4c haircut ideas to rock this summer
Ladies, the moment I have been dreading has come.
As you know I did the big chop in February 2020 and it is August now. At first, my idea was to rock wigs while my hair is growing out and then switch over to some cute protective hairstyles for winter.
However, thanks to Covid-19, I have not been able to order any new wigs and I am running out of creative ways to hide my struggling lace front.
So, I decided it’s time that I wear my teeny weeny 4c afro out and about. But what to do with 4c hair that is super short? How can I style it in a way that is protective and cute?
Well, I searched the web and Pinterest for 4c hair cuts. And lo and behold I didn’t just find what I was looking for, I also learned about three very good reasons to get a 4c haircut on short hair.
As always, I am sharing my findings and newfound knowledge with you.
How to cut 4c hair
Whenever I use the words cut and trim on this site, I cringe, because just like you the idea of cutting my 4c hair is nerve-racking. Even though we know by now that natural hair needs to be trimmed regularly to promote growth.
However, when you want to create a beautiful 4c haircut, then you are not just trimming your natural hair, but actually taking off a few inches.
And some of the more experienced natural hair babes out there even do it themselves. No matter if you are attempting a tapered cut or simply want a few lines. Here is how to cut 4c hair correctly.
The best way to cut 4c hair is by using clippers with different size blade guards. Before you start cutting, make sure you stretch out your hair by combing it through thoroughly. That way it is even and you won’t have huge discrepancies.
Of course, if you feel uneasy cutting your natural hair yourself, then you can always go to a barber and get it done professionally.
Benefits of short 4c haircuts
When it comes to the benefits of cutting your 4c hair I have 3 words for you: Easy, quick, and cheap!
The more hair you have, the more time, effort, and money it will take. And don’t get me wrong I am a sucker for long hair, and definitely trying to grow out my 4c hair to medium length. However, I am enjoying the short natural 4c hairstyles while I can. Because they are:
Easy to maintain: While a 4c pixie cut or 4c tapered cut is no excuse to sleep on your 4c hair care regimen, your routine becomes much simpler. Shorter hair means no twisting and no sectioning off while washing. All you have to do is to keep it moisturized and wrapped overnight. And as long as you regularly get a shape-up (around every two weeks) you spend less time styling the hair in the morning.
Quick hair care routine: The number one reason I see a lot of curly girls cut their 4c hair, is because it cuts down styling time immensely. You spend less time washing, deep-conditioning, and detangling your hair. That alone is a major incentive to get a short 4c hair cut. And no worries, even though your hair care routine might be shorter, it is still effective and will keep your hair from shedding and breaking.
Less product use: Girl! Can we talk about how expensive 4c hair products can be? I mean between the shampoo, deep conditioner, co-wash, and oils you easily spend more than $60 USD every time you have to re-stock. And that is a lot! That’s why having to care for less hair and using fewer products can be a big motivator to getting a cute 4c hair cut.
Of course, this hair cut does not just come with pros and definitely has a few disadvantages to it, such as less creativity when it comes to the styles. But that really depends on what you like. Besides, short hair tends to grow pretty fast, which means you’ll be back to rocking protective styles in no time.
Best short 4c hair cuts
In a previous post, I shared a few cute and classy big chop hairstyles that I really like. But I figured since I’m talking specifically about hair cuts, I might as well feature 4c hairstyles that you can only achieve by using clippers.
Tapered Cut on 4c hair
Probably the most popular 4c haircut for women is the tapered cut. It’s edgy but elegant and can be worn in many different styles. While the nape and sides are short you can keep your beautiful curly crown up top. And whenever you are feeling creative you can switch it up by using perm rod sets, or do a twist out to give it a little texture.
Buzzcut on 4c hair
In order to achieve a buzzcut with your 4c hair you can either trim off a few inches, or start fresh with a clean shave. This har cut is super low maintenance and will save you tons of time in the morning. And if you are feeling adventurous you can even amp it up with some color.
Pixie cut on 4c hair
Something that I am dying to try is the good old pixie cut on 4c hair. I know, I know it means I would have to straighten my fro, but I don’t mind since I could just cut off the textured part a couple of months later. The pixie cut is not just iconic and sexy but also extremely low-maintenance. So, if you have had an eye on this hairstyle ever since Halle Berry introduced us to it, then it’s time you try it out.