By Apryl-Joi of

When it comes to natural hair, there’s a lot to talk about—products, hair regimens, washing techniques, moisture retention, and many other things, but one thing that seems to shoot to the top of the conversation charts is achieving and maintaining long hair. Before you give the infamous deep sigh and skedaddle over to another page, let me advise you that this isn’t your typical post about how to grow your natural hair to BSL (that’s bra strap length, in case you’re new to this) and 10 different styles you can rock with your 18 inch hair. Nope, that’s just not about to happen.

I will say that many of us drool, hoot, and holler over Tracey Ellis Ross’s big, bold curls, Ledisi’s luscious locs, and Corinne Bailey Rae’s amazing mane, but for many of us, the road to having these beauties’ hair length is extremely long. The ultimate question is why should you sit, dream, and wait until the day that you can rock amazing styles, when you can enjoy it now? I know, I know….you’re rocking a TWA…there couldn’t POSSIBLY be anything more than a wash-and-go on your hair styling menu. Well I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. Let’s take the 31-year-old Lupita Nyong’o as a prime example.





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This Mexico-born Kenyan actress sheds a whole new light on short natural hair. By rocking a side part, 2 middle parts, a brush cut, a tiny curly fro with tapered sides and lots in between, she proves that short natural hair can be just as versatile and fly as any long coiffure. Her hairstyles are proof that sexy comes in all different shapes, lengths, colors, and it doesn’t need anyone’s permission to be fabulous. However, no matter the length of your hair, it can only be as fabulous and fly as you allow it to be. Let’s face it….we’ve all seen a natural or two with a head full of long tresses who does absolutely nothing funky or exciting to it. You wish it were yours and she’s totally disinterested in it and wonders why you’re so pressed to have long hair. While you’re sitting there wishing, waiting, hoping, and dreaming about styling your long hair, you’re missing out on the beauty of having short hair and the amazing things you can do with it.

I encourage all my short naturals to take the breaks off. Let it roll! Let your imagination and creativity take your hair to all new heights without having to wait until it grows. Have some hair confidence NOW…don’t wait until later. You don’t want to look back and regret passing up the opportunity to rock the most amazing TWA you could’ve conjured up. Embrace your hair NOW and get on the Lupita flow to rocking miles of sassy styles that punch the idea that short hair isn’t versatile right in the face. Check out all of the ways Butterfly Lupita has styled her hair. Can you still sit and say you can’t do a thing to your hair at its current short length? As many praise Butterfly Lupita for her outstanding talent, beautiful skin, intelligence, grace, and overall beauty, we can’t deny that she is a great example of rocking your natural hair and styling it no matter the length.

Have you made having short natural hair a deterrent to doing amazing things with your hair? How have you jazzed up your TWA in the past? What do you do to get over your “long hair dreams”? Leave your comments below—we promise we won’t judge you.

Butterfly Apryl-Joi has a true passion for natural hair and fitness. When she isn’t crafting up original content for, she’s training clients on new fitness workouts and knows how to meet the demands of both the body and hair with hard work and dedication.

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75 Comments on "Are Naturals Blind to the Versatility of Short Hair?"

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I have long hair past bra strap length. I started cutting my hair short before I went natural. Now that I am natural, I have just had a second big chop. I love my twa and have plans on keeping it..

Nappy4C Rocks

Jacqueline you are a RARE natural


“This now means we get a mixed bag of folks who don’t really like natural hair but are ” suffering” through just so they can grow it long and flat iron it to death.” Absolutely Jennid!! You ae speaking the absolute truth!!!

I’m of the opinion that short twa don’t really look good on everybody BUT neither does long hair. My biggest issue with growing long hair is that saddley many have went natural just cause they think that’s the quickest and best way to do it. This now means we get a mixed bag of folks who don’t really like natural hair but are ” suffering” through just so they can grow it long and flat iron it to death. This is a hard topic to do because many will feel attacked for their preference. My thing is preference doesn’t matter… Read more »
kaila P

Might I just add that the whole long hair thing isn’t as fun as it seems, my hair has grown a lot and I’m not sure if I like it which is weird cause I’ve been coveting long hair all my life

Naturally Lovely

Yeah, if you have the face for short hair.

The Natural Haven
I do not know why Naturally Lovely’s comment was thumbed down because it is the reality! Not all faces suit TWAs, mine included! If you want to transition fast, then you do have to get comfortable with a TWA for a while but this does not mean that you will think that a TWA is for you and this is fine! I think to me the core message should be that short hair should be something that you arrive at because you intentionally cut your hair. This is as opposed to thinking that your hair cannot grow past neck length,… Read more »

Oops, I missed that one, lol. All right, I’ll bite:

Would someone care to explain or demonstrate what the “right” face for short hair looks like? Pictures, though not necessary, would be appreciated. (Lupita’s pics don’t count.) 🙂

Also, piggybacking on Jenni’s comment below: Is there a “wrong” face for long hair? keeping in mind what “long” represents when we’re talking about natural Afro-textured hair versus natural hair of other textures, of course.


Loved your response!

The Natural Haven
LBell – Actually YES there are faces that do not suit long hair or simply look significantly better with short hair. An example – Halle Berry. She can wear long hair (and she has worn long curly hair) but short hair emphasises her facial features, so she is much more suited to short hair (MY opinion, emphasis on MY) In my eyes, a face which is round with full cheeks and angular at the chin, suits big hair. Gabrielle Union (not a natural but her face matches my description) simply would look much cuter with a big afro. It would… Read more »
Just as some people don’t have the face for big hair, some don’t have the face for a twa. All faces & bodies don’t go with all styles ! Why else do you see ads for eyeglasses /hairstyles for round faces, heart shaped faces,long faces, thin faces,etc ? And styles made to bring out your best features & fashions for women who are top heavy,bottom heavy, boyish figures, plus size, very thin,etc?? I’m one of those who DOES NOT have a twa face. When I did the BC & saw how it looked, I got a wig immediately. My BFF… Read more »
should i contribute my face under: wrong face for short hair lol. i can’t think of celebrities for whom this would apply but i know my face would be a sure contender. I have a longish, angular face. not a soft, baby round one. I think soft baby round ones are the most ideal, but the person’s features play a part too. i don’t have sculpted brows (kinda sparse and uneven) and i don’t have any other features that would play up the hair cut in a flattering way. if i had a short do’ i’d feel like i had… Read more »
*gasp* I can’t believe BGLH is actually addressing the possibility that short hair needn’t be a style death sentence… 🙂 Women will give every excuse in the book to avoid wearing short hair. — “I don’t want to look like a boy” (what are those two puffy things on your chest, exactly?) — “I don’t want to be mistaken for a lesbian” (because all lesbians wear short hair *rolling eyes*) — “I have a big head” (trust me, it’s not nearly as big as you think) Etc., etc…and of course the topic this article addresses, which is “I can’t do… Read more »

“what are those two puffy things on your chest, exactly?” *DEAD*


I know this article is about her hair but can we take a minute to admire her LUSH FLAWLESS skin. OMG!