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August 20, 2012

Wash and Go Techniques- Achieving Fluffy Definition



 Hola Chicas,

So I know I said I was quittin' the wash n go. And I did, I promise... but the combination of my busy schedule* and general laziness with all things hair, has led me back down that fickle path of fluffy convenience, shrunken awesomeness and single strand knots.

*when I say busy schedule, I mean cleaning up after Hurricane Boog. That's my handbag in her hand, oh, and my lip gloss all over her person. She also used it to decorate the chair.

It's funny, somehow I had forgotten about the haphazard nature of a wash and go.  The inevitable unpredictability and sheer chaos of it all hit me last week like that feeling you get when you stand up and your phone, which was in your lap, crashes to the floor... or when you're already at work and realize you ran out and forgot to put on deodorant.  Nothing else matters... it doesn't matter that you were fresh yesterday... all that matters is right here, right now.  And despite the wonderful hair days I had achieved prior, that ish meant nothing today and it was a big day for me.  With the stars not in alignment, even after using the same damn product, I had to rock my frizzy, piece-y wash and go with confidence, style and grace.  And I did. It's times like these where you must tap into that genuine, that intrinsic self-esteem... instead of allowing your worth to be based on external and fleeting factors such as, I don't know, a 'good hair day'.  But I digress.  This post is about the wash and go routine that has consistently gifted good hair days as long as I'm using the right products.  Now, how do I define a good hair day?  For me, it means volume and definition without either being completely compromised, a mostly consistent curl pattern and the lack of 'ick', also known as tacky, gooky ass curls. I hate feeling product on my hair and hands.  So here you go-

- On dry hair, prior to washing, I apply one of two things - (1) full fat, organic yogurt, or (2) full fat, organic yogurt with oils and honey mixed in.  It all depends on how much time I have to mix.  I leave it in for 15-30 minutes, no heat.

-I hop in the shower and rinse thoroughly, only reaching for the shampoo if it's the weekend.  If it's the middle of the week, I co-wash with a lighter conditioner.  Rinse thoroughly.

-I then apply my thick and luxurious conditioner, also known as my styling conditioner.  I apply it heavy, and allow it to marinate while I shower.

-Then I finger detangle, adding more conditioner and water as I go.  I do this in 4 sections.

-I then rinse 80% of the conditioner, and while still in the shower, flip my head over and gather all of my hair into a loose two-strand twist at the crown of my head.

-I then reach for my t-shirt (which I leave right outside of the shower), and plop. Looks like this-


-I leave the t-shirt on my head for 15 minutes while I lotion, and get dressed. I'm happy to report I'm lotioning these days, even the places the sun don't shine! I then remove the t-shirt, and gently shake until my hair falls down in place.  It's still wet but not dripping.

-Then, using a gel, I finger style the frizzy bits and air-dry before fluffing.  Sometimes, once the hair is completely dry, I'll stretch the roots with my blow dryer.

So why the yogurt?- Yogurt is a great hair mask. It moisturizes, strengthens, detangles and has a mild cleansing action.  The probiotics are also great for a healthy scalp.  Just make sure you rinse very thoroughly or your hair will smell like assvomit.  I remember grabbing Gia to smell her butt the other day, like 'what in the entire hell is that?' and then realized I was downwind of my curls.   

So why the twist?- The big, loose, two strand twist prior to plopping helps to smooth and clump my curls... all the way down to the root.   Skipping this step leaves me with that piece-y, stringy, ramen noodle curls.  This is a technique I remember from back in the day on NaturallyCurly... started by a 3b curly or the like.  Check it out HERE.

So how do you plop?-  I gather my hair (the big twist) inside of a t-shirt (the big opening as if I was about to put the shirt on). The backside, bottom hem of the t-shirt is placed at the base of my hair line at the nape of my neck, and I gently wring the length in the rest of the t-shirt, roll it up and secure to my head. It looks just like a towel turban.  

So why the plop?- The plopping reduces my drying time (by soaking up the excess moisture), absorbs excess product (which prevents flaking and gives softer more natural results), and stretches the curls to reduce shrinkage a bit.  I remember trying 'plopping' back in the day with disastrous results.  Now, when I don't plop, the results are disastrous.

