My Defined Wash and Go Routine
Nothing beats the versatility of natural hair! I went through a lot of trial and error during my first year of being natural to learn what products and styles work best for my hair. Once I conquered that, I was able to put together a routine that keeps it moisturized, shiny and healthy. My favorite go-to style is the “Wash and Go.” I love to switch my wash-and-go style between a curly ‘fro and a more defined curly style.
I constantly get asked what products I use and how I get my hair “so curly.” Today, I will be sharing with you, step by step, the products and styling technique that I use for my defined wash-and-go hairstyle. Please note that everyone’s hair is different and the products and technique that I use may or may not work for your hair.
Products and Tools
- Cleanser: Eden Bodyworks All Natural Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash
- Deep Conditioner: SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-1 Renewal System Hair Mask or SheaMoisture Superfruit Multivitamin Hair Mask
- Leave-in Conditioner: SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil’s Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave-in Conditioner
- Moisturizer: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- Styler Gel: Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
- Hair Dryers: Conair Pro-Style Bonnet Hair Dryer and Infiniti Pro by Conair Translucent Hair Dryer
- In your shower or sink, saturate your hair thoroughly with warm water.
- Flip your soaking wet hair upside down and begin applying two handfuls of the co-wash conditioning cleanser to it. Make sure to work the product into your hair and use your fingers to massage and cleanse from the scalp to the ends. I also use my fingers to comb the product through my hair which also helps with detangling it.
- Repeat this process one more time.
- After washing is complete, gently wring and shake out your hair.
- Divide hair into four sections, using your fingers, and pin them up with hair clips.
- Begin applying a generous amount of the deep conditioner to a section of hair. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to work the product into your hair After section is completely covered with product, put in into a two-stranded twist.
- Repeat these instructions until all sections are done (you will have four 2-stranded twists in your hair at this point). Cover hair with a plastic cap.
- Time to sit under the hair dryer! Set your bonnet dryer to a low-heat setting and sit under it for 20 minutes to allow the product to penetrate hair for maximum conditioning.
- Rinse out deep conditioner with warm water. While rinsing, gently untwist your hair sections to make sure that all of the product is removed. Afterwards, do not use a towel or anything to dry your hair. Keep hair soaking wet!!
- Divide soaking wet hair into four or five sections
- Starting with the back sections, apply a small dollop of SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil’s Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave-in Conditioner into a hair section. Rake the product through hair using your fingers or a wide-tooth comb; then use fingers and the palms of your hands to work the product into your strands.
- Afterwards, apply a small amount (about a dime or nickel size) of SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie into the section. Smooth and stretch the product into hair (from root to tip), again using your fingertips and the palms of your hands.
- Finally, apply a small dime-sized amount of Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel to the section, again working the product into your hair from the root to tip. Repeat these instructions until all sections are done.
- After applying the products throughout, add a side or middle part in the front of your hair for styling. I use my fingers, but you can use a comb as well.
- Back under the under the bonnet dryer you go! Again, set dryer to a low-heat setting and sit under it for 30-40 minutes. Take this time to relax, read a book, etc. Do not touch your hair! When done your hair should be 85%-90% dry (drying time may differ depending on length and thickness of your hair).
- To finish the drying process, use a handheld dryer with a diffuser attachment. With dryer on a low-heat seating, flip your head upside down to dry and shape your hair until it is completely dry. I also use this opportunity to stretch out my curls safely with the hand dryer..
- After drying in done, you can use an afro pick to lift your roots (do not comb through your curls!) and continue to style, elongate and shape your style! Also use a small amount of gel to smooth down the edges of your hair, if you’d like. I usually forget..lol!
From start to finish it takes me no more than two hours to complete this routine. I promise that it really isn’t as time consuming as it looks! This style lasts a week for me. To maintain it, I sleep on a satin pillowcase since cotton dries your hair out and can cause breakage. Sometimes I wrap my hair up in a silk scarf, but most of the time is just sleep with my hair directly on the satin pillow. Each morning, I mist my hair with water and add a small amount of moisturizer, mainly to the back parts of my hair where it tends to be drier.
I hope that you find this routine useful in your natural hair journey!