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How to Achieve a Wash and Go

During warmer temperatures, you will begin to see more naturals rock the wash and go hairstyle. Achieving a wash and go can be as easy as wetting the hair and going or wetting the hair and spending time adding product. This depends on your hair type.

Wash and go’s are worn mostly in the warmer temperatures because many naturals choose to air dry their hair. No one wants to walk out into cooler temperatures with wet hair!

Who can wear a wash and go?

You can! There is a preconceived notion that kinkier type 4 hair textures can not achieve a wash and go because there is no visible curl pattern. Type 4 hair textures usually almost always appear in an Afro like state. I have type 4 hair and was able to achieve a wash and go for the first time after doing a hair detox. I will share how to do this momentarily.

What You Will Need to Achieve a Wash and Go:

  • Holding product (mouse, gel, custards, etc.)
  • Denman Brush (optional)

How to Achieve a Wash and Go

  1. Start with freshly washed hair (hair must be wet)
  2. Apply a leave-in.
  3. Part hair into 4 sections- ear to ear and middle of forehead to the nape. (optional)
  4. Apply holding product to smaller sections to lock in the curls
  5. Use Denman brush or your fingers to shingle and define your curls.
  6. You may shake your hair vigorously to help volumize the hair – if possible. This depends on the length of your hair.

Your hair may appear white at first until your product dries. If this will not work for you, you can use a hand-held dryer with a diffuser attachment. You may also sit under a hooded dryer. I preferred to let mine air dry.  If your product dries white, you may need to try a different holding product. Applying a leave-in before the gel can also contribute to the product drying white. Before tossing your holding product to the side, you may want to try it without your leave-in to see if that could be the problem.

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I Can Not Achieve a Wash and Go

Does this sound like you? This was me years ago too. To achieve a wash and go, I had to do a bentonite clay detox on my hair. Bentonite clay is a healing ash that can remove impurities from the body. Detoxing my hair removed product build up that I did not know I had. I learned that my curls were weighed down. Doing this detox allowed me to start fresh.

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My daughter’s curls are poppin’ after her bentonite clay detox.

How to Detox Your Hair

Exact measurements will not be provided as this varies depending on your hair density and length.

You will Need:

  • Bentonite Clay
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Towels

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How To Detox Your Hair with Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar

Steps:

  1. Wet hair
  2. Combine bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar and stir to achieve a pancake consistency.
  3. Apply to hair
  4. Leave on hair for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse out

It is ideal to attempt your wash and go after detoxing. Waiting a few days to attempt a wash and go can leave room for more build up and you may use products that can weigh heavy on the curls therefor not allowing a defined curl pattern.

After detoxing my hair once, I was able to achieve a wash and go at anytime throughout the next few months. I became mindful of what products were weighing my hair down.

 The product that I used to achieve my wash and go was Honey Curl Custard by Design Essentials. This product gave my hair life!

Depending on the density of your hair, you will need to choose the right holding products to help you achieve the fullness you desire. If your hair is low density, you may not want to use a heavy holding gel and may opt for a volumizing mousse.

Wash and go’s are the “it” for warmer temperatures! Will you be rocking this style?

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How to Wash Locs with African Black Soap Video Tutorial & Product Review

African soap is beneficial for its ability to gently cleanse. It is an antibacterial and many use it to care for skin conditions such as acne.

I am always up to try natural ways to cleanse my locs, so I gave African soap a try.

 

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Is detangling your hair really necessary?

Is detangling really necessary?

Detangling can be very time consuming especially if you have thick course hair. Many have chosen to toss the combs and brushes and finger detangle while others have found an oh so wonderful brush to make their lives a whole lot easier.

It is important that you detangle unless you are wanting to transition to a freeform loc journey. Over time, your hair may begin to lock. I experienced this with my two daughters. I would wash their hair and rush through to detangle somewhat and this went on for a couple of months. Our lives seem as if they are on turbo since relocating from our country bumkin hometown to Tennessee. Taking time and doing hair was the last thing on my list of things to do.

My daughters rocked afros, frohawks and puffs for the most part. I finally took the time to go through their hair and detangle it and I trimmed their ends. Their hair looks and feels so much better. In the crown area of both of their heads, their hair had begun to intertwine. Curly, kinky hair can easily begin to lock as it intertwines.