So how do you 'finger style'?- I create curls using my finger as the roller, and other pieces, I just smooth all the way down the length.  I make sure my fingers are wet and coated in either a curl cream or a light hold gel.  I find that light hold gels work best for creating curls. 

Product?- Another benefit of my wash and go routine is that I can try more products, which means reviews for you!  While I've got some full reviews coming your way, know that I was gifted and tried, Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls (epic fail- gooky, dry, flaky but good definition, lol), Miss Jessie's Stretch Silkening Cream (yeah, no, but almost- stretched, soft, defined hair that didn't make it more than 12 hours), Mizani's Supreme Oil Conditioner (yep), and As I Am's Smoothing Gel (yep).  I had never tried Mizani's products and I must admit that I was surprised by the luxuriousness of their instant conditioner.  So surprised that I decided to leave some in and have gotten nothing but smooth, shiny, great smelling results.  It leaves my hair ridiculously soft and the ingredients are rather decent.  I use the As I Am Smoothing Gel on just the frizzy curls and crown, and it provides a soft, natural hold and shine.   This combo leaves me with hair that looks heavy and defined without the 'greasy', 'sticky' or 'gooky' factor. 

From my recent experiences, I've learned that I need a thick, creamy, tackier conditioner to help the curls find each other. Which is why Redken's Smooth Down Butter Treat (which is being discontinued!) worked so well.  The pic above was the result of Redken.  I still have a ton of new products to try and will begin posting full reviews soon!

Later Gators,
Nik


Results with Mizani's Supreme Oil Conditioner + As I Am Smoothing Gel




What makes a 'good hair day' for you?

What's your wash and go routine? 

How do you achieve the delicate balance between volume and definition?

134 Chime in!:

Frances Glenn said...

Loving the big hair!!! Looking good Nikki!!!

Mel said...

Nik you hair looks amazing! I must admit that I perfer your hair in its naturally curly state as opposed to the streched styles but that's just me. I tried a wash and go yesterday and I refuse to name the products that I used....epic fail. I will definitely try the mizani products though. ROTFL at assvomit. You are hilarious!!!!

Petra said...

Oooooooo sexy! Morning Nik!!!! My wash and go is more cowash braid and go - I braid my hair in the shower now and let it set ... Then I release after its dry ... Like u I hate hate the ssk! With the braids I get to kind of stretch my hair and get a wash and go effect all at the same time!!!

Esther Komolafe said...

I love your hair

Roni Faida said...

Thanks for the yogurt tip, I'm going to try it. If I don't twist at night when I wake up I usually wet my hair and comb thru it with a wide tooth comb then apply my products. I use Miss Jessie's Buttercream and curly meringue but I'm also feelin' Shea Moisture from Target. I use Thickening Growth Milk and Moisture Mist, it gives my soft curls definition. My hair has tons of shrinkage so my curls are super tight and I don't worry about volume, it's only gonna get so big. And a good hair day for me (and I'm not kidding) is everyday cause cancer has hit my family so the fact that I have a full head of healthy hair makes me smile every morning. www.trilingualdiva.blogspot.com

Sarah Gee said...

beautifully written Nik!

i've been on the CG method for a while now so i cowash every couple of days with whatever condish i have on hand then sealing with an oil. when i want some hold, i use a mousse or flax seed gel, but i can't wait to re-up on my KCCC. a good hair day for me minimizes volume, but not necessarily frizz. i don't mind a bit of frizz, but as a curly with both coarse and thick hair, i really try to debulk as much as possible.

Marsha said...

Hair looks great Nikki. Since all that curl forming with my my finger has begun to make them stiff (I hope I don't have arthritis), I've been using flexirods. After washing I apply a leave in and use the flexirods and let them dry overnight. Next day I apply oil as I'm removing them then finish off by smoothing and separating with about a half dollar amount of ecostyler gel (I have fine hair and am really liking the protein one). Gives me a great wash and go look which lasts a week! I just refresh with Aveda volumizing mousse every morning, no water.

CurlyNikki said...

oooH! Excellent idea! I will have to adopt this one!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks Esther!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Sarah! Wanna swap hair for a while? I'd love to see what it's like to rock some coarse thick strands!!!

CurlyNikki said...

ha! thanks Petra!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Mel! If I had the energy, I'd be twisting, my ends would thank me too!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Frances! How the hell are ya?! We should catch up soon!

