As a quick deviation, do you know there is nothing like wash and go? It is more like wash, wait, condition, gel, wait, wait, wait some more, and then more, and then a longer more, and the final wait, and go! You don’t just wash and go.
Anyway, so have you tried to do a wash and go, and you failed? To make it worse, you even got confused because you could have bet your bottom dollar that you studied every detail of the youtube styling video you got the tips from, listened to every instruction, and even waited till you could get the same exact products your youtube natural idol used. Yet you still failed. So where could you have gone wrong?
Don’t fret yourself. If you are a full-blooded Nigerian or a 4C-haired lady, there’s a 99% chance that your hair cannot achieve a wash and go, at least not those kinds you drool over on the internet. Of course, there will be exceptions like that of Linda here, so you are free to experiment. But don’t go sulking if you find out you are not one of the few chosen ones. Also, there's the max hydration method in rave now, what I call stress of life. But still, don't be too disappointed if you don't get it right.
So why is it that some naturals all over the world cannot seem to achieve a wash and go? The answer is straight forward. It has nothing to do with the product or the deceitfulness of your youtube natural idol. It is all about curl pattern. Some naturals have tightly-coiled hair, and their strands will not clump, even if they put fire on it. The closest thing they can get to wash and go when their hair is a bit long is a neat-looking hair, and that's after massive hydration, but not very defined curls or clumping strands
When I did a wash and go, I did not even know what I was doing was called wash and go. A lady had given me a jar of keracare defining custard, and I just read the directions, where they said I should shingle my hair with the product, and my hair would curl up. I followed the directions, and all I ended up was a baked cake on my head.
I looked at the hair in the mirror, and became confused. I added more products, repeated the whole process, researched the meaning of shingling, and would have even drank the whole product, if it would solve my problem. Still, it was the same. I took the jar of custard to work and did it the next morning, nothing! I only noticed that my usually-frizzy hair was well-compacted, and had a very defined shape. In fact, it was so defined that it seemed baked, and everyone thought it was a wig. It was also very soft. And that is how wash and go looked on my hair.
|You won't believe how long this hair really is. |
The product shrunk it up to zero
In fact, it was after this experience that I decided I would either find a hair care blog that deals with our type of hair, i.e. hair that cannot achieve wash and go, or start one myself. I felt if I had been more enlightened about the differences in textures and how they don't act the same under certain conditions, I wouldn't have wasted so much time, trying to get a look I could not achieve. And my hair is not even 4C!
The good news is that wash and gos are not the only way to have curly natural hair. In fact, they are the least-threaded path in achieving curly hair. You can do twistsouts, bantu knot outs, flexirod sets and other less curl pattern-discriminatory hair styles. As for me, if I want curly hair, I don’t think twice, I just go for twistouts, and they never fail me.
Since my hair is now longer, and it is not really the kinky type of hair, I might give the wash and go another chance in the nearest future, but I won’t really bank on its success.
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