So first things first (I’m the realest lol) okay seriously…PRODUCTS! So currently my products of choice have been:
- Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner (I use as both conditioner or for co-washing because it has great slip) (HERE)
- Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave-in detangling treatment (HERE)
- Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Style Setter (HERE)
- Cantu Define & Shine Custard (HERE)
- Coconut Oil (HERE)
- Hair Clips (HERE)
- Wide Tooth Comb (HERE) or Denman Brush (HERE)
The steps that follow will explain how I get my hair to last for 5+ days using my wash and go method
So first I hop in the shower and let the water run through my hair. Once my hair is soaking wet, I apply an ample amount of conditioner all over my hair and this allows me to section off my hair. I tend place my hair into 4 workable sections (2 on each side). Sectioning my hair helps with even distribution of the product and it also helps with the detangling process.
With my hair completely saturated with conditioner, I’ll start with my first section and gently massage my scalp as if I were shampooing my hair. For those who don’t know this is called co-washing (washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo). Then I take my wide tooth comb and gently comb from my ends and work my way up and I repeat this step through all the sections of my hair. Detangled hair equates to a successful wash and go. So whether you prefer using a denman brush, wide tooth comb, your fingers or a combination of the sort, you should always detangle your hair to get rid of any shed hairs and knots. Once my hair is tangle free, I finish taking my shower and then rinse out the conditioner in each section.
Depending on my mood I’ll either stay in the shower and apply my products (what I usually do) or I’ll do it outside the shower and make sure I have a spray bottle of water on deck. Staying in the shower is just easier for me because if a section of my hair gets dry I can easily just re-wet it right then and there (plus I love taking long showers lol). Right, so the conditioner has now been rinsed out of each section of my hair. Next I’ll grab my Camille Rose Naturals Leave-In detangling treatment and apply an ample amount to each section of my hair, by smoothing it down the length of my hair. I love this leave-in because it helps to prevent tangles and also tames tangled hair.
Once I’m through applying the leave-in to each section I then apply the Camille Rose Naturals style setter to each section, using the same technique of smoothing the product down the length of my hair, starting from root to ends. Now I absolutely love the style setter because of how silky and smooth my hair feels when using it and also how hydrated and pillow soft my hair feels after using it.
My product of choice for hold is Cantu’s shine and define custard. When applying the custard depending on how much definition I want I’ll either apply the custard in smaller sections if I want very defined coils, and if not I just apply it in the four sections that my hair is already in. I like to apply the custard onto wet hair because it makes application much easier and I just smooth the custard onto my hair exactly how I applied the previous two products. I start from the root of my hair (so my roots will stay flat) and then drag/smooth the product down the length of my hair. I apply the custard using the prayer hand method (placing hair between the palms of your hands and pulling away). I know many naturals rake the product through their hair but I find that just smoothing the product works better for me (so do what works for you). If I feel like my hair is getting too dry then I’ll either quickly run my hair back under the shower or if I’m outside the shower I’ll use a spray bottle and spritz water over the sections that are getting dry.
Once I’m done I add coconut oil to my hands, flip my hair and begin to scrunch my hair with the oil. Scrunching is when you gather sections of your hair in your hands and gently squish it in an upward motion. This helps to encourage curl clumping and will also help to release the holding cast from the custard so my hair doesn’t have that dreaded crunchy feeling. Then I literally flip my hair from side to side a few times (or sometimes a whole lot of times lol) to help activate and separate my curls. Then I just let it air dry. If you however, have access to a hair drier or a blow drier I am not against that either, I’m only against excessive heat. As long as you are using cool air or low heat with either of these tools it’s perfectly fine. Oh and lastly refrain from touching your or from manipulating your hair…basically just leave your hair alone if you want to achieve a well defined look, with minimal frizz.
Once fully dried, if my hair feels crunchy I’ll stretch my hair a bit, by gently pulling on it in large sections. This helps to break the bonds from the gel and helps stop that crunchy feeling. If my hair is looking a little flat then I’ll flip my head down and use the pads of my fingers (not the nails) and rub them against my scalp to help separate the curls at the root to cause a little bit of inside volume under my hair, then I’ll flip it back up and TADA!!!! As the days go by my hair gets bigger and bigger and much fluffier without looking dry and frizzy.
What I’ve realized is that my thick coily hair loves to be layered with products for my wash and go’s. This may or may not work for you depending on your hair type and density. Feel free to give it a go, if you have thin, lighter hair don’t be as generous with products as I am. For thicker hair types then load it up!!! & although I am loving these products right now, it doesn’t mean you are limited to these exact things. All you need is a leave-in, a moisturizer, a product with hold and your oil of choice, and this combination always get my hair super moisturized and super defined without having crunchy hair.
Since I am a wash and go type of gal, nightly maintenance is pretty important to me especially if I plan to rock my wash and go for the majority of the week. I sort of pineapple my hair nightly. I either place my hair in a loose high ponytail to help prevent my curls from being flat and lifeless in the morning or I’ll tie it up loosely in a satin scarf. The following day, I’ll take my hair down, and begin flipping my hair back and forth, alternating between hanging my hair upside down, shaking it to the left and switching over the right, this encourages the curls to separate from one another. I then flip my head up to normal and fix any stray curls into place and use my hands to fluff any areas what still look flat. By day three or four I’ll spritz my hair with a mix of coconut oil and water just to bring back some life to my curls.
I hope this helps anyone not sure of how to do a wash and go or gave you some insight on how I achieve my a long lasting wash and go! For a much more detailed version of my overall hair routine feel free to check it out HERE! Talk soon NaturalLeeders!