One of my favorite natural styles is the Wash n’ Go. It’s quick, easy, and gives my curls the most definition out of any of style. It also leaves my hair very moisturized. I love this style when I want to embrace my curl pattern or just want to go a little longer without having to restyle my hair.
Tools: A couple of hair ties, a detangling brush (my favorite is the Leyla Milani Hair Miracle Brush), a rat-tailed comb, and a few hair clips.
Products: Cream of Nature Pure Honey “Knot Away Leave-In Detangler” and “Moisture Whip Twisting Cream”, OGX Beauty “Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum”, EcoStyler “Argan Oil Gel” and a spray bottle with water.
I always start my wash n’ gos right after I have washed and detangled my hair, there is no need to dry your hair because it is essential that it be wet. It is easiest for your natural curls to form when your hair is already wet and tangle free. I have very thick hair and I found it easiest to work with in eight different sections, but this can be altered depending on how much hair you have. The only part that needs to be perfect is the one at the top, I choose if I want a middle part or a side part and continue to separate the sections accordingly.
The order in which I apply the products is: leave-in, twisting cream, serum, and gel, making sure to spray my hair with water if it starts to feel dry. Because I have already detangled my hair when I washed it, I mostly use the detangling brush to disperse the products throughout my strands and for any left over tangles. I brush the leave-in and twisting cream through my hair and make sure that my ends are completely moisturized. I then run the serum through my hair with my fingers. At this point I start to see the curls forming from the products. Do not be afraid to spritz more water on your hair, it does not need to be soaking wet but the wetter, the better. After the moisturizing products are used I typically split the section I am working with in half, smaller sections mean more defined curls, and go in with the gel using the shingling method. The shingling method is running the product, in this case gel, through my hair with my hands and fingers until the curls pop up. I found this to be more effective than using a denman brush or a detangling brush and it gives me better curl definition. Sometimes the gel can have your curls looking very straight but if you scrunch them up a few times they will pop up.
I do this same method with all of the sections and by the end I have no frizz and my curls are very defined. Because it takes my hair a very long time to dry (sometimes more than twenty-four hours) I like to blow dry my roots for a few minutes before wrapping it up to go to sleep. After it has completely dried I put some oil on my hands and stretch the curls out very gently to get rid of any hard casts the gel may have left over. I love wash n’ gos because they lasts for about two weeks and as the days go on my hair gains more volume, while maintaining the definition. Towards the end of the two weeks I style it in a puff or a low bun.
Have you tried a wash n’ go? Let me know how it goes for you and I can answer any questions you may have in the comments!