Many ladies have taken the bold step and done the “Big Chop” which is cutting off all chemically treated hair and leaving only the natural healthy one. If you’re in that category or you are in the process of transitioning (where your hair looks quite uneven as you’ve got chemically treated hair at the tips and your natural hair at the roots); you’re probably wondering, what kind of styles can I rock with my short hair?
Long hair is quite easier to style, for the one you can always just throw it into a bun and voila! You’re good to go. It’s not the same for short hair, especially natural short hair. Don’t feel bad though, the Big Chop is no easy step but it is a necessary one and you’ll love your hair once you start to see growth. Be happy! You’re getting rid of unhealthy hair and it’s the start of your natural hair journey.
However your hair doesn’t just grow fast, it takes time, love, and a lot of care but what happens in the meantime? When you don’t have long hair but a girl’s always gotta look her best? Fret not because I’ve got you covered.
Here are 6 hairstyles you can rock with your short natural hair; these styles are easy to achieve on your own, do not require stress, and are easy to maintain. So here you go:
If you have very short hair, you’ll need to make the Bantu knots smaller in size, but that doesn't affect how beautiful this hairstyle is.
Bantu knots can also work if you’re still transitioning and haven’t Big Chopped yet as it easily masks the relaxed section and gives more prominence to your natural roots. You can style up your Bantu knots by adding colourful hair extensions or beads to it.
You can rock this protective style casually or even in your workplace! The choice is yours.
Another versatile style for the naturalistas as it doesn’t even matter what hair length you have. It’s very easy to achieve and is also a simple way to stretch out your hair.
Twisting out/braiding involves braiding or twisting your hair and leaving it for a while before loosening it to create uniform curls. They last longer and you can create a variety of styles using the twist out.
This one is very easy and can be achieved in a manner of minutes. Simply part your hair at the side (or you can do a C cut) and comb hair in the separate directions.
Updos generally always look good so what’s stopping you? All you need to do is sleek back your hair and use an elastic headband to gather your hair from up your hair shaft until you get to the point where your hair is in a mini ‘fro. Then you can fluff and pull your ‘fro for added volume.
This style involves making your hair into cornrows but the cornrows will stop halfway on your head and give way to your Afro. You can secure it with a hairband and add clips to style it up.
These range from box braids to twists and feed-in styles. They are protective styles which protect your hair from breakage. You don’t even have to worry about your hair blending because there are so many different colours that you’re sure to find one that fits your hair colour.
You can carry them for long periods but make sure to maintain and take care of your hair while doing it.
This is a great way to take your mind off your hair growth. Crochet comes in a variety of styles, so you have a whole lot of options to choose from. From faux locs, bohemian curls and in fact, any other style you can think of.
You can never go wrong with a Headwrap (whether it’s a scarf or a turban). On those days when you feel like you can’t go through any stress at all or you feel like nothing is working out? Go for a headwrap! They’re very stylish, unique and come in different patterns and textures to suit your style.
There are several ways you can tie your headwrap depending on your outfit or the occasion. So explore!
Yes, I said it, get a wig! Human hair wigs are very easy to maintain and what’s more, you can switch up your style whenever you feel like. Go straight today, wavy tomorrow and curly the next; it’s all up to you. And when you’re done looking fab for the day, you can take off that wig when you get home and give your hair the much needed fresh air and Glam moisturizing.
All these styles are low to medium maintenance and the older they get; the prettier! So find one that speaks to you and start rocking it. *wink*