Kimberly Lewis

4C Hair Wash and Go - Can I do a Wash and Go on my natural hair?

4C Hair Wash and Go - Can I do a Wash and Go on my natural hair?

Yes, you can do a wash and go on 4C hair but it does take some practice. Here are 5 things you need to know before doing a Wash and Go on 4C hair. Most people who think they have 4C Hair, don't. 4C hair isn't a euphemism for dry damaged hair. 4C hair is simply a way to describe tightly coiled kinky textures. Can someone who has tightly coiled kinky hair do a Wash and Go? Absolutely!

Can I do a Wash and Go on my 4C natural hair?

  1. Everyone can do a Wash and Go.
  2. What is 4C Hair?
  3. Is hair typing important?
  4. It takes practice to get a good Wash and Go.
  5. You need A LOT of water. 
  6. No Hair Shaming! 

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1. Everyone can do a Wash and Go, it just looks different on everyone. 

Here is a picture of 9 different women, myself included.

We are all wearing Wash and Gos but they look very different on each of us but we all used the same technique.

Wash and Go on various textures

And because I know my 4C women are major skeptics, here is a close up of our 4C model ;-) . 

4C Hair Wash and Go with CurlMix

Now that you've seen a 4C Wash and Go..lets address something. 


2. What is 4C Hair?

I have worked in the hair industry for years, worked dozens of expos, and met thousands of curly girls.

I find that most women who think their hair is 4C do so because they feel it's dry and "unmanageable"(I cringe when someone uses that word to describe our hair).

Not feeling confident about your hair experience does not mean you have 4C hair.

It's almost like the term 4C hair has become an identifier for "bad hair" and my stomach turns at the idea of that. It hurts every time I hear it. I've seen thousands of heads of hair and I have met maybe 10 people with what we call "4C Hair" and it was stunning.

Like I said before, 4C hair is simply a way to describe tightly coiled kinky textures.

4c hair

My friend Deanna (pictured above), has some of the most beautiful hair I have ever seen. It's thick and luscious, holds styles well, and she takes excellent care of her hair. I say that to say, 4C hair is beautiful like any texture if you take care of it the right way.

And you shouldn't use "4C hair" as a way to describe anything bad about your hair. For even more proof, here's a video of my favorite "4C vlogger". She's hilarious and has gorgeous healthy hair. 

 Watch This Wash + Go On 4C Hair

3. Hair types don't matter when it comes to proper hair care.

I only use the hair-typing system to help CurlMixers understand because that's the system they use for themselves.

While it is a commonly understood way to discuss curl types and patterns its not, however, a truly important factor for the majority of your hair concerns.

My stylist, Aeleise Jana, and many others like to point out that your texture doesn't matter when they are working with your hair. 

Just like an eye doctor doesn't care about your eye color, your texture isn't a factor when it comes to proper hair care.

So, What are the important factors?

I'm glad you asked: hydration, cleansing, conditioning, your routine schedule, how you protect your hair, and more, are all vastly more important.

Not your hair type.

Here's a classic video I did with my stylist that covers the basics:


#4 Wash and Gos take practice.

For a time, I never did a Wash + Go, because I didn't think my hair could do one.

I laughed at the idea. And I imagine a lot of kinky-haired women feel that exact way. So as a result, we don't get a ton of reviews from women with 4C hair using our products.

And Wash + Gos are about technique, so many 4C women don't know how to achieve a Wash + Go, since they don't usually wear them.

It takes a bit of practice and a good shape from a professional to get it right. We are extremely skeptical of new products, so I decided to make one myself. This is my wash and go from a year ago. 

This is my Wash and Go now!

 

#5 You need more water. Stay in the shower.  

Great wash and gos start in the shower.  After you, shampoo and condition, stay in the shower to add the moisturizer and gel. The steam from the water hydrates your hair even more, so it allows the product to absorb more. 

Then afterwards, make sure to set the hair with a tool like a blow dryer, blowing downward to set the hair. 

#6 No shaming over here. 

For a long time, and even still in some places, women of color are shamed for having tight coils and curls.

And now we have come into a movement that celebrates us. But in celebrating us, sometimes I worry that we can become intolerant of someone who appears to meet societies' standards of "beauty".

One time I got a comment that read "stop showing us these light-skinned, long-haired wavy women. Not all of our ancestors were raped".

I wanted to reach through my phone and ..... that comment hurt, deeply. On a number of levels. And I think that's wrong.

We can love all of our curls and at CurlMix we promote inclusivity. The longer I am in the hair business, the more I realize how unique curly hair is. It truly runs the spectrum.

According to the hair typing chart there are about 9 total categories of curly hair. But There are probably closer to 30 or a 100.

No two heads are the same. Most of us have several textures and different curl patterns even in the same section of our hair!

 

Wash and Go Tutorial For Type 4 Hair

I created a tutorial of how I style my Type 4B hair in a wash and go. 

This can be done and it does work on 4c hair as well.

But it is all about technique.

Don't knock it before you try it. 

Love,

Kim

P.S.- Leave a comment and let me know what you think, do you agree or disagree? 

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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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