Having curly or wavy hair presents its own unique challenges and rewards. While there are seemingly endless options for fun, versatile styles, the Wash & Go is an essential foundation for most curly routines.
Believe it or not, there really are no hair types that can’t wear a Wash & Go. It’s just a matter of knowing how to achieve the best results for your hair type. Cracking that code can be the difference between a successful natural hair journey and a long, difficult ride on the struggle bus.
To make that journey a bit easier, we’ve created a step-by-step guide on how to achieve a perfect Wash & Go.
Thorough cleansing is essential to effective moisturization. Gentle, regular cleansing removes the excess oil and product that can block moisture absorption. Moisture Detoxes™ help to remove mineral deposits and heavy build-up.
‘Squish to Condish’*
The Squish to Condish method was created and named by stylist, Melissa Stites. Try this proven technique before your final rinse. Let the shower quickly spray your conditioned hair. Cup a generous section of hair, lift towards your scalp and gently squeeze. Repeat this ‘kneading’ motion throughout your hair.
The tighter your curl pattern and the thicker your hair, the smaller the section. If in doubt, go with about a 1″ section. Use clips to make sure you don’t lose track of your spot. Apply all products to each section before moving on to the next one.
For maximum ‘curlage,’ you must keep your hair wet while styling. And we mean dripping wet, not damp. If you are not able to apply your products in the shower (preferred), we recommend misting as you go to keep your hair saturated. Because it takes time to apply our products, you will need to re-moisten the hair as you go using a spray bottle.
Some of you may be able to use your Definer as your ‘One and Done.’ For those that also require a separate Moisturizer, apply it first before anything else touches your hair. For best results, flip your hair over and apply your Moisturizer to saturated hair with a ‘praying hands’ technique.
Your preferred moisturizer should be the first leave-in that touches your hair. Moisturizers are designed to draw hydration into the hair shaft – this is the magic moment when your curl will ‘pop’! Oils and gels are film formers that can block moisture from penetrating into your hair.
Create a Cast
If you want your definition to last for more than a few days, you’ll need to lock in the curl with a Definer. Which one you choose will depend on your hair type – be sure to check your product recommendations to see which one is your best fit. For looser textures, apply this product with ‘praying hands’ as you did with your moisturizer. For tighter textures, apply after your moisturizer and before your sealant.
Handle With Care
Loose curls do best when they are allowed to find their own curl families, or ‘clumps’. You can encourage this action by flipping hair over and gently lifting and scrunching your stylers towards your scalp. Do not rake through as this may result in a stringy effect.
This important step pushes moisture further into the hair and is crucial to a long-lasting wash-and-go. Simply grasp each curl family where it emerges from your scalp and smooth together with your thumb and forefinger, pulling through to the tip of your curl. Do this step as you work through each section of your hair.
Volume can be challenging for Loose Textures. To turn it up to max, dry hair at least 70% of the way with a diffuser. By cupping your hair from the bottom and lifting it towards your scalp, you can help to encourage curl and create lift at the root. To reduce frizz, avoid moving the diffuser around, but rather hold it in place for 10 seconds at a time.
Whatever you do, do not mess with your curls until they are fully dry! This includes sleeping. If you must go to bed before your hair is dry, ensure that your hair is protected with a satin bonnet or wrapped in a Versatowel™. For best results, dry hair with a hood dryer or diffuser. This prevents hair from frizzing as it dries.
Loose textures tend to be malleable and easily stretched. Sleeping with a satin pillowcase or bonnet will help prevent frizz and preserve moisture. If your hair is long enough, you can try the Pineapple method to avoid second-day bedhead.
Rome was not built in a day! Don’t expect instant success on your first attempt at a Wash & Go, but persistence pays off. Stick with it, learn from your ‘fails,’ and seek help when you need it. We’re here for you!