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Wash and Go Product Choice- Natural Hair Styles

By January 27th, 202140 Comments

Wash and Go Product Choice- Natural Hair Styles
Shortnsweet asks;

Hey ladies!

What are some of your staple products for wash n’ go’s since the warmer months are upon us?

CN Says;
Although I am not a wash & go girl, I can say that frequent deep treatments and proper moisture will help any curly, wearing any style, fight the summer humidity. A wet sponge doesn’t soak up more water and neither does properly moisturized hair! So, step up your DTs, and stock up on rich leave-ins!


  • Anonymous says:

    Wash n go is a style… you just wash your hair, add product with minimal or no styling, and allow hair to air dry. Co washing is washing with conditioner only, no shampoo.

  • Anonymous says:

    Can someone please tell me the difference between a "wash n go" and "co-washing"? I have been natural for 4 months.

  • Finallyfree says:

    My one and only style is the wash n go with a headband. I don't know what else to do with it. It's about an inch n half long. Suggestions are welcomed…

  • Anonymous says:

    Oooh Weeee, lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Someone's been drinking hater-ade! Wash & go has nothing to do with the products or how they are applied. Don't be mad if you havn't figured out how to make it work for you yet…

  • T.Turner says:

    LOL @ Anonymous 05/04/11 8:40

    That is so true. The term "wash and go" can be so misleading especially when your hair is beyond the TWA stage. hahaha, I use it very loosely.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think the term "Wash and Go" needs to be re-named because it is clearly a wash and no-go. All this manipulating, maneuvering, gelling, sealing… ImJustSaying!!

  • MsAkira says:

    Has anyone found products with a decent SPF? I was leaning towards shea butter because it has a SPF of 15 but it might be to heavy…

  • The Chocolate Loveliness That Is Fraña says:

    I am in Tempe, AZ so humidity is not an option out here. The summer months are nice and dry!
    I have discovered shikakai which my hair is loving! But if I choose to shampoo I use Trader Joe's Nourish Spa or Elucence Moisture. (Mind you Shikakai w/ fenugreek, & brahmi is my fav though). My fav conditioners are Trader Joe's Nourish Spa, Nature's Gate Aloe, yogurt w/ honey, olive & coconut oil, and hibiscus petal powder (as a DC), or a good ole honey & olive/coconut oil DC overnight.
    I use my Nature's Gate Aloe with olive, jojoba, coconut oil as a leave in. And then use my Pura Body Naturals Murumuru hair milk, then seal with coconut oil. My spritz has purified water, jojoba, and a drop of conditioner. So far so good.

  • Co Co pelli says:

    I did the BC just before summer arrived. I live in Tucson, AZ so humidity is not really an issue for me, but I do have to worry about extreme dryness. To combat the lack of moisture last summer in my TWA phase I used Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Conditioner (as a leave-in). I co-washed with Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner. I DCed with Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner and moisturized with Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding or a homemade shea butter mix that also contained aloe vera gel, coconut oil and lavender essential oil. That combination of products worked extremely well for me last summer. My hair is longer now and I have tried numerous products during the cooler months. I am very curious to learn which of these products will help my hair survive a Tucson summer.

  • adrien says:

    it depends. if i want it fluffy for bunny puffs or a afro look i don't put gel in. co-wash with natures gate and tresemme naturals then a clarifying conditioner as a leave in and seal with olive oil or shea butter mix. for a more curly defined look i shingle with eco styler over the leave in and smooth olive oil over it to soften it.

  • shortnsweet says:

    thanks for posting my question nikki! you ladies have been very helpful!!! my schedule is hectic so wngs are my only alternative to not look crazy while i zoom from one place to another. i came across taliah waajids protective midst bodifier. i am in love!!! ive only used it on wet hair and it detangles like no other and keeps my hair SO SOFT!!! kicked kckt out of the park hands down!

  • luvmylocs says:

    i'm glad this was posted. i have used curly girl products for awhile minus the gel while i didn't think worked for me. now i'm going to try gel (again) and try to apply the products in the way it's recommended in the revised curly girl book. i'm hoping for the success that you ladies are having.

