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The nat­ur­al hair com­mu­ni­ty is larg­er than ever and long, lus­cious, strands are what most women cov­et. Every woman is watch­ing and wait­ing for any prod­uct that can help them grow their hair to unimag­in­able lengths. There’s always a com­pa­ny tot­ing a pill, oil, or cream that will alleged­ly give their con­sumer the longest hair they’ve ever had in their life. How­ev­er, there is some­thing inspi­ra­tional about a woman who desires to keep her nat­ur­al hair short.

The nat­ur­al hair com­mu­ni­ty has become so obsessed with length, that they aren’t tru­ly enjoy­ing their nat­ur­al hair at every stage. Some are for­get­ting that there is beau­ty in all hair lengths and tex­tures. Some even assume that if a woman has been nat­ur­al for years and her hair is not down her back, then that means that her hair is not healthy. Con­verse­ly, that is far from the truth. There are woman with­in the com­mu­ni­ty who choose to keep their healthy nat­ur­al hair fierce and short.  Brandy Gueary and LaToya Chenelle Hud­son are nat­ur­al ladies who dis­prove every short nat­ur­al hair myth and rock their short locs with con­fi­dence.

Brandy Gueary

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Brandy Gueary from Hous­ton, TX has been nat­ur­al for a total of 4 years. She proves that long hair isn’t every­thing and short hair can be very ver­sa­tile. Gueary decid­ed to do the big chop after he sis­ter sent her YouTube videos of women and their nat­ur­al hair jour­neys. She was very inspired and sought her own nat­ur­al hair jour­ney.

“I stayed up until 2 a.m. (on a work night) watch­ing more hair jour­ney videos than I could count. From then on, I was hooked and stopped relax­ing my hair,” said Guery.

Gueary is no stranger to long hair. Before becom­ing nat­ur­al, her hair was long and healthy. She received count­less com­pli­ments on how beau­ti­ful her hair was. The com­pli­ments were nice, but her long hair was not as impor­tant to her as it was to oth­ers.

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“It was the hair I always had, so I worked to main­tain it,” she said.

She orig­i­nal­ly want­ed to tran­si­tion her hair from being relaxed to nat­ur­al by grad­u­al­ly trim­ming off the relax­er. A method some women adopt when they’d rather not go through with doing a big chop How­ev­er, after see­ing two dif­fer­ent tex­tures of hair that need­ed two dif­fer­ent reg­i­mens, she opt­ed to do the big chop. When she cut her hair, her first goal was to grow it long. What she didn’t real­ize was that she had the option to keep her hair short. Gueary received a lot of back­lash for her deci­sion to big chop.

“Some of the looks and com­ments I received after cut­ting my hair were sur­pris­ing. Peo­ple would say, ‘Why would you cut all that long hair?’ Peo­ple tried to make me feel like my long hair was all I had going for myself. Oth­ers real­ly think that their opin­ion and input about your choic­es are valid based on their life expe­ri­ences. If you aren’t strong in your­self and with God, it can get to you and make you feel like your phys­i­cal appear­ance is every­thing,” she said

Once Gueary’s nat­ur­al hair grew to the long lengths that she was used to, she became bored. After she mar­ried and had her son, she became cre­ative with her hair and shaved off hair from both sides of her head to form a Mohawk. She lat­er became bored with that style as well and decid­ed to do the big chop for the sec­ond time in Jan­u­ary of 2014. Gueary real­ized that she want­ed to wear her hair short for the first time in her life.

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While Gueary doesn’t know how long she’ll keep her fierce, short cut, she is cer­tain­ly enjoy­ing its ver­sa­til­i­ty. It might even be more ver­sa­tile than longer hair. Hav­ing short hair has made Gueary much more open to dif­fer­ent hair­cuts and col­ors. She used to have a fear of dying her hair, but now she’s lost that fear because she no longer has to wor­ry about main­tain­ing length. If she gets tired of look­ing at a cer­tain col­or, she just gets rid of it by get­ting a new hair­cut and try­ing a new col­or.

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Short hair is chic and Gueary proves that you don’t have to stick to one cut. Her nat­ur­al hair styles con­sist of try­ing var­i­ous hair­cuts with var­ied lengths, includ­ing parts. At the moment, Guery isn’t inter­est­ed in grow­ing her hair any time soon.

“My best advice is that a TWA doesn’t have to be a phase. It can be a style. It’s easy, con­ve­nient, low main­te­nance, and so sassy!”

