Friday, September 21, 2012

How Long Will You Be In The TWA Stage?

I don't know how many times I've thought I was out of the TWA stage, only to be reminded when I tried to do one of those styles for long hair... you know, the ones that definitely don't work for TWA's no matter how you try to tweak it. If someone broke down a TWA to me and how long it takes to get out of this stage before I BCed... who knows... I might have transitioned a little longer. lol
One thing's for sure, I would have definitely been more patient if someone said
"You know your hair isn't gonna start to look long until you're into like, year 3, right?"
My hair straightened may be shoulder length, but If I wash my hair and let it air dry with no product, i'm basically a curly ear length... I can't wait for the day when I can really wash and go and have at least neck/shoulder length curls.

So approximately how long will you be in the TWA stage?
It all depends on your amount of shrinkage and curl pattern.
  • If your hair is tightly curled/waved and shrinks up anywhere between 50% - 90% expect to be in the TWA stage anywhere from 2 - 4 years.
  • If your hair has medium curls/waves and shrinks up anywhere between 40% - 80% you can expect to be in the TWA stage for about a year or two.
  • If your hair has loose waves or curls and your shrinkage is about 20% - 60% you can expect to be in the TWA stage for about a year to a year and a half.
These values are based on my own calculations and averages from comparing the shrinkage of many naturals with different textures and hair types, and is also a calculation for girls who are starting off with a shaved head to 2" - 3" of hair tops. If you have hair that doesn't shrink as much in any texture, you will be able to see your length sooner than later. And of course the opposite for us girls with major shrinkage, it takes forever!!! lol

How Long has it taken you ladies to get out of the TWA stage?!


  1. Yes this is exactly what I feel like and where I am at. I can not tell you how many times I have tried all these hellah cute styles I see on You Tube- the operative word being "tried". Well thank you for your post and sharing because I thought I was doing something wrong but apparently patience and treating my hair very well is what I gotta do to get through.

  2. @Natural Haitian Its great to know we're not alone... It's so confusing when we get to these In-between stages because it's really hard to know what to do with your hair... it's not long yet but not short enough to be considered a TWA anymore (as everyone has been telling me). I'm going to try and come up with some idea for us in between ladies... until then, yes, unfortunately all we can do is be patient and not count our chickens before they hatch


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