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.
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.
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!