Curly Hue said...

I love As I Am Smoothing Gel, I'll have to look into the Mizani Supreme Oil Conditioner.

Stannika Zeigler said...

Goodmorning Nikki!! You hair looks gorge both twisted and in the wash n go!!! I'm 10 months natural with fine dense strands and I've tried wash and go's using conditioner and gel but it's an epic fail due to the current Mullet stage! Blah!! so I have to twist my hair and pull the front up. I can't wait to get to your length! I can totally understand you not feeling like twisting..ain't nobody got time for that all the time! lol

Jessica Nicole said...

Beautiful hair!!! Thanks for the tips!

L said...

You are hilarious...assvomit!! I currently love a wash and go for the same reasons you listed...lazy being the front runner! My routine consist of simply cowashing with Aubrey Organics HSR and while dripping wet adding Giovanni Direct Leave In conditioner and Vatika Coconut Oil. As I'm smooshing the product in the curls are becoming more defined and the coconut oil adds shine and moisture without weighing it down. I too have that bushier crown so i hand twist some of the curls. If I'm feeling extra...I use Eco Styler Gel in Argan oil to help with that

SeriA. said...

If my Wash & Go's looked like yours I'd do them way more often! It's beautiful. I understand the maintenance (or lack there of) with wash&go's though. I get good hair for, tops, 3 days then I have to attack the messy bush and hope for the best while detangling. Thanks for the method though. I'll try it!

Jas said...

I love your hair in the wash n go style.
My wash n go routine:
After washing and conditioning my hair, I split my hair into 2 - 4 sections (depending on how I feel).
Starting from the back I add a quarter size of Shea Moisture Curling Enhancing Smoothie, then I add the clear Eco Styler gel. I do this for each section.
After I get out of the shower I will diffuse my hair to take some of the wetness away then I let my hair dry on its own.
I'll fluff out with my fingers throughout the day to give it more volume.
I've been doing this routine for about 2 -3 weeks now. And it's been working out great so far.

juwania keys said...

HUHHHHHHHHH I can't stand you! (but in a good way) I'm dying laughing at my desk. Great read.......as usual.

CurlyNikki said...

"ain't nobody got time for that" #SweetBrown #IGotBronchitis
Love that! Thanks chica!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks Jessica!

CurlyNikki said...

lol, thanks L! Sounds like we have very similar routines!

CurlyNikki said...

Yep, after day 3 we're back to the drawing board! The yogurt helps with that though!

TC said...

I love it Nikki! Pure hair awesomeness!!

CurlyNikki said...

got my Shea Moisture coming in today or tomorrow! Can't wait to try and report back!!!! How does it do for clumping?

CurlyNikki said...

hey chica! Let me know what you think of the Mizani if you pick it up. It's expensive as hell... charge it to the game!

CurlyNikki said...

:) thanks chica! now you better hush or they're gonna put you out!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks TC!

Gaye Glasspie said...

Did you say assvomit? Dead! Lol! For my thin super coily hair I find less is more. A good leave in and finger raking works wonders. As much as I love to try new products I am often left with sticky curls... Yuk! Your hair is fabulous as usual

Andrea Pierre said...

I cowash with tresseme naturals then rinse it completely out. I use Shea moisture curling souffle as my leave in then use ecostyler gel to define my 4a curls. I can do this method on wet or dry hair and get the same results. Since ecostyler dries a LOL crispy, I appy a LOL more souffle on top to make my hair soft and shiny

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Gaye! Love youuuu!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks for the regimen Andrea!!!

Shana Alexandria said...

all i do is wash & go. i pre-poo, condition, detangle, deep condition, seal with Vatika oil, cool rinse, and style with leave-in, gel, and an oil spritz or lotion moisturizer. i wrap with silk/satin scarf and sleep on satin pillow. i fluff in the morning. it lasts one to two weeks, puff to ponytail/afro puff.

Tonya Spriggs said...

I love wash and go....but I'm noticing more SSKs!!!! I do hot yoga, so WNGs are the most convenient hair style. My WNG are pretty simple.....I shingle leave-in conditioner and gel. My favorite gels are KCCC and UFD. My favorite leave-ins is KCKT and CJ Smoothing lotion. I air dry and shake/fluff when it is about 75% dry. I do this twice a week....but if I don't do yoga it can last the entire week.
I consider it a good day if my hair is not too frizzy or dry....of course, it gets more frizzy and dry every day!!!

