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Get the Look! Two Naturals Who Chopped Length for Shorter Do’s

• Aug 2, 2014


by Portia of

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The natural hair community is larger than ever and long, luscious, strands are what most women covet. Every woman is watching and waiting for any product that can help them grow their hair to unimaginable lengths. There’s always a company toting a pill, oil, or cream that will allegedly give their consumer the longest hair they’ve ever had in their life. However, there is something inspirational about a woman who desires to keep her natural hair short.

The natural hair community has become so obsessed with length, that they aren’t truly enjoying their natural hair at every stage. Some are forgetting that there is beauty in all hair lengths and textures. Some even assume that if a woman has been natural for years and her hair is not down her back, then that means that her hair is not healthy. Conversely, that is far from the truth. There are woman within the community who choose to keep their healthy natural hair fierce and short.  Brandy Gueary and LaToya Chenelle Hudson are natural ladies who disprove every short natural hair myth and rock their short locs with confidence.

Brandy Gueary

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Brandy Gueary from Houston, TX has been natural for a total of 4 years. She proves that long hair isn’t everything and short hair can be very versatile. Gueary decided to do the big chop after he sister sent her YouTube videos of women and their natural hair journeys. She was very inspired and sought her own natural hair journey.

I stayed up until 2 a.m. (on a work night) watching more hair journey videos than I could count. From then on, I was hooked and stopped relaxing my hair,” said Guery.

Gueary is no stranger to long hair. Before becoming natural, her hair was long and healthy. She received countless compliments on how beautiful her hair was. The compliments were nice, but her long hair was not as important to her as it was to others.

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It was the hair I always had, so I worked to maintain it,” she said.

She originally wanted to transition her hair from being relaxed to natural by gradually trimming off the relaxer. A method some women adopt when they’d rather not go through with doing a big chop However, after seeing two different textures of hair that needed two different regimens, she opted to do the big chop. When she cut her hair, her first goal was to grow it long. What she didn’t realize was that she had the option to keep her hair short. Gueary received a lot of backlash for her decision to big chop.

Some of the looks and comments I received after cutting my hair were surprising. People would say, ‘Why would you cut all that long hair?’ People tried to make me feel like my long hair was all I had going for myself. Others really think that their opinion and input about your choices are valid based on their life experiences. If you aren’t strong in yourself and with God, it can get to you and make you feel like your physical appearance is everything,” she said

Once Gueary’s natural hair grew to the long lengths that she was used to, she became bored. After she married and had her son, she became creative with her hair and shaved off hair from both sides of her head to form a Mohawk. She later became bored with that style as well and decided to do the big chop for the second time in January of 2014. Gueary realized that she wanted to wear her hair short for the first time in her life.

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While Gueary doesn’t know how long she’ll keep her fierce, short cut, she is certainly enjoying its versatility. It might even be more versatile than longer hair. Having short hair has made Gueary much more open to different haircuts and colors. She used to have a fear of dying her hair, but now she’s lost that fear because she no longer has to worry about maintaining length. If she gets tired of looking at a certain color, she just gets rid of it by getting a new haircut and trying a new color.

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Short hair is chic and Gueary proves that you don’t have to stick to one cut. Her natural hair styles consist of trying various haircuts with varied lengths, including parts. At the moment, Guery isn’t interested in growing her hair any time soon.

My best advice is that a TWA doesn’t have to be a phase. It can be a style. It’s easy, convenient, low maintenance, and so sassy!”

If you’d like to follow Brandy Gueary’s natural hair journey follow her on Instagram, @naturallybrandyysmith, Facebook, Brandy Gueary (Smith), and YouTube, Brandy Smith Natural Hair.

LaToya Chenelle Hudson

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When LaToya Chenelle Hudson decided to embrace her natural curls in 2008, she was super obsessed with having long hair in the beginning of her natural hair journey. Like most naturals, she wanted her hair to be massive. However, cutting her hair made her realize that women sometimes hide behind their hair or feel less feminine without it.

The sheer thought of cutting our hair sometimes sends shudders down our spines. I have women come up to me every day complimenting my hair and the confidence to do it. They say ‘I wish I could, but I don’t have the nerve’ or ‘My head is big’, said Hudson.

The San Antonio, TX native is no stranger to receiving compliments from men as well. If you thought that short hair would somehow make you less appealing to the opposite sex, guess again.

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I mean, the amount of men that give me kudos is crazy especially because you would think that most men would loathe a woman with a fade. My hubby loves it and is the one that cuts my hair”, she said.

As a fashion designer and web host, Hudson enjoys being creative and she needs to express that creativity through her hair and clothing. One day, she found herself bored with her look, so she started coloring her hair. It wasn’t long before she decided to cut her huge, fire engine red afro down to a sassy fade. While she did a big chop in 2008 to kick off her natural hair journey, she didn’t keep it short for long.

