Wash & Go Routine for High-Porosity, High-Volume, Coarse-Textured 4A-4C Curls (WGR13-16)
And, here's your customized hair routine for treating, cleansing, conditioning, and styling your high porosity, high volume, coarse-textured, Type 4 coily strands:
A TWA requires very little to no maintenance. Just make sure that you keep your hair hydrated between wash days.
A SHORT half-inch to 2-inch ‘do can easily be detangled with your fingers. If hair is very short, use palm of your hand to rub in circles to create texture. For slightly longer hair, twist around finger to create curls and coils.
With a MEDIUM 2-inch to 10-inch 'do you can detangle your hair with fingers and follow with a wide tooth comb. You should separate your hair into sections when washing and styling, and only need to use a quarter-sized amount of styling product per section.
A LONG, 10-inch plus, armpit to waist-length locks should be detangled in sections, first with your fingers followed by a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush. At the minimum you'll need to use two quarter-sized dollops of styling product per section. Make sure to preserve your 'do overnight.
LET'S BEGIN YOUR WASH AND GO
Pre-poo, detangle, wash, condition, and style your hair in sections to make sure that products are applied evenly throughout your hair and to avoid introducing tangles.
STEP 1: PRE-POO AND DETANGLE HAIR
Start by separating hair into four sections, then loosely twist or clip each section with hair clips.
Step 1a — Pre-poo:
Once or twice a month pre-poo hair with Curl Defining Hydrating Conditioner to strengthen strands. Apply the conditioner to damp hair. Cover your hair in a plastic cap to retain moisture while sitting under the dryer for 30 minutes. If you don not need to detangle, then rinse thoroughly. If you need to detangle, do not rinse and move to Step 1b.
Step 1b — Detangle:
With Curl Defining Hydrating Conditioner still in your hair from Step 1a, saturate your hair with water. Finger detangle your hair slowly and carefully, section by section, to minimize damage, reduce tangles, and to diminish hair loss. Work from ends to roots. When you’ve completed detangling, rinse thoroughly. Loosely twist or clip each section with a hair clip as you complete it.
STEP 2: CLEANSE HAIR
With your hair still separated in 4 sections shampoo your hair in the shower. Apply Curl Defining Hydrating Shampoo from roots to ends to wet hair. Use small stationary, circular movements on scalp to avoid tangling. Massage vigorously for about 30 seconds as the lather builds, then rinse. If your hair has extra buildup, rinse and repeat. Follow with your conditioner.
Every other wash alternate using the Curl Defining Hydrating Shampoo with the Curl Defining 5-in-1 Conditioner to co-wash your strands. The conditioner used as a co-wash provides a high-slip, hydrating cleanse without stripping hair of natural oils. Apply a generous amount of the Curl Defining 5-in-1 Conditioner to wet hair, massage from scalp to ends, then rinse.
STEP 3: CONDITION
Step 3a — Deep conditioning:
After EVERY shampoo to lower hair porosity, massage Curl Defining Hydrating Conditioner into the hair while showering, ensuring the conditioner is evenly applied. Leave in while you wash and shave before rinsing so that the conditioner deeply penetrates the hair shaft. Continue detangling your hair with your fingers to minimize damage, reduce tangles, and to diminish hair loss. Work from ends to roots. Move to Step 3b.
Pro tip: For even deeper conditioning, cover the hair in a plastic cap to retain moisture while sitting under the dryer for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Step 3b — Leave-in conditioning: For extra moisture retention, especially on your ends, rinse the Curl Defining Hydrating Conditioner lightly from your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle; you can even add more after rinsing. (This is the L in the LOC method that you will complete in Step 4.)
Then apply Curl Primer Conditioning Spray to act as as a foundation for all other styling products. Comb or finger-comb through for even distribution.
While still in the shower divide hair into smaller sections and loosely twist each section with hair clips. Place a plastic cap over hair to keep hair warm and well-saturated until you are ready to complete styling. Now your strands are primed for styling.
STEP 4: STYLE HAIR using the LOC Method to cocktail layers
Section by section layer stylers using Steps 4a through 4e. The key to getting a good set is to coax your curls into clumping. This is easier to achieve on soaking wet hair. For super defined curls part hair into smaller sections if you did not do so in Step 3b. To help the product penetrate the shaft rather than coat it, regularly re-wet sections by spritzing or misting on water while layering on product. Use enough product to get definition, but not so much that you weigh strands down or leave excess residue.
— Step 4a: Seal
Apply a thin layer of Curl Nourishing Hair Oil (This is the O in the LOC method) to your strands to ensure that the moisture remains near the hair shaft and to act as a protective layer to prevent losing the moisture to the atmosphere.
— Step 4b: Define
To define and lightly hold curls emulsify one or two quarter-sized dollops (a little goes a long way) of Curl Defining Flaxseed Gel Cream (This is the C in the LOC method.) to define and lightly hold curls. Press and squeeze into wet hair from root to ends. Clump curls using your preferred curl definition and styling technique (praying-hands, shingling, finger-raking, or Denman-brushing, etc.).
