The TWA phase can be an amazing for some of us and dreadful for the rest. Which ever way you fall, it is an exciting time in your natural hair journey and offers you more than you may realize. You are able to get to know the virgin curls that cover your head. Your new hair is completely different from the permed version and the TWA phase allows you to determine what it likes, wants, and absolutely needs which is essential when taking care of your natural hair. This phase also allows you to watch your hair grow. Now that may sound as fun as watching paint dry but it is truly an amazing experience. When you see how well your natural hair responds to the love and care that you are giving it, it makes you want to give it more and more.
There is a negative side to this of course. While you are off falling in love with your new hair and your new sense of self, you will feel the darts being thrown at you from all the negative people who have a PhD in thinking they know what they are talking about. You will hear everything from “Your hair will not be curly. It will be nappy” to “I heard Crisco is good for natural hair”. Ridiculous I know. But you have to keep a few things in mind. First, this is your hair, your body, and no one elses at the end of the day. If you want to shave your head bald and call it chic, you can and as long as it is chic to you, that is all that matters. Second, not everyone is on the natural hair train and you can’t expect everyone to understand why you would want to make such a drastic change. With that being said, they shouldn’t expect you to explain yourself to them either. People will have their opinions and think their opinions are facts. One “fact” that you will hear over and over again is “Well, you don’t have good hair”. I am still unclear on what ‘good hair’ is but if your natural hair, which ever way it grows out, isn’t good hair, well I sure don’t know what is.
Your TWA phase will be all of these things rolled in one. You will acquire a deeper understanding of what having natural hair is all about and that for most people, it goes deeper than the physical appearance. However, it is important that you don’t try to throw your enlightenment in everyone elses face as tempting as it may seem. You do not want to be one of the newly natural girls that try to show everyone the light. When you finally take the plunge and decide to do your big chop and rock your TWA for what it is, get ready to fall in love with your hair like you never expected to.
Check out these great posts that are just for TWA’s and keeping them fabulous:
One concern that many of us natural girls run into when considering the big chop is the TWA (teeny weeny afro) phase. But dont you worry your curly little head any more. Here are 5 ways to dress up that twa and look fabulous every step of the way.
Daily co-washing can really become a drag. So one of my natural friends suggested I try combining oils in a spray bottle with water and reviving my hair that way. I went out, bought a spray bottle, and began mixing and found the perfect no-wash and go spray for my TWA.
There is a huge misconception that natural divas that are in the TWA phase have to rely on wash-n-go’s until their hair reaches a certain length. WRONG! If there is one style that I find to be reliable when dressing up my TWA and fabulous, it would be a two strand twist-out. You may be wondering if your hair is long enough to even twist it. If your hair is at least an inch long stretched out; it is long enough. A two strand twist-out looks good on all hair types and it also extends your curl providing a fuller or lengthier appearance to your TWA. So, here’s a few tips on how to master the two strand twist-out for your TWA!
There’s a lot of false information floating around out there about natural hair, transitioning and so on and I’m here to set the record straight. If you are a natural newbie or planning on embarking on a natural hair journey, do not listen to anyone that swear by any of these top 5 misconceptions. For me, it’s a general rule not to take natural hair advice from someone who has a perm. Its like taking advice on how to cook a thanksgiving turkey from a vegetarian. It just doesn’t make sense.