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A Few Ways to Maintain and Style Short Natural Hairstyles

Short Natural Hairstyles

Are you new to being 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 other protective styles instead of embracing 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 are 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 an oil. 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.

10 Edge Controls Under $10

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.

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.

Short Natural Hairstyles

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16 Comments

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    Karen Akpan
    July 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

    This is such an awesome guide. My 4yr old has short curly hair and this will come in handy. And thanks for recommending edge control. I’ve somehow managed to buy the one that is so greasy and sweats out once it gets hot outside Great post on maintaining short hair.

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    Keisha
    July 17, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Yep. I was one of those ladies that got frustrated and gave up, then resorted to wigs and braids until my hair grew out. Low porosity was my biggest issue. Wish I had a guide like this back then!

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    Tryphena Wade
    July 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Whew! I have definitley in the place of frustration with my short, curly hair. It’s a bit longer now but I LOVE the short, curly fro phase and even the buzzed phase. Your hair looks great. I love the length and the hint of color on the top!

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      Kat
      July 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you!! I need more color but I don’t want to go crazy. Lol

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    jamala wallace
    July 17, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had the guts to make the cut..You have the face where any style will look hot on you! Keep rocking your shortness

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      Kat
      July 18, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Aww thank you!! If you want to try it, just go for it and let it grow back. It’s life changing. Lol

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    Shantel Collins
    July 18, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I’m in search of a new barber now. I have short curly hair too. Maintaining my sides a chore. However since I added color to my hair is does look better.

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    Eva
    July 18, 2017 at 6:26 am

    I’ve been thinking about starting over! My big chop was really low, and I loved the freedom of it. Not too many styling options, but getting ready to go was a breeze.

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    Shani
    July 18, 2017 at 9:15 am

    You are rocking that short cut! I haven’t had a perm in over 5 years and although my hair isn’t short (ears that stick out) I’m finding it hard to find an edge control that works on my type 4 hair. after a few hours, it curls right back up. Any recommendations?

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      Kat
      July 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Edge control is more to slick down sides for a pony tail or hair to lay pinned for a slick look. If your hair curls back up it needs to be secured with either bobby pins or a clip. Try to use and tie your hair style with a scarf overnight. I may stay with this method as well.

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    Tiffany Haywood
    July 18, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Really great tips!! I haven’t had short hair in so long – I miss it! It was always so fun to wash and go. Maybe one day I’ll go back and put some of your awesome tips to use 😀

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    Mimi Green
    July 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I’ve gone back to rocking a short cut as well. I love the ORS shampoo and conditioner to keep my hair clean. I have a variety of leave in conditioners and curly products to show off my natural texture in the best way possible. lol

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    Kasi
    July 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    These are great tips! My hair is longer, but I can definitely use that list of edge controls!

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    Cleverly Changing
    July 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Your cut looks beautiful on you. I love how you can see your beautiful cheekbones.

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      Kat
      July 19, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Awe I have cheekbones? Lol 😊

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    Cleverly Changing
    July 19, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Your cut looks beautiful on you. I love how you can see your beautiful cheekbones. The style is cut and low maintenance.

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