What’s a Wash and Go?

Is there a such thing as a Wash and Go? I mean come on, there are literally so many steps after you wash and before you go anywhere. We all know them and have seen them all over YouTube and IG. Saturate your hair, apply a leave in and curling cream, and then get your gel. Smooth on the gel and manually rake, or shingle, or shake, or whatever you got to do for those nice bouncy kinky curly fros. You can use a diffuser to hasten the process and add moisture, you can use the tension blow dry method to elongate the curls and coils. There are so many ways to get this style to work out. . . Why is it that this ‘wash and go’ has never worked out for me? I’ve raked, shaked, and baked and always end up with shrunken coils that are now coated with gel.

*Inserts failed attempts*

I’d given up on them for years. We shall not serve what doesn’t serve us, right? But following my Bentonite-ACV clarifying wash, I was encouraged to try again. The wash left my hair so soft and defined! I was seeing coils I didn’t even know existed. I set out for my wash and go. First, I followed up my clarifying wash with the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Hydration Masque. Rinsed it out and was ready to go.

Products Used:

  • Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave In Curl Milk

  • Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

  • Eco Styler Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Gel

I saturated my hair with the moisturizing products, to prevent dryness, then worked the gel into my hair. I didn’t use the conventional wash-and-go methods this time. They’ve never worked for me in the past and I wasn’t ready for the disappointment. I decided to try light finger coils. I would define my coils little by little for the coiled fluffy fro effect. I loved the final results. My coils were poppin and I was finally seeing wash and go definition!!

A Couple Things…

  • The smaller the section you grab, the more finger-coiled look you will get. I worked on medium sized sections for a fluffier look

  • I stretched the style at night using the banding method. I added volume each morning using a pick

I tried this coiling Wash and Go method on myself and my sister. We both have type 4 hair. Mine, pictured above, is thicker and more coarse than hers. She has a finer, softer texture. I would classify my own as 4c and hers as 4B with hints of 4c in there. Check out the method and the results on our YouTube video below! Don’t forget to subscribe!!

Sadly, the style was short lived. I found myself constantly hydrating and moisturizing my hair for fear of my hair loc’ing up, after all I did use the finger coiling method. By day four, I cracked and began to take them down. To take down the style, I untwisted each coil individually. I saturated my hair with a water/detangler mix (I was very generous on the ends) and carefully began. I unraveled the coils from the base and gently untwisted as I worked my way down. Being gentle is very important here! Leaving our hair in its coiled state leads to inevitable knots and tangles. You want to be gentle to avoid tangles and breakage.

In retrospect, the style probably could have lasted longer than four days. I kept the coils moisturized to prevent drying and loc’ing. If I’m going to be honest, I think I will be going back to my hiatus on Wash-and-Go’s. This style was fun and I haven’t seen my hair so coiled and fluffy like this in a long time. Between the finger coiling and take down, I manipulated my hair way more than I like to in the span of a week.

Comment below and let us know what you think of this Wash-and-Go method! Will you be trying it? Have you achieved a wash-and-go on your hair without having to coil?

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