In the first year of being natural, wash and gos were easy and my go to style. They really make sense for shorter hair as they require far less manipulation than any other style (including protective styles) at that hair length.
The final look that you get with a wash and go is heavily reliant on your curl pattern. Hair products can only accentuate what is already there. You may have seen youtube videos where hair goes from an undefined afro to orderly curls but do not be fooled that your hair can do the same. The truth is if you brush out any form of curly hair or indeed back comb straight hair, you do end up with an afro. However, some hair cannot genuinely ever really form ordered curls.
To showcase the spectrum of wash and go appearances, here are 3 general looks that you can expect. I have intentionally selected videos where the ladies have shorter hair as this length showcases curl patterns quite beautifully.
1. Hair that generally does not form ordered curls
Pearls of wisdom: My styling skills definitely need polishing, did you notice how she expertly creates fairly straight parts with her fingers alone? She also talks about accessorizing with hair clips or earrings. These are great tools for styling a natural wash and go.
2. Hair that naturally curls
Pearls of wisdom: She uses plenty of moisturizing products from curl activator and a water/glycerin mix. Notice how easy it is for her hair to form and retain the curl pattern without much prompting and also note her unique technique to reduce frizz. Finally, notice how she gently uses a comb to give her hair volume without breaking the curl pattern.
3.Hair that needs coiling to curl
Pearls of wisdom: I liked this video because her hair is actually a hybrid or 1 and 2. It almost looks like hair that does not generally form a curl but with a little encouragement with twirling, you do get a curl. In general, you will not be able to finger comb exclusively with this hair, the hair will generally be able to clump after combing or brushing.
4B and 4C ladies have you attempted wash and go’s? How did you handle the curl definition aspect?