4B Hair: 11 Easy Styling Ideas and Simple Hair Care Tips

Alyssa François | 11 October 2018
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How to care for and style your texture.

Contrary to popular belief, all hair textures are manageable. Many people tend to consider hair texture that falls within the 4 range (4A, 4B, 4C) as coarse and hard to maintain. While 4B hair texture has a coarse feeling, there are ways in which you should go about caring for and styling this hair type.

Some may notice that their 4B hair texture has a much tighter curl pattern, and most experience a drier hair texture. Everyone has a different situation, so it’s best to go by what your hair agrees with.

We rounded up some of the top favorite styles women with 4B curls love to wear, as well as some simple ways to care for this hair type. Read on:



4B Hair: 11 Ways to Care for and Style Your Hair Texture



4b hair: afro hairstyle
Give your hair the care that it needs with our simple and effective 4B hair care tips.

Tips for Cleansing 4B Hair

One of the best cleansers you could use in your hair is a cleansing conditioner. While cleansing conditioners are gentle on your curls and do help with retaining moisture while washing, this doesn’t mean that you should rule out a shampoo completely. Try this formula: Wash your hair with a cleansing conditioner every two weeks or so. ApotheCARE Essentials The Replenisher Cleansing Conditioner is a great cleansing conditioner that leaves your hair feeling clean and soft.

Whenever you feel like your hair needs a deep cleanse, grab a shampoo but go for something that is moisturizing like Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Deep Moisture Shampoo. This can be used when you feel like you have used a lot of different products in your hair and want it to be squeaky clean.

APOTHECARE ESSENTIALS THE REPLENISHER CLEANSING CONDITIONER
SUAVE PROFESSIONALS COCONUT MILK INFUSION DEEP MOISTURE SHAMPOO

Retaining Moisture in 4B Hair

You know that feeling when wash day is complete and your hair is feeling moisturized, curls are on point and everything is alright in the world? How about that feeling mid-week and it seems like you haven’t put all your energy into making sure your hair feels moisturized at all, and all of a sudden, it’s dry? Try sealing your hair with a natural hair oil after re-moisturizing your hair at night. For moisture, this can be from your styler or a leave-in conditioner, like Suave Professionals Honey Infusion 10-in-1 Leave-In Conditioner.

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS HONEY INFUSION STRENGTHENING LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

Proper Styling Tools for 4B Hair Types

Having the right combs and brushes in your hair care arsenal is key. Always use a wide tooth comb when detangling your 4B curls. You can also use a detangling brush if you prefer that instead. When it comes to detangling your hair, it is better to do it while you have conditioner in your hair as it provides more slip. If you’re dry detangling, be gentle and work your way from your ends to your roots.



Styles We Love for 4B Hair



4b hair: scarf accessory
Protect and style. Photo credit: Dvora

1. The Hair Scarf Style

We love this look because it serves two purposes. For one, it’s an easy style to wear, especially when you’re short on time. Second, this is a great protective style idea if you’re focusing on the health of your hairline. Give your hairline a break from daily wear and tear.

4b hair: ponytail hair puff
Easy everyday style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. The Hair Puff

Wondering what to do with your long 4B texture? You can’t go wrong with a simple and stylish updo like the puff. Use a large hair tie and place it over your forehead and slide it up onto your hair to create this look. Alternatively, you can just use hair pins to pin your hair in place but it may take longer depending on how much hair you’re working with.

4b hair: pixie
Short and chic. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. The Pixie

Embrace your texture and length with a chic pixie cut. Play around with different styles and accessories to switch up the look from time to time.

4b hair: matte look
No sheen, and still pretty. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

4. The Matte Look

Not everyone wants their 4B texture to be shiny and glistening under the sun. Sound like you? Then the matte look is the style for you.

4b hair: headband accessory
Dress up your ‘fro. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Headband Accessory

Getting tired of wearing the same afro style every day? A simple accessory can change that in a second. Try a fun headband in a bright color to enhance your look.

4b hair: fluffy curls
Pillow soft curlicues.

6. Fluffy Curls

We’re letting you in on a little secret: The soft feeling of your curls has nothing to do with your hair type. Use the right styling products and you’ll have the pillow soft curls you crave. Our go-to? Dove Absolute Curls Creme Supreme Serum. The formula softens hair, enhances definition and adds a beautiful sheen.

4b hair: color treated blonde
Golden hues.

7. Blonde 4B Hair

Thinking about adding color to your hair? That sounds like a great idea. The caveat: Color can dry your hair out even more. Use a conditioning color care system like Suave Professionals Color Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS COLOR PROTECTION SHAMPOO
SUAVE PROFESSIONALS COLOR PROTECTION CONDITIONER
4b hair picked out afro
The bigger the better.

8. Picked-Out Afro

So many girls can’t wait until the day they can do this style with their 4B hair. If your hair is already at this length, it’s time to get your big afro action on. After washing your hair, use a leave-in conditioner, like Suave Professionals Honey Infusion 10-in-1 Leave-In Conditioner, to soften, detangle and protect your hair against heat. Take your blowdryer and blow-dry in the direction you want your hair to fall. After drying, pick it out with an afro pick and you’re set.

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS HONEY INFUSION STRENGTHENING LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
4b hair baby afro
Short and cute. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Baby Afro

Looking for a way to style your afro? Use a gel, like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gelto define your curls. Diffuse with a diffuser and then separate with your fingers for volume.

TRESemmé FLAWLESS CURLS DEFINING GEL
4b hair: medium length afro
TFW your afro starts growing out.

10. Medium Length Afro

If you’re transitioning your 4B hair type from relaxed to natural, you can cut the process short and go for a big chop instead. Don’t be afraid: You’ll be surprised how healthy your hair will grow with proper care.

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