Natural Style Files: My First Wash and Go

The wash and go is one style I wanted to conquer. I’ve seen some great ones and not so great ones. I believe that, with proper technique, most styles are achievable.  The wash and go will not be an exception.

I tried my first wash and go last weekend and it turned out much better than I expected. It typically takes me a few tries before I get the handle of a style. Watching all those YouTube tutorials really paid off. 🙂

In order for this to be a good wash and go, I had to make my curls ‘clump’. For me, the best way to do this is with freshly washed and moisturized hair. I clarified my hair with ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo and did a protein treatment with ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. I was due for a protein treatment and they usually help with curl clumping too. I also deep conditioned my hair with steam using the African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise. Once all that was done, I got to the heart of the wash and go.

I split my hair into 4 sections: two at the front and two at the back. I sprayed each section with water to ensure it was really wet. Then, I applied my leave-in (Giovanni Direct). Using smaller sections within each section, I applied my gel. I finished up my Eco Styler gel and used Ampro Clear Ice gel for the other sections. The application was very similar to Moiyshee’s (on YouTube) wash and go technique.

Once all the sections were complete, I let it air dry. It was taking a bit too long to dry, especially at the roots. I used a blow dryer to facilitate drying.

When my hair dried, I noticed the shrinkage was considerable. However, shrinkage shows that my hair is in pretty good shape. I saw a post from the 30 Day Hair Detox that says using a hooded dryer can help prevent shrinkage. My dryer is being stored right now and it will take some work to put it together. I may be forced to just to try it out to dry my hair. Let’s hope Nepa will cooperate.
To maintain it at night, I loosely wrapped my hair with a satin scarf. In the morning, I fluffed it a bit after spraying a little water. The style lasted a few days but the gel started to flake after a while. I’m not sure if the flaking happened because I used too much gel or because of the type of gel. 😕

This was a pretty easy style to achieve. Since I cut my hair, styling has been a bit of a challenge for me. I’m not great with braids and twists. Plus, I can’t really do the styles I used to with my relaxed hair. The wash and go is something that I can do. I want to try it again, maybe with a different gel. Any recommendations?

If you do wash and go’s, how do you maintain them?