You hear this phrase all the time:Wash and Go.
But what does it mean, exactly? The term refers to when you wear your natural hair in its original state, free from manipulation using styling tools, braids, twists, or stretching. Ideally, you want to style your damp hair fresh out of the shower in a low-maintenance and quick manner (hence the phrase).
The Wash and Go is a hairstyle just as unique as your texture. Depending on porosity, length, density, humidity, and other factors, a Wash and Go can be achieved using a combination of different cocktails and techniques. For many of us, it’s been all about trial and error. However, it doesn’t have to be so hard to find the right mix.
Luckily, the NaturallyCurly community is here to help you get started if you are still searching for what will work on your curl pattern! Here are some ways that our community gets their best Wash and Go -- using only three products.
Flip, coat, scrunch.
- Type 2/3 wavy-curly @curlinOC uses the flip, coat, scrunch method to achieve her best Wash and Go. First, she starts with a sulfate-free shampoo (EO Essentials Lavender & Quinoa) on her roots and scalp, followed by a coconut water-based conditioner (Not Your Mother’s Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Conditioner). Then she uses a hair spray (Aussie Instant Freeze) to lock in definition.
- Type 2b/c wavy Pam trusts Bounce Curl to do the trick. First, she uses their shampoo, then applies Kinky Curly Knot Today, then defines with a light creme gel.
- Type 3a/b @goodymcgoodface likes to use As I Am Coconut CoWash to cleanse and condition, It’s a 10 Leave-in Conditioner, and Garnier Spray Gel to scrunch and hold.
Condition, seal, moisturize.
- Type 3c curly Simone relies on SheaMoisture products to get her best Wash and Go. After conditioning with Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner, she coats her ends with coconut oil and then seals with Curl Enhancing Smoothie.
- Type 3b curly Abbie gets her perfect Wash and Go by simply conditioning with Cantu Complete Co-Wash and moisturizing with their Coconut Curling Cream.
- For her curls, @majinlupe uses a leave-in like CURLS Blueberry Bliss over Curl Enhancing Smoothie for a great Wash and Go. Then, she seals in the moisture with Ecoco Ecostyler Olive Oil Gel.
Shampoo, co-wash, define.
- Type 2 wavy girl Lauren achieves her best hair by clarifying with Ouidad Water Works followed by Aveda Be Curly as a co-wash, topping her cocktail off with Aussie Curly Leave-in Conditioner.
- Type 3b Shelitha only needs to cleanse with Cantu and style with DevaCurl Supercream for her best Wash and Go.
- Curly girl Aixa narrows down her Wash and Go regimen to Not Your Mother’s Purple Shampoo, SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner, and SheaMoisture Mongongo Hemp Seed Oil High Porosity Gel for hold.
- Type 4b/c coily J Madison trusts Camille Rose Naturals Ginger Cleanse to clarify, followed by their Honey Hydrate syrup to hydrate. She tops it all off with Camille Rose Curlmaker for definition without crunch.