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Rod Set (This post was written by my friend Natasha)

Rod setting Natural Hair:
This can also be a great transitioning style.
FYI: Determine how you want your curls before rodding hair: I like a ton of curls therefore I use a ton of rollers.


Tools Needed:

Wide Tooth Comb
Rat Tail Comb
Perm Rods (I use the purple ones as well as the gray ones)
Hair clips
Leave-in conditioner
Setting lotion, if desired (I dilute my setting lotion with leave-in conditioner)
Elasta QP Mango Butter (or whatever you choose to use to seal ends)
Hooded Dryer (optional)
Glosser or oil sheen
Satin Bonnet

Step-By- Step Instructions:


1. Begin with clean hair
2. Using Wide tooth comb, detangle hair from end to root
3. Section Hair in 4 parts (as if you were making 4 ponytails). Apply a little leave in condition to each section (so that hair doesn’t dry) and pin hair out of the way using hair clips
4. I always begin on my back left side. Start at nape of neck, part a small section of hair using rat tail comb ( I use fairly small sections because in my experience its harder to rod with too much hair on perm rod)
5. Spray that parted section of hair with leave-in concoction or whatever styling aid you’re using for your wet set. Using comb distribute evenly on hair
6. Put a dab of oil on your ends
7. To begin rolling hair start at the end, roll hair up the rod pulling as you go (doing this will get your roots fairly straight as well and it will also smooth hair)
8. Secure rod at root by fastening
9. Repeat steps 2-8 until the entire head is complete
10. Allow to dry. I normally air-dry for 1 hour and I sit under hooded dryer for 30 minutes
11. When you removing perm rods be sure to do this carefully because you do not want to alter the curl as you remove. I remove one rod at a time in a spiraling manner
12. When all rods are removed, I mist my hair with a glosser for added shine
Why is it a Protective Set?
This style lasts me for exactly one week and that’s with working out.
How do I maintain the style? Each night I apply either coconut oil to my hair or I spray oil sheen and I cover hair with satin bonnet. Each morning I separate the curls a little more and I fluff hair to make it fuller.


Shingling was a term coined by Miss Jessie’s. These two styles involve using styling products to define your natural curl instead of using curlers or twists as a set.

To get the best understanding of this method go to these two links.

Miss Jessies Shingle Method
or
Author Terri LaFlesh’s Method



Ah, the teenie weenie afro. Liberating for some, a puzzle for others, and a beautiful thing in general. But it can be frustrating once you get rid of those relaxed ends. What now? Here are a few ideas/experiences that I’ve had concerning the TWA.

Of course you have more options with a few inches of hair as opposed to a closly cropped fade, but that doesn’t mean you can’t thoroughly enjoy your TWA experience.

WASH AND GO

This is the simplest option. Really your TWA doesn’t need that much styling. I know most of you who’ve just BC’d can’t wait for your hair to grow, grow, (dammit grow!) but it does take time and trying to kill yourself making a simple style complicated is not going to help.
One day you may see yourself wishing for those days when you had a 5 minute detangling session instead of a 20 minute one. Wash n go, moisturize as needed, tie up your hair with a silk/satin scarf at night. I sure wish I’d kept it more simple during those days

GET A WIG

As much as I despise the dependency a lot of women have on wigs, they do make good protective styles. They are especially useful if you are not yet comfortable with your TWA just yet.
Let’s face it, some people can BC 5 weeks after their last relaxer and rock a fade without a problem while some of us (yes, US, as in me too ladies!!) would rather hide under a rock after the BC because we are afraid. Everyone may not agree with this, but I think a wig helps while you are getting used to your new hair. You may even choose to get a wig that moreso resembles natural hair if you like.
I would encourage everyone to take care with your hair under the wig. Cornrow, braid or twist it underneath and don’t neglect it. Continue your healthy hair habits. I personally do not like a nylon cap directly against my hair and choose to wear a satin bonnet or scarf under the nylon cap. Make sure it’s not too tight as this can cause problems with your edges. Also beware of having your head wet under the wig for long periods of time.
And try not to hang onto the wig for too long. You have a beautiful head of hair under there that wants to be released. Don’t deny it.

