So the love/hate relationship I’ve developed over the years with the wash-n-go routine has everything to do with the actual longevity of the style as opposed to the application/styling process itself. Contrary to the diatribes I typically post each week outlining the in’s and outs of The Process, having a no fuss, stressless week with Fro is ALWAYS the ultimate goal. I wash/style the hair until my heart’s content, and immediately set my mind at rest. The absolute most styling that takes place during the week is nightly moisturizing which I find absolutely essential in reaching 7-day hair.
Wash-n-go’s are relatively easy once you find the right products and routine for your hair texture, yet with relative ease comes a shortened hair span if proper care is not followed. Because the late Spring/early Summer weather is a bit forgiving as far as humidity, 7-day hair has finally been possible here on the North East Coast.
Because my hair is thick/coarse, it takes a significant longer period of time to dry once product is applied. Though before heading to bed after doing a wash-n-go, I strive to have 100% dry hair to help prevent frizz in the a.m., and to help prolong the style. Rather than place the hair in either two pony puffs or two-strand twist nightly, I don a plastic cap (usually a conditioning cap), and follow up w/a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase.
Before covering the hair for the night, and after making sure hair is 100% dry, I apply a generous amount of coconut oil. I’m generous because this will be the ONLY time I add oil to the hair for the week. Keeping in mind that oil does not ‘moisturize’ the hair, rather it seals and protects your strands, in the morning my newly styled wash-n-go is intact. To revive the style, I simply shake & go! No Fuss.
I opt to use a light oil to help seal at night, and have been turning to Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil. Compared to the old brand I began using a few years ago, the Tropical Traditions has a very distinct aroma that can only be described as… fresh! The coconut smell is fragrant while not overpowering, making it a special treat to use. I’ve been using the Coconut Cream Concentrate over the past year for in between/last minute deep conditioners, and was able to incorporate the oil into my regime over the past two months using it primarily to seal & nourish the ends of my hair. Aside from the good quality, sales abound from this brand so regularly, it’s crazy not to take advantage! Right now you can save with their Buy 1 Get 1 FREE sale (32oz jar) that ends June 17, or sign up for e-mail updates where bargains are always found.
By day 3-4, the hair has noticeably expanded in shape, with about 50% shrinkage, and it becomes an extra fight to help retain moisture if I’ve previously shingled with a gel. To help guide me to the 7th day, I rely on nothing more than water to help reactivate the gel (in the a.m. only) and at night, apply a VERY light hair dress/cream. These days I use Fleurtzy’s Curls Nurture Cream, alternately with Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Cream.
These are all simple steps that I diligently take to each time I try my hand at a wash-n-go, and 98% of the time yield pretty amazing results. This week I find myself in the oddly oppressive humid temperatures of Florida weather, and fighting the good fight. No matter the amount of ‘right’ product, or long term conditioner, my hair will swell two-fold in any humid climate, absorbing more water from the air that it is actually willing to handle. While I could easily land on 7-day hair if I continue to moisturize nightly, I’d be a certified FOOL not to ga head and dunk my head in a bucket of water!
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