Wash and go’s have been my go to style lately as I’ve been working out 5 days a week.
I find that it’s the best way for me to keep my hair and scalp refreshed due to my excessive sweating causing me to wash my hair twice a week. Despite the freezing winter cold, I still find that my wash and go’s have still held up and have helped me to retain moisture and length in my kinky curly, type 4 hair.
A couple of years back I remember researching how to achieve a “successful” wash and go on type 4 hair only to find that it was very rarely done and those who did it frequently used the endless steps of the maximum hydration method. After executing the method a couple of times I decided that it was way too tedious for me. I’ve come to realise that a wash and go can be done on any hair type using products that work best to keep ones hair hydrated for long periods of time and the secret ingredient to having a “successful” wash and go is loving and being comfortable with the way your hair looks without product and in its shrunken state.
Winter wash and go’s start with freshly washed hair and is completed in 4 simple steps.
I start by sectioning my hair into 4 or 5 sections and shampoo or cowash. I tend to shampoo once a week and use a cowash for my mid week cleanse .
After rinsing out my cleanser I smooth my deep conditioner thrown hair section by section and finger detangle. This process of finger detangling really helps me to set my wash and go without worrying about tangles and matting. I tend to use heat with my deep conditioning treatments and my favourite conditioners for finger detangling are the Jessica Deep Treatment, Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner or the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque.
After rinsing out the deep conditioner I still maintain the sections and more to styling. Styling a wash and go on soaking wet hair is a great trick to having a slick, smooth wash and go but it’s not a must. I often tend to style on damp hair as opposed to wet hair. I use a leave in with great slippery like the Giovanni Weightless Leave-in Conditioner. I then layer with a cream or Butter like the Keracare Butter Cream or Big Hair Whipped Butter. Also the Shea Decadence Cocoa Frappuccino Curl Enhancing Conditioner is great for long lasting moisture and definition.
Now, you could easily stop at step 3, however if you want to elongate your coils and have to longevity in your wash and go, using a gel will finish off your style with a sleek defined look. I go through each section and rake and smooth the gel in smaller sections. I tend to use Eco Styler Gel which leaves a cast over my hair that can be taken care of my gently scrunching the hair once it is completely dry. I find that a good gel can lock in the moisture like a good sealant and maintain that shine and bounce in your wash and go.
During the night I do 4 small pineapples on my hair while covering my hair with a satin lined bonnet from Afrocenchix. In the morning to refresh the style, I use my homemade spritz of water and aloe vera juice to lightly mist each section and smooth a little bit on argan oil in each section, then shake and lightly fluff and go.