Prolonging The Life of A Wash N’ Go

I’ve been styling my hair in wash n’ gos now for a few months. Recently, I’ve been experimenting on how to make my wash n’ go last for as many days as possible, and I finally think I’ve got it! Once a week I wash my hair with Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and then I deep condition with Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner and olive oil. I put on a plastic cap and then a towel turban over it and leave it in overnight. In the morning I wash out the condish/oil and I put in my Kinky Curly Knot Today and lightly detangle in the shower. When I get out of the shower, I finger detangle and apply the Kinky Curly Curling Custard. When I’m done, I seal my hair with Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera Juice (which I keep in the fridge) and it’s nice and cold when I apply it to my hair to seal. When they say, “Don’t touch your hair while it’s drying” they really mean it. I try not to touch my hair at all until it’s time to put it in a pineapple for bed, which would be around 12-15 hours after I styled it. It is mostly dry by then except for the middle which doesn’t have the best access to air. The less I touch it, the better the wash n’ go is preserved. I was able to wear my most recent wash n’ go for 4 days, I could have worn it out for day 5 but I felt like it was looking a little dry and I wanted to protect my ends. Over the course of these 4 days I didn’t not reapply product and lightly spritzed water over my head for a little moisture every morning. I just took it down from the pineapple, shook my head like crazy, and fluffed.

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Right side of my head (right after styling)

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Left side of my head (right after styling)

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

March Length Check

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The pic on the left was taken on October 8, 2012 and the pic on the right was taken on March 5, 2013. 5 months of growth!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a length check. Since October in fact! I’m very pleased with the amount of growth which is almost 3″ and my hair is now almost at Bra Strap Length. I’ve been able to retain length over the past 5 months by keep my hair moisturized and bunning my hair most of the time.

Revisiting Old Methods

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See how the conditioner just sits on top of my strands? Smh…

When I first cut off all my relaxed ends, I was excited to experiment with new products and methods that I had seen on naturallycurly.com and curlynikki.com. I tried just about everything, silicones and no silicones, conditioners, gels, twist outs, twist n curls, wash n gos, and the list goes on and on. I was disappointed with most of my experimentation, my hair did not come out the way that I envisioned it most of the time, plus I had to deal with the straighter/heat damaged left side of my head which always ruined a hairstyle that I was trying to achieve. So now that my hair is more even and has grown out more, I want to revisit some of the methods that I had previously tried that were an epic fail at the time.

The first method I wanted to retry was the Tightly Curly Method. I purchased the book Curly Like Me by Teri LaFlesh that outlines the method and goes on to highlight the good and bad parts of Teri’s journey. Retrying this method led me to two conclusions that I’m happy to have finally figured out.

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Number 1: This method is not for me. The conditioner just sits on top of my hair and my curls don’t clump. Number 2: I have coarse, low porosity strands (which would be the reason for number 1). This information is monumental for me, now I can experiment with products that will actually cater to my hair, and help keep that moisture in.