4B Hairstyles

16 Astonishing 4B Hairstyles To Stun Everyone With Your Curls

Type 4B hair is common among people of African descent; they are known for their tight curls with a consistent zigzag pattern. One’s styling choice gets limited if they have type 4B hair due to its high shrink percentage and susceptibility to breakage and moisture loss.

Despite that, hairstylists have constructed numerous hairdos that help the hair grow and shield them from harm. Some of these styles are protective hair designs, while some are wash-and-go styles that are easy to implement.

If you have 4B hair and are looking for a hairstyle to revamp your appearance, you have come to the right place. I will discuss some astounding 4B hairstyles that you can choose based on your face shape and preference.

16 Hairstyles for 4B Hair that You Should Try

There are numerous styles that you can wear with your 4B hair, and most of them will give you a phenomenal look. Instead of explaining all of them here, I am giving you a list of 16 hairdos that are the best ones for you to choose from and stand out from the rest.

Short Textured Coils

Short Textured Coils

If you are looking for a short hair design for your 4b hair, this short textured hairdo is a very good choice for you. Coily hair is prone to breakage and moisture loss, making it difficult to wear your hair loosely with long hair.

For that reason, it’s better to go for hairstyles that are short and easy to manage. The hair is cut short all around and kept in its natural coily state, which will give a great textured style. You can use curl-enhancing creams to make sure the patterns are consistent.

Afro Quiff

Afro Quiff

Another great short hairstyle for 4b hair is the Afro-textured quiff. Although people mostly consider quiff a hairdo for men, it has become gender-neutral in recent years, and you will notice many women getting this hair design.

For this hair design, the hair on the sides and the back will need to be cut short. The front hair will be longer than the rest and will be styled with an uplifted quiff. The design is quite unique and very different from traditional styles, but it will make you look bold.

Angular Natural Coils

Angular Natural Coils

Many people don’t like short hairstyles but are also afraid of keeping their hair long due to hair breakage. For people with this dilemma, the hairstyle I am discussing is perfect and will provide a gorgeous look without worrying about hair breakage.

The hair is trimmed to a medium length and styled in an angular side part style. Use curl-enhancing cream so that the natural coily texture has a consistent pattern.

Duo Toned Short Curly Bob

Duo Toned Short Curly Bob

Despite many people believing a bob haircut is not suitable for coily hair, you can get a short bob hairstyle with your 4B hair and will get a surprisingly mesmerizing look. The hair design you see here is trimmed short and kept at its natural state to create the curly bob cut.

Using bronze hair dye, a duo-toned hairdo is created with natural black hair, making the style look more mesmerizing.

Mid Part Curls

Mid Part Curls

Wearing your 4B hair in a simple middle-parted style might give you a polished look and be the most suitable hair design for you. This style will specifically look good on you if you have dense hair and consistent curls.

Using a hair comb, part your hair in the middle and ensure there are a similar amount of strands on both sides. That will ensure the style looks pristine and make you the point of everyone’s attention.

Pineapple Wrap

Pineapple Wrap

The pineapple wrap hairstyle is a unique hair design that you don’t see often but is a great choice for women with 4B hair. You will need a scarf and long tresses that go past the shoulders to get this amazing style.

After washing your hair, let the hair dry naturally and gather all of them near the top and use the scarf to wrap them so that the hair shapes up like a pineapple from which it got its name.

Braided Updo

Braided Updo

Various protective styles like cornrows can be used to style your coily hair in a braided updo which will give a phenomenal look. The style you see here uses the Fulani braids as the primary style, where the front hair is cornrows while the back hair is box braids.

Hair extensions can add more volume to the hair, which you can use to make the updo more prominent and noticeable.

Afro Blowout

Afro Blowout

Although heat styling is not good for coily and kinky hair, you can use a hair dryer and get an Afro blowout to change your look. It will not harm your hair and provide you with a big puff of hair looking close to cotton candy.

Your hair will straighten a bit from the blowdry and make your curls look soft and fluffier; they will bounce with your every movement.

Curly Side Part Framing Bangs

Curly Side Part Framing Bangs

Another simple hair you can try for your 4B hair is the curly side part with framing bangs on the front. You might be wondering how you can get a framing bangs style with your coily hair; well it’s simple. You will need to brush your hair with your finger to make the hair appear straighter.

The rest of the styling is an easy process as you will create a side part and style the front hair in a face-framing bangs.

Shoulder Length Natural Coils

Shoulder Length Natural Coils

The hairstyle I am discussing here is a perfect choice to style your 4B hair if you have thick and tight curls. You will need to grow your hair to at least shoulder length for this design and then need to trim it near the front to look like coiled fringe bangs.

The hair all around will be kept in its natural state and worn loosely to showcase the natural coils.

Sleek Curly Ponytail

Sleek Curly Ponytail

Even though sleek hairstyles are not suitable with 4B hair in general, stylists are experimenting and have come up with some styles that work. The sleek ponytail you see is a modified version of the original style specifically suited for coily and kinky hair.

The front hair is brushed backward using hair wax and turned into a low ponytail where the natural coils are still present and give a unique appearance.

Middle Parted Kinky Bob

Middle Parted Kinky Bob

Here is another bob hairstyle that you can wear with your coily hair, but it’s quite different from the previous one. The previous one was more suited for voluminous hair, while this one is more suited for loose curls or thinning hair.

The hair is parted in the middle and worn in a wispy middle-parted kinky bob style. You can highlight your hair to make it more alluring.

Half Bun, Half Loose

Half Bun Half Loose

Half up half down hairstyles are an excellent choice to style your 4B hair and get a unique look very few can accomplish. You can create a top bun with half of your hair while wearing the rest loosely to create this hairdo.

You can add various trinkets like beads to showcase your creativity and make the style different from others.

Sleek Ponytail with Braids

Sleek Ponytail with Braids

The hairdo I am discussing now is another variation of a sleek ponytail that stylists have come up with for coily and kinky hair. The hair on the front is braided up to the nape area and tied into a ponytail.

This style can also be called half braided half curly hairstyle as half of the hair will be loose at its natural state while the front half is braided.

Black and Red Knotless Box Braids

Black and Red Knotless Box Braids

Medium knotless braids are one of the most popular protective hairstyles that help the 4B hair from breakage and keep the hair moist for a long period. Using different colored hair extensions, you can create phenomenal knotless box braids.

Using black and red extensions, medium box-shaped knotless braids are created while the ends are not tied.

Angular Side Part Spring Twists

Angular Side Part Spring Twists

The last hairstyle I will discuss here is a spring twists hairdo which is styled in an angular side part. The spring twists are a variation of rope twists; they just have a spring-like visual. To achieve this style, you will need to use hair extensions.

This hairstyle will look good with short hair as well as long hair; it all depends on your preference.

Concluding Statement

As we have reached the concluding part of the article, you already know different hairstyles that will suit 4B hair and make you stand out. All of these styles are trendy and can provide you with a remarkable appearance.

I have discussed different types of hairstyles in the article; some of them are wash-and-go styles, while others are protective ones. Although protective styles are the better choice for 4B hair as they can protect your hair from breakage and moisture loss, sometimes you should go for loose hairstyles to change up your look.

You will also need to take better care of your hair to have the perfect 4b hairstyle on your hair. If you don’t care for your hair, your hair will get damaged, making it impossible to try out some gorgeous hairstyles on your hair.

If you have any questions about this hair design, you can ask us in the comment section.

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