As many of you out there know, everyday I wear my fro out and I love the feeling of it catching a little Summer time breeze (isn’t that the best!). Since I started growing out my hair, I’ve only had one style…the wash and go. To me, it’s the perfect method to achieve a textured afro look and it lasts for days. While the name is a little misleading, I’ve gotten my styling routine down to a science and can execute it in 20 minutes flat, which is saying a lot when you have a thick mane like mine. Here are my 5 Steps for the Perfect Wash and Go!
- Shampoo: Some of my favorite shampoos are Kinky Curly’s Come Clean and Frederick Benjamin Invigorating Cleanser. The key to a good cleanse for me is to get my hair completely saturated with warm water. I know it sounds simple, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to wash without completely saturating my hair and ended up with less than stellar results.
- Condition: The key to this step is using both a rinse out conditioner and a leave in, or a dual purpose one. After cleansing, use a super slippery conditioner like Aussie Moist Conditioner or Curly Kinks Satin Roots to detangle. And let the product sit on your hair for a few minutes before moving on. I usually finger detangle and find that I generally shed less hair and have a bit more control over each section I detangle.
- Light Rinse: If I use a rinse out conditioner, I’ll completely rinse it out and then apply a little leave in to my ends before applying a styler. If I’m using a leave in on double duty, I lightly rinse my hair underneath the shower stream while I finger detangle a bit more.
- Rake, smooth, shake and scrunch: Once my hair is wet again from the quick stop underneath the stream, I rake in my styler (these days I’m loving Curly Kinks Coil Jam). To do this I put a quarter size amount of product into my hand, rub them together and then “comb” the product through each section with my fingers (I usually rake in about 4-5 sections). Once I’ve raked in my product I put a little bit more on my hand (about a dime sized amount) and then smooth onto each section pretty quickly. Once I’m done with that I bend over forward and shake my hair like crazy. You’ll know you are doing it right when you feel like a shaggy dog! After the shaking is done, I take my hands and scrunch out any extra water.
- Fluff!: Once out of the shower, I usually let my hair air dry but occasionally I diffuse if I’m in a rush. Once I’m almost all dry I fluff with a little bit of pomade or oil that I’ve emulsified in my hands. Lately, I’ve been loving Shea Radiance Moisture Rich Hair Butter. That’s it!
What’s your key step in your wash and go routine? Please share!