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Short Afro Heroes

It would be more accurate to say Heroines as opposed to Heroes, but who wants to be perfect?  So what is a Short Afro Hero?  Quite simply, like any hero these people inspire.  Whereas super heroes or mortal heroes are renowned for making sacrifices to save humankind, Short Afro Heroes although exempt from this daily burden, can inspire us to make the necessary hair changes or adopt regimes that can indeed rescue us from the edge.  Think I’m being dramatic?  Then you have never looked in the mirror and wanted to pull your own head off because after years of hair abuse, your hairline decides to take a vacation away from your head. Permanently.

Short Afro Heroes without having to use super powers but by simply wearing their hair short and naturally with pizzazz can force you to take a good hard look at yourself and make the necessary hair and diet changes.  And without further ado:

Let’s start with a fiery bang.

Red Short Afro Hair

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Put a ring through it.

short afro hair with nose piercing

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Uber Short Hair + Uber Long Legs = Uber Sex Appeal.

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Love those lil’ spirals.

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So who is your hair hero? It can be a friend, relative, celebrity: who inspires you to take better care of your locks or seduces you into staring endlessly at their manes?

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How I style my Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA)

So if you’ve been following my blog, you would know that I am rocking my natural Teeeny Weeny Afro (TWA) at the moment.  P.s that terminology was made known to me by my readers and I love it!

Throughout the years and with the various hair styles I have sported, I have always found that my hair style dictates my over all style during the short period I have it– short becase, everyone who knows me knows that I am the Madonna of changing hair styles.

Currenly with a TWA, I have a lot against me like the increasingly cold weather in Berlin and being time poor and cash not ‘minted’.  I also feel that with having a short hair style, the risk of being confused for the males species is higher.  Consequently, I have to think outside the box to ensure that the world sees me very much as a WO!-man with my TWA, and not a filler in for Glee’s, Coach Beiste-

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So I’ve decided to share my tips on how I currently style my TWA and over all look on a budget-

1. I have learnt that with a good imagination (if you don’t have any, start collecting black magazines like Essence), a blow dryer with an attached comb, and oils (I’m using Almond Oil at the moment)- one can do interesting things with a TWA.  At the moment, this is the picture I am using for inspiration-

2. I strongly believe that in general and especially with a TWA, accessories should be your best friend.  These days when I style myself at night, I am hugely inspired by 80’s rock hair bands; songs like ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ by Deff Leopard and ‘Poison’ by Alice Cooper play in my mind, which encourage me to don black lace gloves, ‘Look at Me’ headscarves and earrings that jingle-jangle-

When it comes to where to get unique,eye-catching headscarves, look no further than vintage shops and markets.  I got this red and gold beauty from vintage shop, Rokit in London for a fiver.

 When I lived in London, I tended to get a lot of my statement earrings (like the ones below) from Topshop which sells great, affordable accessories.

I am a huge 80’s fan and icons like Madonna and Michael Jackson have made me rarely depart my house at night without a pair of black lace gloves.  This pair is from Claire’s Accessories. The silver cuff was a gift, if you have a TWA and your birthday is coming up, it will be in your best interest to tell close friends and family to get you statement accessories for your birthday.  If your birthday has long gone, Christmast time is coming sweeties.

3. Maybe its the fact that I can’t toss my locks behind my shoulders that makes me very much into creating movement with my look at the moment.  This has led me to wearing my Halloween cobweb cloak as part of my evening ensemble-

I purchased this piece of D-R-A-M-A for 20 euros at the Galleria Kaufhof shopping mall.  Now this look may be a bit much for some, but the motive behind it can still apply to you- find a piece of clothing that makes you feel fabulous.  And for those whose TWA makes them feel less attractive, wearing something that’s full of pizzazz will give you that confidence boost.  Yes, yes confidence comes from within but sometimes it needs a little boost to shine!

4. Speaking of beauty coming from within, I feel that with a TWA especially, one has to have a good, healthy beauty regime as your face is pretty much displayed in sharp relief.  Now, although I love hair and make-up, I am no expert in Beauty. However I can say that when rocking your TWA, ensure your eyebrows are on point and there are hairs on your head and not your face.

Make-up wise (and I will take pictures of the products soon, so bare with me), I tend to use products to high light and dramatise my eyes, whilst keeping my lips as natural looking as possible.  One of my favourite colour pigments to use on my eyes is gold and purple and for that I use MAC’s great duo eye shadow called, ‘Odd Couple’.  Also during my TWA period, I would be lost without Revlon’s ‘Luxurious Color Black Velvet Eyeliner’. 

Finally I have to say that the cheapest thing to do to look good with a TWA is to smile- be happy.  Even if you are not truly happy, fake it until you are by adopting acting skills to rival multiple award-winning actress, Hilary Swank.  Remember that with a frown, you are not only the moody b****h with the frown, you are the moody b***h with the frown who has a TWA.

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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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