One of my favorite nat­ur­al hair blog­gers, Sun­shine, recent­ly shaped up her hair. I asked her a few ques­tions about it.


How did you come up with the idea for the cut?
My TWA was at a nice length but the shape left much to be desired. In order to jazz it up I would often cre­ate a shape that resem­bled a cut style. I would always shape my twist-out and braid-outs to be volu­mi­nous on top and tapered look­ing on the sides and back. Thus cre­at­ing a faux cut. With the recent birth of my son, I had been look­ing for ways to cut down on the amount of time I spent “styling” my hair. But I still want­ed my hair to be styl­ish. That’s when I decid­ed to get it cut into the shape I had been sim­u­lat­ing with my oth­er styles.

I love it and I haven’t had a bad hair day since!




What exact­ly did you shave off?

Before the cut

S: I got the sides tapered a bit and the very back. The rest of my hair was left alone. I’ve got what the bar­ber calls a “temp fade”.

Why short hair?
I don’t know that I am nec­es­sar­i­ly choos­ing to wear my hair short as much as I am just enjoy­ing every phase and length I go through with my hair. My hair is grow­ing but I don’t have any length goals to achieve. I want­ed to do some­thing with my hair that would allow me to get up and go, I had to lose a lit­tle hair to accom­plish that. Los­ing hair is a fear I got over with my big chop! 

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i love ur hair


I love the style; i’m think­ing of doing some­thing sim­i­lar. How do you get the curly look instead of just the tight coils?


I real­ly love this hair cut. I need to find a bar­ber that will be able to do it for me.

TufferThanNigerian Hair
TufferThanNigerian Hair

LOVE IT ! 100%


Wow…I want some­thing sim­i­lar. The hair over my ears and back has less shrink­age than the rest of my hair, which means that when I wear a ‘fro that’s in any way shrunk­en I have to pin my sides back. I won­der if I can take her pic­ture to a barber’s? Thanks for this.


Very pret­ty! It’s a fade but still fem­i­nine… cool


Thanks for the com­pli­ments y’all! This is a great style that works on many lengths.


The Notorious Z.A.G.

Thanks to this post…I went and got a tem­ple taper, lol…three parts shaved in the left side, the oth­er side just shaved. My hair is shoul­der length… Thanks for the inspi­ra­tion, Sun­shine!! ^_^


I did some­thing sim­i­lar when I had 7 inch­es of stretched hair, I had the back tap­pered, start­ing from 1 inch with longer lay­ers above. When I flat twist my hair it hangs in a nice bob shape (long on top and in front, short­er in the back).

revolution grl

very cute!


Your hair is AMAAAzi­i­ing!

I stopped hav­ing my edges tapered over the last month just to see how it’d look but GOOOODNESSS you’ve remind­ed why I need to go sit in the barber’s chair ASAP.


I ♥ this!! I want­ed to do some­thing like this!


I love her hair! the cut is love­ly