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MANE Events – Wash ‘N Go Flow

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!

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Products Used:
Tresemme Naturals
Flaxseed Gel
Castor Oil
Shea Butter Mixture

Tools Used:
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?