Ahhhh, I do not miss the awkward length hair days, and if you did the big chop early on in your transition then you’ll know exactly what I mean. The awkward length phase is simply the stage between the T.W.A (twenty weeny afro) and the point where you can actually do something with your hair. At this point your hair isn’t short enough to be referred to as a twa, but it isn’t long enough to get it into a ponytail or elaborate style. So you see the dilemma? When I was in this stage of my hair journey I really didn’t know how to style my hair, so my default was protective styles such as box braids, kinky twists, or simple two strand twists out, but if you’re looking for different styles to jazz up your awkward length hair then keep reading!
5 Hairstyles for Awkward Length Hair
- The Fro-Hawk
I’ve tried this hairstyle only one since I went natural, but curl friend I loved it!!! I plan on doing it again after the summer (after my protective style streak ends which I’ll tell you about later in another post), but for now my hair is keeping a low profile. I love this style because it is very easy to do, and all it takes is applying some bobby pins to hold the sides of the hair up. If you want a more refined look than just a fro I would recommend doing a twist out then proceed to applying your bobby pins to finish the style .
Here’s a tutorial that will help you to achieve this style.
2. Twist Out
The two strand twist out is my absolutely favorite style, and it was my staple style after I did the big chop. This was my saving grace and if nothing else worked then I could definitely depend on this style to bail me out. This is also a very simple style , but it is very versatile. You can switch it up in many different ways if you want to rock a new look every day.
Check out this video for a detailed tutorial!
3. High Puff
When in the awkward length hair phase there really isn’t much you can do with your hair in terms of elaborate styling, so it can get very frustrating especially if you’re busy with work, home life, and a family. The high puff is a very simple and beautiful style that takes only minutes to achieve, and the good thing is you can also achieve this style using bobby pins if your hair isn’t long enough to use hair bands.
Here’s a short video showing a high puff tutorial.
4. Space Buns
The double bun trend came back unto the scene recently after being worn in the 90’s by celebrities such as Gwen Sefani, and it is a trendy look that many naturalistas are rocking today. So if you’re looking to switch it up every once in a while then this can be a great option. With this style you have the option of using kinky braiding hair to achieve even larger buns (if you have shorter hair), so give it try!
Those are some of my favorite hairstyles for awkward length hair, and I hope you find them helpful!
What is your favorite style for awkward length hair?
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