My Big Chop & New TWA Routine

As you know, I big chopped towards the end of last year. Some people are still asking me why I did it, even though I can’t think of any more reasons than I outlined in my post, lol. Well, it’s been a month since then so I thought I could finally share what happened on the day as well as give you a sneak peek into what I’m currently doing with my new TWA.

Firstly, it’s a little bit weird that I’m referring to my hair as a TWA again! There’s something so brand new about it. In December, I called Lucy of Ruutos and chatted to her about my decision to big chop and how I’d like it to be prepped for donation. She arranged with her team which included a barber to prepare my hair for the chop and also to preserve the cut hair for donation. I went to her salon on that public holiday weekend. I chose Ruutos because at this point I honestly don’t trust other salons with my hair. Not to say there aren’t other good ones, I just haven’t experienced them and can’t vouch for their treatment of natural hair. I’ve never had an issue there and I can sit back and relax, assured that they know what they’re doing when it comes to my 4C hair. So the stylist prepped my hair by washing, clarifying, deep conditioning and detangling my hair. Even she said it was an absolute mess, and she’s handled my hair several times before. This took about 2.5 hours to do. After my hair was twisted to make bundles, the barber came and chatted to me about the style I wanted.I knew I didn’t just want to chop it and leave it, I’d been there and done that. I wanted some kind of shape to it. I showed him some reference photos and he was impressed I wanted to go so short. Lucy was more nervous than I was. She didn’t want me to go as short as I asked, but the barber obliged and I think did a great job. I sometimes wonder if I should’ve gone even shorter.

I’ve saved my hair bundles and am working on something in the background regarding the donation. I’ll let you know soon enough where they end up going.

My New TWA Routine

I never used to be able to sleep with my hair tied using the ‘Pineapple Method’, but that’s my go to wrapping style now.

  • In the mornings, I spritz my hair with my Daily Spritz
  • I rub some of my DIY butter mix on my palms and palm roll the back and sides of my hair to create those little curls
  • For the top, I use some gel to roughly twist big chunks of hair
  • I then finish off with putting a little bit of gel on my edges

This all takes me less than 5 minutes to do. I’ve put my hair into flat twists to stretch it once and the twist out lasted the whole week. I’m loving the change in look and time it’s saving me.

Straight up, no regrets.

Would you like to see a video tutorial on my new TWA look? Let me know in the comments below x



  1. Phumi
    January 30, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Hi 😊.

    Do you mean the 2 part videos when you have a conversation about being natural? If so, I meant tutorial videos, where you guys show us how to style your TWA… unless I checked the wrong YouTube channel?

    • Aisha O
      January 31, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Yup, that’s the one. Lol, interesting request, I’d love to know what’s sparked it?

      • Phumi
        February 3, 2017 / 4:53 pm

        Well I think you guys are like peas in a pod as you say lol! And I personally enjoyed the videos you did together & I think you’d make great tutorials 👌🏾… plus I could be wrong, but I think you guys promised tutorial videos so been anticipating… 😊

        • Aisha O
          February 24, 2017 / 9:59 am

          Lol! Noted and noted Phumi 😉 Thank you x

  2. Phumi
    January 26, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    More videos on TWA hairstyles would be great! A collaboration with Mummy would be great too.

    • Aisha O
      January 28, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Hey Phumi, thanks for weighing in. TWA stuff is coming up 😉 Lol, Mummy and I did a collab a little while ago, there are a couple of videos on my YouTube channel so check them out 😉 Unless of course you’re thinking of an updated one…? 😉

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