When you’re just beginning your natural hair journey and you’re sporting a TWA, it can be discouraging to look at all of the veterans wearing their bodacious curls. Sometimes, these curls are achieved by roller setting and bantu knotting. Unbeknownst to you, these styles aren’t just for women with medium or long hair. Short haired naturals can rock these styles too. Roller sets and bantu knot outs are hard enough to master with long hair, but it can get borderline frustrating when trying to achieve these looks with short hair. It can take a few times before you finally get your curls the way you want them. Luckily, there are women with short natural hair who have mastered these looks.
MissKenK has a short tapered TWA, but that doesn’t stop her from experimenting with her curls! In this tutorial, she demonstrates how she turned her natural hair into cute curls. MissKenK used a combination of Ouidad’s leave in conditioner, coconut oil,cantu shea butter, Eco Styler gel, and white, gray and orange perm rods to create her look. She also made sure to separate her curls and twirl them in the direction of the curl.
Even if you’re transitioning to natural and have short hair, you can still wear a roller set. As you can see, this young lady partially big chopped and is transitioning to natural. She has a tapered TWA and the stylist uses perm rods to set it. She used smaller rods on her hair in the back and larger perm rods in the front of her hair where it’s longer. The result is beautiful and is proof that you can be very versatile when transitioning.
YouTuber Breanna Rutter is known for creating a plethora of natural hair styles. She breaks everything down and leaves nothing to the imagination. Here, she can be seen demonstrating how she does a bantu knot out on her short natural 4C hair. Her hair has a lot of volume and texture. I noticed that smaller bantu knots are perfect for short natural hair.
This bantu knot out is very defined and simple. LiquidGoldEyes used flaxseed gel and a Pantene Pro-V moisturizer on each section of her hair before doing her knots. She twists her hair in two strand twists before bantu knotting. This method creates a lot of definition and is great for type 4 hair. She also uses a brush to smooth down each section of her hair before she ties her knots.
Have you tried a roller set or bantu knot out on short hair? What other styles work great at this stage?