I get lots of questions about my wash n’ go/curly afro, so I wanted to give you the rundown on how I achieve this look. The wash n’ go is my go-to and all time favorite hairstyle. It’s simple, easy to maintain and makes my curls POP!
I start with freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair. I then section my hair into four sections. I always work with my hair in sections; it’s a lot easier to handle.
My hair freshly washed and sectioned
Working with one section at a time, I apply Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobob Thickening Leave-In Conditioner from root to tip in a smoothing motion. I then apply my oil mixture (coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil mix) from root to tip. I follow-up with an extremely small amount of whipped shea butter and smooth it through my hair from root to tip. This ensures that my hair is properly moisturized and sealed. Lastly, I apply a good amount of Eco-Styler Olive Oil Gel and smooth from root to tip to make my coils/curls clump. The gel pretty much works as a holding agent and does a great job of defining my curls and clumping them together. I apply each product, in this specific order, to my entire head.
My hair after applying my products in sections
It takes me about an hour to finish my entire head. I know that seems pretty lengthy for a wash n’ go, but I take my time and work through my hair in sections to be sure that all of my hair strands are covered. I normally let my hair air dry (this takes about 1/2 a day) if I’m not pressed for time and just hanging out around the house. When I don’t have the time to air dry I sit under a hooded dryer for about 20 minutes and my hair is pretty much dry.
So, I’m sure the big question is how do I sleep without waking up to a bird’s nest on my head. LOL I gently band my hair, creating about 5-7 small pony-tails, making sure I don’t separate or manipulate my coils/curls too much. Since my hair is not long enough to pineapple, I find that the banding method works great for my length. I position the pony-tails strategically so that my hair falls the way I want it to when I remove them. I then cover my head with a plastic shower cap and my satin bonnet and I’m ready for bed. I’m creating a greenhouse effect by covering my hair with a shower cap. I learned about the greenhouse effect while conducting my research on natural hair. It basically entails covering your hair with a plastic cap for an extended amount of time to trap in the moisture and allow your own body heat to keep your hair hydrated. The end results are soft, shiny and hydrated hair. Many naturals swear by this method and claim that it promotes hair growth. I personally love this method; it works wonders on my dry kinky hair. My hair is naturally dry…I mean really dry…so the green house effect method keeps my hair VERY moisturized and hydrated from root to tip. When I remove my bonnet and shower cap in the morning my hair is slightly damp…just a tad bit. I remove the bands from my pony-tails, shake and fluff with my fingers. By the time I leave the house in the morning my hair is completely dry, super soft and shiny.
My day 1 wash n’ go
As you can see, the fluffing and shaking gives my hair a lot of volume and I’m left with a curly fro…which I LOVE! I band my hair and cover it with a shower cap and bonnet nightly. I fluff and shake in the morning and I’m ready to go! My hair remains pretty soft and moisturize for a few days and I don’t have to apply any additional products (thanks to the greenhouse effect). Around day 4 I apply a mist of water or my leave-in conditioner, and follow-up with my oil mixture or my whipped shea butter. I love this style so much because it is very low maintenance. A good shake and fluff are all that’s needed – no combs, brushes, etc. I can rock this style for about a week and my hair just gets bigger and bigger. I eventually end up with this:
My day 5 wash n’ go turned curly afro
The infamous curly fro!
How do you achieve and maintain your wash n’ go or afro?