I have always adored long hair, well maybe it could be because of the surroundings I found myself growing up in. An ideal lady for me has always been the one with this nice long hair that reaches her shoulders or slightly below the shoulders, curled or just straightened. Funny how over the last two years I have had to tell a different tale because I have grown a liking for short hair, a fade to be precise.
2019 Zozibini Tunzi won Miss South Africa with a fade. She introduced the very same fade and went on to win Miss Universe. This year we have a bald, curvy venda woman who will represent us at Miss Universe. We need to understand South African woman are game changers🔥 pic.twitter.com/sq3Hyb9vEK
— Jessica (@NtseboJessica) October 24, 2020
The fade and tapered haircuts have become the in thing of late, with some people we term role models being in part of the shorthair league. Talk of Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, moghel is in the fade squad. She made it to Miss Universe with her FADE. Allow me to also reference Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufadzo Musida she’s BALD. Excuse me for using South African Models as reference but point of the matter is they made it to the top and that made me ask myself if short hair is now the definition of Queening in Africa.
— Loving Alopecia (@LovingAlopecia) October 25, 2020
Anyway that’s not what I am here for. I’m here to talk about rocking short hair as a lady. For the long tapered and fade hairstyles have been associated with men but because we are in the 21st century “What men can do, women can do better” so I am just saying the hairstyles that men can rock, women can rock better. Please let’s not argue about this because I am sure you have seen it yourselves, some of us do look Woooww with our fades LOL!! Yes I said us because I am part of the FADE squad. Someone may be wondering what tapered hair is or why I am referring to tapered and fade hairstyles yet they are both cuts and may seem to be one and the same thing. Ok so here’s the minor difference; the tapered hairstyle has longer hair in the middle and short hair on the sides and back. The middle hair may be just straight, curled or kinky that’s up to you.
Then the fade hairstyle has shorter hair in the middle and the sides and back may have very short hair or may be bold, giving it a faded look as hair thickens as it goes to the top of the head. Some people are refusing ukuba babi ngemake up (Refusing to be ugly by applying makeup) and but some are doing so by switching it up with thei hair. Ungavumi ukuba mubi girl! There are so many short hairstyles you can rock, ilwa Ntombo!!
Idk how guys don’t find the short haircut on women attractive … like a woman that can rock the fade with confidence then come back next day and pop a 26 inch Brazilian body wave wig on … what else you need?? pic.twitter.com/uauixwDpmG
— E. Bowie, MBA (@DaGameChanga_) July 1, 2019
I’ll just suggest 4 ways to rock short hair with a fade or tapered style to help you ‘ilwa ntombo’. I’ll highlight on the different things you need to do when choosing the hair style you want. Firstly research about different types of cuts, find pictures, know which is which and the type of face or head shape each style is perfect for. Secondly talk to your barber for advice. These people have dealt with a lot of heads and they know which cuts suit which type of heads. Show your barber a picture of thedesired hairstyle decide what will work for you because some haircuts we see out there are EERRRRRRRH!
I am still yet to meet a fade gang member who hasn’t tried buzzed lines on their fade or tapered style. These lines give a haircut ‘That Thing’. You can try at the bottom right at the back, in the middle or on the side it’s up to you but okusalayo we are ‘dwebing’ them lines.
Custom Short Platinum Fade Haircut for Women pic.twitter.com/EFhmIFl3w6
— Diaspora Saharaui (@diasporasahraui) January 4, 2017
Buzzed Lines on the side with dyed kinky hair
Want to go tapered, try out side lines and some colourful tinted/dyed hair. You can use a bush lock sponge to bring out more of the kinkiness.
— looxat (@looxat) September 26, 2016
Curly Top tapered with faded sides
This one can work for people with long hair in the centre. Don’t limit yourself go different all the way.
Plain fade with tinted/dyed hair
This one is the most basic one, you just keep your hair as short as you want then select the colour of your choice.
Just after mentioning ‘dye to suit you,’ I remembered someone might just use 2 cents on how to choose the perfect dye/tint to wear. Check out my next article on ‘Is your hair colour right for your skin tone?’