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Afro hairstyles-How to Define Curls with Short Natural Hair

Afro Hairstyles

I did the Big Chop in 2o13 because due to constant weaves and braiding, my hair had become thin, lacked lustre and my hairline had majorly thinned out. Since 2013, my hair journey has undergone many false starts, i.e. my hair and hairline would grow but then would suffer breakage. I would say my ‘official hair journey’ began in September/October 2015 because after my hair broke yet again, I began a treatment using all the afro hair knowledge I had accumulated since 2013 and now in October 2016, I believe I am seeing positive results. Fiiiiiinally, I can begin to write about my recent Afro hairstyles.

Motivated by my hair journey thus far, in this post-I want to show you one of the Afro hairstyles I am a fan of and use my growing afro hair knowledge to inspire and teach anyone who is suffering thinning Afro hair and Afro hair loss, especially around the hairline (forehead, sides and back of the neck). For today, I will kick things off with how I define my short natural curls. My next Afro hair series will be about how I grew my hairline.

So back to today’s topic- I   have no idea what my curl type is and honestly I can’t be bothered to find out. What I do know is that when it comes to Afro hairstyles, I like the ‘artfully messy TWA look’. To that end, for the last year and a half, I’ve been experimenting with different curl defining products, trying to find what would give my ‘hur the curl definition I wanted. So far I’ve found a cocktail of natura hair care products that I like. Continue reading to learn how you can define curls with short natural hair.

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How do I style my short Afro hair?

This question has been driving me insane, so many people (Caucasians, mainly) think that having Afro hair is so ‘cool’ because when we wake up every morning, our hair looks like this-

However my hair is most definitely not of the microphone Afro variety and I’m still trying to work out just what it is.  Whilst trying to figure it out, I have had to hear some harsh truths from hair stylists concerning my hair, one is that my natural hair will never- despite how many rollers and straws I stick into it- look like this-

So no soft, spiral curls for me then, what to do?  I’ve always admired celebrities who manage to look stunning with their chic, pixie-like hairstyles and for me, Halle Berry is one of the best of them.  However, to achieve the below straight finish, I will have to put chemicals in my hair and for now, I want my hair to stay 100% natural.  A few decades too late, I finally want to learn how to deal with what the good Lord gave me and learn, somehow, to love it.  So this look is not an option for me either-

How about doing an Ace Ventura quiff?-

Well first of all, I believe I would need to have my hair straightened to achieve that kind of sharp finish and secondly as the winds are blowing with great gusto in Berlin, I believe this hair style has a very short shelf-outdoor-life.

I could do an ‘ol school Sisquo (Big Brother UK, really Sisquo, ok, back on topic) and dye it blonde

Well not only does full on blonde not suit my complexion, (unless I want to look like I wandered of the set of a Beenie Man dancehall video), I can’t achieve those curls naturally…I don’t think.

‘Fro Hawks are a versatile go-to afro hair style and I would love to cornrow the sides of my hair to achieve this look, but the whole point of going natural was to leave every strand of my hair well alone-

I am getting quite desperate now, how about I do what every high fashion magazine does when they get a black model with a strong face, i.e do a ‘Grace Jones’

Or better yet why don’t I just shave everything of, that way I will have no more hair style woes.

Ok, I have to stay calm and positive, the ‘Grace Jones’ look is great for me at night when I’m at my ‘fiercest’, so that’s my night look done.  What about during the day or when I don’t feel like making such a razor-sharp statement?  I like the look of this-

I wonder if I can achieve those curls naturally, I don’t want to get too excited, I have to be ready for the hair stylist to let me know again, just how limited my hair choices are, now I’ve undergone the snip.

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