Welcome to the quick, one-stop shop for 4A hair. The A is obviously for a-mazing. 4A hair is a tight coily “s” pattern hair type that is prone to dryness and shrinkage. When well moisturized with sulfate-free products and light whipped butters, this hair is super fun and manageable. Finding the right things to use for your hair may be tough but this go-to guide has great products that are a guaranteed style home run.

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Shampoos

As I Am Long and Luxe Strengthening Shampoo Hydrating Wash

The aloe-based ingredients in this shampoo are perfect for stimulating hair growth and smell amazing. This formula doesn’t leave hair dry and brittle like other shampoos and is super gentle for 4A hair.

Taliah Waajid Protective Styles Thick and Full Bamboo and Coconut Milk Moisturizing Mint Shampoo

If your hair goes through a lot of manipulation like braids or twists, this shampoo is best for you. The thick formula is great for strengthening hair that may be in protective styles more than in its natural state.

Luster’s Pink Conditioning Shampoo

If you’re looking for soft and shiny hair, Luster’s is the way to go. This trusted shampoo is great for 4A hair that easily tangles.  

Conditioners

Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner

Don’t brush off this popular conditioner because you think it may not be for your hair type. Actually, when used as a co-wash, this conditioner brings your curls to life.

Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner

Coconut oil is great for 4A hair because it seals in some of the easily lost moisture. Be sure to use with a heavier moisturizer like shea butter to maximize the conditioning.

Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner

This versatile conditioner can be used as a leave in or a pre-poo conditioner. The honey acts as a sealant so you don’t have to worry about adding too much extra product after initial use.

Deep Conditioners

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Flaxseed Recipes Fix My Hair Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque

Flaxseed is a great fatty acid that when combined with avocado and coconut oil replenishes the moisture that can be lost from too much manipulation. If your hair has been super dry, this deep conditioner will bring it back.

Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

The desert plant jojoba finds a way to stay full of moisture in extreme temperatures. The oil of the plant is so rich that using it on your hair will make you a true believer in the wonders of jojoba.

Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Masque

Keratin, the active protein in this deep conditioner has powerful restorative features that are great for any type of hair but especially hair that is prone to dryness.

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Curl Defining Stylers

Eco Styler Argan Oil Styling Gel

Always buy the Eco Styler that is best for you. However, the red top will never steer you wrong. Infused with argan oil, this gel is perfect for a wash and go or a quick puff. Once it dries, your curls will be super defined and will last well into the week.

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Styling Cream

This frizz-free styler leaves your hair super soft and super defined. You can use it for a twist out or let your ‘fro go as it pleases.

Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Diffusing & Styling Lotion

If you want curls that don’t get stiff and stay defined, Carol’s Daughter does the trick. The product is also great for 4A hair that may have other curl patterns and textures mixed in.

All hair textures are unique in their own special ways. 4A happens to be super coily and responsive to sweet smelling oils, creams, and butters. Comment your favorite 4A products below and be sure to visit SHOPNaturallyCurly for our suggestions.