In a major hair-styling rut right now? You’re not alone—it feels like the entirety of last year has been a rut itself, so it’s only natural your hair routine might feel a little blah too. But DW, you’ve officially come to the right place, because we found the prettiest damn 4a hairstyles that are basically guaranteed to breathe some life back into your routine. Whether you’re into cute and easy top knots, ultra-defined finger coils, or side-parted looks with tons of hair accessories, you can’t really go wrong when you try any of these excellent hairstyles.
Oh, and the best part? These looks are great for all type-4 hair textures, whether you’re working with pure 4a hair, a 3c/4a combo, or a mix of 4a/b/and c. Basically, the definition of ~versatile~. Keep scrolling for the ultimate inspiration, along with a few expert-approved styling tricks.
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How do you style 4a hair?
According to natural hair expert Jasmine “Jazzee” Santiago, 4a hair types do best with a combo of hydrating and defining products, like creams, gels, and oils. “The objective of any curly-hair routine is to prevent your hair from drying out, otherwise you risk damage, tangling, and shrinking,” Santiago has told Cosmo. So, how does one do that? Santiago suggests keeping the following in mind when styling your hair:
- Your hair should be soaking wet when applying products. This is the easiest way to get super-defined curls. Santiago recommends styling your hair directly in the shower to maintain your curl pattern and avoid any tangles. You want your hair to be wet wet, so no blotting with microfiber towels or t-shirts, k?
- Pay careful attention to your drying routine. If you’re diffusing your hair before trying one of these styles, make sure you stay super still and avoid any scrunching during the process. “You want to hover the diffuser around your head, instead of scrunching it up and into your hair,” Santiago has said. “Scrunching is going to leave you with shrinkage and potential fairy knots.”
Got it? Cool. Now, keep reading for 30 of the prettiest 4a hairstyles. Promise you’re going to love them.
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