By Nomali Cele
Viewing spring and summer as a time for new beginnings is somewhat of a cliché. But it’s a good one! And making your hair shorter is as good a new beginning as any. Short hair can get a bad reputation. It’s easy to get exasperated with it and think that it’s not versatile or easy to style. In the natural hair movement circles, short natural hair is called the TWA (teeny weeny afro). And for most naturals trying to get to that ideal big hair phase, the TWA is not a great place to be. But short hair doesn’t have to be dull and boring! Here are five styles you can wear on your short hair this summer.
Go classic and bald
Nobody loves their brush and chiskop like South African women love it! If you are tired of hair completely or want to go bold ala Zandi Nhlapo, this might be the season to do it.
Throw it back
To go with her new independent artist, Nomuzi Mabena debuted a new hairstyle recently. We all recognised it as the iconic 1990s finger waves hairstyle. With a little patience and a lot of styling gel, you and your favourite hairstylist will pull this one off.
Twist and coil it
Is there a more basic yet iconic hairstyle than that twist you do with your vaslap? A few minutes spent twisting your hair with a wet cloth and some curl holder will yield a beautiful, easy hairstyle of micro coils.
Spring/Summer 2016 seems it will all about the colourful dye job. Whatever your colour of choice, make it happen! Note, however, that most dyes will require you to bleach your hair first.
The fade has been back in style for a while now. Commonly known as the Chicco Twala/Kendrick Lamar/Rebecca Malope hairstyle, getting your hair in an uneven but stylish cut is only the beginning. You can style it even further by adding lines and patterns.
It’s important to take care of your hair at whatever length it is and keep it moisturised and happy. Even when bald, there are ways to take care of your scalp and hair follicles to keep it 100.