How To Straighten Type 4a Natural Hair

How To Straighten Type 4a Natural Hair

I love a good flat ironing tutorial. Not only is it a great way to switch up your look but it’s also showcases the versatility of natural hair. Now when you combine a simple flat iron with the unique talents of YouTuber MoKnowsHair, well you know you’ve got something special!

In this video, Mo flat irons her friend’s 4a TWA to a sleek sexy look. The style has actually been cleverly achieved with some intelligent curling that makes the hair appear shorter at the back than at the front including some tucking.

Watch the video below:

She made a couple of really important points in the video that are worth repeating (to drive the point home you understand).

1. Prepoo – Very important when you plan to flat iron your hair. Flat ironing is a huge stress on natural hair and anything that you can do to increase the amount of moisture content in your hair before you begin the process is a huge plus. Pick from one of our unique prepoo recipes or else just use conditioner and coconut oil like in the video.

2. Rinsing with cool water – Another excellent way to lock moisture in. Rinsing with cool water effectively closes your hair’s cuticles keeping the moisture in and also increases shine in your hair. It works on the same principal as the “cool shot” setting in your hair dryer which also helps to close cuticles.


3. Flat ironing in small sections – So important for kinky type 4 hair to ensure a smooth silky finish from root to tip. If you are flat ironing your own hair I would suggest that you do not grab a section of hair larger than an inch in width and only 1/4 inch depth. Sure it will take longer but this process will allow for even heat distribution and ensures that you will be able to use a lower temperature with excellent results!

Some of the products used were the FHI Platform Flat Iron 1 Inch, Conair Pro-Style Bonnet Dryer & Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450.

Originally posted 2013-12-18 20:00:37.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. Antasia Moi
    Antasia Moi

    Cute! This reminds me of my natural & straight nothing added accept a straightening comb & flat iron no ext required

  2. Twa Rivers
    Twa Rivers

    Her hair is gorgeous but it was to much going on. Hoodie, blown, flat and then curled.

  3. Nicie

    I’ve heard that there are different types of natural hair like 4a and 4b
    Can you explain to me the different types and how do I find out what type I am?

  4. Zahna Colmant
    Zahna Colmant

    Cute. It takes forever to flat iron my hair. This seems like it would take even longer. Anyone know any quick tips to straighten hair quickly?

  5. NubianPrize

    Beautiful hairdo but it’s lost on me ! If I want straight hair I’ll buy a wig. No more chemicals or hot curlers. I’ve never used a flat iron & don’t intend to. That means no heat on my hair either. From now on my hair stays natural & will be worn in natural styles only, & will get pampered like crazy. Will continue to wear wigs all winter to protect my naturally 4a/b fine fragile hair. Some of my pals feel the same way & have a whole slew of wigs in different styles.

  6. Laverne Wood
    Laverne Wood

    Beautiful hairdo but it’s lost on me ! If I want straight hair I’ll buy a wig. No more chemicals or hot curlers. I’ve never used a flat iron & don’t intend to. That means no heat on my hair either. From now on my hair stays natural & will be worn in natural styles only, & will get pampered like crazy. Will continue to wear wigs all winter to protect my naturally 4a/b fine fragile hair. Some of my pals feel the same way & have a whole slew of wigs in different styles.

  7. Cynthia Lawson
    Cynthia Lawson

    Fantastic, but my hair is very fine so may be too much going on for my hair. I would need a lot of styling mouse to get that look. I would love a video showing volume for very fine and thin hair.

  8. Jenelle B.

    I have 4b/4c hair and I tried a modified method of her technique except I airdried, blowdried and flat iron (did the chase method with a small soft bristle brush) and my hair came out really nice and straight and I experienced no heat damage after I washed it out.

  9. Mimi Thomas
    Mimi Thomas

    What are some good hair straightening creams/oils/greases to use. The ones I’ve tried just sit on my hair and it looks too oily. I need to find a pressing oil or something that REALLY works and will penetrate (not sit there on my hair)

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