My wash and go routine!
I know for most curly girls and guys, creating a solid wash and go routine can be difficult depending on what your hair type is. But I have been using this routine for a really long time and it works really well for me.
Personally I enjoy using the Tightly Curly Method for styling my hair. I talk about this method in my Caring for Curls email course which you should sign up for to learn step by step how to take care of your curly hair.
I know having curly hair can sometimes seem like a full time job and it’s easy to get frustrated especially if you’re transitioning, not seeing the progress you want or if it seems like your hair is just completely against you (trust me it isn’t!)
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This is the method that I have found works best for my curly hair. I have fine, low porosity and low density 3B/3C hair.
Feel free to follow along with my wash and go if you want to try this method out for yourself and then let me know in the comments how it works for you.
Aright, let’s go ahead and jump into my wash and go routine!
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I don’t normally do wash and gos because I find that my hair is a lot less manageable on wash day if I have done a wash and go instead of a more protective style like a twist out or a braid out which is how I normally wear my hair.
Wearing my hair in these styles makes my curly hair more predictable and easier to manage which usually saves me time on wash day
When I wear my hair in a wash and go it’s more in it’s natural state so it’s a lot easier for it to get tangled and unruly.
Wash and Go Routine: Step 1
The first step is obviously to wash my hair.
The brand of shampoo that I’m using right now is the Organix Coconut Curls line, I use both the shampoo and conditioner for my hair.
Right when I get in the shower, I make sure that I completely saturate my hair with water. I have low porosity hair, this means that my hair has a really hard time absorbing moisture, so I really want to make sure I’m getting the cuticle of my hair open so I can moisturize my hair. Sometimes this take a few minutes of squeezing my hair underneath the warm water.
After I’m sure that my hair is completely saturated with water then I will begin to wash my hair with the shampoo.
Because I have low porosity hair it is very prone to build up. So I don’t just wash the roots of my hair I actually wash the length of my hair as well so I can make sure that I get all of the product off of my hair.
I don’t worry about my hair getting too dried out because I am about to moisturize my hair so I just trust that I’ll be putting that moisture back into my hair and that it will be fine.
Some of my favorite shampoos are:
- OGX Coconut Curls
- Aussie Moist Shampoo
- Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo
Wash and Go Routine: Step 2
The second step in my wash and go routine is conditioning my hair.
This is obviously to put some moisture back into my hair but also to get rid of any left over dirt that might be lingering on my hair after washing it.
I want to talk about co-washing a little bit.
I know a lot of people with curly hair swear by co-washing, using a conditioner to wash your hair instead of a shampoo, but I personally do not like it.
Since I have low porosity curly hair I am very prone to build up and I find that using conditioner to cleanse my hair just doesn’t work for me.
But if that’s the method you prefer to use then do what works best for you (:
Some of my favorite shampoos are:
- Aussie Moist Conditioner
- Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Conditioner
Wash and Go Routine: Step 3
The next step in my wash and go routine is to condition my hair again but this time I don’t rinse the conditioner out of my hair.
I take a good amount of conditioner, like a fairly large amount, and I work it into one half of my hair and then I take another handful of conditioner and do the same thing to the other side.
Before I move on from this step I make sure that all of my hair is fully coated in the conditioner because this is what’s going to help me detangle my hair and style it so that my curls are predictable
This is going to seem like you’re using too much conditioner, don’t worry this is an essential part of the method and it will also help with the detangling process.
Most of the conditioner will come off as you detangle and the rest will be absorbed into your hair shaft and create a cast around your curls to set them.
Wash and Go Routine: Step 4
The next step in my wash and go routine is detangling my hair. This is probably one of the steps that takes the longest depending on how tangled my hair is when I start but I like to detangle my hair in the shower so I can add some water to my hair easily if it starts to get too dry.
This is a crucial part of detangling your hair.
You want to keep it full of conditioner and you want to keep it wet so that the conditioner can provide enough slip for you to work through the tangles.
Once I’m done detangling my hair I throw it up into a bun and I finish the rest of my shower.
Remember I’m not washing the conditioner out of my hair, I just leave it all in and move on to styling and drying.
This is an integral part of the Tightly Curly Method which we learn about in my free email course, Caring for Curls.
This method saves me time and money because I don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of different products I just use my regular shampoo and conditioner and I’m good.
Wash and Go Routine: Step 5
The next step in my wash and go routine is styling my hair and I really like to keep this simple so all I do is take a small section of my hair and twirl it around my finger.
This gives my curls a pattern to follow and a shape to take so that way when it dries it will dry in that shape.
I do this all over my head and even though it seems like it might take a long time it really goes by fairly quickly once I get into the flow of it.
After I’m done twirling a section I make sure to scrunch so that I lock the curl into place, then after that I let it dry and I don’t touch it.
Wash and Go Routine: Step 6
The last step of my wash and go routine is letting my hair air dry. I don’t use any heat on my hair because I don’t find it necessary.
While my hair is drying I don’t touch it because this can cause frizz which I don’t want.
If I want my hair to dry faster then I will sit in front of my fan and that usually makes the drying process go pretty fast.
Once my hair is dry, my curls are weighed down and they have a bit of a “cast” over them, so they are a little crunchy.
This doesn’t bother me because it means that the curl has set and it’s not going to frizz up or lose it’s definition.
If I want to get rid of the crunchy feeling then I just scrunch my hair and it goes away but most of the time it really doesn’t bother me.
When I sleep I put my hair up into a bun. This ensures that my ends are protected and that my curls will be intact when I wake up even if I sleep like a maniac.
In the morning I just take a little bit of conditioner and some water and I run it through my hair just to refresh my curls and wake them back up and then I’m done!.
Throughout the week I just do a simple daily refresh of my hair and my wash and go usually lasts all week without much effort at all which I love (:
Well beauties, that’s it for this post (:
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