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
- Start with freshly washed hair (hair must be wet)
- Apply a leave-in.
- Part hair into 4 sections- ear to ear and middle of forehead to the nape. (optional)
- Apply holding product to smaller sections to lock in the curls
- Use Denman brush or your fingers to shingle and define your curls.
- 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.
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.
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
- Wet hair
- Combine bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar and stir to achieve a pancake consistency.
- Apply to hair
- Leave on hair for 15-20 minutes.
- 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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