Top 5 Wash and Go Tutorials for Type 4b/4c Natural Hair

by Jonna of

Many people are under the impression that only the type 3 curly girls can do wash n go styles and achieve great definition. LIES. ALL LIES. Just because your type 4 curls are tiny little coils that zig zag, you can still get super defined results from your wash n go. If you’re not sure what your hair type is, check out the Know Your Hair Type page. If you fall in the 4b/4c category, here are five wash n go tutorials that garnered super defined results. Each one featured different products and different hair lengths. This just goes to show that it’s not just about the product, but the technique.

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Top Products for Long, Healthy 4c Hair

Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow

Now more than ever before, there are numerous hair products tailored to meet the needs of natural hair. There are a variety of cleansers, sealants, conditioners, butters, and styling creams that are meant to keep our curls healthy and popping. Out of the hundreds of options out there, these three remain my Holy Grail products. These products never fail to consistently render great results.

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Styling Straight, Natural Hair: The Half Bun

by Yvette Mumanyi of

Hello lovelies,

Today's post is a quickie, I'm coming at you with some mid-week hairstyle inspiration. If you read my previous post, then you are well aware that I straightened my hair and gave it a much-needed trim. I definitely enjoyed straight locs for a week, and tried to be as adventurous as I could with the hairstyles I wore before my hair reverted back.

Sometimes it’s really easy to get stuck in a style rut, choosing to style your hair in the same way simply because it works, or because there’s just no time! I’m definitely a victim of this ‘convenience’ approach to hair styling, but honey live a little once in a while and try something new! Lo and behold…

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by Yvette Mumanyi of


DISCLAIMER: This is going to be a long one, so get comfortable. Consume a light snack if possible (Kidding! I’m just being dramatic!)

I preach about my no heat routine, why on earth would I blow dry my hair? Did hell freeze over? Was I kidnapped and held against my will, and my kidnappers torture techniques involved blasting my hair with various heat styling tools? (My mind is a strange place…I know…I know!) But just in case you were about to call the police, no.

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DIY Recipes for Long, 4c Hair

   Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow

While the natural hair community is booming with lots of products that are organic, paraben-free and sulfate-free, it is still bursting at the seams with mixtresses who create their own hair remedies. It sure does not hurt to mix up your own hair treats once in a while. In fact, many well established brands began right at home by mixing up ingredients that proved to produce great results. These three DIY recipes are easy to make and are budget-saving.

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Wash and Go's On Type 4b/4c Hair-- Are They Worth It?

by Ariane of

Many are under the impression that wash n go’s aren’t even achievable on 4b or 4c hair, but using the right technique it is entirely possible. The question is however, are most naturals willing to do what it takes to achieve these results?

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How to Detangle Long, Type 4c Natural Hair

Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow

Many naturalistas start off their hair journeys by cutting off their relaxed strands. As they rock their TWAs with pride, many begin to crave length shortly after and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Natural hair bloggers, the web over, are proving coily hair can grow just as long as any other hair texture. 

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Wash and Go on 4c Hair- The Secret!

Liv writes:

My name is Denise, however on Youtube and on the online community I am referred to as Liv.  I am writing because I have reached a milestone in my natural hair journey and wanted to share it with the world! I have been natural for 4 years and have yet to successfully achieve a Wash and Go on my 4B/4C hair. They never seemed to work for me due to extreme shrinkage, frizz and lack of definition. However, I finally created a technique that combats all of those factors!  I want to share with the natural hair community that it is possible to successfully achieve a wash and go on 4B/4C Hair!

Type 4 Hair- The Lies They Tell.

Photo Courtesy of Natalie Live

When you dip your toe into the natural hair world you will quickly find that there are many "rules" and "commandments" - and we know we have published a lot of them! - but there are a few common beliefs being repeated in the community that, simply put, are false. Here are 4 of the most common lies about coily, Type 4 hair.

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Curly Only While Wet? Type 4 Wash and Go Tips!

Photo Courtesy of Natasha Leeds

Achieving a wash and go on Type 4 hair can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re doing. It is even more challenging if you are trying to use the same products and technique as someone who does not share your curl pattern. The first thing to note is whether your hair actually has curl definition. Anyone can do a wash and go, but not everyone can create natural curl definition. Curl definers can only enhance what you already have. If your hair is curly while wet but frizzy when dry, then this can eliminate your problems.

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How to Get Shiny Flexirods on 4C Natural Hair

Watch as DiscoveringNatural shows us how she achieves shiny, frizz-free flexirod sets on her 4b/4c natural hair!

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Top Hairstyles and Products for Type 4 Natural Hair

Do you have Type 4 hair?
Type 4 can range from fine to coarse with lots of individual strands densely packed together. This type is very delicate, so some women with this curl pattern often fear too much manipulation, which need not be the case. Type 4A hair is a coily springy type of strand with the pronounced “s” and the circumference of the spirals are close to that of a crochet needle. This curl pattern experiences a lot of shrinkage. Type 4B has a tighter coil that is more of a “Z” than an “S” pattern that bends at sharp angles and often has a cottony feel or texture. This curl pattern retracts up to as much as 75% of the actual hair length. Type 4C can be with or without curl definition. It also shrinks up to 75% and can range from super fine to wiry-coarse and is quite delicate.

