What is the TWA?

“TWA” is a naturalista’s abbreviation for the Teeny Weeny Afro. The term describes the phase just after the Big Chop. This reference is usually made when natural hair is about 2-4 inches in length. Many naturals, for reasons ranging from preference to convenience to shape of face, decide to keep their hair in this phase even after their natural hair begins to grow.  

Note well that people with oval faces can pull off a Teeny Weeny Afro for as long as they want. They have the perfect face shape as well as the most versatile. If you have an oval face, you usually have wider cheekbones that then narrow down to the jaw line and chin. An oval face shape will also be narrow up toward the forehead.

Here are some great examples of short hairstyles for Black women in their TWA phase.

Braid Out in Different Directions

Model and Actress: MaameYaa Boafo (An African City| Photographer: Lelund Thompson

Pompadour and Pin Back with Natural Hair Accessories

Model: Wendy Hobbie/ Photographer: Ezra Bryan

TWA Coils/Single strand Twists

How to Achieve Coils: Begin by separating damp hair into fairly small sections of about a 1/2 inch in diameter, coating each section with a layer of both leave in conditioner and flax seed gel. Comb each section, then begin turning these small sections from the root to tip clockwise until a single coil begins to form. You may also use your fingers to form the coil by twisting your hair as a single unit around the index finger until it is one coil.  Make your coils from the back of the head to the front. Use a spray bottle to dampen the hair if it begins to dry. Afterwards, sit under a hooded dryer or air dry your coils.

Afro with Natural Hair Accessories

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