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18 Heat-Free Ways to Style Long 4C Hair For Summer

Don't be afraid to turn up the volume this summer! 

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By Jennifer Ford · June 6, 2017

Most of us are familiar with the constant battle between our hair and humidity. So when the summer months arrive, we’re tempted to make our manes more manageable with flat irons and blow dryers. 

And while heating tools are a temporary fix, their damage on our hair carry longer-lasting effects, like breakage and hair loss (especially with daily use). But fret not 4C ladies; there are plenty of heat-free ways to style your strands this summer without sabotaging the health of your hair.

Check out a few of our Insta-faves below! 

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Tease out your rod set to achieve these poppin' curls.


The pineapple method is an easy way to maintain long 4C tresses during the warmer months.


Fro-hawks are an effortless way to keep your strands in place and out of your face.


Twist outs will always be one of our favorite heatless styling methods.


Weighty hair can be annoying to deal with when it's hot out. For a lighter feel (and complete transformation!), try this tapered afro.


Half up and half down styles are another easy way to take on summer.



Bantu knots are a great way to style long 4C hair; especially for festival season.


Throw your hair up into a messy bun and look perfectly polished.


No curling irons required when you're using a rod set. 


Pompadours are always poppin'!


The Loc method is super stylish, tried and true.


The '90s are making a comeback and here's the perfect on-trend style to copy.


Top knots are at the top of our list for heat-free styling.


Ponytails are always a viable option when it comes to hassle-free, heat-free styling.


We're all about that bun life when it comes to effortless summer hair.


There are so many ways to rock a fro-hawk and this variation is perfection.


Flexirods will give you defined curls without the use of a curling iron.