I haven’t performed a wash ‘n go on my hair since… maybe… two years ago? Yea, I mean, I did one a couple of months back, but it was nothing “official” official. I decided to be brave and test it out since I just made a fresh batch of flaxseed gel (boy does my hair love that stuff). Not really knowing where to start, I just did what I thought would be best for my hair. Want to find out the process? Click the jump for details and pictures!
Shea Butter Mixture
Blowdryer with Curl Diffuser Attachment
I washed my hair with Garnier Fructis Color Shield Shampoo & Conditioner and applied Tresemme Naturals as my leave-in/detangler. I finger detangled my hair, which is crazy to say the least, but it didn’t take as long as I expected. I actually think I may try to this method from now on as I feel it would be better for my hair (less stress on the strands). We shall see.
After I finger detangled my whole head, starting from the back, I parted my hair horizontally to work with a small section and clipped the rest of the hair away. I then parted my hair vertically, so that I had two sections in the back. I clipped away the section I wasn’t working with at the time. I applied a generous amount of flaxseed gel to the back section and raked it through my hair so that all of my strands received some of the product. I sealed those strands with a touch of castor oil, as I know this is a heavy oil and can weight my hair down. I continued this process until my whole head was completely raked through with the product. This took maybe 20-25 minutes.
I left my hair to air dry for a little over an hour, but I became impatient. Using the medium setting with medium airflow, I diffused my hair with the blowdryer until it was about 85-90% dry, tossing my hair upside down and side to side to ensure I’d have volume. I used my Shea butter mixture to further coat my strands. I let my hair air dry and here are my results:
My hair experiences about 70% shrinkage, so I knew it would appear shorter, but I don’t mind. I also picked my roots a little to give it a more fuller look. I want to see how long it last, but have no clue where to start with preservation. Maybe I’ll YouTube or Google some techniques for: preserve a wash ‘n go.
Do you wear wash ‘n gos? Do you have any tips and tricks to obtain the perfect wash ‘n go hair?