Knittingarch said...

I'm intrigued by your dry hair yogurt mask. Does it help with detangling? Last week, when I was trying to detangle my hair, it was soo knotted up, that I feared I would have to cut it. I'd worn my hair in 2 flat twists for about a week before taking it down. I was able to finger detangle after about 30 minutes or more, and I did have to cut one knot out, but I followed with a quick trim to minimize the damage. I'm 4.5 months into my transition, and I fear it will only get worse as my roots grow out. Thanks!

Jas said...

If my hair is sopping wet when I add the Shea Moisture the clumping is decent...putting the gel on top gives my hair the extra definition, clumping that I'm looking for. The Shea Moisture keeps my hair from getting dry or being crunchy from using the clear Eco Styler gel. I think you're going to like it.

Yoruba Mutakabbir said...

Well, This weekend I w&G'd with UR curly products. My first time using. I used the Shampoo, Conditioner, and the tight curly enhancer. I wasn't incredibly impressed. The products smell good. The Shampoo made suds which I wondered about because that was actually my first time using a sulfate free shampoo. The conditoner wasn't as thick as I prefer and definitely didn't have enough slip. I don't really like tingly products so this made my head tingle. I know some like that tingly feeling but not me. So I washed, and dried with my hair towel. then applied a moderate amount of the curl enhancer. I just smoothed it on, didn't scrunch my hair or anything. I have a "long" twa. I liked the way my hair looked and I got compliments on it. But I didn't like the way it felt after I rinsed the conditioner and after I applied the enhancer. It felt dry. I've also done a w&G with just hello hydration....I notice the biggest difference with the styler...that makes or breaks. I've done with Miss Jessie's curly pudding (I got it from a product swap). Again, like the way my hair looked, hate how it felt. Of course it feels much stiffer with the curly pudding than the UR curly curl enhancer.

Shaune Walters said...

ROTFL at "ass vomit" which is pretty accurate..especially if you use greek yogurt!! I think lactic acid is supposed to have detangling properties..

Davina916 said...

assvomit? Lol! I like the way you describe things!

Rhonda C said...

Nik,


*dead after assvomit*


I cracked open the Redkin that you gifted. Love it! Discontinued? Say it aint so! These days I am completely out of balance in life, hair, and all things in-between. The messy mommie bun is my best friend and the wash n go is my nemesis. It is what it is! I will continue to get my cheap thrills from your posts and photos.


Much love! See you and Baby G (yes?) on Thursday!

Miss Anne said...

that WnG is soooo fresh!!! Can't wait to try one... ummmm when I'm done transitioning that is! Your hair looks super Nikki!

luv2funrun@hotmail.com said...

1 year natural and never done a wash & go. Thanks for giving me the courage to go for it! Too, Mizani's Moisturefuse is the bomb! Lots of slip, provides tons of moisture and has just slid back into my rotation.

Radiance said...

Nikki you hair is amazing and cant get enough of Hurricane Boogie!...lol I also love how you experiment with all types of products and give us more options to try. Thank you

Mimismom said...

I am 2 years natural and only do wash n goes. A good hair day for me is softness, volume and definition. I usually cowash or water rinse, leave in tresemme naturals moisturizing conditioner, seal with my mixture of avocado, Grapeseed and camellia oil and rake in Camille Rose Naturals almond jai twisting butter, plop, shake and air dry. Once dry, I have to fluff it a little to get the volume I want. The only problem with my wash n go is not getting second day hair but now my hair is long enough for a nice size puff so recently I've been doing that until time to cowash it again.

hunnybun said...

your hair is simply gorgeous and it looks like min but longer. Now i ahve something to look forward to.

Nicole said...

