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By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Wash and gos are worn by many curly nat­u­rals, but find­ing that per­fect “wash and go” rou­tine is not always easy.  Here are a few sug­ges­tions for my Type 3 nat­u­ral ladies:

1. Sim­ple fin­ger-combed wash and go

Jess’ wash and go rou­tine is very sim­ple, involv­ing co-wash­ing and then rak­ing through with con­di­tion­er fol­lowed by a styling gel. To pre­serve her wash and go for the week, she wears the “pineap­ple” at night, which you can view in this video tuto­ri­al.

Prod­ucts used in this tuto­ri­al:
As I Am Coconut CoW­ash Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er
Tre­sem­me’ Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er
Paul Mitchell ”The Con­di­tion­er”
Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel

2. Fin­ger-twirled wash and go with oiled ends

Alba fol­lows up with a mois­tur­iz­er and then twirls her strands to define her curls.  She also uses jojoba oil on the ends of her hair to com­bat dry­ness.  This method may be ide­al for those who eas­i­ly expe­ri­ence frizz, who want a more defined wash and go, or who expe­ri­ence dry ends.

Prod­ucts used in this tuto­ri­al:
Deva Curl NO POO
Deva Curl One Con­di­tion
Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea But­ter Restora­tive Con­di­tion­er
Shea Mois­ture Coconut & Hibis­cus Curl & Style Milk
Trader Joes 100% Pure Jojoba Oil

3. Dif­fused wash and go for when you are on the go

Kendra uses a mois­tur­iz­er fol­lowed by a styler and then dif­fus­es her wash and go to speed up the dry­ing process. This method is done week­ly and is ide­al for those who do not want to walk around with wet hair or who are in a rush.

Prod­ucts used in this tuto­ri­al:
Mane N Tail Olive Oil Com­plex Herbal Gro Con­di­tion­er
Mane N Tail Deep Mois­tur­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er
Lore­al Pow­er Mois­ture Mois­ture Rush Mask
Shea Mois­ture Coconut & Hibis­cus Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie
Trader Joe’s Organ­ic Coconut Oil
Kinky Curly Orig­i­nal Curling Cus­tard

Ladies, what is your “wash and go” rou­tine?


Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin.

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To answer the ques­tion of the orig­i­nal blog­ger. ..
my wash and go rou­tine
cleanse with as i am coconut cow­ash
using my fin­gers only
style with shea mois­ture curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie OR Paul Mitchell the con­di­tion­er AND eco styler gel, using fin­gers only to remove excess water as I’m apply­ing styling pro­duct
and go
sim­ple. …easy.…wash and go
i may do this every­day or every oth­er day. i love this method because my hair is always clean, no pro­duct build up, and it only takes me may­be 15 min to
wash and go

sim­ple. ..easy…wash and go


Oh, and i have type 3 hair

Truth is all hair types can do Wash N go’s!!! The rea­son why some can’t is because the hair is thirsty and needs to be ful­ly hydrat­ed before the true curl shi­nes through! If your hair can form an afro all that is is curls that have been sep­a­rat­ed from comb­ing and brush­ing. You might not have spi­ral curls, you might have fac­tu­al curls or s shaped curls! Check out the Curly Girl Hand­book it gives great advice if you want to wear you hair in it’s curly state. Trust me I’ve worked with many of hair types and used… Read more »

Hel­lo just want­ed to give you a quick heads up and let you know a
few of the images aren’t load­ing prop­er­ly. I’m not sure why but I
think its a link­ing issue. I’ve tried it in two dif­fer­ent inter­net browsers and both show the same results.


i did learn that i need to start putting pro­duct on root to tip, but each vid seam like a few hours, so i’m get­ting that there is no true wash and go that could be done in the morn­ing

last vid uses soooo much pro­duct


Wash and go’s don’t take hours.…maybe one hour if you diffuse.….i hate going to work with wet hair too. I feel that is for teenagers.…i like to air dry but i don’t have time unless it’s the week­end. My prob­lem is mak­ing the style last for a week. My hair is not long, so the pineap­ple does not always work for me and i don’t wan­na wash n go everyday.….i’m so over it already.….

Ugonna Wosu

I hate to be a pain, and all the­se ladies are beau­ti­ful, but the third one is not a wash and go. Using a dif­fuser makes it not a wash and go. Using a dry­er of any kind defeats the pur­pose of it being a wash and go. That said, I like that method! LOL. I learned some­thing from all 3 ladies actu­al­ly, though I am not type 3.


1. Wash
2. Go


I love wash and gos. Best thing is too keep it sim­ple! I use the first method (but with larg­er sections…i’m lazy). All three ladies have beau­ti­ful hair!


They all have beau­ti­ful hair, but I was expect­ing a type 4 for at least one exam­ple.


Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing most Type 4s can’t do a wash n go because they don’t have curls. Their wash n go pro­duces a cot­ton tex­ture and will look more like an Afro. Type 4a hair, which has very tight ringlets, can do a wash n go, but that is not a com­mon hair type. You can search YouTube but you prob­a­bly won’t find much.