If you’d like to fol­low Brandy Gueary’s nat­ur­al hair jour­ney fol­low her on Insta­gram, @naturallybrandyysmith, Face­book, Brandy Gueary (Smith), and YouTube, Brandy Smith Nat­ur­al Hair.

LaToya Chenelle Hud­son

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When LaToya Chenelle Hud­son decid­ed to embrace her nat­ur­al curls in 2008, she was super obsessed with hav­ing long hair in the begin­ning of her nat­ur­al hair jour­ney. Like most nat­u­rals, she want­ed her hair to be mas­sive. How­ev­er, cut­ting her hair made her real­ize that women some­times hide behind their hair or feel less fem­i­nine with­out it.

“The sheer thought of cut­ting our hair some­times sends shud­ders down our spines. I have women come up to me every day com­pli­ment­ing my hair and the con­fi­dence to do it. They say ‘I wish I could, but I don’t have the nerve’ or ‘My head is big’, said Hud­son.

The San Anto­nio, TX native is no stranger to receiv­ing com­pli­ments from men as well. If you thought that short hair would some­how make you less appeal­ing to the oppo­site sex, guess again.

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“I mean, the amount of men that give me kudos is crazy espe­cial­ly because you would think that most men would loathe a woman with a fade. My hub­by loves it and is the one that cuts my hair”, she said.

As a fash­ion design­er and web host, Hud­son enjoys being cre­ative and she needs to express that cre­ativ­i­ty through her hair and cloth­ing. One day, she found her­self bored with her look, so she start­ed col­or­ing her hair. It wasn’t long before she decid­ed to cut her huge, fire engine red afro down to a sassy fade. While she did a big chop in 2008 to kick off her nat­ur­al hair jour­ney, she didn’t keep it short for long.

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As for her hair reg­i­men, Hud­son keeps it very sim­ple. She makes sure to sham­poo or co-wash her almost every day. After wash­ing, she applies coconut oil and Paul Mitchell Barber’s Clas­sic. Hud­son also gives her hair a good brush­ing. She may believe in keep­ing her hair reg­i­men sim­ple, but she likes to keep peo­ple guess­ing when it comes to styling her funky mane.

“Short hair can be very ver­sa­tile because you can do dif­fer­ent cuts, fades, designs and col­ors more fre­quent­ly. When my hair was longer, I found myself always try­ing to think of a style to cre­ate,” said Hud­son.

She has cer­tain­ly donned some incred­i­ble hair­cuts. She’s had every­thing from lines, stars, and hearts etched in her head. You name it and she’s prob­a­bly done it or will do it one day.

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“I am the queen of bar­ber designs in my head,” she said.

Hud­son also has some impor­tant advice for women who are in the TWA stage of their nat­ur­al jour­ney and for women who just want some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“Find a real­ly good bar­ber and get a good fade around the nape of your neck and ears, so that it looks neat and pret­ty. Many times I see new TWA’s with no shape and even with a longer fro, a great shape makes a world of dif­fer­ence and cre­ates fash­ion for­ward style.”

Hud­son also believes that wear­ing a good bold lip and a gor­geous pair of ear­rings doesn’t hurt either.

If you’d like to fol­low this beau­ty as she con­tin­ues her nat­ur­al hair jour­ney, you can fol­low her blog You can also fol­low her on Insta­gram and Twit­ter @latoyachenelle.

Were you inspired by Brandy and LaToya’s hair jour­ney? Do you have any plans for a short, sexy cut?

Por­tia is a wife and moth­er who enjoys mak­ing things and peo­ple look pret­ty! As a grad­u­ate of Rowan Uni­ver­si­ty, Por­tia has an insa­tiable crav­ing for nat­ur­al hair, beau­ty, and fash­ion, but she also enjoys trav­el­ing and home decor. If you’d like to know more about her, vis­it her blog at

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39 Comments on "Get the Look! Two Naturals Who Chopped Length for Shorter Do’s"

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Oh my gosh they look gor­geous. I think that the first lady real­ly does suit hav­ing a shaved do.
I am Cau­casian and have shaved my head sev­er­al times, but when I see a shaved head on a black sis­ter, I think it looks so much nicer!


I just cut all my hair off on Jan­u­ary 1st, 20161. I just got tired of the stress of detan­gling. I want to be able to work­out 5 days a week with­out wor­ry­ing about the stick sweaty scalp under my pro­tec­tive style or my fresh­ly done twist out. It is lib­er­at­ing for me. I miss my length and all but right now, for right now, this short shaved head is good for my lifestyle.