Hey Nikki!!!
A good hair day for me is soft, defined, fluffy hair.
Since I have a 14 month old, I can no longer spend hours on my hair so the wash and go is my style for the week. I either co-wash or shampoo my hair once with a sulfate free shampoo. Then I deep condition. With the deep conditioner in my hair, I finger detangle my hair followed by detangling my hair with a comb. (I find that with my wash and go, I have to make sure that my hair is throughly detangled or I will get single strand knots and tangles.) Next I use Tresemme Naturals moisturizing conditioner as my leave in, making sure to smooth it through each of the curls. I use coconut oil to seal in the moisture. Then I use a combination of Loreal Everstyle curl enhancing gel and Olive oil Eco Styler gel. The Loreal Everstyle gel eliminates frizz while the Eco-Styler gel gives great hold...together they are the perfect gel for my hair!!! Next I section my hair into 4 parts, and smooth my gel mixture over each section. And Viola!!!!! I am done!!!! I normally let my hair air dry. When my hair is dry, I use a little coconut oil and "scrunch the crunch" out of my hair. I can usually get 6 or 7 day hair from this rountine. At night I bobby pin the sides of my hair towards the back and put a satin scarf on my hair (this scarf hangs down long so my hair is not bunched up like it would be in a satin bonnet.) In the morning, I take off the bonnet and fluff and go. I moisturize and seal my hair on day 3. And that is my 6 or 7 day wash and go!!!! This method gives good volume and definition.I learned this method from Mahoganycurls, so definitely check her out!!!!!
Nicole

Kim Brooks said...

That was to funny about the ass vomit...lol...but thank you for sharing your tips....I am just beginning my natural journey and have found your site to be helpful...

Bobby said...

11 months post relaxer and I can hardly wait til the day I can rock my curls with a W&G!

Megan M. said...

Love your hair Nikki, but I have not did a wash n' go in so long. I only did one my first one 3 months ago I disliked it because of the ssk's, love the definition but did not know how to preserve it so it did not last only 3 days before all hell broke loose. I probably will try again using your method, but how do you preserve it?

AusetAbena said...

Love this regimen. I'll just replace the yogurt with coconut milk or cream, and will probably stick with my usual products. I prefer to wash or co-wash with Shea Moisture shampoo or conditioner or Yes to Cucumbers conditioner. I then like to use KCKT as my leave-in and SM Curl and Style Milk or OH Hair Dew as my moisturizer. I might try gels, maybe KCCC, though the price is a bit steep for my taste. Right now, I am just going to bookmark this until I get more length. I will be rocking extension braids for a while (that's the plan, we'll see) before doing wash and go's again. I too am a "Dont like to twist" curly. Aint got time for that. LOL. I'll even take the SSK's as long as I can have no twisting.

AusetAbena said...

I also plop with a micro-fiber towel I buy from the car supplies section of Wal-Mart.

Foxyrou said...

When I want a defined wash n go, I follow these steps: 1) After rinsing out conditioner in the shower with cold water, I add some oil and a thick leave-in. 2) I rake the product through my hair with my fingers, and scrunch in some gel. 3) Then, I shake like a dog or a singer in a rock band. 4) After that, I leave my hair alone to either air-dry or dry under a hooded dryer. Once it is dry, it gets very big, but it is extremely defined. Fortunately, I don't have to work hard to achieve volume. My natural hair has a lot of volume. ;)

YoYo said...

First of all...you are beyond hilarious! Why you blaming the every time something foul is in the air? Secondly, you have the most adorable child ever!
To get the best wash and go, I have to cowash and use TreSemme Naturals and Hello Hydration. I cowash in that order. If I am feeling extremely fly, I add ORS Hair Mayo and let it work its magic. That is only about once a month or two. After I rinse that out, I section and add Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter and Curl Pudding (or their rendition of it) and complete my styling session! Wash and go's are basically what I've done for the last year!

Dawn Brame said...

I have a picture just like Gia when I was little. Lipstick all over my face lol.


Since I started the CG method I've been wanting to perfect my wash and gos. I wanted something quick, that I could do with minimum products, and I could do at night. The best result I've had thus far as been with VO5 Moisture Milk conditioner [yes less than a $1] and a shea butter, gel, and oil mix cream. I put the conditioner on in the shower, and make sure it's evenly distributed. Once out of the shower I put on the shea butter mix in large sections. When rubbing in the shea butter, all the excess water will just fall out, and I mean literally just fall out. lol Then I band my hair in 2 sections with rubber band on either side of my head. I use rubber bands because they hold my hair in place but not tight enough to leave marks. Then I squeeze any more water out, put on my scarf and go to bed. In the morning I just take the bands off, shake, and go. To maintain I just spritz with water, re-band, put on a shower cap and scarf, and off to bed.

ss said...