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Coil Defining Techniques For Type 4a Hair

 by Amanda

Three years ago, I never thought that I would have become a wash and go natural, and now I know that was because of my poor technique and the length of my hair. Wash and go's are nothing short of amazing. They are by far the lowest manipulation style that works for me. There is no need to set anything at night and I never wake up with matted hair in the morning. This is as lazy as it gets, and I love it! Now, I do want to preface my tips by saying that if your hair does not naturally have definition, which can be observed while the hair is wet, then there is nothing for a curl-defining product to capture. If you are still yearning to be a wash and go natural, here the steps I use to achieve my defined wash and go.

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For Girls with 4C Hair when their Love for Coils Ain’t Enough: Trimming

by Jamilla via AroundTheWayCurls

I used to run from them as a child. I mean, make a b-line for the closest vacancy or excuse to change the subject. As soon as someone tried to s-p-e-l-l the word I would immediately remember the homework I needed to finish or the laundry I just had to do.

Trims, man. I do not have fond memories.

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Tips for the Perfect Perm Rod Set on 4C Natural Hair

by Kanisha Parks of

4c naturals often stray away from certain styles for the fear of frizz or that they won’t turn out right. Always remember that you can (and should) try any style you want! Perm rods are a great, heatless way to achieve beautiful, bouncy curls. This was Dephne Madyara‘s first time trying this style, and the curls came out soft, shiny, and super defined. Here are a few tips to ensure perm rod perfection:

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Flawless Roller Set Tips for Type 4 Natural Hair

by Amanda

Oh how I love a good roller set! It is perfect for any occasion: date night, winter ball, interview, and walking the dog (yes, that too). The best roller sets are achieved on freshly washed, wet hair with freshly clipped ends for a polished look. When your hair set with the right technique and products, the hold is relentless.  PRoy shows us how she creates a voluminous roller set on her beautiful amethyst tapered cut.

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Curl Defining Methods for 4c Natural Hair (Does CG, Tightly Curly & Maximum Hydration Work?)

my hair after using the Tightly Curly Method

So the new buzz is the Maximum Hydration Method,  which claims to define curls in hair with no visible curl pattern and in hair with low porosity (hair that doesn't easily absorb water/moisture and products sit  on top of strands).  In summary, for 7 days, you consistently infuse moisture into your hair morning and night.  For a lot of naturals dreading wash day, this seems like a lot of work. It may or may not be so depending on your hair and your current regimen.  So the question on most Nigerian naturals' minds is will it work?

There are three popular methods for defining curls:

- Curly Girl Method
- Tightly Curly Method, and now
- Maximum Hydration Method

Below you'll find descriptions and highlights of each method, along with their pros and cons, and my personal experiences.  

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Fostering Healthy Growth in Type 4 Natural Hair

by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

For new and experienced curlies it can often be difficult to develop a hair care regimen that is beneficial the needs of your hair. There are so many resources available to gather information from and making sense of everything can be a huge task. Women with type 4 hair can often find it challenging to manage and care for their hair effectively, as well as finding the best ways to bring out their kinks, curls and coils. I have type 4 hair and, while no two hair types are exactly the same, there are enough similarities among women with type 4 hair that general hair care and styling guidelines can be discussed. If you don’t know what type 4 hair is it’s considered to be hair that is kinky or coily in curl pattern. The strands are typically very closely packed together and this hair type has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types. In terms of strand thickness the hair can be fine, medium or thick. The curl pattern can range from an “s” pattern, “z” pattern and everything in between! Due to the thickness of the strands and the way they are packed together, the hair of some type 4 curlies appear as though there is no defined curl pattern.

Tips for Short, Natural Hair

Paville (YouTube: Paville Aldridge, Instagram: Pavilleis) shares tips on caring for type 4 TWA natural hair.

1. Why so complicated?
Cutting your transitioning hair or doing a big chop is exciting, but don't overdo it on the regimens, treatments, and methods. In the long run, you may cause more harm than good.

2. Learn your hair
Whenever your hair is short, you get to figure out easier what products are working for you.

The Maximum Hydration Method for 4C Hair

by Curly Penny

The maximum hydration method was introduced by Pinke Cube, an active member of Black Hair Media, and blogger MsDeeKay has been a strong advocate of the method. It is a regimen that is mostly directed to naturals with low porosity, 4C hair to achieve intense maximum moisture. This regimen must be done every day for one week because the goal is to open up the hair cuticles so they can absorb a ton of moisture. After one week the regimen can be done every three days, but no longer stretches than that. Even if your 4C hair isn’t low porosity, give it a try! Other textures can use this method but with few adjustments. These steps must be done consecutively.

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