I only had short nat­ur­al hair once when I big chopped nope not going back to that . Short hair is beau­ti­ful on them but I look bet­ter with medi­um to long hair . My hair is col­lar­bone medi­um lengh and I’m so hap­py . I’m grow­ing it long . I just love hav­ing longer hair . I had short twa for less than a year then it grew to my col­lar­bone ( when stretched ) . I’m a lit­tle over a year nat­ur­al .


It’s not only about confidence…it’s about your face and your body shape…twa does not flat­ter every woman. Some woman look bet­ter with medi­um or with long hair. Oth­ers with TWA…Others no mat­ter what is their hair­style. Women who don’t feel pret­ty with a TWA should not be told “u have to be more con­fi­dent” or this or that…


Pret­ty hair­cut but I dont like the intro­duc­tion at all. Just because a woman’s goal is to have long hair does­nt make her obsessed, that is just your goal. Doesn’t mean you aren’t embrac­ing your jour­ney. Some peo­ple dont like twa.


Great con­fi­dent women can pull any­thing off. Live Life to the end.Smile




SOOOOO INSPIRED! I’ve love short nat­ur­al hair and fades and these two women look fab­u­lous. And I love how they CHOOSE to wear it short. I think once I hit my senior year, I’m chop­ping it all off! (Can’t wait)


They are gor­geous. It’s like some of their beau­ty was hid­ing under their hair


thank you so very much for shar­ing. I have been grow­ing my nat­ur­al hair out now for almost 5 years. I used to yearn for long fab­u­lous nat­ur­al hair, but the main­te­nance some­times just isn’t worth it. I’ve worn my hair short before and I absolute­ly loved it. I know I will get back­lash for cut­ting my hair but I think it’s about time. I’m get­ting to the point where my only options are perming and cut­ting or stay­ing nat­ur­al and cut­ting. Either way I am cut­ting!


Girls looks fab­u­lous! They are young and hav­ing fun. Good on them.


Thanks for shar­ing. I cry when I trim, and this def­i­nite­ly helped change my mind­set a lit­tle bit.


Thanks for shar­ing these cuts. They are beau­ti­ful. I think half the bat­tle is find­ing an artist/styler and not just a bar­ber. A styl­ist with a good eye can make short hair look good on just about any­one.



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I am in awe and It makes me smile to see the cre­ativ­i­ty of short hair. When women cut all of their hair, it high­lights con­fi­dence. That’s the point of this thread. The short fade is definit­ley befit­ting on them and they pull it off so well. Ear­rings, make-up, cute clothes-Short hair does make you want to be styl­ish and bold. All of the com­ments said it all. I love that cut in the front. It reminds me of the 90’s when the men wored em’ like 2pac. I think it’s refresh­ing to see short hair being rep­re­sent­ed in a… Read more »

I wore a fad­ed cut like above for 5 years after my bc. I received so many com­pli­ments. Then I grew it out and it was fine too, but I com­plained about the main­te­nance. Then I cut it short­er, to a tapered long in the top short on the sides n back, and I’m lov­ing that now. It gives me length to exper­i­ment with and keeps me from an all day wash day. Being a 4c I just wore it twist­ed 24 7 any­way. And it’s much health­i­er now because I’m bet­ter edu­cat­ed on my hair.


It real­ly does­nt mat­ter what col­or you are. Most women cringe at the thought of short hair. Not just black women.


Beau­ti­ful!! And I am right behind them!! My life has become increas­ing­ly busy and I feel like a short shaped from is very styl­ish! With a twa along with shape, I can final­ly embrace a wash n go style.


Gor­geous Ladies <3

I loved the arti­cle and I love that women can be ver­sa­tile but still be fem­i­nine with short cuts. I don’t plan to cut my nat­ur­al hair short any­time soon. I’ve had dam­aged neck-length relaxed hair which I exchanged for short cuts on healthy nat­ur­al hair( which I main­tained for three years ). Then I grew out my nat­ur­al hair for two years, after which I relaxed it( I didn’t know much about nat­ur­al hair care then, I was just doing what I thought was right: treat­ing my nat­ur­al hair like relaxed hair, which was wrong ). I grew my… Read more »

How I hate arti­cles like this:(… I’m a recov­er­ing hair cut­ter-holic and when I see arti­cles like this I just wan­na cut my hair again!!! Why do peo­ple have to be this beau­ti­ful??? *love­ly styles*


Brandy is look­ing GOOD w/ that cut…yaaassss ma’am to that side part. She looks real­ly dif­fer­ent in those pics. I want to start my jour­ney over(due to two years of poor hair care) and I think I found a cut. & LaToya bet­ter werk them designs. *snaps*


Total­ly agree, that cut is so her.


