How to Achieve the Best Wash and Go on Kinky Hair

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Being natural for almost 7 years, wash day can be long so I love doing natural hairstyles that don’t take all day. The weather in NYC is getting nicer so that means it’s the perfect time to wear a wash and go. Naturals with Type 4 kinky and coily hair think wash and go hairstyles are for looser textures, but that’s not true. The technique is everything when you practice enough and use the right wash and go products. If you’re in need of some tips on how to wash and go natural hair, read on.

Use the Right Hair Products

Before learning the technique of achieving the perfect wash and go on kinky hair, you need to use the right products. Over Memorial Day weekend, I walked over to my local Family Dollar to pick up the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Collection from the beauty aisle. This collection is formulated with Red Palm and Flaxseed Oils which makes it rich in antioxidants and vitamins and is great for elongating shrunken natural hair. If you didn’t know, Family Dollar has the same high quality personal care and beauty brands you know and love, but for a great value. You can also save more shopping at Family Dollar by using Family Dollar Smart Coupons.

SheaMoisture Red Palm Cocoa Butter Collection
SheaMoisture Red Palm Cocoa Butter Collection
SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Collection
SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Collection
SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Collection
SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Collection

Wash & Detangle

For this wash and go style I used the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Hi-Slip Detangling Shampoo. The shampoo is sulfate free, safe for colored hair, isn’t thick, and lathers well. A little really goes a long way when using this shampoo. I followed my regular wash day regimen by separating my hair into four sections and used a dime sized amount of the Hi-Slip Detangling Shampoo to cleanse and detangle.

SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter Hi-Slip Detangling Shampoo
SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter Hi-Slip Detangling Shampoo
Besides keeping it moisturized, detangling is important when styling a wash and go on kinky hair. Detangling ensures your hair is free of shed hair that causes knots, tangles, and matting. To distribute the product evenly through my hair and clump the curls, I used a detangling brush after finger detangling.

Condition

After cleansing and detangling, I followed up with the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Leave-in or Rinse out Conditioner. After applying the product, I kept them in twists for a few minutes before rinsing out. This conditioner is thicker than the shampoo and left my hair soft and shiny.

Type 4 hair After using the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter Leave-in or Rinse out Conditioner
After using the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter Leave-in or Rinse out Conditioner

Apply Your Styling Product

After washing and conditioning, make sure your hair stays wet. To start the wash and go method, I used the SheaMoisture Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding. This product helps minimize shrinkage and moisturizes the hair. It also gives a frizz-free, light hold leaving your curls popping without feeling crunchy. For extra hold, you can also use the Curl Stretch Pudding with the Styling Gelee.

Applying the Red Palm & Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding on Type 4 Kinky Hair
Applying the Red Palm & Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding on Type 4 Kinky Hair

How to Maintain a Wash and Go

Knowing how to maintain a wash and go is just as important as creating a wash and go method. To maintain a wash and go, use a satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase to keep your curls in place. To refresh your wash and go style, spritz you hair with some water or leave-in conditioner spray to reactivate the curls. How to Achieve the Best Wash and Go on Kinky Hair

Have you tried a wash and go hairstyle on your natural hair?

9 thoughts on “How to Achieve the Best Wash and Go on Kinky Hair

  1. Ivelisse Estes says:

    I love how you took pictures of every step! You have amazing hair girlfriend!
    XOXO,
    CarnationDreams.com

  2. Leslie says:

    Going to try this on my daughter’s hair and mine too! I did not know I could find Shea Moisture in Family Dollar so thanks for the fyi!

  3. Stacie says:

    Ooh, I love your wash and go curls. Wash n go’s are usually all I wear. I’ve never seen that Shea Moisture slip shampoo though. I’ll have to look for it next time I’m at Family Dollar.

  4. Dre says:

    Your hair is so pretty! I haven’t seen this line from Shea Moisture in Family Dollar yet, but I will def be on the lookout the next time I go in there. About how long would you say you are able to maintain your wash and go?

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