I have mastered my wash and go.
Mm hmm, yep. It took me YEARS, but I have done it! 😀
Here are pictures. What do you think? Normally my hair shrinks up to my eyes. I finally figured out how to get a wash-and-go with elongation, definition, movement, and hydration. Woot!!! Below are the process, the tools, and the products I used to produce my wash and go.
My Wash and Go Process
I wish I could take credit for figuring out this process, but I can’t. I owe it all to YouTuber Kimberly Cherrell. On wash day I follow her technique, at night I band my hair with elastic ribbon, and each morning as needed I tension blow dry in sections, if desired.
The most important tip I took away from her: Be sure to apply gel to the roots of each section. It’s amazing the difference each tiny little thing makes. 😀
My Wash and Go Tools
- I use 6 Goody Ouchless Updo Barrettes to separate my old style into 6 sections before I wet my hair to predetangle and detangle.
- I use the KareCo Tangle Buster Brush to detangle section by section, but only after I have predetangled to the point where I can finger comb each section of hair. Sometimes after the KareCo Tangle Buster Brush, I’ll use my Kent 16t seamless comb to further detangle.
- I use a processing cap and my microwaveable thermal conditioning cap to deep condition.
- I use crocodile clips to put hair out of the way as I’m working on one section at a time (that is, as I’m applying gel to the one section).
- I use 4 or 6 elastic ribbon strips to band my hair overnight, for style preservation and to help maintain elongation.
- I use a loc sock -looking head covering (purchased from Walgreens) over my banded hair to protect my hair overnight.
- Only if “needed,” for elongation I use a handheld blow dryer to tension blow dry my completely dried wash and go.
My Wash and Go Products
The star of my wash and go, hands down, is a product I recently discovered as my HOLY GRAIL gel. It’s Bronner Brothers Firm Hold Curling Gel. It has completely different ingredients than most other gels I’ve tried.
This gel gives me such a strong hold that my hair can’t really tangle . In addition, with the use of this gel, my hair hardly frizzes (except at the top where I have very short hairs that naturally frizz).
On my fine strands, I must use the Bronner Brothers Firm Hold Curling Gel over a liquid spray leave-in and NOT over a cream leave-in if I want fabulous results.
Here is the complete list of products (sans any deep conditioner or protein treatment I might need that day):
|Predetangling cleanser||22nd Century Natural Shampoo Bar from moorket.com|
|Detangling cleanser||22nd Century Natural Shampoo Bar and the KareCo Tangle Buster Brush|
|Cleanser||Rhassoul clay wash such as Shea Terra Mud Poo, Naturalicious 5-in-1 Clay Treatment, or a DIY clay wash|
|Deep conditioner||Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intense Hydration Masque|
|Hydrating, strengthening spritz||DIY CurlyProverbz Ayurvedic Hair Tea (see YouTube)|
|Ends care||Jakeala Shea Amla Hair Parfait from Etsy.com|
|Wash-and-go gel styler||Bronner Brothers Firm Hold Curling Gel|
With this process, these tools, and these products, I love the way my wash and go looks . . . my wash and go lasts for days . . . and tangles are kept at bay. Yayyyyyyyyy!
Have you mastered your wash and go? What process, tools, and products do you use? Please feel free to share in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time!