I ADORE short hair on Black women, it makes our fea­tures stand out, show off our beau­ti­ful com­plex­ions and is very styl­ish!
I also love how more more we play­ing up with our nat­ur­al tress­es and are not afraid any more to get short hair cuts as we know we can get it grow back any­time we want!


Wow they are gor­geous. The first girl’s beau­ty stands out so much more with her hair short. I wish I could pull off short hair. My head is too darn big.


So glad to see the short hair being repped!!! Y’all are rock­ing these cuts!!! Mine is fad­ed out and I love it. If my fore­head wasn’t so high I would shave it all off. I need some bangs though, LOL.

I am lov­ing the resur­gence of the lines and designs in bar­ber cuts. I think they are so cre­ative! Oh this arti­cle is so not help­ing me right now lol. I have been try­ing to stay away from the scis­sors to try out long nat­ur­al hair but these ladies are push­ing me back the oth­er way. I love short hair. I think short hair looks so mod­ern and fresh all the time. So ele­gant. I’ve been nat­ur­al for 13 years now and have nev­er tried to grow my hair out past shoul­der length because I would always end up see­ing… Read more »
AMEN and two snaps up… :) (Those who are over­ly sen­si­tive may want to skip this com­ment…) It’s why I often tune out these sis­ters who like to gripe about how wash day is an all-day affair. (I know not every­one gripes…this ain’t about y’all.) There’s always anoth­er option that doesn’t involve going back to the perm. It doesn’t even have to be a *big* chop…simply tak­ing off a few inch­es can speed up hair care quite a bit. (Unless you’re one of these sis­ters who’s been chas­ing curl def­i­n­i­tion since your hair was long enough to keep your scalp… Read more »

Yes! I agree with every­thing you said. About time short hair is fea­tured. I cut mine off in April and had the sides and back fad­ed. I love it. Go ahead and do it. A You Tube guru said in one of her videos that every­one should get their hair cut into a shape and style and not just have hair on your head and you would feel much bet­ter about your hair — best advice I’ve seen.


LOVE!! These ladies look amaz­ing and styl­ish with their short hair! I wish when I chopped my hair off I had learned the great tips they share here (def­i­nite­ly guilty of hav­ing no shape). I def­i­nite­ly plan on wear­ing my hair short again and this was a great arti­cle! Thanks!


OMG They both look so gor­geous with short hair.


Very pret­ty! Lots of hair can over­pow­er a pret­ty face some­times and low cuts are def­i­nite­ly becom­ing more and more fash­ion­able for women a la Lupi­ta Nyon­ga and oth­er women. I think its beau­ti­ful and the women are beau­ti­ful.


I just HAD to stum­ble across this arti­cle after 6 hours of tak­ing out mini/micro twists and upward of 6 hours of detan­gling… I want­ed to grow my hair as long as pos­si­ble, but styling is mak­ing me want to take a pair of scis­sors and hack it all off. I miss my short cut now.


I feel your pain, espe­cial­ly on the detan­gling! LOL By the way, have you seen Naptural85’s 25 minute detan­gling video? It was a rev­e­la­tion for me. I can’t do it as fast as Whit­ney (I am clumb­sy), but I did go from 4 hours to 45 min­utes in one ses­sion. Take a gan­der. Hope that it helps.


Thank you for the sug­ges­tion! I actu­al­ly tried this method and it still took for­ev­er! My hair was tan­gled, mat­ting, and knot­ted and a just a night­mare. It will prob­a­bly work bet­ter on an old wash-n-go hair as opposed to twists.


Gosh so beau­ti­ful!!! I would leave my hair short but I am stuck on base and these bar­bers can’t cut in the px. I am jeal­ous :)


I love both looks! I cut my hair off this year as well. I shaved it all by myself after going through some life chang­ing things. Do I miss my huge fro? Yes, I do, but I want­ed a new look…a fresh look. After­all, it’s hair and it will grow back. :)

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I would love to have the shape of head that would work with a super short hair­cut. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, my giant head doesn’t work with­out a big fluffy do.
Thanks for show­ing us how sexy you can look with super short hair xox