Are you new to being a natural? New to recently short natural hairstyles? Rocking that teeny weeny afro (twa), and asking yourself, now what? Most ladies become frustrated with their new journey and can’t wait till a little hair grows to attach synthetic hair to show off new box braids, faux locs or any other type of protective styling instead of becoming one with their new growth. I’m writing this post to tell you ladies, you don’t have to do that! Your hair will feel your frustration and retaliate like a two year old that wants a lollipop but you said no. Having a short natural hairstyle in the beginning of the summer season was the best decision of my natural journey and can be of yours too. Some women are mentally attached to their hair, me – it’s just hair and if you haven’t noticed, it will grow back.
Here’s some tips on how I managed my big chop so many moons ago, grew it out and cut it down to a tapered cut…and again to a low fade. With my short natural hairstyles, some weeks go by where I let it be it’s natural self until I can’t anymore and run to my stylist to have her trim it back down.
Maintaining Short Natural Hairstyles…
What’s the difference between a big chop and having a short natural hair style? In the context of this post, nothing really. You still have to wash, condition, sometimes style and proceed with greatness. I’ve done a big chop…started with a relaxed pixie cut, the stylist cut off all the permed hair, leaving me with a twa. Unlike a short natural hairstyle, I could not twist, braid or style my little afro. It is what it is, until it grows out to where you can do something different. Until then, headbands, pins and random hair accessories were my and should be your friend. Just try not to constantly wear the flower halo accessory like you are in the garden of someone’s Eden about to be laid to rest.
Short natural hair, long natural hair – who cares? Your pockets. When it comes to buying products, less is definitely more. I’m not sure about you and your journey, but for me, I find myself wanting to wet my hair just a bit more, because it’s there and I don’t have to manipulate it to get a certain look. I let my natural curl shine on through after sealing in the moisture with a leave-in conditioner and a oil of choice. This is not a daily routine, but since my last cut, I have found myself wetting my hair under the shower at least twice a week. I don’t even recall using that much water besides wash day when I would sit and twist and retwist every other night to have a defined style with my kinky hair texture.
Some products that have worked for my tapered sides have been:
Although I’m not a fan of gels, these tools are necessary to slick down the fly away sides of a tapered cut. Apply a light coating to your hair, tie up and by the time you’re done with your morning routine, your sides will be ready to go. Overnight works even better, sometimes. We also have a list of a few more edge control gels that will help your kinky edges of your short natural hair.
Since returning to short natural hair, tapered styles have been my go to. Maintaining a tapered style is harder than the social images seem. You can visit your stylist every two weeks to trim the hairs, visit a local barbershop and hope they trim your hair to your desire, or you can try to steady a mirror and clippers and do it yourself. I would not suggest the latter unless you have a license to operate clippers. lol
Even during the grow out phase, in order to keep a clean appearance, you may want to address the hairs in your kitchen and the sides until the top of your hair and the length of your tapered hair meet. The most awkward phase is growing out a short natural hairstyle, this is another reason I just keep it low. Twist-outs, braid-outs and roller-sets are common styles used to maintain a short natural hairstyle. I’ve also invested in satin-lined caps for not only myself but for mini-natural as well. They are having a summer sale going on right now if you want to try one out to maintain your short natural hairstyles.
Since writing this post, I’ve gone even shorter. Oh My!! Lol It’s just hair, it’ll grow back! Follow our Instagram page for photos of other short natural hairstyles.