40 Best 4C Hairstyles: Simple and Easy to Maintain

4c hairstyles

If you are looking to give your hair a break from cornrows and braids you should consider natural hairstyles like the simple and easy 4c hairstyles below that you’ll love. Let us know which natural hairstyles you are feeling and which ones you’ve tried before.

Best 4C Hairstyles

Tapered Tendrils 

Tapered haircuts look great on 4C hair.

Rod Set

A rod set is a safe way heat-free way to get incredible curls

Kinky Coily

Puffball Ponytail

Puffball ponytails are a humidity friendly style for women with 4C hair. The bigger the better.


A TWA (that’s teeny weeny afro), is an effortless styling method. You practically let your hair grow freely from your scalp.

A Braid Out

Braid your hair at night and set it with a setting lotion to unravel perfectly crimped hair by morning.

Goddess Braid

The effortless 4C friendly hairstyle that’s fit for a queen.

Buzz Cut

A buzz cut is one of our favorite styles for women considering a big chop.

Space Buns

Space buns are our go to look for the festival season.

The Blow Out

A blow out is a low-maintenance style we love with high volume.

The Frohawk

The frohawk is a rendition of the classic Mohawk for women with 4C hair.

Flat Twist

Flat twists are a great alternative for cornrows. They don’t cause as much tension because this technique involves twisting your strand from the root to the ends.

Stretched Hair

This styling technique adds length to 4C hair without the use of heating tools. The most common way to achieve this look is with a twist out.

Bantu Knot Out

A Bantu knot out is the simplest way to get curls without using heat.

Bantu Knots

Bantu knots can be worn tightly rolled or unraveled as gorgeous curls.

4C Twist Out – Tightly Coiled Curls

A twist out is a great way to achieve loose to tightly coiled curls and can last for up to three days.


A pompadour is our favorite updo for 4c hair.

Cut Coif

This tapered cut gives short hair lots of volume and body.

Braided Crown

This elegant and simple updo braid is perfect for a quick and classy style.

Full Curls

No pins, bands, or braids in this look…just curls. Let your tresses stretch in all their glory!

Pretty Pineapple

Make this classic natural style speak volumes by pinning a fresh twist out (instead of using tight bands).

Coiled Top Knot

A twist on the usually slicked back top knot, this coily-curly topknot is full of volume and fullness.

Slick Side

An alternate version of the mohawk (where hair is pushed toward the center), this look focuses on pushes all the tresses to the side!

Braided Bang

This fun bang compliments the crown, and swoops back into a full pony.

Pinned Low Bun

A full and fun twist on a classic bun style. Use pins instead of bands to hold the hair back.

Full Frohawk

Makes your tresses look large and in charge! A great twist on a traditional ponytail.

Twist Out Frohawk

This chic style features tight curls pinned into a massive, statement making frohawk.

Sleek Pony

This sleek part and swoop frames your face while giving lots of volume in the back.

Kinky Curls

Pin curls toward the front of your head for a bold bang.

Fluffed Out

A spin on the twist-out, this fluff out style keeps your curl pattern, but takes your texture to new heights. 

Natural Pixie Cut

This style is simple, yet frames the face beautifully. Can be done with a twist out or even a blown out style afro.

Side Part Pixie

Take your shortcut to new levels with this deep side part and buoyant curls!

Low or High Bun

The bun is a great option for natural hair because it can be installed in a matter of minutes, it protects your ends from damage and the environment, and it’s a classy look that never gets old. This style works on medium length hair or longer. Here’s a simple tutorial.

Space Buns

These buns are so cute, and something different (but still simple) if you’re getting tired of your daily hairstyles. This style works on medium length hair or longer.


This style is unbelievably cute, and you’ll be shocked at how easy it is. All you’ll need is a few pins! For the specific look in this tutorial you’ll need long hair, but the same concept can be accomplished with much shorter hair.

High Puff

Tried and true, the high puff is a simple but elegant style that works well on all hair lengths and all curly hair textures. Here are two tutorials: one for short hair, and one for longer hair.

Classic Afro

This is a stunning style also looks great on any hair length. Give this easy tutorial a try!


