Yes, You Can Do a Wash and Go on 4C Hair! Here’s How
Fact: every person can do a wash and go, no matter their texture.
There’s a particular misconception when it comes to 4C hair because the optics around wash and gos usually show collarbone-length (or longer), big curls — which completely leaves out the tightest type 4 textures.
Well, we’re here to debunk that myth and let you know that your 4C hair can thrive doing wash and gos even if you have 4C hair!
Check out this video of our model with an amazing wash and go on 4C hair.
Wash and gos set the stage for versatility, health, and moisture. If you want to switch up your style before your next wash day, or you just want healthy hair, a wash and go can help your 4C hair get it done.
What is 4C hair?
On the curl pattern spectrum, 4C represents the tightest coiled textures.
Yes, it’s a coil, not just a curl! — See the picture below of our model for proof. Really zoom in on it. ;-)
4C hair is thick, luscious, and super versatile — you can wear a wash and go one day and then do a twist out overnight to switch it up.
Plus, 4C hair holds patterns longer and more easily than any other texture, so styles last longer.
If you’re wondering whether your hair is 4C, you can compare your strands to those of your favorite vloggers and influencers with the pattern.
And of course, you can consult with a natural hair stylist in your area who can give you the final verdict as well. But please be mindful that your pattern can change with age (thanks to female hormones), and different processes like color can alter your coils too.
4C is not inherently dry or “unmanageable”, so let’s debunk that myth now.
Actually, a lot of the trouble in the natural hair community around hair typing is that we don’t really know our hair types that well… and many people mistakenly identify with 4C hair, when the hair is just dry!
Some people even think 4C hair has no curl pattern.
Can you imagine that… natural hair with no curl pattern? But we kinky, thick-haired beauties know better, don’t we? :-)
Chizi explains this common misconception about 4C hair in this video:
Contrary to popular belief, 4C hair is beautiful and desirable, and our goal is to ensure you have the healthiest, most nourished 4C hair possible.
Now your curl pattern does matter, but there are other important factors for care.
Though it helps to know your curl pattern when it comes to hair care and products, we don’t love the idea of categorizing hair further… especially when beauty ideals have neglected natural hair and curls in general for centuries.
So, while we encourage you to find out if your pattern is 4C, we also want to stress the importance of creating a simple wash day routine and sticking to it: cleansing your curls and coils, conditioning your hair, moisturizing your strands, and protecting your style.
Let’s face it: long hair has always been the standard of a Eurocentric beauty industry for far too long.
Though our natural curls and coils grow outward as much as they do downward, length is still prized, and that speaks to the lack of education about how natural hair functions.
But to reiterate: everyone can do a wash and go. It will just look different on each person.
Just look at the different wash and gos in this photo:
All absolutely beautiful, and all wash and gos on natural hair… including 4C hair!
For 4C hair, you can expect a fluffy cloud that can get more definition based on the product you use.
Try your best to let your hair dry as much as possible before you leave the house — both high humidity and extreme cold can alter the way your pattern reacts and the shape in which it dries.
Practice makes perfect as well and the more you do wash and gos, the better (and faster) the end result will be!
Keep in mind that natural hair is alive and has a mind of its own, so no two wash days will give you the exact same hair every time.
With good products and a good routine, it can be close though!
Consult your stylist for a good shape and check out our co-founder Kim’s very own wash and go hair tutorial.
“For a time, I never did a wash and go, because I didn't think my hair could do one,” our co-founder reveals. “I laughed at the idea. And I imagine a lot of kinky-haired women feel that exact way.”
Wash and gos are about technique, so that’s really the key in perfecting the style for yourself. Here’s Kim’s wash and go tutorial to get you started.
Great wash and gos are made in the shower.
Believe it or not, you might want to put your hair products in the shower, just like you do your bath products.
The steam from the water hydrates your hair even more, so it allows the product to better absorb. Then, you can exit the shower and set your hair with a tool like a blow dryer or diffuser, blowing downward.
Leave shame at the door and embrace your texture as it is.
It pains us to say that women of color are still shamed for having tight coils and curls.
The modern natural hair movement we’re a part of is celebrating all textures with the understanding that we need to broaden the ideals of beauty to include everyone.
Curly hair is incredibly unique and special and we’re still learning about it and what it loves. No two heads are the same, so let’s embrace what makes our hair and all of us different and beautiful!
Have you ever tried a wash and go on your 4C hair before? How did it turn out?
Share what’s worked and what didn’t in the comments to help a curlfriend out.
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