Wash and Go


The wash and go is a way of wearing natural hair. The wash and go style has become increasingly popularized with the new wave of the natural hair movement. After a natural hair "renaissance" in the 60s and 70s with the black power movement, natural hair again saw a resurgence in the 2000s.

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Easy, low maintenance, low manipulation, shows off natural curl pattern
Doesn't last long, too much water can weaken the hair, may not work on all curl types, often leads to increased shrinkage, will show any damage to hair (heat damage, split ends, etc.)
Wash and go
Avg. Price:
$ 26
Lasts on average:
5 days
Avg. Time:
1 hour

A wash and go is achieved by washing or co-washing hair and then defining and moisturizing curls with a variety of products. The LCO (leave-in, cream, oil or LOC, leave-in, oil, cream) method is often used to achieve maximum moisture in hair. Curls are typically defined using a form of jelly or gel, which is then brushed through hair, or with fingers to twist hair into defined curls. 

The best way to achieve maximum length with a wash and go is to apply products to soaking wet hair. With your hair weighed down by water, your products will bind to your hair at its maximum possible length. Once a hair is washed and styled it should air dry to set the curls in their natural state. 

It is also advisable, according to Naturally Curly , to use a hair dryer with a diffuser to speed up the drying process without disturbing curls or to lift roots to add length and volume. Once hair is dry, a pick can be used to lift the roots of the hair. A wash and go is not typically a long-lasting style but it can be preserved by either stretching, banding or covering the hair. It is not advisable to repeatedly wet hair to reinvigorate a wash and go as this can lead to hydral fatigue, which will over time weaken the hair and subject it to damage. If additional moisture is needed steaming the hair using humidity from your shower or a styling tool like the Q-Redew can revitalize the hair without soaking it in more water.