In the natural hair community, there seems to be a kind of stigma that surrounds styling one’s hair- you can’t wear it short. I mean yes, a lot of naturals naturally have short hair because they have trouble growing it, but aside from that, a good majority strive for long flowing tresses, and that’s okay. There is just something about a stylized, tapered cut that can take your hair to the next level.
Let’s talk about the teeny weeny afro (TWA). They are just as in and trendy as Bantu knots and twist outs. The beauty of natural hair is the versatility it offers and believe it or not, tapered cuts are super versatile.
So what does a tapered natural hairstyle look like on you? That’s a good question. A lot of women stray from cutting their hair because they fear a not so favorable outcome. However, there are some styles better suited for you based on the shape of your face.
To put your mind at ease and to help you understand the power of the tapered cut, here are a few tips on tapered styles based on face shape.
A wider forehead and prominent cheekbones characterize this face shape. So you want to make sure you show off your assets here. A good tapered cut for you will be something short on the side and longer, thicker on the top. This allows you to bring attention to your cheekbones and gives you room to really play with accessories without having too much going on.
With this face shape, all of your features are somewhat elongated, and your chin has prominence. You can get away with a lot and by a lot I mean nothing. Yes, you can totally rock an all-over fade and be edgy, fly and chic all at the same time. If a fade is too riskay for you, go with a shaped TWA that’s evenly shaped all over.
This is a great face shape but can also be a hit or miss when it comes to tapering. A round face shape is usually characterized by a width and length that are pretty much the same, and the face is widest at the cheeks. I have to admit that this shape sometimes gets a bad rep as many women feel like long hair works best or is most flattering. But with this one, volume is key to making the tapered cut work. I suggest a combination of a fade and a TWA. Fade it on the sides and around the back while allowing for a lot to play with on the top. You can rock this hairstyle in so many ways, and it allows you to mess around with styling options.
The heart shaped face tapers prominently toward the chin making it somewhat pointy on some people. With this face shape, you can pull off a “high top” fade. Yes, I am talking about 90’s high top. Because your features are mostly balanced, you have a prime opportunity to do whatever you want with your hair. A “high top” gives you a lot of room to show your personality. It also enables some fun weave/extension options. Braid or twist your hair while in this style and see how funky you feel.
With the various face shapes (there are others) one tapered hairstyle seems to be a go to for all women with natural hair- the Mohawk. In the past, only punk rockers or attention seekers would amazement a room with this hair style, but today, it is perfectly acceptable to rock at any time, in any way. It is very easy and quick to do. In fact, you don’t even need a tapered cut to rock a Mohawk.
Don’t let the idea of what natural hair should be prevent you from exploring all that it is.