There is more than one way to skin a cat and there is more than one way to wash & go. When it comes to my favourite natural hairstyle, I wear it one of two ways. I either let it shrink to a nice springy curly fro or I stretch the curls for a little extra length. Both styles are gorgeous and easy to do. Find tutorials for both below.
Regular Wash & Go
I like to keep my wash & go routine nice and simple. My hair doesn't respond to fuss and quite frankly I haven't got time for it. This four step routine works brilliantly for me and if you are considering paring back your routine, this is a good place to start. I like the curl definition I get with a regular wash & go and mid-week I can transform it into a high and mighty puff.
Pre-poo your hair
This is a crucial step for me as it protects my curls during the shampoo process and it's also an opportunity to give my hair one final detangle. I spritz my hair with a little water and massage in my hair butter. You can pre-poo with your favourite hair oil or diluted conditioner.
Wash your hair
Depending on length and thickness, you can wash your hair in sections. I'm careful to not be overly aggressive. I use the praying hands method which doesn't disturb my natural curl formation. I use a sulphate free shampoo and deep condition to make sure my kinks are well hydrated.
Apply your products
I wrap my hair in a cotton shirt to soak up any excess water. While my hair is wet but not dripping, I apply a small amount of hair oil from root to tip. I use my hair butter to massage my scalp and use a little on my ends to lock in moisture.
I cover my face with a towel and shake out my curls. I'm not sure how much this contributes to the springiness of my curls but it is fun to do. I usually put in my part at this point and I leave to air dry. This can take hooooouuuuuuurrrrrssssss so I usually do this first thing in the morning and let my hair do its thing for the rest of the day.
Stretched Wash & Go
Much like a regular wash & go but with a couple of extra steps. While I do lose definition once my hair is stretched, it's nice to have a bit of length and it is much easier to detangle when wash day rolls round. Follow the first three steps of the regular wash & go and meet me here.
Put your hair into 4 - 6 twists
Before you put in the twists, set your parting. The twists should be tight enough to hold shape but not so tight they leave kinks. Don't twist all the way to the ends, leave about half an inch undone.
As your hair is in twists, it will take longer to dry so it's best to do your hair in the evening and let it dry overnight. To prevent the ends from getting crushed, use 'U' pins to secure your twists to the top of your head and put on your sleep cap.
Untwist and fluff
When your twists are nice and dry, coat your hands in little hair oil and untwist. Pull into your desired shape, fluff the roots and you are good to go.
Which wash & go do you prefer? Sound off in the comments below!