5 Ways to Style Your Child’s Short Natural Hair (TWA)

(Last Updated On: October 19, 2014)
By DiscoveringNatural
Whenever I talk to parents or caretakers of children about natural hair, I get asked this question, “How do I style my child’s short hair?… I can’t do anything with it. This line of questioning usually comes from parents with kids that are just starting off their natural hair journey.
Caring for short natural hair can be challenging. For kids with longer hair, it is easy to put the hair into a style and keep it protected for the week or longer. However, with shorter hair, there is a tendency for continuous manipulation.
Here are some styles that you can do if your child’s hair is shorter, and even for longer haired kids, these styles will also work. It is important with each style to make sure that the hair is always kept moisturized in order to prevent breakage. 
1. Afro Puff
This is a simple style that only requires 2 things; an elastic headband or a black knee high and an hair accessory of your choice. The video below, shows how I do this on my own hair.


2. Finger Coils
Although this style takes a long time to perfect, when done right, it creates some cute coils and gives a different look to the ordinary TWA (teeny weeny afro) look.

3. Wash N Go
This is the simplest of all styles. You simply wash the hair, moisturize it, and fluff it. If you want more hold, use a little non-alcoholic gel such as Eco Stylyer gel or flax seed gel.

4. Cornrow or Flat Twist
If you are able to hold onto some of the hair, without straining the hair, you can create cornrows or flat twist in the hair. The key thing when doing this type of style on shorter hair is NOT to put too much tension on the hair.  Here are some other tips on cornrowing your child’s hair:

5. Accesorize

Kids love accessories, so whatever style you come up with, don’t forget to accessorize it

For more styles on TWAs, check out these additional 7 styles.

How do you style your child’s short hair?

About Sola

Sola is the mother of two natural hair girls, known to all, as “Big Sis” and “Lil Sis”. She is a blogger and advocate for helping parents with caring for their children’s hair and also their own hair. Sola is passionate about helping other people discover what being natural is, hence why her blog and YouTube channel is known as “DiscoveringNatural”. She enjoys spending time with her family and sharing life experiences with her friends, family and YouTube friends on her vlog channel, “DNVlogsLife”. Sola’s natural hair journey started with one year of transitioning. She had already transitioned her older daughter the year prior and was fully equip with doing so herself. The information she gathered during this time was valuable in educating others following the same path to returning to being natural. As of November 2013, Sola has been two years natural, however, the amount of knowledge she has learnt from this journey has been enormous. Her goal is to help others have a successful natural hair journey, and also teach parents how to manage their children’s natural hair.