I am a year-round wash and go (wng) naturalista! I can find the love and perfect the wash and go in any season. Before you squawk, realize I live in Denver and we get all four seasons (sometimes all in the same week), so I just tailor my wng according to the weather and my mood. It is super cold out, and as we continue to break cold weather records I may alter my style to accommodate the below 20 temps, but for the majority of winter I am rocking my wng with my own regimen that works for me. After trying and loving the Curly Girl Method for almost two years ago, I know how to gain ultimate moisture, length retention, and frizz-free coils in any season. 

Wash Day

Products and Tools

Quick Points

  • I cleanse weekly to maintain a simple routine and reduce tangles.
  • I cleanse in the shower and style at the sink.
  • I do not pre-poo.

Regimen

  • Run the shower stream over your hair and gently run your fingers through your hair to help guide the tangles and tangles. I do this until my hair is completely elongated as an indication that the hair is fully saturated.
  • Part your hair in four sections and twist them into Bantu knots.
  • Scoop out a generous amount of As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner and apply it to one section at a time in a downward motion. Remember, the focus is smoothing the hair shaft and reduce tangling. Use your fingertips (not your nails) to loosen buildup from the scalp.
  • Cleanse the rest of your body and allow the cleansing conditioner to just sit you are done.
  • Remove one section at a time and lean under the shower stream as to gently and thoroughly remove the cleanser with my fingers.
  • Pour the tea rinse over your entire head. Gently massage the tea into your scalp and hair. Do not rinse.
  • Spraya few pumps of the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir into your palm with the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque and paint the mixture into your hair, making sure every single solitary strand is properly coated. Continue until all sections and strands are covered.
  • Place hair into a low ponytail, secure ends with a Goody ouchless barrette, and cover with a plastic cap for at least 15 min or overnight. For an overnight treatment, secure your hair with two scarves or t-shirts to catch any leakage.
  • Rinse the deep conditioner out thoroughly and then put hair into four sections with Bantu knots.
  • Take each section add a few pumps of SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner along with a few pumps of the elixir to shingle through each section with your fingers, Bantu knot, and exit the shower.
  • Use a t-shirt to blot excess water and product and apply Kinky Curly Curling Custard to each section, raking through to ensure gel is distributed evenly.
  • Secure your hair in a low ponytail and place a goody barrette at the ends for elongation.
  • Place a satin scarf over the top until you are ready to leave the house.
  • Remove the barrette, shake, and take my fingers into the roots and lift to bring it to life.

This is a year-round regimen that I rarely change. I do replace the deep conditioning with a protein conditioner about once a month, but I only allow the protein treatment to sit while I am in the shower (never overnight).

Refreshing

Everyday I wet my hair in the shower until it reaches its full length, add a few pumps of my leave-in and the elixir, and rake through each section before putting them into Bantu knots. I use the same routine with the gel and barrette as well. Lately I have been having success with achieving second and third day hair with the Q-Redew. The only difference to my wng during the winter is what is in my spray bottle. I normally just have distilled water and lavender oil and I add a few drops of glycerin during winter. I use my spray bottle according to my needs.

How do you achieve your wash and go?