How do you do your wash-n-go?

Yo! I have a friend who is 3c and newly natural and I mistakenly gave her very bad advice about doing a wah-n-go. I told her it was easy! All she needed was to spray with some water and seal with butter! Well, that works for me, but she ends up with a greasy, frizzy mess. Whoops.

So, as a 3c, when you wake up in the morning, how do you do your wash-n-go? She is using KCCC and KCKT and she also has a homemade cream. She would like to wear her hair out more often, especially now that it's getting warmer but she says in the morning it takes like 30 extra minutes to do. Is she doing something wrong? Is there an easier way?

BTW - she says she's a 3c, but I think she could be more like a 3b/c
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It takes me 45 minutes to do my hair. That's counting from getting in the shower to styling. But, maybe part of it has to do with the amount of hair I have too!

My typical routine is the following:

1.) Co-wash with Conditioner and Rinse out
2.) Use another Conditioner and use paddle brush to detangle
3.) Put hair in clip and take my shower
4.) Rinse out Conditioner and get out shower
5.) Put styling product in sections of my hair until all sections have been completed. Also, I wrap each section in a bun as complete so I don't mix any up and I know for sure all hair has product.
6.) Take down the little buns and pull my bangs back with a bobby pin (they are still growing out)

In my personal opinion wash-n-go's are time consuming when it comes to every day maintenance. However, it is my prefered method since I can't seem to get wet twistouts to work right for me.
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My hair's medium length, so mine goes much faster, I believe:

1. wet hair in morning.
2. cowash roots and rinse.
3. Add conditioner and coconut in 5 sections, detangling with fingers as I go along.
4. Braid each section up after product application
5. Take my shower.
6. Take braids out after shower, and shake upside down.


My hair takes about 15-20 minutes each morning. This is working for me now, but who knows what my regimen will be next month
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i haven't done a wash & go in like 8 months (whoa), but when i did, i would co wash my hair first. then i would shingle with whatever product i wanted (kccc when i liked it, eventually just a regular gel). i shook my hair often, letting it air dry for 30-45 min. shrinkage would set in during the course of the day, so if i was up to it in the morning, i would hit my roots with the dryer.
note: my hair would turn out differently every time, which is a huge reason why i don't do it anymore. plus, the tangles were a trip.
Thanks for the responses! These are all good advice! Springyhead and Naturallycurlyennvoy thanks for your routine. I will just print both your morning routines and she can see which one works the best for her.
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My hair is only jaw-length, but shrinks up to my ear-lobes when out. It only takes me 5-10 minutes to do my hair. What I do is I co-wash in the shower with Mane 'n Tail condish, then I rinse out. When I get out of the shower I put EVOO on my hair and then I put in the Mane 'n Tail condish again, but this time I leave it in. Then I just use either Garnier Frutis gel or I use Miss Jessie's Curly pudding. I gently brush the front part and add hair clips to keep my hair off my forehead :S and ta-dah
when i don't have hours to air dry and i don't want to blow dry i just co-wash with gvp paul mitchell tea trea condish rinse with cold water and air dry product free,(just a little sheabutter on my ends) this is BekkaPoo's technique and it works. when i have somewhere important to go i use sheamoisture leave in and organic root stimulator lock and twist gel.

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Wash and conditioner hair, depending on her preference detangle hair with product and let air dry or detangle and then apply product... let air dry

Honestly that's how simple my wash and go's are, wash, condition, comb and add product... takes maybe 15 mins to comb and apply product... if she's using kccc, i haven't tried it yet but it should have a good hold and keep it shiny and tamed... I personally don't think there is any need to part in sections and twist and all that just apply the product evenly and let dry
Wash and conditioner hair, depending on her preference detangle hair with product and let air dry or detangle and then apply product... let air dry

Honestly that's how simple my wash and go's are, wash, condition, comb and add product... takes maybe 15 mins to comb and apply product... if she's using kccc, i haven't tried it yet but it should have a good hold and keep it shiny and tamed... I personally don't think there is any need to part in sections and twist and all that just apply the product evenly and let dry
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I found that braiding my hair gives me zero drippies, zero product residue by the time I get out the shower. I don't know how, but it does. I mean, not one drip...
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Wash: Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castille Soap.
Conditioner: Tigi Bedhead Moisture Maniac/Suave Humectants
Moisturizers: Long Aid
Styler: Ecostyler Clear/ Vitamin E Oil
How I do my wash and go
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My hair isn't that long so it's pretty quick to prepare. Total daily time takes approx. 8-10 min.

1. Get in the shower, wet hair, no product, comb through with a big tooth comb

2. Dry with a towel but leave hair slightly wet, apply a leave-in conditioner and go.

I wash my hair once a week. Total shampoo and conditioner time 15-20 min.

1. Get in the shower, wet hair, no product, comb through with a big tooth comb.

2. Apply shampoo, rinse

3. Apply conditioner, rinse

4. Dry with a towel but leave hair slightly wet, apply a leave-in conditioner and go.
I think I'm a little different with my wash and go's. I co wash every other night before bed and I just use something to moisturize (Hairveda Whipped Clouds or just leave in conditioner) and I tie it up with a satin scarf. In the mornings, I just re-wet (which is pretty much rinsing) my hair with cool water and I apply a leave in conditioner (KBB hair milk, KCKT, KMF Whenever Frequent Use Conditioner, CD Tui Leave In - it all depends on what styling product I'm using for that day). After I apply the conditioner, I apply the styling product and I allow my hair to air dry. I have a hour and fifteen minute drive to work, so I rarely have drippy hair. I apply all the products upside down so my hair won't be so flat (even though I don't really have a whole lot of hair, so it really doesn't matter). HTH
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