Does the Curly Girl Wash-and-Go Method Work on Kinky, Type-4 Hair? *Update*

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*Dawnyele, the second YouTuber referenced in this article, passed away on October 19, 2012, shortly after giving birth. To support Dawnyele’s young son, Zaylen, consider donating here.*


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By Loo of HealthandHair.blogspot.com

What is the Curly Girl Method?  It is method developed by Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel to help care for curly hair.  The method entails frequent co-washing, finger combing, wash-n-gos, no shampoo, no silicones, and more.  While many curly ladies have caught onto the routine, it is rare to find a kinky-haired gal who has, largely because of the regular wash-n-gos and co-washes involved.  But on youtube, there are a couple of kinky gals who are experimenting with the method and one who actually has very similar routine.  These women are featured in the videos below, and can perhaps be inspiration to those with type 4 hair who desire to wash more frequently and wear their hair loose in the summer.

For a more detailed description of the method, check out their book titled “Curly Girl: The Handbook.  For a short description of the no-shampoo routine involved in the Curly Girl Method, check out this article.

1. Though she didn’t exactly use the Curly Girl Method, Cynthiarf was the Type 4 Queen of wash-n-gos, frequent co-washes, and finger combing, which are components of the regimen: video tutorial.

2. Dawnyele (who is dearly missed) was a tightly-coiled Type 4 who experimented with the Curly Girl Method in the summer of 2012. Check out her channel to view her other videos documenting her Curly Girl journey.

3.  Though not entirely Type 4, Whoissugar has mix of textures varying from tight coils to loose curls and is worth posting for those with looser Type 4 hair.  She is also experimenting with the Curly Girl Method; you can watch her document her journey on youtube.

Are you a natural with kinky hair? Have you tried wash and go’s or the curly girl method?

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65 thoughts on “Does the Curly Girl Wash-and-Go Method Work on Kinky, Type-4 Hair? *Update*

  1. I don’t think wng are designed for hair outside of the 3,4a hair types because you need curls to define. To me, 4b/c hair would just be loading your hair with gel and asking for trouble. While co washing is great to combat dryness for this hair type, my hair shrinks to oblivion, tangles and becomes covered in ssks. It’s like a type 1 trying to get a good twist out. For me, the key to happier hair is working with it. Also why does all 4 hair get lumped together? There are extreme differences between 4a, b and c.

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    • I agree, I have 4a hair and a section that is 4b and its like night and day!! The 4a has curls/coils for days the 4b not curls and drier! Its almost like 4bc should be 5ab..lol

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        • Curly girl method is about the preservation of the curl pattern for those who previously had a lot of frizz/lack of definition due to use of harsh sulphates and silicones. What do you think curl hydration leads to? More clumping and uniformity. I don’t think most curly haired people who follow this method are looking for hydration primarily, the name says it all. Also I know the C&G method can and is used by all hair types myself included when it comes to avoiding cones and co washing hence I said co washing was good for combatting dryness in 4b/c hair.

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          • You came up with what is best for you solely by doing your own research? Or you observed or read about someone’s experiences and adopted it wholesale or tweaked to work for you?

            Just curious since you don’t follow anyone else’s rules. Did you invent the idea of shampooing? conditioning? deep conditioning? protective styling? what did you do that you invented yourself? Really would love to know.

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  2. From far away my hair looks like a cottony puff, and even though I’m BSL, it shrinks up to neck level, but when I wash & go, my hair is more elongated. I detangle the ends of my hair in the shower with a comb, & rock it with a headband. There seems to be a LOT of misinformation about a wash & go. The purpose is CONVENIENCE, not CURLS! Why are my fellow 4B/4C sistas SO HUNG UP on curls & so anti-shrinkage? Embrace what you have or you’ll never be happy!

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    • Well for some 4B/4C it is a major INCONVENIENCE especially for those with really fine/thin strands.

      Not all 4B/4Cers are the same, while your BSL hair shrinks to neck length my APL hair shrank to 1-2 inches when I tried it this weekend (HORRIBLE tangles and SSKs)

      So its not being “SO HUNG UP on curls & so anti-shrinkage”, its preferring a painless existence, also it is by “embracing my hair” that I know this is not a practical option for me.

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      • I agree with you coily +1000

        Not all 4b/cers are at BSL or find WnG convenient. The whole point is that it is often the opposite. I get tangles as a result of shrinkage. My non uniform tiny coils wrap around each other causing knots and painful detangling sessions, loose wet hair results in ssk and an inability to style. If 4b/cs who don’t do wng were hung up on curls then they’d keep trying to make this work for their hair. I don’t and know others who rely more on PS don’t do wng because it does more harm than good. It’s great that it works for you Amanda and that shrinkage doesn’t result in an over extended wash day but I’m going to keep doing PS and washing in sections. It’s not about fearing your hair, it’s about managing it and getting the best out of it. That’s not wng for me.

