Just from the title I’m sure some of my fellow type 4 chicas are thinking, “Girrrl…you’ve got to be kidding right???” *Coughs* Truth is, I’m not. Anyone who’s had the agonising privilege of being surrounded by yours truly will know that I’ve been going on about wanting to try wash and goes for a young while now. My main reason for wanting to do so was because I just wanted to truly embrace my shrinkage and wear my hair as is without having to stretch it out to look like what some may term “acceptably beautiful”. I’ve never had any issues with my shrinkage, in fact, I believe my hair is most beautiful when it’s in its natural unaltered state – but my issue was how do I deal with it at night and the morning after? My hair hardly touches a comb unless necessary and I didn’t want to have to subject it to that on a daily basis.
Another reason it was important for me to achieve a wash and go was the fact that I had pretty much mastered all the stretched styles. It’s almost as if I went down an imaginary checklist: Two-strand twists? Check. Three-strand twists? Check. Bantu knots? Check. Flat twists? Check. Roller sets? Check. Flexi rod sets? Check. Perm rod sets? Check, check, check. We’ll continue laughing at my cornrow and African threading attempts (lol) and perhaps we may come for you curlformers but honestly, all I wanted was to enjoy my natural coily texture. For months, maybe even about a year now, I’ve found myself lustfully lingering through the hallways of YouTube as I watched almost every wash and go video I came across so you can only imagine the excitement when I finally found a wash and go method that works for me.
After my first failed attempt last year (erm, banding for who now?), I still felt determined to give wash and goes another try more recently because of this blog post by KlassyKinks. Now that I’ve sort of got my trusted method down pat I wanted to note down why wash and goes have become my best friend, there are a couple of reasons but I’ll list my top four:
I feel like “me” – not to oust anyone and as much as I love stretched styles, I feel more like me…and by this I mean the me you get when I’ve just come out of the shower after completing my wash day routine – crowned in shrinkage, that’s the real me.Getting that TWA look – this sort of ties in with my first point, but honestly, to say that I’ve been missing my good ol’ TWA days ever since I entered the awkward stage is nothing short of the truth. I can now achieve that look with a wash and go and that I LOVE!Low manipulation – wash and goes work for the lazy natural in me because I generally don’t like to fuss over my hair on a daily basis. With stretched styles I may keep my hair protected in bantu knots or flat twists during the week and only let my hair out over the weekend, and even then, the unravelling process sometimes feels like a chore. However, with wash and goes, my hair is already out, all I have to do is spritz and fluff (and maybe style if I’m up to it) and off I go.Easy peasy – true, wash and goes are not necessarily what they deceptively imply and I used to think that they aren’t for type 4 hair, they do take time and a bit of practice but once you find a method that works for your hair, it really is super easy.
I am yet to try the Anthony Dickey method which is apparently the best method for type 4 hair especially if you’re looking to get some hang time with your hair, but currently I’m enjoying the shrinkage so it’s safe to say that I’ll stay with my current method for a young while.