If you want to learn how to master wash and go 4c hair this can be a bit tricky! Our lovely 4c hair can be receptive and ehm… not so liking the wash and go thing so here are some things that will help you better understand your 4c hair and give the wash and go a try!
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Wash And Go 4C Hair: All You Need To Know!
Let’s have a look at some important steps you have to try to stick to in order to get the wash and go 4c hair look!
Achieving a wash and go on your type 4 hair can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re doing (Guess what, I also don’t know what I am doing when it comes to washing and goes but we learn from our mistakes!).
It is even more challenging if you are also trying to use the same products and methods as some other natural who do not have a 4c curl pattern.
The things is, anyone can do a wash and go, but not everyone can create a natural curl definition.
Oh yes, curl definers can only enhance the pattern that you already have.
If your natural hair is curly while wet but frizzy when dry, then this can eliminate your hair problems.
So here are some helpful things that you can do to work out your wash and go 4c hair trial!
Smoothing without shingling or raking
If you have puffy roots they are a result of not thoroughly applying products.
Make sure that you evenly shingle throughout your natural hair with your fingers.
If you want to use a comb for the detangling process it’s okay, but it is important to switch to your fingers during the styling process.
Using your fingers to distribute your products will help to clump your natural curls, which reduces frizz and increases elongation.
Make sure your fingers penetrate each section and then proceed to smooth between your palms.
Using a blow-dryer
Leave the blow-dryer to the ladies with Type 2 and Type 3 hair. Since our coils are more prone to frizz, we want to decrease as much movement as possible as the hair sets.
I know the diffuser looks tempting, but I have always gotten the most moisturized, defined, and elongated wash and go’s by allowing my hair to air-dry all day.
If you need to place a microfiber towel or t-shirt on your shoulder on the way to work to catch the dripping product then so be it.
The blow-dryer, even when used on cool air and low speed, always depletes moisture from my hair.
Worried about volume? You shouldn’t be. Wait until your coils are 80%-100% dry and then shake your head. Doing this while the hair is predominately wet can create encourage frizz.
Skipping the moisturizer or leave-in conditioner
Unless your products claim to be a dual moisturizer and styler, then you should not rely on your styler to be comparable to leave-in conditioners or moisturizers.
Even when products claim to be formulated with moisturizing properties, I would still advise using a separate product to ensure that your hair gets as much nourishment as possible.
Remember that dry curls tend to expand in an attempt to absorb moisture, which usually results in frizz, so give your hair what it needs from the start.
Styling at night
I have learned this lesson one too many times.
Please reserve this styling session for the mornings. Styling in the morning is not as unrealistic as you think.
At night I detangle my hair with a little water, conditioner, and my favorite comb and sleep with my hair in loose twists. I rise for 30 min.
early to shampoo and let the deep conditioner sit while I cook breakfast. After eating breakfast, I rinse the conditioner and apply my leave-in conditioner and styler.
Matting and frizz are inevitable when styling a wash and go at night. Even when I completely diffused my hair with a blow-dryer, my hair would not make it through the night without matting.
Skipping your trims
If layering moisturizers, leave-in conditioners, butters, and oils still won’t tame your frizz ends, then that is an indication that it’s time for a trim.
If your ends are so porous that they take forever to absorb water and products then it is time for them to go.
Ends that are tapered, bountiful with too many single strands knots and vary in lengths have got to go. Please do not hold on to damage for length. It doesn’t look as good as you think. We want crisp, popping coils!
Styling on dry or damp hair
The goal of a wash and go is to capture your curl definition. Curl definition is most pronounced when the hair is saturated with moisture (i.e. water).
Trying to achieve a wash and go on dry or damp hair will not give the same results or style longevity.
If volume is the concern remember your can shake, flip, and pick your hair once it is completely dry. For extreme volume you can always use a blow-dryer with a concentration nozzle.
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Do not forget that if you want this wash and go to last for a week, then your hair will naturally rise over time.
Don’t forget that we have Type 4 hair. We are the queens of volume. Third and fourth-day hair is my favorite.
How To Get The Perfect Wash And Go 4C Hair
Tip #1: Soaking Wet Hair
Styling on super soaking wet hair can feel a little weird but when trying to achieve a wash & go on any type of hair, it’s best to style on wet hair rather than damp.
Your texture is most prominent when wet, so manipulating it during this stage in your routine will help achieve the best results.
Tip #2: Shingle & Coil Method
It is debated whether or not shingling and coiling the hair to achieve a style can exactly be considered a real “wash-and-go”, but you should do what best works for your tresses and preferences!
Personally, for my coils, shingling and finger-coiling my hair allows me to keep my natural texture while clumping several strands for a more noticeable pattern.
As for time, the more you practice the faster styling becomes. Sectioning the hair also helps immensely.
Tip #3: Use a Styling Gel
To style your wash-and-go, use a styling gel (not edge control) whether you’re choosing the shingle/coil method or simply finger-combing product through each section of hair.
Keep in mind that some styling gels have a lighter hold or more hold, so pay attention to what your hair likes to establish a preference.
For low porosity, try a lightweight gel; for high porosity, try a heavier gel with more hold. 4-type naturals tend to find gel with extra hold more effective especially when trying to enhance or create texture.
Tip #4: Don’t Disrupt The Drying Process
Whatever you do, be sure not to disrupt your drying process!
After styling your wash-and-go, leave your curls to set on their own without manipulation.
There are a few drying methods to try:
- Blow-dry with a diffuser
- Sit under a hooded or bonnet dryer on low to medium heat
- Air-dry it the natural way (continue on with your day, let the windows down in the car, run errand, etc.)
Tip #5: Pineapple & Preserve It
In order to maintain your wash-and-go, preserving the style at night is a must. Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can easily mess up your style and create frizz overnight.
If you have a bad habit of not covering your hair, invest in a satin or silk pillowcase. Otherwise, pull your hair into a “pineapple” with a scarf and repeat nightly.
You can even pineapple your curls and coils during the day as a quick up-do style.
Tip #6: Revive with a Refreshing Spray
After a full night of beauty sleep, revive your style with a refreshing spray especially if you live in a dryer climate.
If your climate is humid, you may not need to do very much refreshing. Remove all scarves and bonnets, then spritz your hair in the morning with the spray and fluff as needed. Need mid-day refreshing?
There you have it, wash and go 4c hair: All you need to know!
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