Easy Wash and Go 4c Hair Routine

Just Michelle
by Just Michelle
6 Materials
20 Minutes

Hi everyone. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how I transform my hair and get my curls more defined with this wash-and-go 4c hair routine. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Styling gel
  • Comb
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair ribbon (optional)
  • Spoolie (optional)
Adding leave-in conditioner

1. Add leave-in conditioner to your hair

For this wash-and-go routine, you’ll need a leave-in conditioner and hair gel.

This combination is what will really define your curls and it works so well for me, but you need to make sure your hair is damp first so it can lock in the moisture.

Once your hair is damp, add in a leave-in conditioner and make sure you get the back and the front so it’s more moisturized.

Applying gel

2. Apply gel to one side

Start by applying gel to the specific side you’re going to work on.

Sectioning hair

3. Section your hair

Section a bit of hair out with a comb. 

Finger-coiling small sections

4. Finger-coil the small sections

Grab the section and coil it around your finger. Then just let go. 

Finger-coiling small sections

This forms the tight curls you want. This is all you have to do for the rest of your hair. 

Finger-coiling small sections

5. Finish finger-coiling the rest of your hair

This is what my hair looks like after finger-coiling half of it. You can see the difference between the front and the back of the hair, as well as the definition that this method provides.

Even though finger coiling takes so long, the results are absolutely amazing.

Blowdrying hair

6. Blowdry your hair

You’ll notice your hair is white, and this is because it’s wet and has gel and conditioner in it.

To get rid of the white, you can blow dry your hair. You can also air dry it, but I’m too impatient to let it air dry. Air drying is good because it stops any heat damage that could happen.

Progress shot

Here’s the finished result of the drying process.

It looks absolutely amazing and isn’t sticky or anything. The gel can sometimes dry really hard, but the leave-in conditioner leaves it feeling nice. 

Combing roots

7. Comb the roots

Comb the roots to make the mini afro a little bit bigger.


8. Style

To style, I wrapped a hair ribbon around my hair and laid my edges with a spoolie. 

Blow drying edges

I also blow-dried my edges after I styled them in a position I liked.

After shot: Wash and go 4c hair

Wash and go 4c hair

Here’s the finished result of the wash day routine for 4c hair!

Let me know what you think about my routine as well as what you do differently for your own routine down below.

Suggested materials:
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Styling gel
  • Comb
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