BRAIDS OR KINKY TWISTS

Another idea is to braid your hair up. This will allow it to grow and is a good protective style. Make sure you have a good braider (if you’re not doing them yourselves) who does not braid too tightly or put stress on your edges. You don’t need traction alopecia messing up your beautiful new head of hair.

FINGERCOILS/ SHINGLING

I wish I had a picture of my first set of fingercoils on my 3-4 inches of hair, but I never got a picture that day. I remember loving it though, even though some of them were sticking up. This style can take some practice and experimenting to do, but it can be done on short hair. Some ladies don’t like the look of it on shorter hair, but I’ve always thought it was an adorable style.

TWISTS/ TWIST OUT

I didn’t really care for twists on my TWA but I liked my twist outs. They can still give you a different pattern. Also something that takes practice and experimenting.

BANDING

If you are a little put off by the shrinkage, you can try banding. This is a good way to stretch your hair out a bit without using potentially damaging heat. It can also, depending on how it’s done, give the hair a more wavy appearance.

STRAIGHT

I hesitate to even recommend that option since I am pretty adamant that one should get used to their hair in its natural texture before running to the hot comb. Heat straightening can be damaging to your newly liberated locks and, until you get used to your new hair and what it can and can not handle, extreme heat may not be advisable.
Some ladies do like to use a blowdryer on a cool setting and a comb attachment to do a blow out. Rollersetting may be hard to do on shorter hair but it’s not impossible. If you decide to, flat iron with care and be sure to use a heat protectant.

HAIR ACCESSORIES

Accessories can be your best friend with a TWA. Scarves, headbands, head wraps, flowers all make your beautiful TWA even more beautiful.
Little golden lamb (who was once natural but is now relaxed) really knew how to accessorize her TWA with flowers and scarves. I personally really stuck to scarves and bought everyone that I could find.
Head or hair wraps are also a way to go. They are beautiful and cover the hair completely.

Click this video to see 10 ways to style your TWA


THIS IS FOR MY DEAR FRIEND WHO LOVES TO WASH CARS! LOL YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE 🙂

Femme Fatale: Feeling Fierce While Rocking a TWA

I noticed that when I first did my big chop, people expected me to wear long earrings that reach my shoulders. I mean I love my earrings, dont get me wrong but it isn’t for everyone. I see the trend often…natural divas with short hair wearing big earrings.

As much as I love earrings, I think big earrings can be overwhelming for some head shapes. Is there a need to do things considered more feminine simply because you’re rocking a TWA? Allow me to indulge you, with ways to feel more feminine while rocking a TWA or other short hair style.




7 Ways to Be a Femme Fatale while Rocking a TWA

Wear earrings and other jewelry. Earrings don’t have to be ridiculously big, but remember with a short ‘do, your ears will be more visible. Other jewelry that might make you feel more feminine include necklaces, and maybe even a nose ring. The main jewelry will be earrings. This is why you see so many women with TWAs wearing big earrings.

Keep your eyebrows arched. If you’re wearing a TWA, everything about your face will stand out. This is a good thing, as your natural features won’t be obscured by hair. On the other hand, since rocking a TWA, I notice my eyebrows even more when they aren’t arched. It can make me self-conscious, so I plan to keep them arched more often. Instead of getting them waxed professionally, consider grooming them yourself with a razor. If you get them waxed, have the look last longer by plucking stray pieces with a tweezer.

Wear makeup. As I said, your face will stand out more. To compliment your groomed eyebrows, wear a bold eyeshadow look. If you don’t have as much time in the morning, just wear a bright lip stain and a pale blush. If you’re not into makeup, stick with lip gloss and blush. A cute picture of Solange (see above) that I love shows how a bold lip and small earrings can make any TWA rocker into a femme fatale.

