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Perfecting A “Wash And Go” On Coily Hair

Some women with coily hair don’t think they can do a wash and go.

A wash and go might be simpler than you think. Here are a few tips for a wonderful low-maintenance style on tightly curled hair.

Wash and Go

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1. Add moisture to your hair

Every curly girl knows how important moisture is to their hair. Curly hair has the tendency to dry out faster than straight hair because the natural oils take a longer time to replenish. This is why it’s better to avoid washing your hair everyday and giving your hair time to rebuild their natural oils. Some curly hair, especially coily hair, soaks up moisture like a sponge! It’s extremely important to add, no sulfate, moisturizing products to your hair. When doing a wash and go you want to choose a product that won’t dry out in 15 minutes. The perfect products for this style can still be felt in your hair after a few hours, meaning it’s keeping your hair coated and moisturized during the day.

2. Try working on stretched and damp hair

It can be easier to work with hair that you’ve let sit in a few twists to dry for 30min to an hour. This way, hair is not completely drenched but wet enough so you can work with your wet curl pattern.


3. Use a curling custard or light styling gel to define your curls

After you’ve added moisture to your hair add a little bit of extra definition with a curling custard. The gel will weigh down your hair and allow your curl definition to truly shine. If you’re hesitant about using a 100% gel product, try going for a light styling gel or custard with natural ingredients. There are several products with no sulfates, parabens, and other harsh chemicals to do just the trick. Just make sure to moisturize before the gel.

4. Avoid combing hair, instead, finger detangle

Instead of using a comb or brush use your fingers to detangle damp hair. Work in small sections and gently separate strands of hair as you apply a curling custard or gel. You don’t want to lose hair by brushing too hard. Take your time so you avoid any hair damage.


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  • Reply
    Angela Pennie
    April 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Hi I went back natural 2 years ago. I am still trying to learn my texture it seem to have totally changed not really sure what hair type I am someone said I had 4 hair textures in Minnesota I am really having a hard time to find someone who does hair typing. Unfortunately I don’t have much money I have Lupus and other health issues I am try lots of products,coconut oil, olive oil,shea moisture,Alikay Naturals and As I am. So far hard to figure out. Help trying to perfect the wash and go

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    March 26, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I have stopped relaxing my hair for some time now; i colored it myself but fine it be dry beforehand and now ,so what to do ?

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    March 18, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Hi my natural hair is short but im now lerning 2 take care of it , so thank u 4 the info, thanks so much

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