Hey Curlies,

Growing long, healthy hair may be the goal for some of us, but not all.

The healthy part – yes, but the long part – not so much.

Some people may want to maintain a short hair style long term. Especially since the tapered cut has become so popular for women with natural hair, this statement is more true than ever.

Side note: The women in “Black Panther” looked stunning with their short hair.

Whether you’ve chosen to chop off your longer locks for a short hair cut, or want to sport a shorter style for a while before growing it out, there are some things you should know.

Here are some tips for up-keeping and maintaining your short hair style.

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Not so fast

Initially you may think having a short hair style will be easier to maintain, but there are definitely some trade offs.

You’ll need to decide if you or someone else (mainly a barber or stylist) will upkeep your look. Short hair will need trims and lineups every few weeks.

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My shorter hair days in 2011.

TLC is still needed

Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you should neglect it. If you have a short afro, you’ll definitely want to make deep conditioning a focus.

Those with an even shorter cut will want to focus on adding moisturizers and oils a few times a week.

Find your lazy style

If you have a very low cut, you’ve got nothing to worry about, but for those with a fro longer than a few inches, you’ll love your lazy style.

Ordinarily, those days when you “just can’t” you’d put your hair into a ponytail…well now, you probably can’t.

Whether it’s a few tuck and roll twists, Bantu knots or French braids, please find your lazy style. Future you will be forever thankful.

Bonus tip

Really appreciate the hair length you have. I can’t count how many times I’ve wanted to wear a shorter style, but my hair was too long. When my hair was short, I focused so much on what I could do to make it grow that I didn’t live in the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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