Ask Ari: Transitioning Hairstyles for Short Hair

This reader asks:

I am transitioning from very short relaxed hair to natural.  My head is too big for the “big chop” and braids are painful because my hair is too short to grip in the back. Are there any hairstyles you would recommend?

My Response:

I don’t know how short we are talking here but here are some suggestions that I have for you:

Comb Coils or Finger Coils, can be done on relatively short hair, low maintenance, and really chic!

Rod sets or Roller sets, or pretty low maintainence, last for 1 week up to 2 weeks with great care, and super cute.

Two strand twists with flat twists in the front for a more girly effect.


Twist Outs, Braid Outs, Bantu Knot Outs can also be done on shorter hair, the only thing is your ends may not blend with the style because they will be straight so you can put rollers on the end so you will have a more blended look.



Wig it up– If you don’t mind wearing wigs or half wigs try them out! Give your hair a break and wear them for a week or two. Just do not get in the habit of wearing them too often because they can actually eat away at the sides of your hair, and you don’t want that allow your hair to breathe.  Solange Knowles does a great job at making her wig look ultra fab!

Products that helped me during my transition

When I was transitioning I loved products from Soft and Beauitful’s Botanical Line because they were really moisturizing and helped me to add some curl to my hair.

Their moisturizer and their styling foam worked wonders for my hair at a relatively low price! Their products can be found at most beauty supply stores CVS, Walgreens, and range anywhere from $3.99 to $6.00.

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  1. Glynis Gray says

    Going natural is hard. Some days I wanna give up, especially now since its hot. My hair has tapered sides and the middle has new natural growth plus alittle of the perm at the ends. Didn;t do the BC. Any advice

  2. Natae Foster says

    i’m 15 and I am playing on going natural in a few days. I don’t know where to start. I’m extremely dedicated on going natural. Can someone please give me advice on where to start. Please!

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