5 Cute Hairstyles for Type 4 Hair

As beautiful as it is, type 4 hair really does have a mind of its own, and this makes it difficult to find good hairstyles to try. But there’s no need to worry, because we’re going to share some top-notch style inspo in this article. By the end, you will have chosen the perfect hairstyle for your type 4 coils and kinks. 

What is Type 4 Hair?

Type 4 hair is the curliest, coiliest, kinkiest hair type of them all. There are 3 subtypes of type 4 hair, including: 

  • 4A - Dense coils that take on the shape of an “S”. 

  • 4B - Hair made up of tiny coils and kinks shaped like a “Z”, 

  • 4C - Super tight coils and kinks that can shrink up to 80%. 

Now that you know what type 4 hair is, you’re ready for some hairstyle inspiration. Let’s get right into it! 

(BUT if you want to read more before diving into the below styles, check out our other blogs! What is Type 4 Hair , How to Manage Type 4 Hair )  

Fun Short Cut

fun short bob

This fun short cut is giving us strong summer vibes and we’re loving it! And if you plan on going out and soaking up some sun, you need a no-fuss style that won’t get in the way.

The best thing about this style is that it’s easy to achieve. Just grab your scissors and cut your hair to one length all over. Once the cut is complete, wash and moisturize your strands for an all day slay!  

Big, In-Your-Face Afro


Your type 4 hair is so versatile that you can braid, straighten, curl, and set it in a wide variety of styles. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to! With a giant-sized afro, all you need is your curls and a styling pick! Just remember to be careful when picking out your hair - you don’t want to damage your hair. 

Stretched and Laid

stretched and laid

Type 4 hair loves to shrink by more than half of its length in many cases, and this can be an extreme annoyance. To combat this and enjoy more of your length, consider wearing your hair in a stretched out state. 

Get the look by putting your hair in several braids and then taking them down; you can also blow dry your curls until they’re no longer shrunken. Once your curls are stretched, you can style your hair however you desire. 

Long, Flowy Twists

long flow braids

If the thought of not having to deal with your hair makes you happy, maybe some long twist braids are your next style. Though they look like they might be hard to install yourself, you’d be surprised by how easy the installation process really is. Watch a few YouTube video tutorials to become a twist braiding pro so you can rock your long, flowy twists like the Queen you are! 

Box Braids with Curly Ends

box braids with curly ends

Chances are you’ve seen box braids on a friend, family member, or celebrity - that’s just how popular they are. After looking at the above image, we’re sure you know why the style is all the rage. These braids are not only lovely, but they tuck away your natural curls, coils, and kinks for weeks, or even months. Win! 

We hope that these styles have inspired you to branch out a bit when it comes to styling your type 4 curls. 


Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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