Wash and Go’s for 4B and 4C Hair

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In the first year of being natural, wash and gos were easy and my go to style. They really make sense for shorter hair as they require far less manipulation than any other style (including protective styles) at that hair length.

The final look that you get with a wash and go is heavily reliant on your curl pattern. Hair products can only accentuate what is already there. You may have seen youtube videos where hair goes from an undefined afro to orderly curls but do not be fooled that your hair can do the same. The truth is if you brush out any form of curly hair or indeed back comb straight hair, you do end up with an afro. However, some hair cannot genuinely ever really form ordered curls.

To showcase the spectrum of wash and go appearances, here are 3 general looks that you can expect. I have intentionally selected videos where the ladies have shorter hair as this length showcases curl patterns quite beautifully.

1. Hair that generally does not form ordered curls

Pearls of wisdom: My styling skills definitely need polishing, did you notice how she expertly creates fairly straight parts with her fingers alone? She also talks about accessorizing with hair clips or earrings. These are great tools for styling a natural wash and go.

2. Hair that naturally curls

Pearls of wisdom: She uses plenty of moisturizing products from curl activator and a water/glycerin mix. Notice how easy it is for her hair to form and retain the curl pattern without much prompting and also note her unique technique to reduce frizz. Finally, notice how she gently uses a comb to give her hair volume without breaking the curl pattern.

3.Hair that needs coiling to curl

Pearls of wisdom: I liked this video because her hair is actually a hybrid or 1 and 2. It almost looks like hair that does not generally form a curl but with a little encouragement with twirling, you do get a curl. In general, you will not be able to finger comb exclusively with this hair, the hair will generally be able to clump after combing or brushing.

4B and 4C ladies have you attempted wash and go’s? How did you handle the curl definition aspect?

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64 thoughts on “Wash and Go’s for 4B and 4C Hair

  1. So much banter and back and forth! do what suits you!
    Despite all the arguments against wng for 4 hair, I tried it anyways, and found that it really worked for me, especially when I got my oil balance right. I actually discovered that the constant stretching that type 4 hair people always champoin was actually ruining my curl pattern. For all those ladies and men who believe that a wng don’t work consider your everyday regimen, do you keep it stretched all the time? Your hair is probrabably overstretched, so it wouldn’t look good in a wng unless you do it for sometime so that the hair cuticle could be restored. I also stick to finger detangling only when I wng, I only do it once a week, and then wet the style every day to refesh to curls, I definitely don’t split the clumps or use a comb. For all those girls who feel like doing this makes it somehow an untrue wng I agree to an extent, ( why dry in braids, or use a ton of gel?) but the point of finger detangling is coiling to encourage your own hair, I find combing more unnatural. Works great for me I love it! especially in the summer!

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  2. Since today is the first really warm day of the year I opted for a wash and go. I probably do 5 wash and gos a year at most. My hair has really tight curls/coils. I used Karen’s Body Beautiful leave in and KCCC with nice results. I do have more tangles with wash and goes than stretched styles, which is why I don’t do it too often.

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  3. [the last vid] This is exactly why we need a hair typing system. Got all these Sistahs confused when their hair doesn’t curl. What a shame. This hair is not curly.
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    • I agree with you… Hair typing can get a bit crazy, but yeah, it’s kind of helpful at times, and yes, you do have a point!! right, Ladies??

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    • All black hair is curly, just a different kind of curl… a coil. Whatever term you choose to use its the same thing. If you pull out a strand of hair, it is coily. The expectation of results is obviously not the same. But curly it is!

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  4. I’m relaxed but I naturally have 4C hair and my sister is natural with the same hair texture. I’ve realized that water-based moisturizes do not help at all. Any drop of water shrinks her hair so putting on that moisturizer shrinks it and makes it dry all over again and ultimately tangled. Products with soft water like Taliah Waajid (I think that’s how it’s spelled) stretches her hair but doesn’t last long. I used to wonder why naturals would say “I don’t mind getting my hair wet” because I’d rather get my hair wet, relaxed than natural in the rain! But nobody regardless of hair texture likes to get their hair wet when it’s been freshly done that day. It’s definitely a learning process though!

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  5. I like the wash-n-go look for my hair even though it’s not a TWA anymore (and I love my shrinkage). The only issue is my curl pattern on top is wavy while the middle is more compact and the back has ringlets! Thankfully curl activators do help give me a more unified curl pattern. I usually wear my hair in small two strand twists to give me more curls when I take them down or spritz them and get ringlets. But now when my hair is loose and I wash it, I’ll still have a ringlet shape at the end of my hair and it stays that way. Did I accidentally manipulate my curl pattern?

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  6. I need help! What kind of hair do I have? All I know is I have curls but my hair is so thick that its hard to see them! They are deep down under all the thickness! UGH! I don’t know what to use! My hair eats OIL!!!!

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  8. I have 4C/4B hair… I had the same frustration with my hair having no curl definition. Just about a week ago I saw a link on the TeamNatural Facebook page about the “Anthony Dickey” method for washing natural hair. 4C hair is naturally drier and easy to break so I do this every 2-3 days. Water is my hair’s best friend. After I tried this method … I’m happy to say I have a hair style I can just get out of the shower and go with! So don’t believe the hype about us 4C and 4B naturals having to manipulate our hair all of the time. We have curls too! :-)
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