40 Tempting TWA Hairstyles (The Big Chop Never Looked More Beautiful)

Your first big chop is such a momentous occasion. Many of us hadn’t seen our natural hair since childhood and wondered what was awaiting us. There was a community of naturalistas prepared to welcome us back to our roots with open arms and satin bonnets.

Then, there are the subsequent big chops that come about after boredom, a breakup or even heat damage. Either way, if you’re contemplating a big chop, or already have a TWA and are wondering what’s next, we’ve got you.

What is a TWA?

TWA stands for Teeny Weeny Afro, and is the hairstyle typically worn after a big chop either in response to heat damage, or following a short transition from relaxed to natural hair. As the name implies, it is the shorter, yet equally chic version of an afro, and measures up to 2 inches in length.

40 Ways to Style (and Slay) Your TWA

Just because your hair is short doesn’t mean you don’t have options. Scroll down to see how you can slay your TWA by playing around with shape, color, texture, accessories, length and designs.

These TWA hairstyles are easy to maintain, flexible enough to switch up, perfect for any place, occasion (yes even your wedding) or age, and ideal for beginner or just lazy naturals.

So don’t be surprised if you decide you’re having too much fun to grow it out. No worries though. Whenever you’re ready and working with a little more length, we’ve got you covered there too with these not so short hairstyles for natural hair.

1. Round TWA with Cinnamon Tips

Rounded TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @brosiaaa

Between the perfectly rounded TWA, the texture and the cinnamon tips, we can’t get enough of this lovely look.

2. Tapered Mohawk

Tapered mohawk TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @amaosei_ @ronkeraji

Edgy yet dainty, we adore the juxtaposition in this tapered TWA mohawk.

3. Stretched Platinum Blonde TWA

Platinum blonde TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with stretched natural hair
IG: @karessthestylist

Featuring a slightly grown out fade, and stretched freestyle fro, this platinum blonde TWA is perfectly imperfect.

4. Soft Caesar

Caesar haircut on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @karlatobie

While we tend to love a good line-up, it’s the lack thereof that makes this soft, simple Caesar, so appealing.

5. Maroon Caesar

Maroon caesar haircut on a Black woman with natural hair
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Experimenting with maroon can be a game-changer. Or should we say mane changer?

6. Cantaloupe and Blonde TWA

Cantaloupe and blonde fade haircut on a Black woman with a TWA
IG: @karessthestylist

Funky and absolutely fabulous, this cantaloupe and blonde fade is hands down one of our favorite TWA hairstyles.

7. Ginger Fade

Ginger fade on a Black woman with a TWA
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A slightly lower and more vibrant version of the style above, this look proves that subtle changes can give off a very different vibe.

8. White Fade

White fade on a Black woman with a TWA
IG: @frizzybri

Looking every bit the super star, we were not ready for such an effortless slay while sporting a white fade.

9. Curly TWA with a Flat Twist and Cuffs

Curly TWA with a flat twist and cuffs on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @lynnettessilhouettes

A flat twist with gold cuffs is giving glamour to this curly TWA.

10. Round Tapered TWA

A round, tapered TWA on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @niiclassichaircut

There’s no other way to sum up this TWA hairstyle beyond, simple, subtle and stunning.

11. Classic TWA

A Black woman wearing her 4C natural hair in a TWA
IG: @sincerelyoghosa

Slightly longer lengths on top give this TWA a lovely shape, without the need for a shape-up. As long as your mane’s moisturized, not much maintenance is needed.

12. Twisted TWA

A round curly TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @necenita

A twist out, or even a curl sponge, can be used for definition, adding texture to an already amazing afro.

13. Sweet Cut TWA

Curly sweet cut TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @sweetstyles_naturals

A feminine touch to a short cut, the name of this salon’s signature style says it all.

14. Platinum Blonde Pixie

Platinum blonde pixie hairstyle on a Black woman with a TWA
IG: @irishaisfabulous

Low on maintenance, but high on style, this platinum blonde pixie cut is the perfect blend of messy and memorable.

15. Pale Pink TWA

Pale pink TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @mbalimkh_

Daring but dainty, we’re feeling this pale pink TWA.

16. Low Top Fade

Low top fade TWA on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @opuk_photography

More on the boxy side, this TWA is giving strong Grace Jones vibes. And needless to say, looks don’t get more legendary than that.

17. Platinum Blonde TWA

Platinum blonde TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair

Clearly, we stan platinum blonde TWA styles. Perfect on their own, they also make the perfect base to deposit another daring color.

18. Low Soft Waves

Wavy TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
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A soft-hold botanical gel and a rattail comb can you help you copy this wonderfully wavy look.

