In the natural hair community, the awkward length stage is defined as the stage where your hair is too long for a twa and too short for a bun. By this definition I’m sure many of you are already thinking, “Oh! I’m in the awkward stage right now.” But if you have kinky hair, I’m glad to tell you that this is only a myth. You see, the nature of our hair doesn’t give us the stress of being in the awkward stage. In this post, I’ll be telling you why I think the awkward stage is a myth and the best way to enjoy this phase.
Have you ever heard of shrinkage? Yes, that word many of us detest; the word that makes it difficult for us to brag about our long hair. Well, shrinkage contrary to what many people think is a blessing. With shrinkage, even though your hair may be too short for a bun, it can never be too long for a twa. All you have to do is let it shrink. If you’re concerned about single strand knots when your hair shrinks, coil the tip with bantu knots. That way, you’ll have a curly fro without the knots. I have a video on this on my YouTube channel here👉https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_EtAJj_UsNA
These are a few pictures to give you an idea of how you can use shrinkage to your advantage. The pictures show my hair at different stages when stretched with cornrows and when allow to shrink.
The second reason why I think the awkward stage is a myth is that kinky hair is never too long for an afro. True, it may not be a twa when the hair is stretched but even an ‘awkward length’ hair can form a cute afro. Instead of forcing that short hair into a bun, just let it fro. The fro doesn’t have to be boring, you can spice it up with different hair accessories and play with different parts. Visit my Instagram page @lilianokibe for ideas on how to style your hair in the awkward stage.
In summary, the best way to enjoy the awkward stage is to take advantage of shrinkage and be comfortable with your hair at this stage. Don’t force your hair to do styles that it’s too short for, this will only lead to frustration.
Are you in the awkward stage? How are you dealing with it? If you’ve gone past this stage, how did you get through it? Please share your experiences, I’d love to hear from you.
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