— Step 4c: Hold
For medium hold that lasts for several days apply Curl Defining Argan Oil Styling Gel. Start at the ends, then work your way up. Clump curls using your preferred curl definition and styling technique (praying-hands, shingling, finger-raking, or Denman-brushing, etc.).
— Step 4d: Hard Hold
Extend your wash and go while keeping your defined curls in place and frizz at bay by applying Curl Defining Strong Hold Gel to set and hold.
Step 4e: Dry / Set
Ensure the set of your wash and go by air-drying, diffusing, heat-drying using a hooded dryer, plopping, or banding your hair.
Attach the diffuser to the nozzle of your blow dryer. Set the temperature setting on low. Firstly, hold the diffuser near your scalp to dry the roots. Next, gently scoop small sections of hair starting at the ends into the diffuser, allowing the natural curls to set. Work up to the root gently scrunching your hair and hold. Hold each section in place for several seconds before moving onto the next section. Continue until your hair is dry. This will help your hair to curl in a way that is voluminous instead of weighed down.
— Plop: To set and speed up drying time lay a T-shirt towel on a flat surface and lean forward so your hair falls in front of your face, allowing it to pile on top of itself into the towel. Tie the sides of the towel so that it remains securely on your head.
— Band: Section hair into medium-sized, workable sections as appropriated for the length and density of your hair. Create more sections for thicker or shorter hair. Using hair ties wrap twice around the base of your section. Move your fingers down about an inch and wrap the band around the hair at that section. Continue wrapping the hair tie around the length of the section as you work your way down from the root to the ends of the section. Several hair ties may be required depending on the length of your hair. To cut down drying time blot any extra product from your sections. Repeat until all your sections have been banded. Allow hair to air dry thoroughly before removing the ponytail holders. Note: The closer you wrap the hair tie along the length of the hair the more your hair will stretch and the less of your initial curl pattern will remain at the end of the banding process.
STEP 5: MAINTAIN and EXTEND
5a: Nightly maintenance:
To get the maximum stretch from your style, prep your hair for the next day with one of these overnight methods:
— Pin Curl: To pin curl, loosely roll your hair under with your fingers in large sections and pin it down. This helps you maintain the shape of your hair and avoids the straight sections that occur using the pineapple method.
— Pineapple: Lean forward so that your hair falls in front of your face. Gather and secure hair into a very high and loose ponytail using a scrunchie or fabric covered hair tie to prevent hair breakage or hair dents. Next, standing in an upright position proceed to separate the loose ponytail so that half is on each side of your head. Wrap your head in a silk or satin scarf, or use a silk or satin pillowcase to help protect your hair from the effects of friction throughout the night.
— Multi-pineapples: For short hair too short to pull into a single pineapple on top of your head, create 2 or 3 mini pineapples. Finish by wrapping your head in a silk or satin scarf or use a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent friction. Use a silk bonnet for hair too short for multi-pineapples.
— Scarf Pineapple: Fold a silk or satin scarf into a triangle. With the scarf in your hand, lean forward so your hair falls in front of your face. To create a loose turban around your curls place the triangular-shaped scarf at the nape of your neck. Then pull the sides up towards the front of your head, and tie them in a knot. Next, pull the excess length towards your nape, and tie them in a knot.
5b: Next-day styling and daily maintenance:
No gel cast: If you don’t have a gel cast, then take your hair down and fluff. If your hair is too shrunken, use a hand drier to stretch the hair. If your hair looks too frizzy, consider separating the curls further to achieve a more voluminous look. Alternatively, pull your hair into a messy top bun or hair puffs. Finish by warming a few drops of Curl Nourishing Hair Oil between your palms, then apply to your hair, concentrating on your ends for frizz control and shine.
With a gel cast: If you do have a gel cast, then take your hair down and scrunch out the crunch. Warm a few drops of Curl Nourishing Hair Oil between your palms and lightly scrunch your hair upward to break the cast. Then, lightly pick out your roots. If your hair is too shrunken, use a hand drier to stretch the hair. If your hair looks too frizzy, consider separating the curls further to achieve a more voluminous look. Alternatively, pull your hair into a messy top bun or hair puffs. Finally, add a more few drops of Curl Nourishing Hair Oil between your palms, then apply to your hair, concentrating on your ends for frizz control and shine.
For high volume or coarse hair make sure that you don’t touch your curls after this point. Manipulate your hair as little as possible while separating the curls to keep your curls clumped together and to reduce overall frizz. To create more volume lightly pick out your roots.
Spray Curl Primer Conditioning Spray onto your strands to put some life back into your curls. Spot treat lifeless curls as to not disrupt your curls too much. Depending on the weather, revive the shape and bounce of your second and third-day curls by misting Curl Primer Conditioning Spray to strands to re-activate the stylers in your hair. Then reapply Curl Nourishing Hair Oil to seal in the moisture and reduce any frizz.