Ah yes, I remember these days. The thing is, the awkward stage for many naturals goes by pretty fast. The less hair who have to "protect" the easier it is to retain length. I went from big chop to 6 inches in no time. The challenge for me has been getting from 6 inches to 12, 15, etc.
As far as styles, one thing I loved to do was cornrow my hair towards the center of my head, and then attach a fake puff. It was a great protective style, and really fun. In general I found that cornrowed styles were really easy and fun at that stage. I did a lot of cornrowed updos as well. HTH!
if your hair were stretched most of the time it would get less tangled. Regardless of style, stretched hair tangles less than shrunken hair. this video should show you how to stretch you hair without heat :)
Yes! I'm definitely in that awkward stage. my twists are still small and sticking up everywhere and I cant bun or ponytail yet. My hair isnt thick either so when I try to puff the goody headband slides off my head so I have to bobbypin the headband down.
But on a good note:
My other option was wigs/half wig. But when my order was out of stock, I decided to preserve this $20 bill in my pocket and work with my hair instead of heading to the BSS. I've finally remembered what got me through this awkward stage the first time. Stretching hair in braids at night and using roll and tuck protective styles as they look better as updos than my midget twists. Plus, they use less bobby pins. A prime example is Kimmaytube's "wash tuck and go" www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8kq26aCBQA