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Being natural for almost 7 years, wash day can be long so I love doing natural hairstyles that don’t take all day. The weather in NYC is getting nicer so that means it’s the perfect time to wear a wash and go. Naturals with Type 4 kinky and coily hair think wash and go hairstyles are for looser textures, but that’s not true. The technique is everything when you practice enough and use the right products. If you’re in need of some tips on how to wash and go natural hair, read on.
Use the Right Hair Products
Before learning the technique of achieving the perfect wash and go on kinky hair, you need to use the right products. Over Memorial Day weekend, I walked over to my local Family Dollar to pick up the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Collection from the beauty aisle. This collection is formulated with Red Palm and Flaxseed Oils which makes it rich in antioxidants and vitamins and is great for elongating shrunken natural hair. If you didn’t know, Family Dollar has the same high quality personal care and beauty brands you know and love, but for a great value. You can also save more shopping at Family Dollar by using Family Dollar Smart Coupons.
Wash & Detangle
For this wash and go style I used the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Hi-Slip Detangling Shampoo. The shampoo is sulfate free, safe for colored hair, isn’t thick, and lathers well. A little really goes a long way when using this shampoo. I followed my regular wash day regimen by separating my hair into four sections and used a dime sized amount of the Hi-Slip Detangling Shampoo to cleanse and detangle.
Besides keeping it moisturized, detangling is important when styling a wash and go on kinky hair. Detangling ensures your hair is free of shed hair that causes knots, tangles, and matting. To distribute the product evenly through my hair and clump the curls, I used a detangling brush after finger detangling.
After cleansing and detangling, I followed up with the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Leave-in or Rinse out Conditioner. After applying the product, I kept them in twists for a few minutes before rinsing out. This conditioner is thicker than the shampoo and left my hair soft and shiny.
Apply Your Styling Product
After washing and conditioning, make sure your hair stays wet. To start the wash and go method, I used the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding. This product helps minimize shrinkage and moisturizes the hair. It also gives a frizz-free, light hold leaving your curls popping without feeling crunchy. For extra hold, you can also use the Curl Stretch Pudding with the Styling Gelee.
How to Maintain a Wash and Go
Knowing how to maintain a wash and go is just as important as creating a wash and go method. To maintain a wash and go, use a satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase to keep your curls in place. To refresh your wash and go style, spritz you hair with some water or leave-in conditioner spray to reactivate the curls.