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Thanks to Lupi­ta Nyong’o, we now know that a TWA doesn’t have to be bor­ing. If have a TWA and you’re tired of the typ­i­cal wash n go, mini fro and mini puff hair­styles, try these styles.

1. Fro Hawk
Do this on fresh­ly washed hair or stretch you hair overnight in flat twists for a more defined look. Acces­sorize with a flower or oth­er hair acces­so­ry of your choice.

2. Fin­ger Coils
This hair­style is a bit more time con­sum­ing but the effort is worth it. Fin­ger coils can last up to a week, and to fresh­en the style in the morn­ing, all you need to do is light­ly spritz and fluff with your fin­gers.

3. Fin­ger Coil Out
For a fuller look, sep­a­rate the coils after a few days and wear it in as many vari­eties as you like. To fresh­en the style, sim­ply spritz it in the morn­ing.

4. Flat Twists
Depend­ing on your hair length, you can flat twist a small por­tion of your hair for a fun look.

5. Flat Twist Outs
For a defined and stretched look, sim­ply flat twist your hair and take it out after a sig­nif­i­cant length of time.

6. Mini Coils
If your hair isn’t long enough to try any of the styles above, you can define your coils by gen­tling rub­bing a soft boar bris­tle brush on your hair in a cir­cu­lar motion. You can also cre­ate a side part or use a head band to play up this style.

7. Acces­sories

If you’re pressed for time but still want to change up your style, try a head band or scarf. 

How do you wear your TWA?

Adeola @ The Mane Captain

A Toron­to based nat­ur­al hair blog­ger. Born & half raised in Nige­ria, and now cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Cana­da. To keep busy, I fre­quent my local library where I go to bor­row non fic­tion books, par­tic­u­lar­ly per­son­al and spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment books. I also orga­nize Toron­to nat­ur­al hair events, attend meet­up groups and I’m work­ing hard to be a poly­glot.

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8 Comments on "7 Ways to Spice Up a TWA"

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Naturally Free

Been try­ing to Fro Hawk and couldn’t get it right — you made it look so easy! I’m look­ing for­ward to try­ing again,but I want to get a feath­er or flower first :)

Mo ajayi

Why on earth do you attribute the ver­sa­til­i­ty of TWA to lupi­ta? She has been around for 10 min­utes and nat­u­rals have been around for decades.…..not rel­e­vant at all.


Great post but you for­got mini twists. I did it after my big chop and it was love­ly, it’s sim­i­lar to mini coils. Great ideas though.


I love this. Been look­ing for a site like this

Scalp Solutions

This are amaz­ing styling ideas. Very help­ful for peo­ple who embrace their nat­ur­al hair. I agree with Lupi­ta NYong’o rockin’ those locks. Thanks for shar­ing! — Jason


This is right on time for me, because I’m think­ing about cut­ting my hair short (it is cur­rent­ly 7–9 inch­es), so I’m con­stant­ly look­ing for ways to wear it once it is short­er.


When my hair was short I could nev­er do fin­ger coil­ing. Don’t know why. But I did do the flat twist fro hawk.


I couldn’t either, so flat twists/frohawks were my go-to as well. When­ev­er I tried fin­ger coils with Long-Aid sty­ing gel, my hair seemed to like the idea at first, but then the coils would fall down, and my fro would be a tacky, shrunk­en mess.