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BN Beauty: How to Accessorise Your ‘TWA’ & Look Fab in Under 2 Minutes



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Technically defined as a very short hairstyle, about an inch or two above the scalp, the Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA) in my words is just a micro mini afro. It’s literally the most popular natural hair term in the world #nokiddin.

I’ve been down the Natural Hair road and back and while it is generally believed that the TWA stage is the easiest in the whole Natural hair journey, I beg to differ. If you are anything like me, prepare to be bored to death. Why? Because there are only a couple of styles you can do with it making it the most difficult stage as you look at it each morning wavering between “why on earth did I decide to do a big chop to go natural?”“maybe I should just go and cut my hair again?”

These styles are

  • Afro
  • Finger Coils
  • Side Part
  • Accessorise
  • Brush Coils
  • Wash n Go

Though they seem like a lot, believe me when I say this is nothing. Add to that, if your hair is anything like mine then some of these will be the stuff of dreams and others will need an army to finish up if you plan on getting any sleep.

While I’m not complaining I know some of you are and wondering what the heck you can do to make this stage pass with some pizzazz. I’m here to help by showing you the easiest and fastest way I know to spice up any TWA.

Be ready to step out of the house with this quick 2 minute way to accessorise a TWA. What you’ll need? Hair clips & Pins. Contrast is key when selecting hair accessories so they stand out and give your head of hair that oomph you desire.

Here’s a video showing how to use them

Do you have a TWA? How do you tame it and make it pretty? I’d also love to hear the fast and easy ways you’ve discovered while waiting for the TWA stage to pass.

Image & Video Credit: Barbara & 1923

| The Restless One | Lover of GOD & Change | Content Creator | Barbara Onianwah spends her days working in Marketing Communications and her nights as a Social Media & Beauty aficionado who straddles between using the internet to build her personal brand – Barbara & 1923; and helping various Clients build their online presence. To find her, visit her blog - OR follow her on Twitter – @piriye | Instagram – barbara1923 |Facebook & Youtube – Barbara & 1923.


  1. seline

    June 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    is she really serious with this clown make up on her face and bushy eyebrows

    is this a joke


      June 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Dear Seline, she looks real and the bushy brow is hers. The makeup is cool to me and this is 2016, year of natural brows

  2. Girly

    June 26, 2016 at 7:33 am

    What is this??!! Bleh!

  3. Girly

    June 26, 2016 at 7:34 am

    What is this??!!! Bleh!!!

  4. sisi eko

    June 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I can never forget when I fell for this yeye ‘natural movement’ i’ve never looked so ugly and unkept in my life. it was literally an EVERYDAY struggle!!! I had to pack make up, jewellery and accessories just to look cute. I honestly felt like suing someone bcos I had big chopped off my shoulder length straight silky hair.
    I ended up wearing weaves, braids and wigs ( which most do anyway)…… what was the whole point!?

    my humble opinion, I have never seen natural hair that me I like oh! always looks so dry and rough,(4a-c hair) like something can live inside. yuck!

    (I know ppl will come for me, but in out heart of hearts we know it is true!! lol!)

    • YesIsaidit

      June 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      then you dont know @mahoganycurls — just cos you couldnt do it well doesnt mean everybody is like you and your unfortunate hair

    • Barbara1923

      June 29, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      lol. truthfully, I totally understand. I know a couple of people who simply can’t stand hair that isn’t smooth and slick and say that’s the one thing they hate about natural hair.

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