Wear form fitting clothes. This does not mean you have to dress provocatively. Form fitting clothes will make you feel more feminine. Think skinny jeans, fitted tops, and bright colors. Also consider wearing casual dresses and skirts more often. A cute Maxi dress or pencil skirt will do the trick.

Accessorize your hair with clips, flowers, and other hair accessories. Once you obtain more length, experiment with headbands*, clips, flower, and even feathers. This tip is inspired by all the cute accessories I see Natural Chica wearing on her blog and Facebook fan page. A YouTube video on how she makes some of her accessories can be found here.

Accentuate your eyelashes with mascara. A deep black mascara that makes lashes look thicker and longer will add a fierce feminine touch to your visage. You may want to consider fake lashes, but since this sight is all about being natural, I would suggest only mascara. You also may want to only wear clear mascara to separate and lengthen the lashes. Clear mascara is also a great way to tame unruly eyebrows until your next arching/eyebrow grooming.

Walk tall and be proud. I need to work on this myself, as my posture could use improvement. When you consider yourself a natural diva or natural goddess, you will exude a level of confidence that no amount of cute accessories or big earrings can. There is much more to being a woman than how much hair you have on your head. Remember to represent for the natural divas that rock TWAs.



An Afro is a hairstyle that is often most easy to achieve in people of African descent. The Afro is a natural way of wearing the hair that allows for short tight curls to surround the head like a cloud of hair. An Afro can be relatively small or very large depending upon the length of the hair. The Afro look was a reactionary response in the 1960s and 1970s for Black women and men rejecting the need to look “white” and apply hair straightener to achieve Caucasian-like hair.
Anyone who has tightly curled hair will better be able to achieve an Afro better than a person with straight hair. Some people can achieve enough curl with a permanent to achieve the Afro.
it is fluffed out using a special wide-toothed comb or pick. This eliminates some of the curl causing the hair to stand nearly straight out from the head. Overall the effect means the hair is fluffed out all over. Some have compared the Afro look to a natural helmet, since there seems to be little space between each hair.
As the hair gets longer, it needs to be very curly to achieve the Afro look. A few people have sported notably huge Afros by growing their hair quite long. Jimi Hendrix, deceased guitarist, was known for his Afro look. Diana Ross also had an impressive Afro during the 1970s through the 2000s.
The Afro became even more popular with the advent of disco. Like any other fashion style, the Afro grew larger due to the demands of fashion. Then it became lampooned, with comedians wearing extremely large Afros. Jokes about fitting through doorways and getting into cars while sporting an Afro abounded.
In the main these jokes were not a fling at Blacks or meant to be racially motivated. In fact many of the comedians making fun of the Afro have been black. In 2005, fashion returned to the 1970s for inspiration in clothing and hairstyles, and people once again sported somewhat modest Afros.

A shrunken afro certainly ticks some of the boxes of protective styling as it keeps your hair off your shoulders and clothes. However, depending on your hair type this style is more of an enemy than a friend!
If you have 4a, 4b and sometimes 3c hair then a shrunken afro can do you more harm than good. Very curly hair when left to its own devices after a wash will shrink to as low as 50% of its true length. With such tight curls they unfortunately have a tendency to curl up on themselves forming the evil single strand knots. Single strand knots are when a single hair forms a knot usually in the bottom couple of inches of the strand.
Now granted, it is not possible to completely eliminate single strand knots if you have natural hair but excessive single strand knots are a sign that your regimen needs to be adjusted. Not to mention that your ends feel rough even when your hair is straightened smooth.
Shrunken afro’s also produce ‘regular sized’ knots, and in abundance! These are the ones that get caught in your comb when you are attempting to detangle. Sometimes the hair gets so knotted that frustration can ensue causing you to rip through the knot tearing your hair out in the process. However even for the very patient among us, only a pair of scissors will remove the knot sometimes. It makes you think that you may as well bypass the shrunken afro all together and just start hacking at your hair with a sharp pair of scissors!
For those reasons, a shrunken afro is probably the worst way to ‘protect’ your hair.


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