The wash n go hair­style can only be done on curly hair. It’s a style that mim­ics wet hair. Because type 4 hair shrinks when it dries, it isn’t a true wash n go hair­style. Yes you can wash it and go, but it’s not a wash n go. 

This is one of the rea­sons why type 3 hair is eas­ier to take care of.

Black sista

Eas­ier or not, it sound like you are dis­crim­i­nat­ing again­st oth­er people’s hair, hair is hair, we are all born with dif­fer­ent moth­ers and fathers so we are allow to be dif­fer­ent. With dif­fer­ent hair types and dif­fer­ent skin colours. I don’t know who cre­at­ed this hair typ­ing bussi­ness but that shouldn’t inter­fere with who we are as black wom­en.
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Oh my, YOU sound like an IDIOT!!


alli is right.


This is a reply to Alli


If it’s a style that mim­ics wet hair isn’t type 4 hair doing what it’s sup­posed to do then? lol. Log­i­cal­ly, this means that wash ‘n’ gos CAN work for ANY hair type because it sim­ple mim­ics what­ev­er that hair type is when wet. So you’re actu­al­ly going again­st your own point :-/

Please don’t say wash ‘n’ gos can only be done on curly hair as though it is fact. It can be done on any hair; it looks dif­fer­ent on vary­ing tex­tures and it’s about whether the wear­er desires how­ev­er theirs turns out.


you know good and well the wash and go is a shit­ty option for some­one with 4c hair. stop play­in. just stop.

I don’t want to play devil’e advo­cate but Alli’s point has valid­i­ty. In par­tic­u­lar, I’ve heard many 4c hair girls state explicite­ly that they don’t like ‘wash n gos because of the impend­ing dif­fi­cul­ties of detan­gling and sub­se­quent hair loss. Of course all hair types can ‘wash n go” but, let’s be real, we know that cer­tain hair styles suit cer­tain curl pat­terns bet­ter than oth­ers. I’m not say­ing one is bet­ter than the oth­er but we can be hon­est with each oth­er and know that wash n gos are not for every­one. On the oppo­site side, some 3c hair… Read more »

Is defined curls/wet look hair/an afro the hair­style. isn’t the ‘wash and go’ the method? Im not being face­tious, I under­stand what you’re say­ing, but type 4 is only more dif­fi­cult to take care of if you’re try­ing to make it do stuff it doesn’t want to do, or when you don’t know what to do? We’re not cursed. When I’m not con­cerned with curl def­i­n­i­tion, I can wash, con­di­tion, apply oil and put in a puff. Noth­ing tough about it.


ok um why oh why peo­ple always say type­4bc hair is ‘more dif­fi­cult to take care of’…not true…takes more time, but dif­fi­cult? type­4bc you will always get love from me…people always hat­ing


what’s wrong with it look­ing like an afro? so long as they’ve washed and gone!


YouTube Ali­ci­a­James­Mu­sic. She has type 4 hair and does beau­ti­ful wash and goes.


Thanks! I will def­i­nite­ly check her out.


Try Nap­tural85 and Blak­izbeau­ty­ful too!


Why? The title plain­ly says for Type 3 hair


Because I just did. Does that answer your ques­tion. And to be more speci­fic, I was hop­ing for a list of both. Haven’t seen a wash n go for type 4 hair.


@ Mai…I have very thick 4a/b hair and #1 by Jess does work for me. It may work for you also.


anoth­er ques­tion: do you know how to read? it’s clear­ly stat­ed it’s NOT a list for both, so why are you whin­ing?

1) All the­se wom­en have hair to die for! 2) to fur­ther hijack this thread in the direc­tion of type 4… Well, I’m sure that there are far more type 3s who wash and go, and prob­a­bly make requests for this site to advise on them. And any­way, who knows that there won’t be a post for type 4s too.  I’m sure a type 4 with hair that doesn’t curl or coil can do a wash and go, but just not have defined curls. Say­ing that, here are some type 4 wash and goes for defined curls. (most sim­i­lar to… Read more »

Also from BGLH itself, from this past April:

(end hijack)


My good­ness peo­ple go hard for wash n gos. It seems those that don’t have a YouTube account say they are dis­as­trous but every oth­er week we are get­ting info about them.


I looked at all three videos and fol­low a rou­tine sim­i­lar to the first video. My prod­ucts are Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion sham­poo and con­di­tion­er, VO5 Mois­ture Milks con­di­tion­er as a leave in, Won­der­Gro Cas­tor and Coconut Pro­tein Com­plex for my scalp, Won­der­Gro Hair Pol­ish for frizz con­trol, and Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel. I wash and con­di­tion once a week and co wash once a week. I love the styling method of the sec­ond video I think I’m going to try that some­time this week.


OMG all three of them have beau­ti­ful type 3 hair. Thanks for the tips.