beauty · Lifestyle

My Natural Hair Journey: The TWA

For those who have been following my natural-hair journey, you know my barber sister, Bernadette, did my Big Chop on my Sisterlocks on October 20, 2014. That Vlog of the whole glorious affair is patiently waiting to be uploaded to my new YouTube channel, and I’d have had it up by now had my Dell been returned from the shop repaired. Instead, it was returned with a busted keyboard and the delete key missing. Yet it powered on. No typing to be done, though, but the mouse was functioning.

Such is life, sometimes. 😦

I gave it 15 minutes of sorrow, self pity and snivels. Maybe 15 more for good measure, and then I dusted myself off and carried on. A New Year deserves a new laptop as well. Por que no?

So, anyway, after I sit through my Big Chop facing the wall mirror in my sister’s home shop, I stare at my coily, softly kinky TWA. I haven’t seen her in years, but she’s back with me for another go-around on this fascinating journey called Mi Vida! In the event you don’t know, TWA is an acronym for teeny weeny afro. Years ago, I had my permed tresses snipped to a TWA, after not getting a perm for several months, my transitioning method. This time around it was the same process. I stopped interlocking my Sisterlocks’ new growth six months before my Bug Chop, and VIOLA! There were my coils, patiently waiting.

The TWA is a passage to longer coils, which will come with their unique styling challenges! Braid outs, twist outs, gel styles, Angela Davis Afros, three-strand twist dos, buns, free falls, Afro puffs, and anything my curly-girlmind can imagine. As long as my coils are moisturized, it is on and spiraled!

Upkeep for my TWA is a cinch. My coils adore water, of course, TRESemme Renewal Conditioner with tea tree extract and sunflower seed oil and Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner. So far, my routine is the Curly Girl Method, which entails co-washing my hair with conditioners, leaving one in my hair with generous spurts of water and allowing my coils to air dry.  Thus far, it is a divine Wash and Go system that my coils crave!

For the natural divas who may be wondering if I use oil after I moisturize, I don’t. But remember, I’m in experimentation mode. I’m learning if I can maintain the health of my locs without the oil, a thing I haven’t used since I began the CG Method three weeks ago. Take note: there will be updates later! 🙂

Why did I decide to release my Sisterlocks after years of sporting them? I was embracing new energy, a new chapter, with new possibilities, and a renewed passion for all things CLAUDIA! ❤

IF YOU ARE STYLING AND PROFILING YOUR TWA, PLEASE SHARE HOW YOU’RE ENJOYING IT! LET’S CHAT. TALK BACK! HABLAR CONMIGO, AMOR!

Here are a few Pic-Stitched pics to say “Happy New Year 2015, Beloveds! Here I am styling my TWA!”

Have a sweet week! Yeaaaa

My "From Sisterlocks to Loose Natural Hair" Journey!
My “From Sisterlocks to Loose Natural Hair” Journey!
My Sisterlocks kissed my bra strap and beyond and would have been longer had I not just trimmed them. In deciding to release them, I thought it best to trim them so they'd be in great condition when I gifted them to a lovely loctition.
My Sisterlocks kissed my bra strap and beyond and would have been longer had I not just trimmed them. In deciding to release them, I thought it best to trim them so they’d be in great condition when I gifted them to a lovely loctition.
Claudia's playful and serious TWA! In the bottom left pic, I've defined my coils with Eco Styler Gel!
Claudia’s playful and serious TWA! In the bottom left pic, I’ve defined my coils with Eco Styler Gel!

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