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As for her hair regimen, Hudson keeps it very simple. She makes sure to shampoo or co-wash her almost every day. After washing, she applies coconut oil and Paul Mitchell Barber’s Classic. Hudson also gives her hair a good brushing. She may believe in keeping her hair regimen simple, but she likes to keep people guessing when it comes to styling her funky mane.

Short hair can be very versatile because you can do different cuts, fades, designs and colors more frequently. When my hair was longer, I found myself always trying to think of a style to create,” said Hudson.

She has certainly donned some incredible haircuts. She’s had everything from lines, stars, and hearts etched in her head. You name it and she’s probably done it or will do it one day.

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I am the queen of barber designs in my head,” she said.

Hudson also has some important advice for women who are in the TWA stage of their natural journey and for women who just want something different.

Find a really good barber and get a good fade around the nape of your neck and ears, so that it looks neat and pretty. Many times I see new TWA’s with no shape and even with a longer fro, a great shape makes a world of difference and creates fashion forward style.”

Hudson also believes that wearing a good bold lip and a gorgeous pair of earrings doesn’t hurt either.

If you’d like to follow this beauty as she continues her natural hair journey, you can follow her blog You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter @latoyachenelle.

Were you inspired by Brandy and LaToya’s hair journey? Do you have any plans for a short, sexy cut?

Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you’d like to know more about her, visit her blog at

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40 Comments on "Get the Look! Two Naturals Who Chopped Length for Shorter Do’s"

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Emma J B W

I would love to have the shape of head that would work with a super short haircut. Unfortunately, my giant head doesn’t work without a big fluffy do.
Thanks for showing us how sexy you can look with super short hair xox


I love both looks! I cut my hair off this year as well. I shaved it all by myself after going through some life changing things. Do I miss my huge fro? Yes, I do, but I wanted a new look…a fresh look. Afterall, it’s hair and it will grow back. 🙂


Gosh so beautiful!!! I would leave my hair short but I am stuck on base and these barbers can’t cut in the px. I am jealous 🙂


I just HAD to stumble across this article after 6 hours of taking out mini/micro twists and upward of 6 hours of detangling… I wanted to grow my hair as long as possible, but styling is making me want to take a pair of scissors and hack it all off. I miss my short cut now.


I feel your pain, especially on the detangling! LOL By the way, have you seen Naptural85’s 25 minute detangling video? It was a revelation for me. I can’t do it as fast as Whitney (I am clumbsy), but I did go from 4 hours to 45 minutes in one session. Take a gander. Hope that it helps.


Thank you for the suggestion! I actually tried this method and it still took forever! My hair was tangled, matting, and knotted and a just a nightmare. It will probably work better on an old wash-n-go hair as opposed to twists.


Very pretty! Lots of hair can overpower a pretty face sometimes and low cuts are definitely becoming more and more fashionable for women a la Lupita Nyonga and other women. I think its beautiful and the women are beautiful.


OMG They both look so gorgeous with short hair.


LOVE!! These ladies look amazing and stylish with their short hair! I wish when I chopped my hair off I had learned the great tips they share here (definitely guilty of having no shape). I definitely plan on wearing my hair short again and this was a great article! Thanks!

I am loving the resurgence of the lines and designs in barber cuts. I think they are so creative! Oh this article is so not helping me right now lol. I have been trying to stay away from the scissors to try out long natural hair but these ladies are pushing me back the other way. I love short hair. I think short hair looks so modern and fresh all the time. So elegant. I’ve been natural for 13 years now and have never tried to grow my hair out past shoulder length because I would always end up seeing… Read more »

Yes! I agree with everything you said. About time short hair is featured. I cut mine off in April and had the sides and back faded. I love it. Go ahead and do it. A You Tube guru said in one of her videos that everyone should get their hair cut into a shape and style and not just have hair on your head and you would feel much better about your hair — best advice I’ve seen.

AMEN and two snaps up… 🙂 (Those who are overly sensitive may want to skip this comment…) It’s why I often tune out these sisters who like to gripe about how wash day is an all-day affair. (I know not everyone gripes…this ain’t about y’all.) There’s always another option that doesn’t involve going back to the perm. It doesn’t even have to be a *big* chop…simply taking off a few inches can speed up hair care quite a bit. (Unless you’re one of these sisters who’s been chasing curl definition since your hair was long enough to keep your scalp… Read more »

So glad to see the short hair being repped!!! Y’all are rocking these cuts!!! Mine is faded out and I love it. If my forehead wasn’t so high I would shave it all off. I need some bangs though, LOL.