I like to use brushes and my fingers to easily detangle my children’s hair. There are many brush choices out there. Your hair type and texture will determine which brush will work best for you. How are you supposed to figure that out? I gotcha! Hang tight.

There are different hair types and textures. You may have heard about this before as we become researchaholics when we are thinking about returning natural or just recently began our journeys. I surely did this sun up to sun down admiring all the long curly haired youtubers. I couldn’t wait for mine to get there!

Curly textures are type 3a to 4c. Type 4 hair is kinkier and more course than type 3 hair. Be mindful of the bristles on the brush and whether or not it is tugging and ripping at your hair.

Here are some brush options.

ArtNaturals Detangling Brush

This brush is one that I have personally used on my children. My daughters have two different textures. My youngest daughter is a type 3c versus my oldest daughter is 4b. It worked better on the type 3 texture best. It kept getting caught in the type 4 texture.

My oldest daughter’s hair is very kinky. She does have coils that form at the root and get lost in the afro bush as you continue down the hair strand towards the tip of the hair. This brush worked great for her.To detangle with this brush, began at the end of the hair strands and make your way up the strand towards the scalp/root.

I will give this brush another try on my daughter with type 4 hair with a conditioner that has great slip.

 

Wet Paddle Brush
This brush is one that works great for my daughter with type 3 hair. To easily detangle with this brush, part hair into smaller sections and detangle in sections. This makes the process easier and less painful due to tension for you or your loved ones.

Our hair sheds 50-100 strands of hair a day so do not be alarmed if you see hair in your brush. Take your time detangling.


Denman Brush
This brush is one of my favorites as it works great for both of my daughter’s hair types and textures. This brush can be used to achieve a wash and go style for those who have more defined curlier textures. You may say that your texture is not defined but if you notice a defined curl pattern while your hair is wet with water or covered in your favorite conditioner then you can achieve a wash and go!

If you do not notice a curl pattern when your hair is wet, try a natural hair detox like a bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar hair mask. This natural mask can remove product buildup that could be weighing your curls down. This mask also conditions while cleansing.
Learn more about it here.

Whatever brush you choose to use is up to you. What works for you may not work for others and my daughters are a great example of that. This also applies to products and hairstyle choices. We must find what works for us.

Detangling is very important if you are not ready to go on a loc journey or experience the process of cutting knots out of your hair. Taking preventative measures is important!

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Let It Go Sis

Let It Go Sis!

 

Holding on to your split ends is trouble……

Too many times I see women dealing with damaged hair as they are afraid to cut/trim it because they will lose length. They are willing to deal with the damaged hair for the sake of length. If we are so worried about length, does this not subliminally suggest that we believe it is hard to grow our hair or that short hair is not beautiful? Why do you think many Sista’s hold on to hair that is damaged for dear life?

 

When I was between the ages of 7-15 I had hair that was shoulder length and this made me feel beautiful. Long slick hair was admired by many in school and it felt good to receive compliments. I have always had long healthy growing nails. They are not long curly nails, but they grow out long, healthy and strong. My mother once cut off my nails as my sister and I got into a sibling fight and she chose to cut my nails because I left a scratch on my sister. That crushed me to the core but oh well, that is the past. So, what was my attachment to the length of my nails? What was my attachment to having longer hair? It made me feel important, worthy and beautiful. Wow! As I am typing this I can tell that I have really come a very long way in how I think about beauty and feeling important.

 

My hair began to break off around 16 years of age as my mother gave us relaxers every now and then, but she didn’t have the time to do our hair as often as my sisters and I needed due to her strenuous work schedule. My grandmother owned a salon and my mother also did hair in that salon when I was younger. I used to walk around watching the stylists do hair and my grandmother would also teach me different things like how to do waves, a jerry curl, roller sets and updos. I had to take what my grandmother taught me and apply it so that I could keep my hair up as well as my siblings. I asked my auntie if I could use one of her manikin heads and she let me use it and I taught myself how to braid. I then began to braid my mom’s hair, my sisters (sometimes) and myself. I did my own micros for my graduation pictures.

 

I began to practice hairstyles on my already damaged hair. I loved rocking a ponytail. You know that old style of slicking your hair up with gel into the center of your head and adding some weave with glue or bobby pins to the ponytail. What about those microwave curls? You know, the ones that you roll up and put in the microwave to dry to achieve a roller set look. That was the ish……until I began getting sores from the bobby pins that were digging into the center of my head. Nothing is more aggravating then having a bobby pin in your head that you can’t get to. This caused more breakage in the top of my head. Enough was enough and I decided that I should cut my hair, so I did. I cut off those split ends and ended up with a bob of some sort and would just rock a butterfly clip on it.