I wondered how to salvage my jar of SM curling souffle. It was an EPIC-EPIC-EPIC FAIL-FAIL-FAIL (echoing sound effects).

I will try your suggestion! :-)

Suzette Spencer said...

I used the UR Curly line just last night. Wasn't impressed either and for the same reasons you noted. I thought it was just me being overly picky. Thank God it was gifted. The only thing I did like was the tingly feeling. I have an itchy scalp so this was the only plus for me.

ss said...

ROFLMBAO at "downwind of my curls"!!!
Anyhow, your WNG looks so outrageously shiny! I'll be glad when I have enough to plop - those infernal SSKs contribute to detangling damage that continues to impede my length retention
I purchased some ingredients to make a natural detangler since I'm still on the no -cones bandwagon!

abrunnin said...

A good hair day for me is at this point a washn'go and when my hair looks and feels moisturized (it dont alawys look it to me) My wash and go routine is finger detangling with oilive oil (1.5 hours) washing with a rinse out conditioner, leaving that on for about 15 min (longer on weekends), rinsing the conditioner out then moisturizing witha leave in conditioner and olive oil/shea butter.

101Corkscrews said...

I have to agree. In optimal dew points this is my all time favorite combination....

Crist said...

With a wng I would never think you have thin strands...ur hair just looks hella full and beautiful !

Andrea Pierre said...

Yes, using it on its own for a wng did not work for me either. But it worked well for twistouts and under the ecostyler.

Andrea Pierre said...

Yw, also, Mahoghanycurls stated that she noticed a reduction in SSN when she stopped using regular conditioner as her leave in

Pennie Cuevas said...

Woo boy. I would love to do a wash n go again. But, before I was learning how to properly care for my hair, I brushed the hell out of the front part of my head to smooth down my hair for the permabun I wore for about two years. The front part of my head is damaged and has lost its curl pattern, so I have to patiently condition and grow it out. Twist outs all the way for me, for now.

For me, a good hair day depends on how much shea butter I put on my roots the night before :P

Stacee said...

Assvomit! I have been laughing for 10 min. Thanks for that.

BrwnSkinnedLoca said...

This may sound silly but....what is SSN?!?!?! Haha, I've been up and down the hair blogs and can't figure out what it stands for....=,S I use regular conditioner as my leave-in so I'm curious! LOL

Jessica Coletrain said...

Love the wash and go!!! Too scured of SSKs to try it

hunnybun said...

hey hun thts because andrea wrote the initialism incorrectly its supposed to be SSK for single strand knots which are knots that form on a single strand of hair when it curls in on itself

Naya said...

Gorgeous hair. Looks so soft. My wng routine goes as follows:
1) Soak hair first thing in the shower. Split and half and apply generous amount of conditioner. (Tresemme Naturals, HE Hello Hydration, Tigi Bed Head Moisture Maniac). Clip each half up.
2) Let it marinate while I wash. Then one side at a time, finger detangle as is, then under the running water.
3) Turn off hot water. Turn cold water down and do a cold rinse. I turn it down just to make it more bearable.
4) Outside of the shower on soaking wet hair I apply my leave-in (Paul Mitchell The Conditioner) to the whole head.
5) Split hair in four sections and bantu knot three of them (just to get them out of the way). I rub a generous amount of eco styler (pink is my favorite) between my hands and smooth it down the section then alternate between raking and smoothing. Repeat with other three sections. Pin some of the front back a little on each side.
6) Normally, I'd end it at step 5 but sometimes I do plop at this point. I do it after my gel because this lessens the crunch that would occur with straight up air drying but still leaves my hair defined.

CurlyNikki said...

anyone have light hold gel recommendations that play nice with leave-ins... something that's relatively cheap!

BrwnSkinnedLoca said...

Ohhh! Thanks so much for the in-depth definition!! I get those. =/

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Naya!!! Awesome routine, thanks for sharing!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Jessica!

CurlyNikki said...

lol!!! :)

CurlyNikki said...

you could pull them bangs back and rock out! I just applied some Jamaican black castor oil and it smells like stale cigarettes!

CurlyNikki said...

u should see it in person, and put your fingers down in it, lol, it's fine girl!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks!

Megan M. said...

