This post covers two professional voices on how to have the most effective wash and go experiences by MNHE bloggers: KROOTS & SAMANTHA ARNOLD)
Today I felt like talking about how to wash and go natural hair. I have struggled with over the years of me being NATURAL. I’m watching videos of these fantastic women hop in the shower, and throw product on their hair and curls are POPPIN. I mean they get in the shower, wash hair, and by the time they step out its DRY. (MIND BLOWN right)
How To Do The Perfect Wash?
Well, I’m here to tell you with majority 4a hair, I don’t appreciate the deception. I have to detangle and wash, and prep and soothe and sit under a dryer to get any results until I started to come up with a REGIMEN that works for ME. I understand how sometimes reading tutorials could be a bit difficult so I will gladly do a short tutorial for you guys, but I need a bit of FEEEEEEDBACK..so comment and let me know if you all would like that and I’ll get it DONE.
TAKE YOUR TIME
First and foremost, you want to TAKE YOUR TIME. I can not just hop in the shower and throw on some conditioner, and then I’m done. I have to make sure that I thoroughly and adequately wet my hair with warm water…so it takes a minute for my hair to absorb ANYTHING.
After my hair is drenched I proceed with co-washing or Shampooing, but more than likely when I am styling my hair in a wash n go I am co-washing just so that my curls are more manageable. Next, I make sure to work in SECTIONS.
I feel it is super important to work in smaller sections! Working in sections allows you to prevent any unnecessary breakage as well as making sure you cover all of your strands with a product. On a regular wash day, I put my hair into four large sections and keep my parts for when I begin to style.
There are so many gels and curl defining products to choose from that sometimes you end up settling for the WRONG one. I have tried conditioner only wash n go (BIG NO?for my hair type and texture) Ummm…I have also tried the LOC method (Leave-in Cream Oil) the results were ehhh so so.
I have noticed that when I DO NOT use a gel of some type my hair will be a frizzy mess, so I HAVE to add a gel after using any leave-in and DAMN GINNA!!! The results afterward are nothing less than AMAZING.
I make sure that my hair is divided into four sections, spritz more water on that section before applying ANY product.. of course your hair doesn’t have to be drenched IDK who invented that method but as long as it’s dampened with water so that the products are somewhat pliable” WE GOOD.”
Starting with the back section, I apply my leave-in conditioner thoroughly….(PAUSE) I also DO NOT use any styling tools when I style in a wash n go, by all means, you can use whatever you’re comfortable with I love using my ten fingers.
Apply for my Leave-in, and Finger detangle, making sure my curls are defined and clumping together. Next, I will follow-up with a defining cream and finally the GEL, I don’t add oil until the next day when my hair is 100% dry… The method I choose to define my curls is called the RAKE n SHAKE method. I honestly haven’t tried any other pop-up, but there are tons of different ones, pick what works best for you.
Yaky hair extensions for a great looking blend.
Let it Dry..let it dry…
So, how many of you hummed the title in the Frozen “Let It Go” tune..(you my friend are on my level) but on to drying. This is important… this defines your results TREMENDOUSLY!!! You can either sit under a hooded dryer for however long you would like, or you can do the method I choose… all my AIR DRYERS STAND UP!!!! That’s’ why I make sure to do a? wash n go on a weekend (Sunday) to be exact.
KEEP YOUR FINGERS OUT OF YOUR HAIR…ESPECIALLY IF IT IS STILL WET! Trust me I feel you, who knew your curls would be banging like that..you have to fix that curl that is frizzing up…oh wait this curl isn’t perfect.
SIT DOWN ALL THE WAY!!??
