The Wash-N-Go. This is the first style every natural should master as it is the simplest. Now while the style in itself is simply wearing your hair in its naturally curly state the challenge for some comes with the battle to keep their curls defined. I have harvested my technique over the years through trial and error, advice on message boards, youtube videos and other blogs. This is what works best for me and my hair, your results may vary.
A WORD ON CURL DEFINITION. If you have followed me for any time you should be familiar with my motto, “F— hair typing”. I do not care about hair typing. I think it is divisive and places undue emphasis on something that is not very important in the grand scheme of getting to know your hair and what products work for you. However, this is an area where hair typing comes into play. We all have different curl patterns. Defining a zig-zag shaped curl will not transform it into a Botticelli spiral curl. So do yourself a favor. Hop into the shower, cleanse and rinse your hair, then load it up with your favorite conditioner. Step out of the shower, grab a mirror and take a look at your curls. This is the best they will ever be defined by a hair product. Take notice of the type of curls you have, it is possible to have several different curl patterns on your head. Take a picture and label it “My Wash-N-Go Goal”
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE BEST WASH-N-GO. Start with clean, detangled, soaking wet (dripping) hair. Separate your hair into manageable sections, I use 6. Take down one section at a time and apply FAVORITE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER from root to tip then clip back into place. Complete application of leave-in conditioner on remaining sections. Next, take down a section of hair, add enough water to re-wet the section and apply FAVORITE CURL DEFINER using a smoothing motion from root to tip then clip back in to place. Complete application of curl definer to remaining sections. Thirdly, remove the clips and shake your head to help reset the curls (I nod my head yes, then no, then touch my ears to my shoulders). Fourthly, I grab a bottle of FAVORITE OIL SPRITZ and mist my hair while shaking it. This helps to add shine and to eliminate the crunch you can get from curl defining gels. Lastly, the most important step, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR HAIR UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY DRY. Touching your hair before it is dry will add to frizz which is the nemesis of well defined curls. I let my hair air dry but you can sit under a hooded dryer or use a blow dryer with a diffuser nozzle to dry it quickly.
My current favorite products for achieving my best wng are: Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave-in conditioner, Donna Marie Mircacurl Curling Gelly as my curl definer and Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioning Oil. Click here to see a list of my other favorite products. A small note on mixing products from different manufacturers. Product manufacturers formulate their products to work together. Mixing and matching products from different product lines may result in unwanted side effects so use caution. (Kinky Curly Curling Custard is known not to play well with products from other product lines.)
5 Tips for Achieving the Best Wash-N-Go
- Start with soaking wet hair
- Use a leave-in conditioner to keep your curls moisturized
- Smooth the curl definer from root to tip in a downward motion
- Use an oil spritz to keep the crunch away
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR HAIR UNTIL IT IS DRY!
Check out my Wash-N-Go Routine Video
This is my wash-n-go routine that I have been using for a couple years now. While the products have changed and my hair has grown longer this method has remained true for me. If you find this method helpful, congrats go forth and share with others. If you use a different method that gives you great results, awesome good for you please leave a comment with your method below so others can learn from you. Who knows you may introduce me to something that makes my wng hair routine even better.