My Wash and Go Routine for Defined Curls

Wash-and-Go-Routine-Defined-Curls-StylishLeeHellooooo Everyone! I know all my NaturalLeeders have been waiting on this post for quite some time, and I apologize for taking so long to get this post up. But it’s here now right? Well then…ENJOY!

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.

StylishLee-Natural-Hair-BloggerNatural-Hair-Blogger-StylishLeeWith 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.

Camille-Rose-Naturals-Coconut-Water-Collection-STYLISHLEEDepending 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.

Camille-Rose-Naturals-Coconut-Water-Collection-STYLISHLEEOccasionally I’ll end my entire wash and go process here, after applying a bit of coconut oil to my hair but if I want super defined curls then my next step is to use a product with hold.

Cantu-Define-and-Shine-Custard-StylishLeeMy 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.

Natural-Hair-Praying Hands-Method-StylishLeeOnce 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.

Natural-Hair-Scrunching-StylishLeeHair-scrunching-technique-defined-curly-hair-stylishleeOnce 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.

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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.

Night-Time-Curly-Hair-Routine-StylishleeDaily Routine & Maintenance

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.

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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!

NLee-StylishLee

24 Comments

  1. jade
    June 27, 2015 / 5:39 am

    Hair is so gorgeous!!! It looks so soft, thanks for the info.

    • July 2, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      your welcome Jade! & thank you oh so much. Just letting you know I truly do appreciate your comment and I’m so happy you stopped by. hugs and kisses from my computer screen to yours. xoxo

  2. justine
    July 1, 2015 / 11:49 am

    thanks for sharing! how long does your wash n go last?

    • justine
      July 1, 2015 / 11:50 am

      nevermind! lol

    • July 2, 2015 / 10:47 pm

      hey thanks for stopping by. Roughly my wash and go’s last anywhere from 4-7days. It all depends on the weather

  3. July 5, 2015 / 9:46 am

    Your hair is absolutely stunning! I just cut my relaxed ends off last month and I’m still trying to figure it out so I’ll definitely be trying some of these tips!

    • July 6, 2015 / 6:15 pm

      thats awesome zee! congrats of the recent cut. good luck on your hair journey

  4. Mimi
    July 14, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    Thank u for providing such a good step by step, I’m in the trial and error phase but I’m determined to find the right combo for me. Fabulous hair and site!

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:38 am

      thank you MIMI so happy you learned something here

  5. Cindy
    July 30, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Hi Natasha! When my hair dries it normally dries into a big messy ball. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can avoid this? Thanks

  6. October 2, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Thank you for the detailed regimen! If you had to cut out either the CRN Leave In or the style setter from your wash and go routine, which one would it be?

    • October 2, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Hey Jess, hmmmm I think it more so depends on the state of my hair. If i wanted more moisture and definition I would go with the style setter, and if perhaps I was looking for something a little more light weight that helps with detangling then the leave-in because it has good slip (with my hair at least)

  7. Ashleigh
    October 30, 2015 / 8:20 am

    What did you do to your hair at night when it was shorter?? and how did you refresh the next day??

    • November 2, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      I did basically the same thing when I was rocking a TWA. I refreshed my hair by just using a spray bottle filled with water and coconut oil, and spritz my hair every other day or so. But my routine was basically the same throughout.

  8. Michelle
    November 13, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Wanted to let you know I’ve been following your wash and go routine for several weeks now and it’s a winner! My hair hasn’t felt or looked this good before, and I’ve been natural for several years! I get so many questions about what I do that now I just pull up your blog and have folks copy the address. Thanks for sharing!

    • November 13, 2015 / 11:40 pm

      I can’t express to you just how this makes me feel. I’m so happy it’s working for you Michelle. Thats amazing. I wish you all the best and much more beautiful wash and gos.

  9. Yvette
    November 25, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    So I’ve tried the “Define and Shine Custard” before but whenever I use it, it leaves LOTS of white residue in my hair. I always find myself washing everything out and using something else the very next day. Have you ever experienced the residue while using this product?

    • December 1, 2015 / 8:13 pm

      I have actually. Whenever I use too much product it happens. SO either if i use too much of the custard or if I use too much moisturizer. Sometimes we can be heavy handed with products and it often happens to me too. Nonetheless the white residue has never been so unbearable that I have to wash my hair the next day. hope this helps you out a bit.

  10. Venous
    January 25, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Hello Natasha ,a friend give me your site and I like your natural look.First I must say I have short hair about 4 inc very dry could I used the same products?

    • January 26, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      Hey hun! Tell your friend thank you so much for referring you to stylishlee.com and thank you so much as well for stopping by.

      As much as I would love to say yes definitely, I can’t. The products I use in my hair are all products by brands that use only good ingredients for hair, so that is a plus because ingredients matter if you want healthy hair. So yes you can use these same products because these products are all very good for your hair.

      In terms of getting more defined curls you will have to see whether or not it works. At the end of the day you will only truly know what works and what does not work for your hair through trial and error. Thats what I did. Nonetheless I do highly recommend the brands, Camille Rose Naturals, Cantu and Shea Moisture.

  11. Lamonica
    January 28, 2016 / 1:44 am

    Hi your hair is exactly what I’m trying to achieve soft & bouncy even tho mine is thinner & fine. I recently cut my relaxed ends & researched diff techniques & products tried my first wash & go using the LOC method cantu leave in coconut oil & cantu curling cream for hold I used Eco gel…well it was stiff and crunchy I have no idea what I’m doin lol

    • February 8, 2016 / 11:14 pm

      Hey huni. I just did a post mentioning the Cantu products. It may just be of help to you. Everything regarding our hair is a learning process and it will take trial and error to figure what works for you. oh and for the crunchy curls, maybe you’re using too much gel hun.

  12. Bridgid-Ryan
    March 26, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Hi! I’m more of a wash and go type of girl too and my curls always come out best when I am applying product to soaked hair. However, the downside to this is the drying. I have a blow dryer with a diffuser that I can use but most times I don’t have time and when I try to let my hair air dry it just drips all over me in the process. How do you let your hair air-dry without it dripping water for hours?

    • April 5, 2016 / 11:02 am

      Hey love. I don’t really have any issues with my hair dripping for hours. I live in Jamaica and it is ALWAYS hot here, so my here dries relatively fast. But If I happen to wash my hair at night, I will use an old t-shirt to dry my hair a bit after applying all my products