Us curly girls have always thought that doing a wash and go was bible, for every wash day. Not everyone gets the most out of their wash and go’s and that is perfectly fine. There are some important tips that might help everyone get the most out of their hair when they decide to do a wash and go style. I’m no expert, but these are the few little tips that I’ve learned and that have helped me acheive the best wash and go on my wash days. And they have also helped my curls last longer than three days.
Learn what products work best for your hair type.
This is crucial to getting the most out of your curls. If the products don’t work for you, it will make your hair look a mess. Curly girls go through so much hair products trying to find what works amazingly in our hair. What works for someone else, might not work for you and thats okay. Its best to find what works for you, and use it.
Learn the porosity of your hair, this will help you know how much moisture your hair needs.
Your hair porosity is more important than knowing what your hair type. There are three types of porosity. High, medium and low porosity. Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. You can do a strand test to figure out which category you fit into. You simply take a strand from your hair and put it in a cup of water. If your hair sinks to the bottom, you have high porosity hair. If it floats directly in the middle of the cup then you have medium porosity hair. If it floats at the top of the cup then you have low porosity hair.
Characteristics of Low Porosity Hair
• Curls take a long time to dry.
• Products tend to build up on curls rather than absorb.
• Natural oils don’t readily penetrate, but rather sit on your hair.
• Curls take much longer to get fully saturated when you wet them.
Characteristics of medium Porosity Hair
• Curls are full of bounce and elasticity.
• Requires very little maintenance.
• Easily accepts and retains moisture inside the cuticle.
• Holds styles well and can be colored with good results.
Characteristics of High Porosity Hair
• Curls easily absorb water, however, it requires more products.
• Curls often look and feel dry.
• Curls are often frizzy.
• Curls dry quickly.
If your products are weighing your hair down, its time to go a little lighter on the amount you use.
Depending of your hair type, sometimes less is more. Just because your favourite youtuber uses a whole lot of products in their hair, doesn’t mean that you need to do the same. I would just say, to start off with a little bit of product and if you feel your hair needs just a bit more, then gradually add more until you feel that your hair is just right, not too heavy and not too light.
Make sure your hair is 90% to 100% dry before you pick or fluff your hair out.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KEEP IN MIND. If your hair isnt completely dry and you try to fluff it out or pick it out, you will create frizz and ruin the curls. It is important to make sure your hair is completely air dried or go sit under a dryer, if one is accessible to you. Dry hair means that your curls are set into place and can survive the fluffing process. You do not want to have frizzy hair on the first day. Trust me, it will only bother you and make you want to start over.
These tips have definitely helped me to “perfect” my wash & go style. I’m thinking about doing a little video of me doing my wash and go for you guys. Let me know in the comments if that is something you would like to see.