How To Get Wash N’Go Hair

How To Get Wash N’Go Hair

They say that only certain hair types can achieve wash n’go hair and that type 4 hair isn’t one of them; however, I’ve found this isn’t the case (at least not for me) despite having believed this myth in the past.

What Is Wash N’ Go Hair?

Honestly, I’m not even sure what the natural hair community means by this term, since it’s a style and not a hair type. However, what I think someone means when they say “wash n’go hair” is someone who has a super defined curl pattern that stays defined once dry.

I personally (now) believe wash n’go hair is trimmed and has the proper moisture/protein balance. It’s the base of having a successful style in my opinion.

Why I Decided To Master This style

Convenience. Plain and simple. I’m usually a two-strand twist queen, but lately I’ve been bored with twists. I feel as though I’ve mastered that style and I wanted to try something new.

Although I’m currently still experimenting with wash n’gos, I never thought I’d be able to say that I could successfully do one.

I mentioned venturing into this experiment in a previous post after cutting my hair (you can check that out here) so I wanted to get a little more in-depth about what this experiment is really about:

Busting The Myth

Many complain of increased tangles, breakage and major shrinkage.

Shrinkage I’m okay with (usually) but I was/am concerned about having more tangles and breakage. I also realize that this style is a staple style for a lot of naturals because they say it’s simple to do and quick once you get your products and technique down.

I’ll definitely keep you updated about the breakage and tangles, but I’m hoping to bust the myth that only looser curl patterns can achieve a wash n’go.

As you can see, I have quite a bit of definition (not something I’m used to!) so that’s a green light for me to keep experimenting with this.

How To Get Wash N’Go Hair

  • Prepare Your Hair
  • Find Your Products
  • Stay Consistent
  • Monitor Your Results
  • Don’t Compare Yourself
  • Enjoy The Journey

Prepare Your Hair

If your hair is currently breaking and has an abundance of split ends, I can tell you right now you’re not going to get your best results.

Is your hair lacking protein? Then spend the next few weeks focusing on increasing the strength of your strands, but DON’T forget to balance that protein with moisture.

These two things go hand-in-hand and if you’re lacking in one or the other, chances are your hair will either be too soft and break, or too hard and break.

Understand that preparing your hair could be a lengthy process depending on your hair’s current state. It may take a week, a month, or 6 months.

Find Your Products

Although you may not have your favorite products yet, once you do, stick with using only these products for a while so you’re able to tell whether they work for your hair. Sometimes it can take a while to notice the changes products are doing to your hair and you don’t want to start trying to do a wash n’go until you know you have products that cater to your hair’s needs (that your hair responds well to).

Once you find these products, feel free to experiment with how you use them. Should you that protein-based leave-in or should you use the moisturizing leave-in? Should you use the curl custard or the strong hold gel? If you’re a product junkie, try your favorites.

If you have some products you like but haven’t used in a while, maybe it’s time to try them. Sometimes the products we like didn’t work well for the look we were going for at the time will work perfectly for another style. Saves money, too.

Stay Consistent

If you find a group of products that give you the perfect results, stick with it for a while. Especially if you keep getting the same awesome results each time you use these products.

Play with how much product to use, how large the sections are (I recommend you start with smaller sections and work your way up) and don’t stray from it.

I’ve found consistency with my favorite products when doing this style seems to “train” my curls. It’s almost like my hair knows which way to go now, as compared to when I first started doing wash n’gos a little over a month ago.

Monitor Your Results

Is your hair tangling more or does it seem to have fewer tangles and single-strand knots? As we all know, certain styles can either help your hair thrive or begin to damage it over time.

Side Note: Sometimes it’s the products we’re using that’s causing our hair issues, but it could also be your technique or styling tools (if you use them).

Part of the reason you want to be consistent, at least when starting out, is to be able to better pinpoint what’s causing your results, whether they’re good or bad.

I firmly believe everyone has wash n’go hair and that anyone that has a negative experience simply hasn’t found what works for them when doing this style. Like everything else in a journey, it takes trial and error.

Another reason to monitor your results closely is to be able to counter any unwanted changes before they cause a major setback.

Don’t Compare Yourself

I’m guilty of this myself and I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t compare yourself to your favorite YouTuber, even if you have similar hair characteristics.

Your goal isn’t to achieve someone else’s results, it’s to achieve YOUR BEST results.

If you notice your curls are more defined and feel moisturized and strong, this is a GOOD thing, even if they don’t look like “her” or “his” hair.

The whole point of a hair journey is to get the best hair you’ve ever had, isn’t it? Your hair, not this person or that person or even your mom or dad’s hair.

Be selfish. Focus on YOU. You deserve it.

Enjoy The Journey

Remember that hair grows. Even when you have setbacks, hair grows back! Have fun with your hair, no matter what length it is and no matter what your curl pattern is. Your hair shouldn’t rule your life and it shouldn’t make or break your day, but do what feels good to you.

Only you know when your hair is healthy. It’s a gut feeling. This is how we know when something does or doesn’t work for your hair, right? You can just TELL.

In Conclusion

I won’t lie, I have been terrified of increased breakage and split ends, but so far, things are going VERY well. The more you do this style, the easier it will get. If you can, try to limit yourself to only doing wash n’gos, this way you are forcing yourself to work with your hair, not against it, and you’ll be able to master this style faster.

Still struggling to achieve this style? There could be another reason. Check out my 5 Reasons You’re Not Achieving Your Natural Hair Goals.

Have you mastered your best wash n’go hair? If so, what are some things you’ve learned about your hair in the process? Share your wash n’go story below!

Aria Len

Sharing my natural hair journey with hopes to inspire you to find what makes your hair happy in order to reach your hair goals.

