHORT BRAIDS

You will Need:

Jojoba Oil
Light Gel
Water mister
Rat Tail Comb
Wide Tooth Comb

  • Wash and condition hair
  • Comb through with wide tooth comb
  • Moisturize hair and scalp with jojoba oil
  • Section hair with rat tail comb
  • Place a little natural gel on section
  • Braid section, keeping even tension
  • To Finish, roll ends between index and thumb
  • For curly/corkscrew braids, set braids on perm rods

TINY TWO STRANDS

You will Need:

Jojoba or Coconut Oil
Firm Hold Gel
Water mister
Wide toothed comb

  • Same method as braids but twist instead of braid
  • Separated section into two sections
  • Twist each section around each other, forming a rope
  • Hair should stay in twists on its own
  • If hair has enough length, tuck twist ends under
  • Place scarf on head until hair is dry so twists lay flat
  • Carefully untwist for coily twa

EZE CURLS

You will Need:

Freshly washed and conditioned hair
Strong Hold Gel
Curl Defining Pudding
Hooded Dryer
Wide Toothed Comb
Oil Sheen Spray

  • Section your hair into 4 sections and hold apart with clips
  • Put a generous amount of curly cream/pudding into your hands
  • Saturate the hair from roots to ends so the entire section is coated in product
  • Use a wide toothed comb and comb from very top to the very ends of hair
  • Your hair will spring up
  • Gently separate the section without disturbing the curl pattern
  • Repeat for all sections
  • Sit under hooded dryer until hair is dry.
  • Use gel to seal the ends
  • Finish with oil sheen spray (no water)

 

Last modified on Saturday, 25 November 2017 05:58
Patricia "Deecoily" Gaines

Patricia Gaines aka Deecoily is the founder and creator of Nappturality in 2002, the beginning of the natural hair movement. Since 2000 she has been blogging on all things natural hair, Black culture and politics.

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