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4 Styles for the Awkward Hair Growth Stage

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The awkward stage can be hard for several reasons

-Your hair is not long enough to bun but is not a twa either
‑You may have liked having a bang/fringe but you cannot style your hair in this way yet
‑You may be bored of wearing a headband and pretty earrings as your go to style
‑You may be tired of wearing a phony puff to mimic a bun
‑You may not like how your hair looks in twists or braids as they may not hang as you would like them to yet

If any of these are your issues, then here are four styles that may help you through this stage:

1. The Afro

Trust me when I say there will come a day when you will remember with great fondness those halcyon days when you could wear an Afro without serious consequences. Most women with long hair will avoid wearing an afro because the shrinkage and associated tangling can be deterimental to longer hair. However, when your hair is shorter, afros do not tend to tangle as much simply because there is less hair to deal with. Enjoy it while it lasts!

2 Flat twist out

If you are not keen on individually twisting out your hair, you can still get a twist out with flat twists. In this particular video, she did not really cleanly part them as she intended to take out the hairstyle the next morning. If you make clean parts, you can pin up the style and wear it for a week or so.

3. Faking it — Stuffed cinnabuns

I am not a fun of added hair but I really liked this particular style because the emphasis was not on the extensions creating the style but rather just adding volume. It is a really neat trick to give some extra oomph when your hair is not yet quite long enough to do it on its own.

4. The twist out

Twist outs are a standard thing for most naturals. It is not really that easy though to get a very defined twist out consistently. I think  that this method and particularly her product layering is worth a look. It is all about trial and error! I would also say that if you are tired of seeing your forehead, the way this twist out was done, does create a sort of bang/fringe

Ladies, which one of these styles would you try? Are you going through the awkward stage right now? How are you managing?

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Youngin girl
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Youngin girl

Yeah, I like the 1st one.

WIgirlie
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WIgirlie

For #4, the twist out, how do you get your twists to not unravel? Is it okay to use small rubber bands? I feel like that could be damaging, when removing them, even if being careful.

Dananana
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Dananana

To keep my twists from unraveling, I have to do them fairly small, like tops 1/2–1/4 inches in circumference. I twist to the last 1/2 in of hair, then take both strands and roll them together in the direction I’m twisting. Before I let go of the twist, I hold on to the very end of it, and let the it loosen up naturally. This method helps keep my twists from unraveling, but depending on your hair, it may increase SSKs for you. I’ve heard some people say that they like setting the ends of their twists on perm rods… Read more »

nappy headed black girl
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You can try twisting them normally and then splitting it in three and braiding the last couple of inches. I’m not big on the rubber bands, either. Sounds like more trouble than it’s worth.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If your twists are unraveling, it is probably because your ends are too straight or not curly enough. You may have to chop them. My hair is 4a, so it curls and stays curled.

Naturalista
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Naturalista

You don’t need to chop your ends, just use rollers or perm rods.

Keysha
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Keysha

I normally gather 2–3 twist and roll them on perm rods, this will stop them from unraveling and also give the ends of your twist a nice spiral

Marty
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Marty

Don’t use rubber bands and don’t spread it out to much

Tyler
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I love the cinnabun look. Very creative!
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chalise
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chalise

these are cute styles. i thought i was in the awkward phase but seeing this article i guess not.

Lynn
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Lynn

Yes I’m in this exact stage and I just rock twist outs
I can style my hair how I like and I love how it allows my hair to stretch giving the illusion of longer hair but not really ! You gotta fake it to you make it in this awkward length stage.

YASMIN
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YASMIN

The awkward stage frustration has forced me into a protective style. At least for now. I think I was just so fed up with my hair, I was being rough and causing unnecessary breakage. But now I miss her 🙁

Tuesday
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Tuesday

Girl, me too. I have braids in right now, I’m so not feeling it right now. Lol

Sophie
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Sophie

same here! I just put in some yarn twists because I noticed breakage, probably because I was styling it too much because I wasn’t satisfied with how it looked. My hair is awkward length and also not very thick so my twist outs always came out so scalpy and thin because the top layer is still short. I’m trying to keep it in a protective style until it’s longer!

lablooplah
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lablooplah

le the length that lasts forever. been here for almost 2 years now.

tina
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tina

Stop calling it an awkward stage smh. I get defined twistouts every time it’s not hard

gapch
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gapch

i agree. i dont like to use or hear words with negative connotations when describing natural hair — i.e. awkward, combat, .…

Chel
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Chel

It’s not just natural hair that goes through the awkward stage of growing smh.

