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

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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 Styler gel.

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:

Wash


Condition – rinse out or leave in

Apply leave-in

Apply gel

Scrunch

Diffuse (maybe)

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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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Leandra PauliRosa

My hair is 4? Jjjjj all of the 4e

Leandra PauliRosa

My hair is all the 4abc texture together and I do wash and go. I think that if u have created a good routine and your hair is healthy u can rock any style 😉

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Exactly!

LovelyLady SoBlessed

what is 4e hair texture?????

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Not 100% sure.

Michelle Ann Gause

Let’s just say in theory a wash and go is whatever state your hair dries I get that. But personally I don’t enjoy the look of a wash and go on my 4c hair. So for me I won’t go that route. For others that do that’s great!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I fully understand. I hate how twistouts look on me so I steer clear of them. Whatever styles makes you happy is perfect for you!

Shanice Sahel

It’s all in your head. As black women we feel we can’t. Can’t can’t can’t so its all in your head too many type 4 wash and go videos aroun for me to believe it is taboo. Why DF is there taboo anything in this movement???

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Some just happen to feel funny about WNG so I was just letting them know to let it go. Thanks for sharing

Shanice Sahel

The wash and go is just one style of a thousand. I agree let it go or if you want your natural curls find curlfriends and use their methods. I know I saw type 4 wash and gos first when I started watching YT.

Leandra PauliRosa

LOL sorry about the 4e mistake jjjj but I call my hair 4? Since I have different texture 😉