Hair healthy? Check! Products on point? Check!* Congratulations, you are ready to move on to Process, the third ‘P’ in our 5 P’s of Mastering the Wash & Go. Follow these guidelines and you’re only steps away from earning your PhD (Perfect Hair Day) in the Art of the Wash & Go.
- Start with freshly washed, detangled hair. When your hair is wet, cleansed, and free of build up, it is most receptive to moisture. If you wash your hair and still feel that there is build up (indicated by a waxy feeling, flaking, etc), you may need to do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse or other safe clarifying treatment.
- Work on wet hair. And we mean wet, not damp. Keep a mister close by so that you can add more moisture as needed. We love the Flairosol Mister for it’s continuous spray, ease of action, and sleek design.
- Apply product in small sections. The tighter your curl pattern and the thicker your hair, the smaller the section. If in doubt, go with about a 1″ section. Use clips to make sure you don’t lose track of your spot.
- Start with moisturizer. Once you determine which moisturizer is the best fit for you (see our previous post), apply that product before anything else touches your hair. This will get your curl to ‘pop’. Make sure you can easily rake your fingers through from scalp to ends. If you hit snarls or tangles, gently loosen them.
- Create a curl ‘cast’ with a defining product. For most this will be a gel, like Just Gel, defining serum, like Hold Up, or, in the case of coarse, resistant hair, a very sticky butter, like Emollience. And, yes, you do need some sort of cast-creating product if you want your Wash & Go to last for more than a few days.
- Ribbon Your Hair. This is perhaps the most obscure, but also the most important step. Applying your defining product is the moment to ensure that your curl families (or ribbons) are grouped in their natural formations. Smooth through the 1″ section in vertical subsections with two fingers. You’ll see the ribbons appear like strings on a harp as in the picture above. Simply smooth the defining product through each ribbon from root to tip.
- Dry carefully. You have options, depending on your lifestyle and hair type. T-Shirt Towel material (such as the new Moxie Versa-towel, coming soon to our website and available in store) is best, as it dries without frizzing the hair. You can also air dry, diffuse dry (with medium settings) or hood dry (best).
- Do not Disturb! Whatever you do, do not mess with your curls until they are fully dry! This includes sleeping. If you must go to bed before your hair is dry, ensure that your hair is protected with a satin bonnet.
You’re done! Now it’s just about keeping your awesome curls alive with the last 2 P’s: Practice and Protection. Remember, Rome was not built in a day. Becoming a Wash & Go Pro takes time. If you have less-than perfect results on your first attempts, learn from your mistakes and move on. As far as Protection, treat your hair like a delicate thread that tangles easily. Protect it from friction with non-snagging materials like satin, and use techniques like pineappling to supplement your night-time routine. You got this!
*If not, you can read our previous two posts to get those steps done.