The twist-out will NEVER go out of style. It’s timeless. It’s gorgeous. It’s classy. It’s fun. It works for any occasion. It’s versatile (check out these styles that start with a twist-out!) Do yourself a favor and master the twist-out, because it’s worth it.

Extensions and Clip-ins

Don’t be intimidated by extensions or clip-ins. They’re not as hard as they look to install, and allow you to accomplish a versatility of styles (no matter your hair length!) Here is a short hair video that shows a cute, simple style with clip-ins.

Wash N’ Go

Ah, the elusive wash n’ go… While it’s never as simple as just washing and going, this style is relatively simple to pull off. Watch this tutorial for some tips!

Bantu Knots

Bantu knots aren’t nearly as difficult as they look. You can rock them as is, or unravel the knots (like in this video tutorial) for a gorgeous twist-out effect. Bantu knots work on hair of any length! The shorter your hair, the smaller your knots will be (and the more knots you’ll end up making.)

Finger Coils

Finger coils make our list of easy natural hairstyles because they are simple to install. However, be warned- this style does take a LONG time to install. Find a friend (or a couple) to help you out if your arms are getting tired. This style works on any hair length.

Finally, a bonus… here’s a video of NaturAll Club’s Founder and CEO, Muhga Eltigani (PictureMeNatural on Youtube), sharing the easiest of all hairstyle tutorials!

Warrior goddess natural hair updo

I love braided styles, they are so easy and low maintenance. I think this hairstyle would be a perfect protective style for summer.

Tools required: Rattail comb (for parting), Tangle Teezer, Wave brush, bobby pins, Ponytail holder

Two Braids

Here is another quick and easy protective hairstyle for the hot summer. What I love about this look is that this style is super easy to make, almost everyone can do it.

Tools required: Toothbrush (edges), Brush

Twisted Updo

Here is a simple protective hairstyle on 4c natural hair. This look is that it can be worn almost everywhere, such as school, a conference, a part, the office and so on.

Products UsedKinky coarse clip ins for length and fullness  

Tools required: Bobby pins

Braided Bun Protective Style

It is a quick braided bun that can be rocked in any occasions. It also be worn as a protective style.

Products UsedKinky Curly clip ins for fullness, Gel

Tools required: Rattail comb (for parting), Bobby Pins

Space Buns

Space bund is really a latest, trendy hairstyle that going viral on social medias. This style is super cute and super easy. It’s  also a protective style. This style can be done on both straight hair and curly hair.

Space buns on curly natural hair

Products Used: Afro kinky curly clip ins for fullness, Gel

Tools required: Rattail comb (for parting), Bobby Pins, brush

Space buns on straight hair

Products Used: Kinky Coarse clip ins for fullness

Tools required: Rattail comb (for parting), Bobby Pins, brush


Low/high sleek ponytail is another easy-to-do look for summer . Do not have much to say, everyone should be familiar with this hairstyle. If your natural hair is not long enough for a ponytail, then using some clip ins to add length and fullness.

  • High Ponytail on short natural hair

Products Used: Kinky Coarse clip ins for length

Tools required: Brush, Ponytail holder

  • Low Ponytail on natural hair

Products Used: Kinky Coarse clip ins for length

Tools required: Brush, Ponytail holder

7. Side Afro on short natural hair

Another cute and easy hair style that you must try for this summer.


Products Used: Afro kinky curly clip ins for length and fullness, Gel, water

Tools required: Brush, Headband

8. Top Knot Bun on 4c natural hair

The top knot Bun – as natural girl’s go to hair style when she doesn’t have much time for else. It’s a simple hairstyle that makes any outfit look chic.


Products Used: Kinky Coarse clip ins for fullness, Gel

Tools required: Wave Brush, bobby pins, scarf

9. Double sided goddess braids on short natural hair

This look is such an easy style that can be done on almost any length of hair and worn for days to weeks at a time. If you want a chic style this summer, then go with the goddess braid.


Products Used: Coarse Yaki clip ins for extra length and fullness, water,

Tools required: Brush, bobby pins

Bantu Knots with extensions

Bantu knots are another easy-to-do look for the summer, especially for a party or other fun events.

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