I just did the Big Chop and now have a TWA (teeny weeny afro). What are some ways I can give it variety?
Congratulations on the BC! It takes lots of courage to do it, but it's totally worth it. Having our own natural hair is a gift we give ourselves that just gets better with time.
The best canvas for your lovely new curls is to do "doodles". To create doodles, you could twirl your curls around your fingers after your hair is wet, combed, and with conditioner in it (like the way Aja
is doing her hair. This will give you lots of stunning little coils. Let them dry, and only use a bit of water and conditioner every morning to smooth any fuzzy ones. This is the perfect way to show off those stunning curls.
Adding beautiful barrettes, combs, clips, pins, or even little flowers can instantly add glamor and variety to your pretty curls. You can check out some great sites that sell beautiful things for your hair at Hair Adornment sites
You can smooth your hair in the front to one side and clip a beautiful barrette in it
I think barrettes and flowers are lovely in longer hair, but are the most stunning in gorgeous natural curls that are about ear length to above shoulder length.
Here are three photos of the beautiful Mariah. The first photo is her with both halves of her hair pulled back in lovely barrettes, the second with it pulled to the side, and the last is her hair pulled back from her face:
The photos of me show some of the different ideas of what you can put in your beautiful curls, no matter the length:
Here I'm wearing brooches meant to be pinned on a lapel. One of the advantages to having curly hair is that you can wear beautiful pins in your hair, and they don't slip out. Just be careful not to stab yourself, or get it tangled in your hair putting them in or taking them out.
You could always tuck a lovely fresh flower behind your ear. In this photo I have a rhododendron flower I picked on the way home behind my ear. (Again, I think this look is more stunning with short curls.)
You could put a lovely headband in your hair
You could divide your hairline in about six one inch sections while wet with conditioner.Then one by one, take each section, divide it in half, and twist one half around the other, going straight back (or you don't have to divide it, just twist it back). As you finish each one, clip it with a lovely clip or barrette. Then leave it to dry. This makes a lovely crown and works with any length of hair.