  • Naturally Nita says:

    I use the same technique of MelMelBee above but I use Curls brand Curl Cleansing Cream & HH Hello Hydration for my detangling conditioner. I use the Argan Oil Eco Styling Gel & shake. I refresh/moisturize with my water/glycerin/peppermint essential oil mix. I usually get 5 days of defined curls and 2 days of puffs before it's time to shampoo & start over. Ready for the summer!

  • Kimmie0810 says:

    All I ever do are W-n-Gs. For over 2yrs lol. So I agree with CN when she says to make sure to DC & keep hair WELL moisturized!

    My staple products are: Africare glycerin (in summer), Giovanni Direct Leave-in, Curls Quenched Curls moisturizer, Curls Milkshake, & the GODSEND product I've recently found is Curls Goddess Gel from Target. It gives me just the right bit of hold w/o any crunch or stickiness. I rub it in my hands and then just scrunch lightly over my entire head. The definition is awesome! My friend & sister thought I had gone through and twirled each individual curl lol. I have such fat, shiny curls now! My final step is to rub some coconut oil in my hands and lightly go over my entire head to seal & shine.

    Another great product for 2nd day or to refresh is Oyin Hair Dew. Loves it!

  • LBell says:

    After many years of doing just about every natural hairstyle under the sun, I am currently a WNG-only woman. Historically I always stopped doing WNGs after 5" because of tangles but I think I've found a way around this by using products that encourage my coils to stay intact (if 4c now means no definition wet or dry, then I'm somewhere in the 4b range: think small, tightly coiled springs) AND only detangling with a tool (Tangle Teezer) every other wash day (2x/month), using just my fingers the rest of the time on wet or damp hair only.

    My only real staple is HE HH conditioner. It's my weekly regular conditioner as well as my (very rare) co-wash conditioner. The Sally version of Joico K-Pak is an awesome protein treatment that I use once a month. After having a really bad first experience with the baking soda conditioner treatment, I've modified it and gone back to doing that once a month as well.

    For encouraging coils to stay intact, I've recently experienced success with a blend consisting of Eco Styler Krystal gel, shea butter and a little EVOO whipped together. The last two ingredients give softness that other stylers I've used (Beautiful Curls curl activating cream, MJ Curly Pudding) don't. Aveda Be Curly leave-in works amazingly well in terms of hold and softness but for cost per use it's really out of my price range. I find also that cones work for me (notably GF Sleek and Shine leave-in) but again, I have to follow it up with some kind of oil (olive-castor blend). It's because of the cones that I stopped co-washing and now shampoo with something that will strip my hair of product (HE HH or Giovanni Deeper Moisture).

    If I've applied my styling product correctly on wash day, I only have to refresh with water during the rest of the week. I do have a 10-minute time limit when it comes to product application, though, so I'm learning to be more efficient in that area as well.

  • rojosonji says:

    I big chopped April 2011 and am going on 11 months post relaxer. At this stage, I am exclusive to wash-n-gos (I don't have the desire or patience to spend ANY time in styling my hair). Due to budget restrictions, my products WILL vary from time to time. Currently, for my co-wash (which is virtually everyday), I use Suave Professionals Rosemary + Mint conditioner. I ALWAYS detangle while in the shower and shampoo ONLY when I feel my hair needs it (with The Original Mane 'n Tail Body Shampoo). After co-washing, I spray my hair w/ Generic Value Products Hair Treatment (compare to: Infusium 23 Pro-Vitamin Hair Treatment). Next, I gently massage a small amount of Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil into my scalp followed by a small amount of Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil onto my hair. After that, I liberally apply Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel for curl definition and finally, I seal w/ Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment.

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  • Renise B says:

    I cowash with HETT (leave all in for firm hold or squeeze most out for soft). I don't rinse it out. when damp, apply shea moisture curl smoothie and seal with organic grape seed oil. That's it. keep is simple last for days!

  • Mx says:

    i have extremely course full hair, afro-wavy to tightly kinky hair. I always start out washing with DevaCurl No-Poo shampoo, then I condition/detangle with HE hello hydration or totally twisted. I deep condition for 15-30 mins with a homemade mix (usually some mixture of avocodo/coconut milk/honey/egg (if protein needed)/oil (avocado/coconut,olive).