I believe that during that time I really let go of the long hair is the only beautiful mindset. Cutting my hair improved my growth until I started slapping in that creamy crack every 6 weeks that weakened it.

So many are transitioning to natural and one common thing that I notice when I ask them why not just big chop is their fear of having short hair. Even if it was just a matter of cutting off 2-3 inches therefor leaving a lot of hair, they still felt uncomfortable about it. They say they do not want to lose their length they have worked so hard to achieve.

So, let’s talk about how we can be our only hold up by being afraid to cut our hair in any way because we do not want to lose length.

 

Split ends can prolong your hair growth goals. Many do not go and get trimmings because they are afraid that the stylist may cut too much, and/or you are not ready to lose your length. Does the length of your hair define you as a person?

Split ends are at the end of your hair strands and it is a damaged part of the hair strand. If you do not get your trimmings when it is time, split ends can travel up the strand of the hair causing more damage to the entire strand.

I had a blow out done once since I have been natural and when my stylist showed me a picture of the back of my head, my hair was a little past my shoulders. All the hair that past my shoulders needed to be cut because of the split ends. I ended up with a bob like haircut again, BUT my hair began to flourish. I am sure if I would have gotten my trims when it was time instead of prolonging it for years, I may not have had to cut off so much hair.

Do you want a healthy hair journey? If your answer is yes, then do not be afraid to let go of those split/damaged ends. Do not be afraid to cut off the damaged hair. Well, what about those who say their head is too big for short hair (that was me in the beginning too). I would say accept and embrace yourself no matter what. So, what my head looks big! I will soon have a big ole afro to cover this big head.

We need to remove the unhealthy attachment that we have placed on what beauty is. Beauty is not just long hair. It is not just short hair. You are beYOUtiful no matter how you rock your hair! Healthy growing hair is the goal.

It is time to let go of those damaged ends so that you can experience a healthy hair journey.

 

Are you holding on to damaged hair?

Naturalista Sharlayne

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Hi, my name is Sharlayne, I’m a freelance producer and writer and I also run an art collective for POC called Project Noir. I live in London.

I’ve been natural for 2 years now. I big chopped last November and it was the best thing for my hair once I got rid of those straggly straight ends. My hair is flourishing and growing incredibly fast! I think I was afraid of looking a bit boyish, but I love my fro.

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I returned natural because I’d been chemically straightening my hair since I was 14. It was generally healthy until a bad dye job and it was never quite the same so after a bit of confidence building I took the plunge. This is my 3rd time and this time its sticking! I love straight hair too but ultimately my hair is healthiest natural.

I would tell someone who is thinking about returning natural to do it! You won’t regret it; your hair will thank you and it will literally change your whole mindset on beauty and accepting your true self.

I really have simplified my routine since going natural. I only really use coconut oil, either in a spray bottle with water or scrunched through my hair. Other than that, I have Shea Moisture shampoo and Lush R&B which smells delicious and is nice for a lil boost of moisture. I slick my baby hairs with aloe vera gel from Holland and Barrett – it’s natural and can be used on hair and skin.

My favorite go to natural hair style is a quick afro puff with a silk scarf or I wear my hair in braids.

 

 

I don’t use any heat on my hair. I scrunch it with a cotton t-shirt and let it air dry. I also finger comb as much as possible. The key is the less you manipulate your hair the better.

 

Connect with me!

Social media -@love_layne and business @projectnoirhub pics and vid attached xx

 

Naturalista Jamellia

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My name is Jamellia McFarlane but friends call me Millie. I was born in Queens New York but raise in Florida. I’m 27 and a social worker. I have been natural since Nov 2011- so 6yrs.

I returned natural because I had shaved the side of my hair and wanted to start over. I was doing weaves, but my hair was so uneven and had damaged ends, I needed a fresh start.

 

 

If someone is thinking about returning natural I would say to them that we should have never left but everybody has their own journey. When I was growing up, I was a box braids baby because I had thick hair, was tender headed, and my mom didn’t know what to do with my hair because I would always cry when it was time for it to be done. Side note, my mom has dreads currently. But anyways, eventually I begged her to perm it. Yea perms made my hair kind of manageable but also lifeless because it damages the curl pattern. Plus, if I knew how to take care of my natural hair, stopped looking at other cultures hair, and wishing/trying to reach their hair goals, my hair would be so different. Shoot I should have just locked up anyways because I was wearing braids all the time but that wasn’t my mindset, so then I became dependent on weaves until my big chop in 2011.