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    • It is lovely to hear a 4b/c lady speak positively about her hair. I don’t know if some commenters realize it, but whenever they speak about their hair it is always with a negative slant focusing on what they cannot do or what they have to do that others don’t or what is so hard for them. It is so irritating.

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      • You are right! When you speak negatively about anything.. not just hair.. you speak it into existence and bring that negative thought to life. So if your hair is that, this and the other, it WILL be strife for you literally.

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  3. I must agree, WNG’s aren’t for everyone. I have BSL 4B hair that is very, very, very, DENSE. My mother and sister both are 4A/B’s whose hair is far less dense than mine and for them the WNG isn’t a big deal.

    As for me, when it comes time to detangle I’d have a better chance of shaving my head, lol. My hair has no sort of uniformed pattern and it just snakes and constricts around itself. Making detangling a process that takes over an hour. My theory (as far as detangling goes) is it helps to have a curl pattern regardless of curl size.

    I love my texture but there are some things that make a bigger chore for me later that I just will not do. I like changing my hair styles too much and the detangling factor is huge for me. I love my texture I get about 70% shrinkage and that all fine to me. My big lioness sized braid/twist outs are awesome because of the density of my hair.

    You work with what you have, and celebrate the differences of others. Self hate isn’t always the cause.

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  4. I believe I have 4a hair. It is easy to do my hair. I use Kinky Curly products. I wash, finger comb and add gel and I’m done.

    I really like my hair, but I find many men do not like short, natural hair. C’est la vie!

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    • If the men you are around don’t like your hair, then it’s time to find new men. Their are plenty of guys out their that love short natural hair. These are the men who know that for a woman to rock it she’s has to be both beautiful and self confidence.

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  5. How sad that such a vibrant young lady passed away. Just got teary watching that video and hearing her talk about her pregnancy. Her family’s in my prayers

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  6. I have type 4 hair and just started a modified curly girl method. Anyways, I’ve noticed in the past couple weeks my hair has less tangles and feels more elastic. I don’t use gel because it does nothing for my curls, coils, or naps lol. I just let it do what its gonna do.

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  7. I have 4b/c hair and when on holiday [only to hot places] I will do a wash and go everyday, I find that I can have sort of 2nd etc day hair but I have to rewet it to reactivate the gel, I always wear it in an Afro puff. When I stop getting curl definition I simply add more gel until wash day.
    However, I get a lot more shedding when I wash my hair and I only finger detangle after I DC.
    When I have my hair in a stretched style I find that when I wash it I have shed much less hair.
    I would love to stick to the wash and go method but it is impractical as I live in the UK and the winter weather is too harsh. However on holiday when I do the wash and go method I find my hair loves it, I get great curl definition and my hair feels spongy, springy and soft. Love it.

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  8. I have been CG for a few months–modified because I go over my finger detangled hair with a comb for “good measure.” It has increased the moisture in my hair so much that I do not need to moisturize as much as I once needed to. I also do not wear wash and gos. I usually wear bantu knot outs, braid outs, and twists.

    CG is not just for wash and go’ers!

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  9. Not sure what my number is, but I know I have thick, coarse and nappy hair. Wash and go is never the biz because the shrinkage takes things to the left pretty fast.

    I generally stretch on flexi rods and then just rock protective styles or I do twists and twist outs. Half of the styles and “methods” I see out there would never work for someone with as much hair as I have and the type I have.

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  10. I have 4B/C hair and its short kind of a layered bob, so when I wash my hair there is serious shrinkage! Then along with the shrinkage are knots that take for ever to get out, so to do so many cowashes are not doable, I still wash my hair once a week and that seems to be alright, but I can’t wash and go because my hair locks together. I can’t really even really detangle my hair with my fingers all that much, so I use medium heat on my blow dryer to get the majority dry then I let the rest air dry. For such short hair its an all day process. I hope it gets better onc eit grows out more.

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  11. I started using the CG method this week and it has been amazing. My hair is mainly 4a, but the textures range from a strip of 3b down the top, 4b in the crown and clumps of 4b/4c mixed all over the place. I do have fine, thick hair (very thin strands but tons of them) and my hair is usually pretty soft and seems to absorb water like a sponge.

