So, I have a confession to make. I’ve been natural for more than three years and I had never tried a wash and go. Crazy, right?
I know, I know. I guess I was reluctant to do try it because of all the shrinkage that my hair is prone to. As shallow as it may sound, I didn’t want to look like a had no hair. It’s bad enough that without fail the day after wash day someone asks me if I cut my hair. “No, no,” I say for the umpteenth time. “I just washed my hair and it’s not fully stretched out yet.”
Well, I decided to finally take the plunge over the weekend, being that it’s still ridiculously hot in Long Beach and my window for a comfortable (read: not chilly) wash and go was, well, shrinking. See more of this staple style after the jump!
When looking for hair advice, I often consult my hair crush, Whitney (a.k.a. Naptural85) of YouTube. I followed her “MOST DEFINED Wash and Go” technique but modified it.
Basically, I did my normal wash and condition routine, wherein I divide my hair into four sections (two up top, two on the bottom), then clean my hair and follow up with conditioner, and rinse with an apple cider vinegar and water solution.
After that, I applied a liberal amount of my oil mixture (olive oil, coconut oil and tea tree oil) to my hair and scalp, running it from root to tip in a downward motion to prevent frizz. I then rinsed the excess out. Next, I applied Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie (the name of the product sounded promising) and then EcoEtyler Gel.
Naptural85 finishes her routine with using a diffuser blow dryer attachment. Since I only have a blow dryer, I pulled sections of my hair taught downward while passing the air through my hair in a downward motion. I did this until my hair was 75 percent dry. This was the end result:
It turned out cute. I liked seeing my natural 4b/4c curl pattern. Getting used to the process and shrinkage that comes with this style will take some getting used to, but I will definitely revisit this look and make it my own.
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