The wash and go is, hands-down, my favorite natural hairstyle. In fact, it’s the most protective style I wear in my hair. I have to admit, however, that it took me some tries to perfect my wash & go method, but it was well worth it.
And I want to share some tips with you!
Please note that these tips are things I do to get my perfect wash and go. I will describe my hair below so that you understand the strands I’m working with. Also, take these tips and try them, but you will probably have to tweak them a bit to get the perfect wash and go for YOUR hair.
Don’t give up. If one thing, or one product doesn’t work, try something else until you figure out what works. Natural hair is about trial and error – usually a lot of error – until you find your style method.
Okay, ready? Here we go…
When I originally started the ‘Ask Me About My Hair’ blog in 2012, it was simply to share my journey – what I was using on my natural hair, how I cared for my natural hair, and tracking the health and growth of my natural hair. I didn’t know you could blog for money, and I certainly did not intend to make a living from it. Just like my natural hair care, the blog was a hobby.
I loved that blog and was constantly evolving it to make it better, cleaner, more informative for my readers. I wanted to share as much knowledge as I could as quickly as I could.
More natural hair blogs and vlogs started appearing, as if coming out of hyperspace. As I read and subscribed to other blogs, I wanted to update the look and feel of this blog while still keeping its individuality; so I did. I fell into the trap of accepting sponsored products for reviews, and soon my social media became a place for showing new products and highlighting companies. Granted, I was using all of these products, but I was also becoming a product junkie. And a social media junkie: I was tracking stats and following popular YouTubers and Instagrammers wondering why I wasn’t as popular or had as many followers than they did even though I was the veteran blogger. I became obsessed…
I am a born-again natural hair product junkie… a reformed collector of conditioners, shampoos, creams, and gels. And since finding my staple product and strict wash & go routine, I’m starting to wonder if it has ever been the product or the actual process that has given me the results I have either loved or hated.
For the entire summer I have worn a wash & go. And I finally perfected the style enough to where I have loved rocking it, and have been able to wear it for days at a time. I always wash and style in the shower, and then apply my gel while still in the shower with my strands soaked and dripping. I get better slip, better coverage, and no drippage when I get out to lightly shingle for more definition. Plus, I found that this has actually drastically decreased the styling time and given me more wear from one style. Shaking it throughout the day while it’s still wet gives me the shape and clumped curls that I love so much. Needless to say, my hair has thrived and my wash & gos are now my favorite style.
So this question popped into my head when the hubs and I were discussing my last wash and go and the results that I raved about. It was a Saturday and I washed before going to church. We’re driving and he looks over and reminds me, “don’t forget to do your shake thing.”
LOL! He’s learning!
So I did – shook my hair while in the car. He then complimented me on how nice my hair turned out and how much it’s grown, and I thanked him, glanced in the mirror, and wondered aloud if it actually looked the same as the last wash & go with a different product. He agreed that while wet, it actually looked the same as it always does.