Once upon a time, I tried a wash and go, and then swore I’d never try it again.
Then, as you may have caught on Instagram, I went back on my word. As they say: never say never.
A few years ago, after spiraling deep down the YouTube rabbit hole, I was inspired to do a wash and go. All the YouTubers looked so BOMB with their defined curls and gorgeous shrinkage.
But when I tried it, nearly everything about the process was unpleasant. It took me AGES to coat my hair in product, and it took way longer to dry. After all that, I only really got one “good” day out of the style. I say good, but really, the look was decent looking at best.
The true nightmare began the next day when I saw the unfortunate state of my second-day hair, realized I needed to start from scratch by washing it, and tried to detangle it. Let’s just say, to this day, I still mourn the amount of hair I lost in that detangling session.
Needless to say, I was traumatized. I found comfort in other Natural Hair Bloggers who proclaimed that “Wash and Go’s just simply weren’t for everyone”. Time passed, and I stuck to Braidouts and Twist Outs. Honestly, for two years I never really saw the full potential of my shrinkage in action.
I don’t really know what changed, but this year I found myself curious about wash and go’s again. On a whim, early on a weekend morning, I decided to try again. This time, I worked in smaller sections, and worked A LOT MORE product into my hair. Specifically, a lot more gel. I don’t know what it was about the process though, I found I was able to cover my whole head in about an hour. I didn’t use a comb either, which I think I did last time. I just ran the product through my pressed palms over and over again until the curls were fully saturated, and the definition started popping.
I’ve been wanting to cut my hair for awhile now, and the shrinkage I had with my Wash and Go has helped me curb that desire. I can’t wait to try the style again!
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