22 thoughts on “How To Get Wash N’Go Hair

  1. I heard a group of friends talk about this wash n go hair style and I didn’t really understand it because they seemed really excited in their discussion so I think it would be very good for me to give it a try and as I have read here, my hair is one of those that can go for it. It would be really nice. Thanks

    1. Hey Jay!

      Of course you have hair that can do a wash n’go. As I stated in my article, I think all hair types can do it. The only difference would be technique.

      Let me know how it works for you!

  2. Hello there! this is an amazing articles you have got here. I am sure this information here will be of great help to any one who comes across it as it is to me. I will gradually follow these steps you have given here, however, I have been looking for my prefered Products as I have been using random products before now.

    1. Hey,Joy!

      I’m so glad you found this helpful. I think you have gorgeous hair, judging by your photo, but I agree that it is such a long process to find the right products because there are so many to choose from. 

      Just remember, we don’t need all the products, just the ones that keep our hair looking and feeling its best.

  3. What a great deal of information that you have given out in this awesome and interesting article I must give you a big thumbs up… I encountered an article like this on the internet and it changed my knowledge about WASH N’GO HAIR and gave me a new system to approach it…Such products will help to clean the hair and a kind of perfume will come out. I myself am using such products to clean my hair which has given remarkable results. After using it, new hair grows as the hair follicles become stronger. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  4. It’s very nice to read through your article, it has a lot of good things to enjoy and gain from it and it’ll also be very useful for those in the hair field . Wash ngo has been in the saying for a long time now and I’ve been familiar with it for a while now. Knowing how to go about something is like knowing how to live.

  5. Hello, thank you very much for this awesome article that you have written. I think that the thing most people fall short of is the aspect of comparing ones hair to that of others. that could be a set back. the best thing is to monitor and understand your own hair. thank you for sharing these tips.

    1. Hey Lucas,

      You’re right, when we compare our hair to others or try to make our hair like someone else’s we aren’t appreciating our own hair.

      We should focus on getting our best hair instead of trying to make our hair look like someone else’s because no one head has the exact same hair, no matter how similar they look.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts 😊

  6. Hello there!
    That is really a wonderful article you have there and a very helpful one. I actually have a friend who is a naturalista and she keeps virgin hair. It looks so nice on her but the downsides are the challenges she faces while trying to maintain the virgin hair and keep it in good condition. I’m quite convinced this article will help her overcome those challenges.
    Thanks. I will do well to refer her to this article.

    1. Let me know how things work out for her! Has she always been natural, or is this a more recent change? I hope to help other naturals regain the health of their natural hair and would love to know her results after trying my tips. 

      Thanks so much for commenting!

      Wishing you the best!

  7. Before I came across this post, I also had no idea what wash’n’go style is. If I read correctly, is this style a curly hairstyle? So for those of us who have smooth straight hair, this style is out of the question? 

    Well, hehe, I’ll add a bit of a joke that the wash’n’go style is this one when you wash your hair and you don’t dry it, you just go ahead, into your day 🙂

    Thanks for the interesting insight into wash’n’go hairstyle and I wish you all the best,

    1. Yes, Nina, the wash n’ go style is a term that usually applies to curly hair, although, I think someone with straight hair who just washes, conditions and heads out the door would technically be a wash n’ go. 

      One reason it’s considered a hassle sometimes is because with curly/coily hair, our curls can tend to frizz and it ends up looking like you just rolled out of bed, so those with curly hair have to take more time to style and apply products that will give us the best curl definition and the least amount of frizz.

      The tricky part is finding products that work for our hair and that mix well (don’t cause a white film or flaking).

      I hope this helps!

  8. Hello there Aria, your article ‘How To Get Wash’ n’ Go Hair’ really intrigued me. This is not the first time I’m hearing of wash ‘n’ go as I’ve heard it in passing from a couple of people but this is the first time that it was explained to me elucidatorily and I really appreciate that. It made me understand better. I really want to try this out and you’ve provided the avenue for that but I want to know if there are any dangers before I proceed 

    1. Hi Beesean!

      I’m glad I could help you understand what it means to get wash n’ go hair. As I mentioned here in this post, this style may cause tangles and shrinking (when your hair dries, the curlier your hair, the shorter it will look) and some complain of more split ends, but this can be avoided by using products your hair responds well to and making sure you get rid of any split ends prior to trying this style. 

      I hope this helps!

  9. Hello there, dealing with your hair can really mean a lot to you because I, for example, an ally in taking care of my hair and so I do a lot of things to keep it good and in good condition. I have noticed there are some natural hair style that would need you to do a lot on your hair and is one. Thanks for sharing 

    1. Hey Justin,

      Yes, the wash n’ go is known to be a hairstyle that many naturals either completely love or absolutely hate. It all comes down to knowing your hair and I have found (so far) that this style, while intimidating at first, has been helping me get to know my hair a lot better and be able to tell what it needs way sooner than when I did nothing but two-strand-twists.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts 😊 

  10. Hi there – I did not know what wash n’go hair was untill I read this article. It was good to read about this style, especially hearing about your journey through this. For anyone looking for this style it’s a brilliant place to figure out all the how to’s. I will surely be sharing this with a few of my friends. 

  11. I love the way you take care of your hair and share tips that work for you. Today I learned a new thing about wash ‘n go hair from your well written article.

    I think it is true, sometimes it’s not the products that may affect the results we want to achieve, but it can also the way we are styling our hair. Thank you for stating that.
    Staying consistent with a product will let our hair get used to it. And I agree with your tips about trying a product on a small part of our hair first. See how it works, how our hair looks after the treatment. 🙂
    Thanks again for sharing this post, Aria.

    1. Hi, Ferra,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m really glad you found this article helpful!

      Have you ever found that changing your technique while using the same products have given you different results?

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