Being a natural is something to be very proud of because in today’s world, the natural elements of who we are don’t get celebrated enough. It is something to take that step in your life and say “no more chemicals, I’m going natural.” It is definitely a process and can test everything you thought you knew about yourself, but if you can make it through the ransition stage, you can make it all the way. And once you do get to the place where your hair is healthy and beautiful in its natural state, there is something that you will want to master that countless naturals have learned to do flawlessly – the wash-n-go.
It is probably the easiest hairstyle for a natural to rock, but it also one of the hardest to perfect. You can get out of the shower with your hair looking amazing only to suffer from shrinkage, dryness, and more an hour later. Believe it or not, there are all kinds of tips and tricks you should learn if you really want to get to a place where you can walk out of your house, confidently, wearing a wash-n-go. From products to technique to method, there are things you can incorporate that can help you better manage.
So, if you haven’t quite gotten it down pat and want to be amongst the scores of naturals that can wash and go, here are some tips on how to accomplish that hair goal.
The Right Shampoo
All hair cleansers are not created equally. There are some that work better than others and knowing which they are comes down to knowing your hair. Understanding how it functions will help you choose the right shampoos, which serves as the foundation for a killer wash-n-go. I like Shae Moisture’s line of porosity based shampoos and conditioners because they affect your hair according to its porosity.
The Right Method
One of the ways to maintain your curls’ pattern right out of the shower comes down to how you dry your hair. Most folks just use a regular bath towel to remove the excess water from their hair after washing and rinsing it. There is a growing trend, however, where naturals are drying their hair with a plain cotton t-shirt. This method is said to retain the curls better as well as the moisture in your hair. Most of those that use this method tie a long sleeve cotton tee around wet hair for about 15 minutes then let it air dry.
The Right Leave-in Conditioner
This is one of the most important (some argue the most) aspects of nailing the wash-n-go. You want to get something that is going to set your hair in just the right way. The product should be one that leaves your hair soft, shiny, moisturized, and in place. The leave-in conditioner also serves as a sealant, so it’s pretty important to make sure you get one that functions as such. This aspect of the process is trial and error as you may have to go through a few leave-ins before you find the one that really works for you. Nonetheless, to give you an idea of what’s out there, Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls, Shea Moisture Curling Souffle, and Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner are some good places to start.
The above are basics that will serve to give you a nice wash-n-go. You can also use a blow dryer in a low setting to help set your curls. This is especially true for those whose hair is more prone to frizz. Another important thing to remember is tying your hair at night. It’s not a good idea to just go to sleep without covering your head. Make sure to use your silk or satin scarf to maintain your hairstyle.
Having the best wash-n-go is within your reach so make sure to keep these things in mind.