Hair Story: Is The Type 4 Wash And Go Really Taboo Or Is It All In Your Head?

I would like you to address the misconception that only Type 3′s have wearable Wash and Gos, and that if you want your type 4 hair to look slightly decent, you will need a half a jar of Eco Stylergel. 

There are too many misconceptions that are floating around and getting stuck in our natural hair, seeping into our scalps and becoming thoughts and perceptions. Too much? Maybe. 

But there is an injustice, so to speak, that is self-inflicted for the silliest things like, hair typing, restricting your ability to create any style that you desire. Too much again? Hardly! 

There are too many naturals out here believing the hype that they cannot achieve a particular style because of a number they associate their tresses to on a hair typing scale. An example would be a woman with 4C hair trying to do a Wash and Go. Some won’t even give it a chance, as they are convinced they do not have the right texture or the right coils to do a Wash and Go. 

Most of us already know that a true Wash and Go is more than just the act of washing and going. It doesn’t matter what side of the chart you fall on, you have to do something to your hair before the ‘go’ part. Here’s a true depiction of a wash and go:


  1. Wash
  2. Condition – rinse out or leave in
  3. Apply leave-in
  4. Apply gel
  5. Scrunch
  6. Diffuse (maybe)
  7. Go

That’s a pretty standard Wash and Go, and l gather that there are a plethora of variations, but you get the gist. What you don’t get is that a woman with 4C (or any 4 for that matter) can achieve a beautiful Wash and Gonas well just like a woman with 3B or 3C hair. Your goal should not be curl definition that looks like a type 3 pattern when wearing a Wash and Go. The object is to allow hair to air dry in its natural state, and accept the moisturized tresses in the shape and form that it dries in. We are all unique, and that means we will have unique hair, and we will have unique styles. So what if we use the same products, and create the same style? It will still look different on every wavy, coily and curly haired woman that does it. Guess what? That’s perfectly OK, and actually the point. We are not the same – and neither is our hair – so stop looking for uniformity and replicas of someone else to fit some figment of your imagination.

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