Back in 2013, we fea­tured 4 Styles for Long or Short 4B/4C Nat­ur­al Hair.  The arti­cle was a big hit with our read­ers, so we are bring­ing you a 2015 edi­tion.  Nat­ur­al hair­styles have become more cre­ative and diver­si­fied in the past two years, espe­cial­ly for us type 4B/4C ladies.

1.  Mul­ti­ple God­dess Flat Twists

For­get about your usu­al god­dess flat twist.  This tuto­r­i­al fea­tures sev­er­al flat twists for a more updat­ed look.  It can be achieved on hair that has been stretched or pre­vi­ous­ly flat ironed.

Inez Moore

Descrip­tion: Mul­ti­ple flat twists into a mod­ern god­dess flat twist.
Tools required: Clip

2. Ban­tu Flat Out

For those who strug­gle with the tra­di­tion­al ban­tu knot out, def­i­nite­ly check out this video tuto­r­i­al for an alter­na­tive.  You’ll want to start this process on hair that has been stretched via a blow out or African thread­ing.

Jessica Pettway

Descrip­tion: Hair is set via small, tight pin curls to achieve the look of a ban­tu knot out.
Prod­ucts used: Curls Blue­ber­ry Bliss Curl Con­trol Paste
Tools required: Clips, wide-tooth comb, bob­by pin, rat­tail comb

3. Sponge-Rolled Curly ‘Fro

Using sponge rollers to roll your hair in a rope-like fash­ion, you can achieve this curly afro.  The style is per­fect for obtain­ing fun, big hair for a day or two.


Descrip­tion: Hair is rolled in a rope-like fash­ion to achieve a big, curly afro.
Prod­ucts used: Rose­wa­ter, Hol­ly­wood Beau­ty Tea Tree Cho­les­terol Treat­ment
Tools required: Sponge rollers

4. Easy Twist­ed Updo

This twist­ed updo is super ele­gant and easy to cre­ate on long 4B/4C nat­ur­al hair.  You can wear this style to a for­mal event, work, or a par­ty.


Descrip­tion: Three flat twists in the back and jum­bo twists in the front to form an updo.
Tools required: Hair tie, bob­by pin

5. Ban­tu Knot Out on TWA

If you have a TWA, the ban­tu knot out is a great way to spice up your afro.  (It is also much eas­i­er to achieve on this length of hair than on longer tress­es.)

Cynthykay Obi

Descrip­tion: Ban­tu knot out on TWA using the fin­ger coil­ing method and a few oth­er tricks.
Prod­ucts used: Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie, Can­tu Twist & Lock Gel, Coconut Oil, Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil
Tools required: Thin-tooth comb, hair ties

6. Curly Mohawk

This is a super cute, edgy style for short 4B/4C nat­ur­al hair. It is best to start on hair that has been stretched via a blowout or African thread­ing.

Sophia Reed

Descrip­tion: Hair is sec­tioned and ends are set on perm rods for a curly Mohawk.
Prod­ucts used: Coconut oil, water, gel
Tools required: Comb (for part­ing), black hair ties, perm rods

For my 4B/4C ladies, which style(s) will you try?


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5 Comments on "6 of the Best Styles for Long or Short 4B/4C Natural Hair — 2015 Edition"

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I find this argu­ment that nat­ur­al hair is under rep­re­sent­ed in the media laugh­able. I can­not turn on the tele­vi­sion and see a com­mer­cial with a black woman that has a relax­er. I think relax­ers and weaves are under rep­re­sent­ed hon­est­ly, unless it’s a rap video. I actu­al­ly sat and count­ed the black women in com­mer­cials and over­whelm­ing­ly most of them had nat­ur­al hair. I think nat­ur­al hair is a lot more main­stream than peo­ple give cred­it. Fash­ion design­ers and cor­po­ra­tions have caught on and hire black women that have a nat­ur­al aes­thet­ic, it’s up to the rest of black… Read more »
Jamie Ambrose

Peo­ple just aren’t look­ing hard enough. I dont have 4c hair but I’m sub­scribed to at least 10 youtu­bers with that hair type.




and this braid­out too. i love how she used the dou­ble rods at the ends. I would have nev­er thought of doing that. Its fun­ny how we have all these amaz­ing 4c youtu­bers yet nobody shares their stuff on face­book or insta­gram .and then we’ll com­plain that there aren’t enough 4c youtu­bers…


yasss these styles are beau­ti­ful! and geraldine’s hair is WOWWWWWW :O. What’s her insta­gram? i need to fol­low her. This is anoth­er ban­tu knot tuto­r­i­al i came across recent­ly that worked on my hair.