    My hair is only 4 inches long, so who knows what it will be like as it gets longer. I co-wash daily, then run Giovanni Leave-In conditioner in it and let it air dry. It seems that my coils have loosened (the ones that were the diameter of a knitting needle are now pencil width). The clumps of 4b/4c still don’t coil, but I think it just adds more interest to my hair. I’ve always had soft hair, so I actually get more definition doing this than doing twists or coils. And it is so much easier. The key seems to be to get my hair sopping wet and put in the Giovanni in the shower. My hair dries fast so even waiting 10 minutes outside of the shower is too long.

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  12. I have super tight, shrunken coils. My hair is so dense and thick that twist outs, bantu knots, etc take HOURS to do. Since doing the CG method and wearing wash and gos, I have more time to actually live my life rather than styling my hair! To detangle, I first use my fingers to stretch the coils out then go over it with a wide tooth comb–all while my hair is sopping wet and loaded with conditioner. The CG method has made my hair so soft–softer and more supple than any other regimen. My kinky coils are more defined. But it’s still super tight, kinky hair. I really had to find a comfort zone with the way that my hair is, the way it looks and the way it grows out of my head. All that styling was too much manipulation, too much effort and too much time wasted trying to make my hair look like someone else. CG is also much cheaper and easier on my wallet. Now I use a $1.49 conditioner and $3 gel instead of the pricey hair care products that break the bank.

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    • Yesss! Finally someone who gets it! I HATE spending hours on styling, literally wasting my life away to style my hair and getting it to be elongated but still moisturized yet still full its entirely too much. I have all 4 types on my head and I absolutely love wetting my hair everyday. I don’t care if it shrinks up, that’s what it does. Dry hair doesn’t work for me, I hate the way it looks and feels, and while I could add oil to have shiny-but dry feeling hair or shea butter to have tacky-but dry looking hair, it’s just not worth it.

      Conditioner & oil Wash and go puffs work for me. And sometimes gel for the perimeter of my head. I too use inexpensive products. V05 clumps my hair perfectly and aloe vera gel occasionally.

      4 haired ladies please stop getting frustrated with your hair in an effort to make it look like something else. I get ssk no matter what I do and its OKAY, its just what our hair does. :)

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      • I am a 4c, the reason why many ladies are frustrated with their type 4 hair is because they don,t have much knowledge on how to take care of their hair type.

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  13. I am so sorry to hear about Dawnyelle’s passing. That is devastating.
    On the topic, the Lorraine Massey Curly girl WNG method did not work for me. I have been trying to refine my hair maintenance process so I read Lorraine Massey’s book. I Like what she had to say and felt she was doing a great job of teaching “curly” girls how to appreciate their hair. I don’t define my self as a curly girl. I am more of a Wooly/Fluffy girl. The technique doesn’t work on wooly hair. My hair does curl in the back but not at the top. It’s wooly! And I love it! Not combing my hair was not an option for me! I have to comb it to set it! I also found that I had way too much conditioner in my hair. This method left my hair white and very goopy. It took too long to dry… So I will continue with my method:
    Co-wash
    dry with a t-shirt
    Part my hair In squares
    Moisturize,
    twist and tuck to set and
    style the next morning.

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  15. I think the problem is that type 4 girls expect their hair to look like type 3 hair. Since type for is naturally coily, it has greater shrinkage. However, I personally don’t mind it and I have gotten compliments on my hair. I simply wash, condition, detangle, moisturize, put leave in conditioner and finally a sealant. I just make sure my sides are laid and my hair is looking nice.

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  17. I’ve been natural for 3 years and I wish I would’ve done the curly girl method much sooner!! My hair is fine but very dense. Super coily, I guess the texture is somewhere around 4a with 4b and 4c patches here and there. I got tired of wash day taking an entire day and retwisting my hair every night, only to have my ends popping off all over the place. Since doing the curly girl method, I’ve noticed that my hair clumps up into curls more and defines all the way to the roots. It’s much easier to detangle as well the more I wash. My hair is actually shiny. It has never been shiny. I think the key is to finger detangle as well. That being said, my 4c patches don’t define well, but they aren’t super tangled either. I think the key is curl clumpage. If your curls clump together, then the curly girl method will likely work for you. Just a matter of finding the right mix of products.

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  18. Interestingly I must say do definitely resonate with some of ladies here who have said that the curly girl method did help with clumping of hair. I was more than certain that this wouldnt work for my 4b/c hair and really was skeptical at the beginning. I did commit my self for months to stick to the CG method and interestingly I ended up with definitely well moisturised hair that clumped very well with definition. After all the comments I have seen anti- CG( as in appears not resonate with many people with kinkier hair), I have my website which details the CG process for me and what my journey was like. http://www.blackcurlygirlmethod.com

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