Wow they are gorgeous. The first girl’s beauty stands out so much more with her hair short. I wish I could pull off short hair. My head is too darn big.


I ADORE short hair on Black women, it makes our features stand out, show off our beautiful complexions and is very stylish!
I also love how more more we playing up with our natural tresses and are not afraid any more to get short hair cuts as we know we can get it grow back anytime we want!


Brandy is looking GOOD w/ that cut…yaaassss ma’am to that side part. She looks really different in those pics. I want to start my journey over(due to two years of poor hair care) and I think I found a cut. & LaToya better werk them designs. *snaps*


Totally agree, that cut is so her.


How I hate articles like this:(… I’m a recovering hair cutter-holic and when I see articles like this I just wanna cut my hair again!!! Why do people have to be this beautiful??? *lovely styles*

I loved the article and I love that women can be versatile but still be feminine with short cuts. I don’t plan to cut my natural hair short anytime soon. I’ve had damaged neck-length relaxed hair which I exchanged for short cuts on healthy natural hair( which I maintained for three years ). Then I grew out my natural hair for two years, after which I relaxed it( I didn’t know much about natural hair care then, I was just doing what I thought was right: treating my natural hair like relaxed hair, which was wrong ). I grew my… Read more »

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Beautiful!! And I am right behind them!! My life has become increasingly busy and I feel like a short shaped from is very stylish! With a twa along with shape, I can finally embrace a wash n go style.


It really doesnt matter what color you are. Most women cringe at the thought of short hair. Not just black women.


I wore a faded cut like above for 5 years after my bc. I received so many compliments. Then I grew it out and it was fine too, but I complained about the maintenance. Then I cut it shorter, to a tapered long in the top short on the sides n back, and I’m loving that now. It gives me length to experiment with and keeps me from an all day wash day. Being a 4c I just wore it twisted 24 7 anyway. And it’s much healthier now because I’m better educated on my hair.

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I am in awe and It makes me smile to see the creativity of short hair. When women cut all of their hair, it highlights confidence. That’s the point of this thread. The short fade is definitley befitting on them and they pull it off so well. Earrings, make-up, cute clothes-Short hair does make you want to be stylish and bold. All of the comments said it all. I love that cut in the front. It reminds me of the 90’s when the men wored em’ like 2pac. I think it’s refreshing to see short hair being represented in a… Read more »



Thanks for sharing these cuts. They are beautiful. I think half the battle is finding an artist/styler and not just a barber. A stylist with a good eye can make short hair look good on just about anyone.


Thanks for sharing. I cry when I trim, and this definitely helped change my mindset a little bit.


Girls looks fabulous! They are young and having fun. Good on them.


thank you so very much for sharing. I have been growing my natural hair out now for almost 5 years. I used to yearn for long fabulous natural hair, but the maintenance sometimes just isn’t worth it. I’ve worn my hair short before and I absolutely loved it. I know I will get backlash for cutting my hair but I think it’s about time. I’m getting to the point where my only options are perming and cutting or staying natural and cutting. Either way I am cutting!


They are gorgeous. It’s like some of their beauty was hiding under their hair


SOOOOO INSPIRED! I’ve love short natural hair and fades and these two women look fabulous. And I love how they CHOOSE to wear it short. I think once I hit my senior year, I’m chopping it all off! (Can’t wait)




Great confident women can pull anything off. Live Life to the end.Smile


Pretty haircut but I dont like the introduction at all. Just because a woman’s goal is to have long hair doesnt make her obsessed, that is just your goal. Doesn’t mean you aren’t embracing your journey. Some people dont like twa.


It’s not only about confidence…it’s about your face and your body shape…twa does not flatter every woman. Some woman look better with medium or with long hair. Others with TWA…Others no matter what is their hairstyle. Women who don’t feel pretty with a TWA should not be told “u have to be more confident” or this or that…


I only had short natural hair once when I big chopped nope not going back to that . Short hair is beautiful on them but I look better with medium to long hair . My hair is collarbone medium lengh and I’m so happy . I’m growing it long . I just love having longer hair . I had short twa for less than a year then it grew to my collarbone ( when stretched ) . I’m a little over a year natural .


I just cut all my hair off on January 1st, 20161. I just got tired of the stress of detangling. I want to be able to workout 5 days a week without worrying about the stick sweaty scalp under my protective style or my freshly done twist out. It is liberating for me. I miss my length and all but right now, for right now, this short shaved head is good for my lifestyle.


Oh my gosh they look gorgeous. I think that the first lady really does suit having a shaved do.
I am Caucasian and have shaved my head several times, but when I see a shaved head on a black sister, I think it looks so much nicer!

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