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A Wash and Go Routine- Natural Hair Styles

By January 27th, 202132 Comments

Erica, an NFL Cheerleader writes:

A Wash and Go Routine- Natural Hair Styles
This is my signature style. I never really change it, and if i do, I just throw a headband on it.

I do the following 3 times a week:

1. Wash my hair with Pantene Pro-V volumizer shampoo

2. Comb through my hair with a wide tooth comb while shampoo is still in hair.

3. Rinse and follow with Mixed Chicks leave in conditioner. Mixed Chicks wash out conditioner doesn’t’ work for me.

4. After the conditioner is in, and while hair is still wet, I put LaBella styling gel (the pink gel)

5. I then put heat protection gel on my hair and blow dry on hot for about 10 minutes and let the rest air dry.

I hope y’all have good luck with this remedy, it works for me!!

A Wash and Go Routine- Natural Hair StylesA Wash and Go Routine- Natural Hair Styles


  • Ebony says:

    I used that gel on my hair when I was transitioning. It was okay but it made my hair kind of hard and broke it off a little bit.

  • Unknown says:

    Your hair is beautiful… My nappy hair will be 2yrs old in July and sometimes i run out of stying ideas… have to look for alternatives in Nigeria to the products you mentioned and try it out… Continue being an inspiration to all the nappy sistas out there…

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  • Anonymous says:

    ERICA!!!! I finally found you. Too cute and I'm ready to cut my relaxed ends. I love this look on you. I will try this routine soon. :)


  • girlmeetsjax says:

    That isn't me in those pictures. I have a website at Thank you for all of the compliments about my hair and being a natural cheerleader. It's actually a lot easier being a natural cheerleader because my hair is pretty much sweat and water proof and it actually moves when I dance. I think it's because of the pantene pro-v voluminzer shampoo.

    the christianista

  • Anonymous says:

    when you go to her portofolio check out those gorgeous pcitures of her natural hair

  • Anonymous says:

    I love that picture of her hair it is so pretty.

  • Anonymous says:

    gorgeous. but whoa, what is in that shampoo that allows you to detangle with it? i never even considered detangling with shampoo but now that i think about it there are a couple with some serious slip. i imagine you must use shampoo and not co-wash because of the gel. you have great shine and volume. interesting and thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • I Am Your People says:

    I'm (pleasantly) surprised to see that she was able to be a cheerleader with natural hair. Love her hair in the bottom pic.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love u hair! :)

  • BlondeByDesire says:

    Beautiful hair ….

  • kimmie0810 says:

    WNG is my everyday style for almost 2yrs. Even when I had a relaxer I would co-wash & air dry every day b/c I lived in FL & couldn't stand wearing my hair straight.

    I've tried doing twist outs & braid outs, but my hair would actually look straight w/a bit of a bend/wave when I was transitioning. Now it's too short. I like roller sets but am too lazy to do them lol. So WNG all the way!!!

    I like seeing other WNG girls b/c I never know how to style my hair & usually end up just end up fluffing & wearing a headband. So I too would like to see more WNG "styles".

  • kimmie0810 says:

    missimone–I've found that I get THE BEST definition when I cleanse w/Hair One, comb thru some Aussie Moist 3Min Miracle or Yes to Carrots mixed w/coconut oil, rinse, add a tiny bit of regular conditioner like Totally Twisted or Hello Hydration, then my leave-ins: Nexxus Humectress & Giovanni Direct leave-in.

    I guess it's a modification of Terri's method b/c she doesn't fully rinse out her conditioner. I don't like doing it that way so I just add a tiny bit back in. Surprisingly, it makes all the difference in the world in how shiny & defined my curls are. The Hair One has also made a HUGE difference w/shine, definition, & moisture.

  • Kalamari says:

    This might seem like a silly statement but you're the first one I've seen that detangles with shampoo in her hair… does that really work better for you than conditioner? I know when I shampoo (even in diluted form) my hair gets "catchy" and not lubricated so that seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

  • missimone says:

    so happy to see my sista in cheerleading and au natural!! :) especially since many (careful not to say all) are weaved up. i commend you Erica! perhaps this simple act of "you being you", in the greatest sports league (smile) will help to adjust perceptions that we don't have to all look the same to be beautiful. luvs it!!

    i'll have to try that routine too b/c my wash-n-go's have been a consistent "fail", lacking curl definition.

    p.s. have to laugh at myself too b/c i have yet to post up my natural pics (its a process…)

  • Levone says:

    Beautiful hair! To the above, why wouldn't it be a WNG? The hair has to dry in some manner and if I'm not mistaken she's not using the comb attachment. I've never worn a WNG (other than a bun) so I could be wrong :-)

  • LBell says:

    Interesting article…great hair…but is it really a WNG if you blow-dry?

    Just asking…don't shoot me… :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful hair, beautiful girl! :)

  • NaturalQueen36 says:

    Loving the hair!

  • Chocolate Mom aka Blupoetres says:

    My cousin just sent me your link because I'm about to make that huge step towards natural hair after relaxing for the past, um, twenty years of my life!! Thank heavens there are blogs like you out here. I'll probably be shooting lots of questions your way, and blogging about my process in a few weeks too!

    And I'm loving your site already!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm also glad to see some posts on WNGs as it's also my signature style and I was starting to wonder if I'm the only one not doing twist out, etc. I don't quite blow dry, though, but diffuse on cool/low for 5 minutes while bent over and shaking the curls. (I'm afraid of heat damage and dry scalp..) I let it air dry after and shake every once in awhile. When dry, I run my hands over/through my hair to add fluff. Your hair looks cute and healthy!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is beautiful and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Shine!

  • Anonymous says:

    Very cute! :-)

  • Ms. Sassy says:

    Pretty! Good to see a natural NFL cheerleader!

  • Natural-ness (LV) says:

    Your hair is gorgeous!! Great to see natural hair being represented in the NFL!

  • Anonymous says:

    nice, i may try this routine when i get past twa stage

  • Doc says:

    awesome post
    i also didn't know natural cheerleaders existed
    yayy natural takeover!

  • Anonymous says:

    oh thank God! finally some luv to the wash n go ladies! my routine mirrors hers, with different conditioners (i use Aussie Moist 3 minute, followed by Aussie or KCKT as a leave it and KCCC). i also use a diffuser. glad to see that wash and gos with suffering from SSKs or heat damage is showcased.

  • Anonymous says:

    This might sound funny, but I didn't know there were natural NFL cheerleaders… I thought there was a weave prerequisite…

    lol…. :-)

    Beautiful hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love her hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes—finally, some info on WnG divas. I'm sure you have posted some previously but I'd LOVE to see this particular natural curly routine/option posted more often.

  • Anonymous says:

    Cute hair be careful with the blowdrying as it gets cold out it may casue dryness or breakage. Love the hair though it looks like it matches your personality kind of bright and cheery no pun intended. lol!

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