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Summertime is here and that means it is wash and go season. If you’ve been following me for a while you know the wash and go has been my favorite natural hairstyle. The wash and go is a very popular natural hairstyle in the natural hair movement and a great way to show curl definition on your natural texture without the use of heat. As a new natural, it became my personal preference to be my default style as it has come through for me on several occasions on wash day when I had no clue what to do with my hair. If you don’t think a wash and go on type 4 naturally curly hair is possible, I am here to tell you you’re probably just not using the right products. Here are some of the best wash and go products for Type 4 hair on the market.
Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel
When I tried Aunt Jackie’s styling products for the first time, I fell in LOVE with the Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel. Not only does it define my wet hair, but it also keeps my hair soft and defines my hair texture. I’ve NEVER had a style last longer than a day or two, but when using this product my wash and go lasted over a week!
Eco Style Gel
Eco Style gel was the first wash and go product that I tried as an early natural following the Anthony Dickey method. It is cost-effective, comes in different varieties, and doesn’t leave a gel cast if combined with the right leave-in conditioner. If you’re a product junkie it’s good to get products with more than one use and Eco Style gel can be used for hairstyles other than a wash and go. I’ve used almost every variation, but my favorite formulas have been the Krystal and Olive oil formulas.
Jane Carter Curls to Go Coiling All Curls Elongating Gel
Jane Carter’s Coiling All Curls Elongating Gel was designed to define curls and reduce shrinkage for types 4 a-c hair. The product works well on all hair types, but the line is specifically formulated to achieve the perfect wash and go for type 4 hair. If you’re looking for a tutorial on how I achieve a wash and go from the first step detangling process to the last step drying process using a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment, check out my easy summer wash and go routine using Jane Carter Curls to Go products below.
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker was inherited by one of my friends and as a product junkie, I was excited to try it. One of the main reasons was I heard excellent things about the Camille Rose Naturals brand so having a wash and go product available was already a bonus for me. I hated the Curl Maker initially because I used a lot of product, I used it in large sections, and it made my hair sticky. After a few uses, I was able to perfect my styling process and found the best way to have it work for my hair by applying it to damp hair, detangling it with a wide-tooth comb or detangling brush, mixing it with one of my staple leave-in conditioners, and applying the rake method in small sections.
Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curling Jelly
A lot of you loved my hair in Jamaica and that wash and go style was achieved using Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curling Jelly. I started using this product when it first launched back in 2016 but circled back last year since my birthday trip. This product defines my natural curl pattern, controls frizz, and provides a soft, shiny finish. For best results and added moisture, you can combine the Curling Jelly with a curl cream like Eden’s Curl Defining Creme.
Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Coil Sculpting Custard
The latest wash and go product I have used on my 4a hair is the Mielle Organics Coil Sculpting Custard. As mentioned in my Pomegranate and Honey Collection review, I did a side-by-side wash and go comparison on my hair using the custard and Curl Smoothie and the results from custard showed my defined curls better. My hair was moisturized, well defined, had a nice shine, and I was able to stretch my wash and go for almost a week.
Kinky-Curly Curling Custard
I have never used the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard for a wash and go, but it was one of the latest purchases in my natural hair haul. The Kinky-Curly Curling custard conditions, provide shine and eliminates frizz. The humectant properties in its ingredients also help to preserve moisture.
The easiest way to find out if these wash and go products work best on your hair is to start on clean hair and try them for yourself. Make sure to use the right care like wearing a satin bonnet, silk scarf, or sleeping on a silk pillowcase after doing the pineapple method to prevent dry hair and keep the curls defined. If you’re interested in using these natural hair products in your hair care routine to bring out your natural curls for a wash and go finger coils, or other curl-defining products for natural hair, shop this post below.