Click on photos to enlarge.TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) and Wash & Go
You'll stand out wearing your TWA, so rock it with confidence. Keep your TWA moisturized, pick it out (with a comb or your fingers) and you'll be good to go. If you want some curl definition, try curl activators and gels such as Fantasia IC, EcoStyler gel, Long Aid Activator Gel, Smooth 'N Shine Activator Gel, etc. Decorate your TWA with headbands, flowers, pins, etc. The possibilities are endless. Just work it!
If you're a "get up and go" kind of girl, do your normal hair wash routine in the shower. Once you're done, apply your leave-ins and oil and go on about your business (hence, the "Wash & Go). Almost sounds too easy, huh?
Twists are a very simple, yet classy look. Apply your favorite moisturizer and seal with an oil. The number of twists you do depends on how long your hair is, your patience, and how defined you want your twistout to be. Get creative: Do flat twists or cornrows in the front (as seen in the first picture) or add pins for an elegant up-do.
And then...you finally take out your twists and realize your twists have given your hair a nice wavy/curly texture. This is your twistout (third picture). Refresh your hair with a leave-in conditioner spray, seal with a little oil and now you've managed to rock two hairstyles out of one. The same thing can be done with braids.
This funky hairstyle will have you turning heads. Pin up the sides of your hair with bobby pins until you've formed your mohawk (you may want to do this style after a braidout or twistout for a more defined look). Wanna kick it up a knotch? Cornrow or flat twist the sides of your hair to add some punch to your frohawk. You can even add a "poof" in the front (as seen in the second picture).
This is a great style especially if your hair is short. Apply your leave-in or moisturizer. Take a section of hair, put the teeth of the comb at the very top of the section and twist your hair with the comb. Keep twisting until you've formed a coil (make sure you twist tight enough so that your roots and your ends don't look too puffy). Make your coils as small or as big as you'd like. You may want to apply a gel with good hold before you coil each section.
The afro puff is one of the easiest and most convenient styles to wear (right next to simply rocking your afro). If you'd like the front of your hair to look more sleek, apply your favorite gel or pomade to your edges. To create the actual puff, use a headband. Put the headband on and push it back until you like the look of your puff. Some people like their puff to look like a ponytail, others like it to be much wider and fuller than a ponytail. It all depends on what you prefer. Experiment. Many people use headbands made by "Goody." They basically come in two widths, a thin one and a thick one. If the thicker width doesn't satisfy you, try using the thinner one. Wrap it around your head 2 times to get a tight puff (make sure it's not TOO tight or it might give you headaches). Voilà! You've made your puff.
When styling your natural hair be patient and creative, but most of all keep it simple!