How often do you find yourself in front of the mirror with no idea what to do with your hair? It happens more than we’d like to admit. Styling your hair can be complicated whether you’re a beauty guru or a novice. Maybe you want to switch it up and try something new but have no idea where to start, or maybe you want to try something you’ve seen and aren’t sure if it will work for your hair type.
Knowing your hair type can play a major role in finding hairstyles that work for you. If you have beautifully coiled natural 4C hair type, you know how difficult finding new hairstyle inspiration can be. Lucky for you, that’s what we’re here for. We’ve rounded up easy hairstyles for 4C hair you can recreate at home. Continue reading to learn how to identify 4C hair and hairstyles perfect for every occasion.

How Do You Know You Have 4C Hair?

Type 4 hair is easily recognizable by its coily, densely packed texture. 4C hair is the tightest texture in this category. Your natural 4C hair might have a slight zig-zag pattern to it as opposed to the tight ringlets of 4A and 4B hair.

While your halo of coils is beautiful they can also be very delicate and prone to breakage and shrinkage without a proper moisturizing routine. So the right kind of hairstyles for 4C hair are even more important, you don’t want to risk damage by constantly manipulating your hair.

What Hairstyles Are Good For 4C Hair?

So of course now you’re thinking, what hairstyles are good for my hair? The shorter list would be what hairstyles aren’t good for your hair! You have a lot of options when it comes to how to style 4C hair but we’re just going to get you started with 15 hairstyles for 4C hair including the best braids to get for 2022.

Bantu Knots
This look is edgy and fun and the best part is, it’s actually two styles in one! First part your hair into your desired number of small sections. Lightly spray each section with water and add a styling product like the Coco Creme Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter and twist and roll each section into a small top knot and secure it. For an even sleeker look, you can use the Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother around your edges.

Bantu Knot Out
Once you’re done slaying your Bantu knots, unravel them for a stunning second look with tons of texture. Warm up a bit of the Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Pure Hair Oil on your hands and gently take out each knot. Fluff your hair and style.

Jumbo Box Braids
These are the best braids to get for 2022 because they’re quick and if you have enough experience you can do them yourself. Because you’ll likely leave this style in for a few days, if not a few weeks, you want to be sure you start with squeaky clean hair. Shampoo your strands with a clarifying shampoo like our Wash Day Delight Sulfate Free Shampoo. Then moisturize your hair with a conditioner like the Wash Day Delight Conditioner With Aloe.

Once you’re ready to style your mane, separate your hair into about eight to 10 sections and braid each section before securing with an elastic.

Crown Braid
This quick and easy style is fit for a queen. Separate the front of your hair horizontally and cornrow a single braid across the crown of your hair. You can braid the back of your hair as well but one cute way to wear this style is with the rest of your hair in a twist out or a wash and go.

Braid Out
While we love a wash and go, sometimes the volume and definition you get with a braid out is worth the extra work. There are two ways you can get the look. One way is by parting your hair into sections adding water and a styling product like Coco Creme Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter and creating large braids and leaving them overnight. Another way is by creating large cornrows instead. The results are equally as beautiful

High Puff
If you have longer hair, this is a quick and easy style. Slick your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Use a hair pick to tease the ponytail to create some serious volume.

Stitch Braids
Short 4C hairstyles shouldn’t be hard to come by and this braided style is one of our favorites. The stitch braid is a variation of a cornrow that highlights the horizontal parts the braid makes.

Fro-Hawk
We love a high-volume look and this one is perfect. To style a faux-hawk, separate your hair into three or four sections horizontally across your head. Secure each section with hair ties or pins. Next, you want to be sure to tease out each section for that volume. This look works with braid-outs and twist-outs as well making great 4C curly hairstyles.

Updo with a Scarf
Hair accessories like scarves can completely cut down on styling time. Pull your hair into a high ponytail towards the front of your hair like bangs, fluffing out your coils. Next, wrap your scarf around the base of your head, tying it and leaving your ponytail out.

Two-Strand Twists
If braiding is a bit too difficult for you, try this simple twisted look. Begin by parting your hair into your desired sections. Working with one section at a time, split it into two parts and then twist each section separately before twisting them together, continue until the whole section is twisted and secure with a hair tie. This is also one of many great long 4C hairstyles.

Flat Twists
Flat twists are similar to two-strand twists, they’re just styled flat against your head instead of hanging down your back.

Space Buns
This is a fun look that can be done on long or short hair. Part your hair into two sections and pull each section into a bun towards the crown of your head. If you have shorter hair you can create the buns in the front of your hair and fluff out the rest.

Twisted or Braided Updo
Here’s a hairstyle that allows you to be creative. Separate a few sections in the front of your hair and flat twist or braid them and secure them with a hair tie. You can pull the rest of your hair into a ponytail or leave it out. You can also just add a few braids or twist to the sides leaving the rest of your hair out.

Box Braids
Box braids are a versatile style and since it often takes a while to do and lasts even longer you want to get the most out of your looks. To keep you from getting bored with your look try half-up, half-down styles with top knots and ponytails.

French Braids
Quick and easy, part hair into two sections and braid each section down flat. The next day you’ll even have a quick braid out look.

Now that you have a few styles in mind, try these 32 Easy & Chic Hairstyles for Short Curly Hair.

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