Kimberly Lewis

Yes, You Can Do a Wash and Go on 4C Hair! Here’s How

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. 

Here, we dig into what 4C hair is, how you can wash and go properly, healthy hair care, and more.

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. 

After you shampoo and condition, add the moisturizer and gel to your wet hair to start the definition process. 

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.

20Comments

Kimberly Lewis

January 10, 2020

The whiteness has more to do with how you dry your hair after adding the product. My hair was still a little wet when I filmed the tutorial. Check out this one for better results. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va2CYaxkki8&t=183s


Shaune

January 04, 2020

Thanks for sharing the video. My only concern is the traces of white product that remain in her hair after she is done. It is a whiteish film. I also have that film/residue on the hair that doesn’t fully go away after the hairis dried. How do you diminish this/make it go away?


Ellie

August 15, 2019

You are wonderful! Thank you not only for this great information, but for publically standing up against the growing trend that lighter is bad or evil, encouraged not only in social media but unfortunately by some educators and leaders. Racism against someone because her skin is light is racism. There are no exceptions or excuses.


Tabitha Williams

July 26, 2019

This was an interesting blog and I’m sad to hear the comments. I never respond to a blog, but this one hits home for me. Having true 4c hair myself, I am always skeptical of purchasing products that are advertised with long wavy curl patterns because 99% of them don’t work on 4c hair. I find it hard to believe that you have not been down this same road with having 4c hair yourself. if not, you are the exception.

I think the key is the advertisement is always with the long wavy ladies. I’m sure this makes sense from a business perspective, but you’re going to miss the 4 lady 99% of the time and she has a right to be skeptical based on all the wasted hair products under her cabinet that don’t work. I love my 4c hair and I love the wavy hair, so nothing against any hair type.. I’m going to consider using your product based on your video. As a suggestion, if you are interested in capturing the “4 hair” Market (you may not be), consider modifying your advertisement so that we can “see” it works for our hair type,…just some food for thought.


Trellis Alexander

July 13, 2019

I’m transitioning from relaxed hair. I have not had a touchup since April 2018. Since this time, I have mostly been wearing crochettes. I do take breaks from the weave and usually blow dry it. Although I fo have a lot of new growth, I still have relaxer on the ends. Will your product work on hair that still has relaxer on it?

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