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I feel as black women we are creative, and weaves are as a craft to us, but we shouldn’t be so wrapped up or dependent on it that if we don’t have it, we don’t feel beautiful. Our hair DOES GROW, it just needs some patience, less expectations, as well as sun, water, and oil. We have the definition of beautiful hair.

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P.s if I would have locked my hair when I was younger, it would have been down my back by now. Probably would had higher self-esteem because my hair was a low point of me. But I’m happy where I am now, and this hair journey I’ve been on. I wouldn’t change it for anything. In 2 yrs., my hair has grown tremendously with locks. I’ve found a way to finally care it by patience, self-acceptance, and love.

 

 

I’m always down for new oils but my go to’s are Coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, tea tree, and water lol.

My favorite hairstyle is half up and half down.

 

Connect with me on:

Facebook: Jamellia Millie Mcfarlane

Ig: jahsmindgarden

Naturalista Pearline

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My name is Pearline Jean-Charles and I’m from Brooklyn New York. I have been natural since 2012, so let’s just say 4 years.

I returned natural because perms weren’t working for me. My hair was just too course for it. My hair always had a hard time taking the relaxer and  boy was I tired of getting burned.

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My advice that I would give to someone who is thinking about returning natural is to go for it and thank me later lol; but for real though, it’s a beautiful journey. Some days are easier than others but it’s well worth it.

On your natural hair journey, you learn a lot about yourself. It’s not as hard as people make it look but not as easy as people make it seem either. One more thing, don’t get caught up in how other people’s hair look. Your journey is your own.

Some of my favorite products are: Eden’s Body’s Works Coconut Shea line, As I Am Co Wash and Eco Styler gel (the pink one). These are just to name a few.

My favorite go to natural style is a braid out.

 

 

Connect with me on Instagram: Pearlsperfectlyflawed

 

 

 

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Naturalista Chinaza

My name is Chinaza Favor. I’m 20 years old and  I am 6’1Ft tall. I’ve been natural for two years and four months now. I had my hair cut because I used flat iron on my then natural hair and it got damaged so I had to start afresh.

To anyone thinking about returning natural, I advise that you don’t hesitate to do that as it’s going to be the best decision you’ve ever made for your hair. It’s also fun because you’ll be experimenting with different ingredients and the styles that you can make with your natural hair is unlimited.
My favorite products are Nature’s Gentle Touch Shampoo Castor oil and recently, I got this conditioner that I love so much, it’s XHC Tea Tree Moisturising Conditioner. Not to forget WATER.
My favorite hairstyle is ponytail, all packed to the back and Afro. There are so many tips for natural hair but I’ll give just a few; Spray water on your hair everyday, don’t comb your hair when it’s dry( it’ll break), try to deep condition your hair at least every once a month, take your hands off your hair!  By that I mean, don’t always touch your hair and lastly, avoid over manipulation of the hair and very tight hairstyles. Drink enough water, just enough.
You can get in touch with me on Facebook with the name Chinaza Favor.
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Chemical Free Natural Cleanser & Moisturizer for Hair

I did yard work yesterday cutting hedges, cutting grass and raking leaves. I was sweating bullets and branches were falling on my head. The funny thing is there was a lawn company cutting grass at a property across the street from my home and they were watching me. Whatever they were thinking, this lady handled it. I am really feeling it today though. Yes, I have a husband and he started the yard before being called into work so I decided that my son and I would finish it. I didn’t wash my hair yesterday so I decided that doing so would be a priority today.

 

I do not have any store bought shampoo in my home so I am not tempted to run to the store bought products for convenience because I do not have any. I looked at my “natural products shelf” and whipped up a concoction to cleanse and moisturize my hair.

Bentonite Clay is an absolute favorite of mine so of course I had to incorporate into my hair cleanser. I also used aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, distilled water and tea tree essential oil.

20170712_135341You may have tried bentonite clay and ended up with lumps in your bottle and maybe even on your hair but there is a way to get it to the consistency where you will not have that problem.

 

Watch as I share with you how to combine these products and use for a chemical free cleansing and moisturizing:

 

 

 

 

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