19. Orange TWA

Orange TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
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It takes a special kind of confidence to carry this orange TWA and you can tell this naturalista knows she’s bad.

20. Platinum Tapered Razor Cut

Platinum blonde tapered razor cut on a Black woman with a TWA
IG: @krewkutz

Badass blonde meets a racy razor cut, for a TWA that’s edgy yet elegant.

21. Pink and Blonde Mini Mohawk

Pink and blonde tapered TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @therealhairbender

Between the curls and the colors, this pink and blonde mini mohawk is everything we didn’t know we needed.

22. Accessorized TWA

Black woman wearing a TWA hairstyle with rhinestone word hair clips
IG: @leletny

This TWA makes a statement thanks to rhinestone word hair clips. And we love, love, love it!

23. Green TWA

Green TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @thelondoncurls

Thanks to temporary hair color brands like Hair Paint Wax and Curls Unleashed Color Blast, you can go green, or just dare to be different, without damaging your natural hair.

24. High Top TWA

High top TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG; @poupeekinky

A soft high top, with thick sides and subtle lines, makes this teeny weeny afro, big on style.

25. Ultra Curly TWA

Coiled TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @queenteshna

The epitome of wash and go, throw in a little curl defining gel or cream and you’ll be on your way sporting this super cute and curly TWA.

26. Comb Coiled TWA

Black woman with natural hair wearing comb coils in her TWA
IG: @lynnettessilhouettes

Copy this must-try TWA by using a rattail comb with gel to coil small sections of your hair. Whether you allow it to air dry or diffuse it to speed up the process, just make sure not to disturb the style by separating.

27. Pink Caesar

Pink Caesar haircut on a Black woman with natural hair
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We never get tired of a baddie with a baldie. As they say, everybody ain’t able to pull off a pink TWA like this.

28. Finger Coiled TWA

Black woman with 4C natural hair wearing her TWA in finger coils
IG: @glammzmore

For a cute, quick change, finger coils add a tad more texture to a tapered 4C TWA.

After applying your liquid leave-in, moisturizing cream and gel, rapidly brush your hair in circles all over to start creating a coily look. Then, simply take one small section at a time and twist up from the root in the direction that you want the hair to lay.

And just like that you have an easy 4C hairstyle, literally right at your finger tips.

29. Warm Blonde TWA

Warm blonde TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @alissa.ashley

There’s a science to finding the right shape for your face and shade of blonde to complement your skin tone. Well, the good sis nailed both in this stunning TWA.

30. Blonde Balyage

Black woman wearing a curly TWA hairstyle with blonde highlights
IG: @iamtierrahogan

As far as TWAs go, this look is on the longer side, but the highlights are actually the highlight of this head-turning hairstyle.

31. Textured Auburn TWA

Textured auburn razor cut TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @krewkutz

This haute hairstyle wins the TWA trifecta with clean lines, a vivid auburn color and a touch of texture.

32. Black Caesar

Caesar haircut on a Black woman with natural hair

Simplicity at its finest, a caesar with a side part is timeless.

33. Blue-Green TWA

Bluish green TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @karessthestylist

Clearly no color is off limits when you have a TWA and a little time on your hands. You can change your mane as often as your mood, and kill it every time.

34. Copper Finger Coils

Black woman with 4C natural hair wearing her copper colored TWA in finger coils
IG: @crystalotv

Coils and color create a must-have combo in this teeny weeny afro.

35. Green Caesar

Green Caesar haircut on a Black woman with natural hair
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Unconventional and unbelievable, sis looks absolutely gorgeous sporting a green Caesar.

36. Spiked Lilac TWA

Spiked light purple TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @karessthestylist

Fierce and feminine, this TWA, and the naturalista rocking it, look like a force to be reckoned with.

37. Blue High Top with Deep Side Part

Blue high top TWA hairstyle with a deep side part on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @themotleygirl

A little height and the deep side part, make this blue TWA even more badass.

38. Freestyle TWA

Freestyle tapered TWA on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @alenciajanae

Part of the beauty of TWAs, is that the cut and styling can be as structured or carefree as you like. And we absolutely adore this perfectly imperfect look.

39. Burgundy TWA

Burgundy TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
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This low burgundy cut, on the other hand, has us wanting to take a walk on the wilder side.

40. Razor Cut TWA with Shaved Sides

Razor cut high top fade on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @krewkutz

We get it. Big chopping can feel like an instant fresh start. And who doesn’t love a clean slate? Like that feeling you get on New Year’s Eve, except this time, you’re looking forward to your Happy New Hair.

Whatever your reason for leaving it all (or most) behind, we want to support you, and your style, knowing that sometimes you have to let something go to grow.

So cheers to new beginnings, a badass TWA and a totally amazing journey.