Nikki have you tried curls goddess gel by Curls. I used it,it is light and not crunchy when it dries. I purchased it at target for 7.99 because eco styler has protein and I am protein sensitive especially wheat protein. Hope this helps

engineeringnaturalbeauty said...

Ampro Olive Oil Gel ($3). For me this stuff if the truth, great definition, no crunchiness, and keeps the frizz away.

Adele said...

Nikki, your hair is beautiful.......but I am furious that they are discontinuing smooth down butter treat. I don't know what I am going to do (sounds of wailing and tearing transitioned hair out can be heard in the background)!!!!!!!!!!! Any ideas on what can replace it??? Oh well, guess I will buy up what's left on amazon.

Jenn said...

Lovely hair Nikki! I used to think wash and gos weren't for me (4a/4b hair) but now I've learned that that is simply not true. After trying different products, I've found that my hair responds really well to Hair Rules Curly Whip and flaxseed gel. Now wash and gos have become my signature style for these hot, humid summer months. Can't wait to start experimenting with twist outs once the weather gets cooler!

Gwenn4ya said...

Nice hair Nikki!! With this 4c hair, I have yet to master some wash and gos! I just stick with what works best which is twists and twist outs! ASSVOMIT had me laughing ova here! LOL...never had I heard it referred to as such! When I don't have to wear hats to work everyday, I will try some wash and gos and see how they work for me....but for now...twist heaven!

Sarah Gee said...

good luck detangling it!

Hilary B. said...

A good hair day = hair that's moisturized, big, but not too frizzy. I have a couple techniques and product combinations that work on my hair to achieve this. I wash n go by first cowashing with Treseme naturals or HEHH. I then squeeze the water out of my hair so that it's not dripping wet, apply Kinky Curly Knot Today, and seal with jojoba oil. I alternate between Shea Moisture's Curling Pudding as a leave in and a Garnier Fructis cream that I love (Pure Clean Smoothing Cream, no cones or parebens if that matters to you). This last product seems to make my hair shrink more than usual, so I apply only on the ends and leave in some of the Treseme conditioner. I also sometimes DC/ oil treatment overnight beforehand with a one of the masques from Shea Moisture mixed with Vatika, JBCO, and Amla (mineral free) oil. It seems like a lot but it's basically 3 products (lco-wash conditioner, eave in, oil) but I alternate because it's fun to experiment.

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Hilary!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Gwenn! Keep me posted on your wash and gos!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Jenn! I need to finally bite the bullet and try this flaxseed gel... I'm lazy girl!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Adele, and I know right?! They're replacing it with 'something better', but we'll be the judge of that!

CurlyNikki said...

Will do! Thanks Megan!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks SS!

CurlyNikki said...

lol, you do?! I didn't know what else to do but grab the camera, lol. Thanks chica!

CurlyNikki said...

girl, cause it usually is her!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks chica!!!

CurlyNikki said...

I should revisit the KCKT... it didn't seem to vibe well with me last go. Thanks chica!

CurlyNikki said...

I'm kinda loss as of now... I've been rubbing coconut oil into the ends every night and sleeping with my hair out on my satin pillow case. It keeps the curls springy with less flattening and frizz. I do know though, from experience, that in order to retain moisture, I need to sleep with a bonnet on. So I need to figure something out!

CurlyNikki said...

11 months post?! Go Bobby go!!!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Kim! Glad we're helping you along your journey!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks chica!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks Nicole for the deets!!

CurlyNikki said...

nice! thanks Shana!

CurlyNikki said...

is that a wash and go in your profile pic?! LOVE!!!!!!! That shape is HOT!

Andrea Pierre said...

Oops, thanks for the correction hunnybun.

CurlyNikki said...

It does help with detangling and I swear it makes my hair softer!

CurlyNikki said...

I have yet to try their line yet but I've heard mixed reviews :-/

CurlyNikki said...

lol, yes and yes :)

CurlyNikki said...

thanks Davina :)

CurlyNikki said...

Yup, discontinued , but they're replacing it with something similar. We shall see. See you Thursday!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Miss Anne!

CurlyNikki said...

Will put it on list of products to try! Thanks!!!

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks Radiance! I've got tons of reviews to write up... coming your way soon!!!

CurlyNikki said...

