Do you struggle with your curls, especially when it comes to wash and go styles? If so, you're not alone! A lot of curly girls, especially when new to the curly hair game, have a hard time with this. Fortunately, we're here to help. This is how to get a bangin' wash and go. Try these techniques, and you're sure to fall in love with your curls all over again.
How To Get A Bangin' Wash and Go
First things first:
A bangin' wash and go starts on wash day. In order to get amazing, well defined curls, your scalp and hair must be clean. Build up and dandruff only weigh down strands. When deciding how to cleanse your curls, quality is key. Avoid products containing ingredients that are harmful to curls. Prior to cleansing, make sure to prepoo your curls. This protects strands from losing moisture while being cleansed, and makes it much easier to style hair after.
After cleansing your curls, it's time to slather on a moisturizing deep conditioner. Select a product that lists water as one of the first three ingredients. Deep conditioners help manage tangles, reduce frizz, enhance elasticity of curls, and restore strength. This is a critical part of the process and should not be skipped. Using heat can help the product penetrate into your strands more effectively. Cover clean curls with deep conditioner, then place hair under a plastic shower cap. Wrap strands in a warm towel and allow to sit for at least 60 minutes. Then rinse with cool water.
Rinse out the conditioner and keep curls completely saturated. Then, apply product throughout. This is a good time to use the LOC method: liquid, oil, and cream. This introduces moisture, the oil locks it in, and the cream prevents loss of moisture. When selecting the right oil, don't forget to take your hair type into account. If you have fine curls, too heavy of an oil can weigh strands down. Similiarly, for curlies with thick or coarse manes, if the oil is too light it won't be effective.
After going through the first three steps, it's time to bring it home. Apply a gel or custard to create definition in your freshly washed curls. This will also help hold your style in place for the week. In order to get the most effective coverage and least curl disruption, try the prayer or shingles method to apply product evenly throughout your strands.
Once the product is completely applied, keep your hands to yourself! Allow curls to air dry, and do your best to keep your hands out of it. Spritz and scrunch curls daily throughout the week to refresh your strands.