I promise if you just let your hair dry 100% you can touch it all you want but don’t forget that OIL.. when I?take my time my style will last me anywhere from 5 to 7 days. Now my nighttime/bedtime routine is a different post. (:
Before I end off this blog, I do have a wash n go tutorial on my youtube…I don’t have a URL but if you go to the search bar and enter MSKINKYROOTS .ill pop-up..while you’re there subscribe who knows..maybe this will jump-start me into being a YouTuber??!! (nahhhh)
Finally, after some practice, I was able to achieve impressive definition with little to no frizz and yes in my eyes ill never be able to make and wash n go, but I’m okay with a wash, define and dry. Be sure to check out these fantastic 4a bundles available on my natural hair extensions.
Until next time,
SIGNING OFF:: KROOTZ
5 Mistakes You Could Be Making When You Wash And Go 4C hair
This section of the post was written by SAMANTHA ARNOLD
When you have thick natural coils and do not know a thing about bringing your curls to life, then this is for you.
When you do a big chop, not only can you be worried about not knowing what to do with your hair. You will also not sure how to style it besides merely letting it be. Well, what I wanted to do today is go through the mistakes you could be made not to get your curls to life ? if you understand these mistakes the next time you want eye-popping curls you will know exactly what to do.?
Mistake 1: How you are drying your hair
I know you cover your body with a towel when you take a shower. However, when it comes to your hair keep the towel far away. What the towel does is raise the hair cuticles, causes frizz and sucks out the moisture from your hair. Instead of dry your hair with a cotton material like a t-shirt, or if you want a towel specifically for your hair a microfiber towel works just as well. When using a cloth, this is not to make your hair extremely dry since you’re going for the wash n look. However, when the water is overly dripping on your face or blot it a bit. You want the hair to still have water in it. However, it’s okay if you need to re-wet it when styling, which brings me to my next point.
Mistake 2: Not using enough water
You need to have the hair soaking wet. So, that’s why it’s best to do it right out of the shower. If you have wondered why do you need super soaking damp hair, it’s because your texture is more natural to work with when it’s wet, so styling during this stage can give you the best results. Don’t apply the product on dry hair because the curls will not come out where your hair is dry. When working on certain parts of your hair, it’s natural that other sections you haven’t touched yet will become dry. You want to have a spray bottle with water next to you to get the bare spots wet again.
Mistake 3: Not patient
I know you hear the word wash n go. But frankly, wash n go is anything but a quick process. It takes at least 50-55 minutes to activate your curls. You have to take the time to do it to get some great results. If you do not have patience, it will not come out how you want it too. If you take the time to do it, the style can come at last up to a week.What you want to do is take small sections, curl definer gel and curl it around your finger to activate it. When wrapping it around your finger, it’s considered the coiling method. It’s going be able to clump several strands of curls for a more noticeable pattern. The more you practice, the faster you will get when it comes to this method.
Mistake 4: Not the right curl definer
In anything when it comes to your hair has the right product can make a world of difference. I want to make sure that you get a styling gel and not edge control. A lot of women think the extra hold gel can give them better results when trying to enhance their curls. My faves that have work wonders when it comes to getting an excellent curl definition are the curl definers from Aunt Jackie like curl boss or don’t shrink flaxseed gel that you can find at your local Walmart. Take this curl definer in small sections to be able to wrap each curl around your finger. If you do not have enough hair to be able to wrap it around your finger. What you can do is take the time to put the gel on each section of your hair and use the Denman brush or a comb to get your curls more defined. So water mix with the gels above is what’s going to help with the curls popping out.
Mistake 5: Limit hands in hair syndrome
When your hair is drying, don’t mess with the hair at all. Of course, we would recommend air drying, but when it’s cold, or you don’t want wet hair going outside, there are other options. You can blow dry with a diffuser, sit under a hooded dryer on low or medium heat. When your curls are popping, please leave the hair alone for it to last a long time. I know it can be hard to resist when looking at your curls but do not play with your hair. Be aware of the times when you’re bored, or you can quickly be touching your hair without realizing it. Remember to have your hair last you can use a bonnet or have a silk or satin pillowcase. To refresh your curls, use a refreshing spray and begin to fluff where it’s needed.