Mimismom, thanks for the deets. Speaking of volume I ordered a product called 'FULL CREAM' by Living Proof... supposed to make your hair 'act thick', lol. We shall see! I'll keep you posted!

db said...

via natural conditioning styling gel

DaiShanell said...

Gia has a sandal tan ^_^ awww Boog :))

Knittingarch said...

Thank you! I will be trying this next wash and deep condition :)

Gia said...

Can't wait to try this! I have one question. Do you find that your wash and go is more successful in humidity when you don't add any product?

Gia said...

FSG!!

CurlyNikki said...

I was wondering if anyone would catch that! That child lives in the sun... at the park. It's her first request, er, demand, every morning. She goes, 'mama... weeeee!'. Which means, 'park... now, I wanna swing!'

CurlyNikki said...

my hair hates humidity. no style of mine does well in humid weather. I def need product!

Cyan said...

RedKen's Smooth down Butter Treat was replaced with Smooth Lock Butter Silk. Maybe you can do a review on that? I LOVED butter treat!

RissaKatharine said...

I love your wash n' go CN, I've fighting with my hair to try and get it to do the whole wash n' go thing, but she is just not having it. I'll try your technique though!

Jessica said...

I personally love Aloe Vera Gel. I get it from Whole Foods and the best part is it doesn't flake and if you accidently burn yourself you can treat the burn with the gel. I like Lily of the Valley, it's 99% natural.

Gaye Glasspie said...

Ha! Love you more!

Kiwana said...

I love Shea Moisture "smoothie" and miss Jesse's "curly pudding". Have you tried these products and if so, what do you think?

Derika said...

I am transitioning so I haven't tried a wash n go before. I love my twists and twistouts to blend my two textures. Once I'm fully natural, I will see how my hair responds to wash n gos. I think I have 4b/4c hair so I don't think it will work out well. lol We shall see!

Angela B. said...

Love the WnG, Nikki! Your hair looks great. I've always wanted to try "plopping." Maybe next wash day...Two musts for my wash and goes are a gel (like Eco Styler) and enough time to air dry. Then, I pineapple for volume.

alainab16 said...

you must do a tutorial! i swear my hair never turns out like that. wth am i doing wrong? lol

cincinnatigirl said...

I'm almost one year into my transition and trust me...this blog has kept me sane! I only have a few relaxed ends left so a good hair day for me = defined curls, shine, minimal frizz, and soft strands.

I can do the wash and go but need one more cut to get the shape right. So far what has worked is conditiining on dry hair with oil (olive or coconut) rinsing and cowashing, using shampoo only when necessary. When my hair is still dripping wet i apply a kinky curly leave in conditioner, then kiehls creme with silk groom to smooth that frizz and seal it in with jojoba oil. I've managed to get great curl definition and volume without my hair feeling like a greasy untouchable mess!

Heather Bee said...

Great article. I'll be using these tips.

ARW said...

I have been natural for one year and I only do wash n goes. Thanks for sharing. I use Davines Momo shampoo and conditioner and no styling products on my 3C hair and I love it. I wash, condition and finger curl.

Carla Ezell said...

What gorgeous hair you have, Nikki! I can not wait until mine grows out that long. I am approaching the 1 year anniversary of my BC at the end of September and I was shocked to see a sudden growth over the last few months. The back is finally down to my shoulders when stretched out. All I ever seem to do is WnG because it's easier than just about every other style. I've recently experimented with 2 strand twists and loved it. My hair is finally long enough to get a real twist in it and not just do coil outs. YAY! But still, I've been trying to find a way to stretch my curls so they clump together instead of forming a 'fro all the time unless I spend an hour manipulating it. This method sounds like exactly what I've been looking for. Can't wait to try it tomorrow morning and I hope my hair is long enough to benefit from it. :) Here's hoping!

Tracey said...

Nikki, did you everewear those earrings

G said...

Your hair looks beautiful & the write up was so funny. Thanks. (Side note: Gia is soo cute:)

GB said...

Hey Nikki I love your hair, I wish mine would curl the way yours does. I have a question. I have to went my hair every morning to revitalize my curls because they get flat; do you have any suggestions on what I can do so that I do not have to wet everyday.

MsMal601 said...

You are FAH. I am a natural hair pioneer, so I don't usually check natural hair sites. This was helpful, so I'll be back. Thanks.

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