Hiiiiiiii loves! Yes, it’s been quite a while, but in my defense, there’s been a lot going on. Anyway, today I’m coming to you guys with a guest post from one of my awesome friends, Lysa! I met her when I was starting undergraduate study and she’s remained a really good friend. She was natural before I ever thought about going there and rocks it with no qualms! She can rock any style,
but my favorite by far is her wash and go.
Her wash and go’s are literally bigger than life LOL the shape, the size, everything about them gives me life eternal LOL
I asked her to quickly tell us what she does to achieve said wash and go’s and here it is:
Now that summer is here,( Yes ! Yes! Finally!) all of us natural sistas are looking for the secret to the perfect wash and and go . The hot weather and humididty make us want to wash our hair more often, and week long protective styles just don’t seem as appealing after a long sweaty day. As a natural who has pretty much learned through 3 years of trial and error here are my main tips to achieve the perfect wash and go.
Here are my steps for the perfect wash and go.
1. Wash your hair thoroughly, this includes the length of your hair.
It is important to to note that during summer our scalps sweat a lot more, which means that buildup will become a more constant problem. My suggestion is that during sumer months, naturals switch to shampoos that are less creamy and thick to cleansers that are clear. Usually cleansers or shampoos that are clear tend to clarify a lot more, and help to remove buildup. Some of my favorites are KinkyCurly Comeclean and Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle shampoo (both are sulfate free). For me this makes a huge difference in how my wash and go comes out. Often naturals are hesitant of cleansing their hair well, especially their ends, but when you use a lot of creamy products or gels as I do you must make sure that you get rid of buildup. If you do not wash your hair thoroughly buildup will create a very frizzy, messy and tangled wash and go.
2. Condition/ deep condition/leave-in conditioner
This extra step can make a huge difference in how your curls or waves pop. Make sure that you do not skip this step. I normally apply conditioner and cover my hair with a cap for 10-30 minutes based on how much time I have, to allow it to absorb into my hair . Favorites:
Kinky Curly- Knot Today (leave-in staple, sometimes I use it as a cheat conditioner, detangler, and leave-in all in one)
UNA Intensive Protein ( Deep Conditoner and Protein Treatment)
Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration ( My light conditioner and go -to detangler)
I cannot stress how important this is for a wash and go. Detangling is necessary so that your leave-in conditioner and styling product distribute evenly throughout your hair. Your products must distribute nicely from your roots to your ends. Skipping the detangling process will leave you with a tangled, frizzy mop. Personally I alternate between finger detangling and using a comb, both work well.
4. Use the appropriate styling products and amounts for your hair type, and follow the directions!!!!!!!!!
As a natural is it is important to know your hair type, meaning, fine, thick or coarse. This will determine what styling products will work best for your hair. My hair is thick and coarse therefore, the best styling products for me are gels and custards. My hair needs a strong gel that will define and hold my curls, as well as protect them. My favorites are KinkyCurly Curling Custard, and Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. I have been using these consistently because they are trusted staple products, I can trust that my wash and go will look exactly as I hope because I stick to the same products. Do not use the products the way that you feel you should use them, the manufacturers of these products have tested and come up with the directions for use for your benefit. It is wise to use them as intended. Some gels or custard products will advise that you apply them on wet hair, section by section using the “rake method”, it works!!
5. You’re Set! Now keep those little monsters out of your hair.
You have washed your hair, conditioned and detangled, applied your styling product appropriately, now you need to stop touching your hair! Continuously touching and combing your fingers through your hair will stop the cute curls, spirals and zigs from forming and setting with the product. Gels and custards work by clumping your curls together to eliminate frizz. Let your hair air dry for the rest of the day, or get under a dryer to expedite the process, once your curls are set, you should be a ble to extend your wash and go for at least two days.
That’s it! Once you have achieved your perfect wash- and- go stick to that same regimen. Remember what you used and the steps you took , this will ensure that your wash and go will always look the same, and will avoid bad hair days!
Now go and get it girl!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)