HortonHearsA...
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HortonHearsA...

You are both being a touch too sensitive. It is the awkward phase I.e the point in your natural hair life where your hair is no longer short enough to be quite as carefree as the TWA stage and not long enough to style in the elaborate and plentiful updos that longer haired naturals do. It can be a frustrating time especially if breakage and hair issues bring you back to that length. It’s also a hard length to move out of and the length where your hair is more susceptible to being damaged due to it being harder to… Read more »

Dananana
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Dananana

THANK YOU. There’s nothing wrong with being honest about how frustrating this stage is for some of us. I’m just finally to the point where I can maybe think about buns after 4 years of being natural. In every previous time I hit the awkward stage, my hair stalled out because it’s hard to practice good hair care at this length. Protective styling without added hair is difficult and a huge time suck, and wearing hair out can lead to zero length retention. It’s great that there are articles like this on BGLH to help us figure out what works… Read more »

lablooplah
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lablooplah

gracias Horton. Somebody gets it.

SadieSDavis
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kitso
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kitso

I love the last one, the twist out, but my hair never shakes or hangs, its more tight screw curly. Im not sure, gal is it the product effect or its how your hair is? I´m a Cantu fan, but i cannot mix Cantu with the ecostyler, have tried it turns white, and i cannot use the ecostyler alone it hardens my hair.

Also my 2 strand twists never make a move. SO when i see you guys here with all this nice styles i keep wondering, is it the hair or its the products?

iluvedges
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iluvedges

it is the hair

Chel
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Chel

Maybe try not to twist too tight. Also, can depend on the length, it will shake after a while =)

Thetruthisoutthere
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Thetruthisoutthere

Sadly, Kitso, it’s the hair. I have fine-medium density 4c L‑O cottony coils. No twistout ever looked lush and voluminous on my hair. It always looks spiky. If I manipulate it for volume, I lose definition and gain frizz.

It’s just how fine density hair styles.

sandy
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sandy

When you use a product which hardens your hair, add more oil to your hair first or mix it in with the gel. I use oil because not all cream products mix well with ecostyler gel. But if you want to use a cream then experiment with mixing ecostyler with a cream based product in your palm(if it mixes well in your palm then it will be ok on your hair.

Good luck.

mariah
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mariah

definitely in this stage, but twist outs are my favorite styles to do right now! i recently tried some individual twists like #4 and they came out amazing for the first time doing them. Definitely gonna have to devote time to do those again because the end result is beautiful

The Mane Captain
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i did a lot of flat twists and cinnabuns as my hair didn’t use to hold “out” styles well
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-_-

I’ve already tried two of these hairstyles and didn’t like it. my hair it looks horrible , I’m never gonna have good hair again!

lockstress
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lockstress

Yeah this is my stage. I can’t wait for my fro to just get bigger!
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Andrea
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Andrea

I usually stick with twist outs. I’m just not ready for the afro. So i will wear a headband if the fro is the only option i have beacause I’m pressed for time.

CareerChic
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CareerChic

My hair is about the length of the lady with the cinnabun in vid 3. The style looks soo cute and is really me so I’ll try it next week as a week-long protective style.
+ didn’t realise it’d be that easy to style something that looks that good/elegant.
🙂

Diva
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Diva

My hair is definitely in this phase. I have fine low density 4c hair, and I can’t seem to find anything that works. I’ve gained a bit of length lately, but I’m worried that I’ll lose it with all the manipulating I’m doing just to get it right… 🙁

Hillary
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Hillary

Style number 2 isn’t working :/

Steph
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Aliyah
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Aliyah

Heck no not doing a wash and go curly afro anymore . I do cornrows .

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