30 Best TWA Hairstyles For Short Natural Hair

Written by Anjali Sayee

Bye bye, regular ol’ fro! Hello, TWA!

TWA stands for Teeny Weeny Afro. It is the season to embrace your short locks, your short kinky locks. After all, who wouldn’t love having sweaty-free hair and saying goodbye to a host of hair fall issues? There are a ton of ways that you can style your teeny weeny afro.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out these stunning TWA styles and get to styling!

30 Best TWA Hairstyles For Your Short Natural Hair

1. Short Crew TWA

Really short afro hair looks very edgy and sporty. This short hairstyle draws all the attention to your face and features. You only need a little makeup with this hairstyle to make your features pop.

2. Coily Roots TWA

Nourish your hair with a natural oil that suits your texture. You’ll be surprised at how intensely it moisturizes your coily hair. Opt for coconut oil or argan oil as they nourish your hair right from the roots.

3. The Side Parting

Apply some gel to your hair and comb down the front. Using the rat tail end of your comb, part your hair in a side parting. Use a strong hold gel to keep your hairstyle in place for the entire day.

4. Colored Roots

If edge is what you’re looking for, a colored TWA hairstyle might be your jam. Depending on how short your hair is, you can achieve this rad look with some hair dye and gloves.

5. Finger Coils

Wash and condition your hair. Apply some curl defining cream to your locks. Stretch and twirl your hair to form perfect coils. These are called finger coils. They make your hair look flawlessly coily.

6. Small ‘Fro TWA

Show off your grown-out TWA with a stunning small afro. Small afros have been making their mark for the past few years and have quickly gotten on par with the afro itself. Make a statement with your TWA by coloring it brown.

7. Double TWA Curls

Apply some gel or oil to your tresses. Divide the hair at the top into two sections. Using an elastic band, tie each section into a thick ponytail. This TWA hairstyle looks great with big hoop earrings and dramatic makeup.

8. Tufted TWA

This tufted hairstyle is what TWA dreams are made of. All you need is some curl defining cream to achieve this tufted look. This TWA hairstyle is perfect for pairing with a pair of chunky earrings and a turtleneck sweater.

9. Patterned TWA

If you love funky styles, patterns will make your head spin with glee. Patterns are taking the hairstyling world by storm. This zig-zag pattern looks super well-defined and prominent because it has been done on a TWA.

10. Stretched Out TWA

The major issue with kinky hair is it gets stretched out, making your curls lose their definition. Use this to your advantage. Your stretched out curls will look suaver when styled in a TWA.

11. Flat Twist Out

Apply some curl defining cream to your tresses. Twist your locks in section depending on how big you want your curls to be. Cover your head with a silk scarf and leave it on overnight. The next morning, remove the scarf and untwine your twists. Apply some hair gel or oil to give them more definition.

12. Side Cut

The side cut not only accentuates your curls but also adds style to your hairdo. Simple designs, like a line on one side, can transform your regular TWA into an edgy hairstyle. Pair this look with some big hoops, and I guarantee all eyes will be on you.

13. Well-Defined TWA

If you love your teeny weeny afro, stick to it. Enhance your curls with some curl defining cream. This will not only keep frizz at bay but also make your curls look coily and perfect in the morning.

14. Twist Out TWA

The twist out TWA is a chic and messy hairstyle. Messy hair is making waves everywhere, and it seems only fair that kinky hair is in on it too. This twist out TWA looks utterly messy with a hint of crimping.

15. Mini Bantu TWA

Bantu knots are a traditional hairstyle that has been a part of the African culture for centuries. These knots protect your curly locks from pollution, heat damage, and hair fall. You can keep bantu knots for as long as two weeks. But, make sure you loosen your hair after that to allow your scalp to rest.

16. Finger Waves

It’s amazing what a bristle brush and some hair gel can do for your locks. That’s right, these finger waves can be achieved using regular hair products. Apply a generous amount of gel to your locks and brush them down, styling them in waves as you go.

17. Layered Waves TWA

Layered hair is always fashionable. Style your TWA in waves with the help of mousse to create this flaunt-worthy look. I recommend using mousse because it will give your hair a fuller look rather than a flat appearance.

18. Braid Out TWA

Wash and condition your hair. Allow it to air dry for a bit and then apply some curl defining cream. Use your fingertips to make sure you apply the cream all the way to your scalp. Divide your locks into small sections and weave them in braids. Wrap your hair in a scarf or thin cotton T-shirt. Unfurl your locks in the morning, fluff them up a bit, and get ready to conquer the world!

19. Thin Bantu Knots

If you have thin, fragile hair, bantu knots can protect them from environmental damage and breakage. Apply oil to your locks and divide them into sections. Wrap each section around itself to form bantu knots. This hairstyle looks totally badass when paired with a sporty outfit.

20. Colored Tips TWA

One of the best ways to spice up your locks is hair color. Opt for shades like blonde or light brown to create a beautiful contrast. Also, remember to choose a color that goes with your skin’s undertone.

21. Colored Patterns

Patterns don’t need to be limited to side or under cut hairstyles. You can accentuate your TWA by adding some simple patterns like asymmetrical lines. Color it in a funky shade and make a statement with your locks this year!

22. The Perfect TWA

The perfect TWA can be achieved using the finger coil-out technique. Finger coil your hair and wrap it overnight. In the morning, stretch out your coils, so your hair looks fluffy and lends a fuller look to your afro.

23. TWA Mohawk

Is there any haircut that doesn’t look good when styled in a mohawk? I think not. One of the best ways to show off your TWA is by styling it in a mohawk. However, you’ll have to get regular trims to keep the style looking fresh.

24. Laid Down TWA

Not everyone loves hair-raising experiences! Lame jokes aside, laid down hair can be fashionable and perfect for women working in formal offices. They show off your kinky locks without looking too outlandish.

25. Close Cut TWA

Go big or go home! That’s the feeling conveyed by this stunning hairstyle. This close cut TWA is bold. The white and orange hair colors and intricate shaved pattern make this hairstyle look truly out of the world.

26. Undercut TWA

The undercut has captured the heart of women all around the world. It oozes style and, let’s be honest, makes short hair look enviable. It also accentuates your natural hair. Grow out your TWA just a bit before you get the undercut. This creates a much starker contrast.

27. Big Twist Out TWA

Styling kinky curls every day might get tiring. So, opt for a more laidback look with big twist out curls. Apply some gel and twist your locks at night. Unravel your locks in the morning and separate the twists to create this pretty look.

28. Pushed Back Fro

This pushed back ‘fro adds tons of volume to your tresses. Apply some hair gel and brush your hair back. Use a headband to keep your hair down. You can even pin down some sections of hair in the front to flatten it completely.

29. Clipped In The Front

This article wouldn’t be complete without adding a good ol’ beaded hairstyle. This is a simple hairstyle to achieve. Braid the front of your hair in two or more thin braids. Accessorize the braids with decorative beads to add a touch of glamor to this look.

30. Brushed Down

Apply oil to your TWA. Brush your hair down to give it a flat look. This simple TWA style is great for anyone who does not have the time to style their hair in the morning but still need to look presentable at work.

TWA hairstyles are a godsend for anyone who struggles with styling their hair. I hope this list has given you some styling inspiration for your own TWA. Which of these styles do you want to sport? Comment below and let me know!

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.