    Now if I have $$$ and time I used method 1: kinky curly Knot today, followed by KCCC/curling custard (this last for a wk looking on point), wieghs down my course hair and gives LOTs of shine and definition.

    Now if I have $$$ but no time I use the KCKT, but follow it by Uncle Funky's Daughters Curly Magic (it gives the same definition as KCCC) but has the softest hold, so your hair is soooo soft, yet defined AMAZING. now the only problem is that it only gives me 3 day hair (while KCCC gives me 6-7 day hair), and it doesnt shine as well.

    If Im broke I do a twist out…

  • Anonymous says:

    I co-wash every other day (whether it's winter or summer!) with Trader Joe's Nourish Spa conditioner…rinse that out and use a bit of AO Honeysuckle Rose as a leave in. I then seal with jojoba oil, and use Shea Moisture's Deep Treatment mask as a styling product. So far, this is the ONLY way I'm able to achieve soft, bouncy and super defined and super moisturized curls! <3

  • Sherri says:

    I cowash on Saturdays and only wash and go. I use a little Giovanni Direct Leave in, some olive oil and then apply ecostyler gel. After applying the gel I do a cold water rinse and then shake like crazy. Every evening i spritz with a water/argan oil mix. In the am a quick cold water rinse and another shake and i'm done. That last me all week. Every few weeks i do a bentonite mask to clarify.

  • Arianna says:

    CN got it right with keeping it moisturized also get jiggy with the co-wash because your not gonna want to wash it to often, I usually get my soft full curls for 3 days frizzy on the 4 and i co-wash it on the 5th which lasts 3 days then i redo the cycle
    but on wash days i ALWAYS do some kind of hour-long moisturizing mask, mayo, honey, oil mix under a heating cap
    o also whenever your done washing rinse with cold water ;) mix up that apple cider vinegar in your routine as well i love that stuff

  • Anonymous says:

    I leave a really good rinse-out conditioner in my hair, add a little coconut oil for shine, and a little bit of Aubrey's hair gel to keep the frizzies away. That's all!

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    Some of my faves are Yes to Cucumbers Daily Conditioner, Curl Junkie's Coffee Cocoa Hair Cream, TIGI's Bedhead Moisture Maniac Conditioner & Pantene's Relaxed & Natural Conditioner. I apply the conditioner to soaking wet hair using the accordion method. Apply holding product sparingly on roots and crown. To refresh, I use a mix of two parts aloe vera juice/gel & one part distilled water or ShidaNaturals Curl Refresher.

  • Anonymous says:

    For my wash n gos, I use: Aveeno Nourish + Shine (as a leave-in). That stuff is amazing by itself, But sometimes I'll seal with a tiny bit jojoba oil & Eco Styler Olive Oil gel for extra hold. The Nourish + Shine is my favorite it leaves my hair EXTRA shiny, & it smells really good & the ingredients are really great for detangling & staying detangled: lots of silicones, and alcohols. Which makes it great for wash n gos.

  • Cs says:

    For my wash and go I use Kim Kimble Bounce Back ($5 at Target) or Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream. So far those are the only two products that work for a wash and go on my 4B hair. The Jane Carter CDC has an odd smell so I added Lavender oil to it. I do want to try Going Ohm Hair Pudding. I read great reviews on it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wash and gos are my exclusive style. I use Terressentials hair wash (or make my own using rhassoul clay), then style with flax seed (or aloe vera gel) mixed with jojoba oil (summer – W coast is dry) or homemade cocoa butter/coconut oil creme (winter). I steam condition every pre-wash, every 5-7 days. I refresh with a light spritz of aloe vera juice followed by a light oil for sealing.

  • MelMelBee says:

    I just mastered the W&G last week while I was out of town…:) After co-washing, I use Kimmaytube's leave-in then I apply a small amount of EVCO. Then I apply a small amount of EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel…Here's the part that really makes the difference in my opinion…..I shake it out! I shake my head side to side and up and down and however it lands, I let it be…LOVED my W&G for the first time EVER! I'm so ready for the summer :)

  • Dani @ says:

    For me it's definitely my cantu first followed by mixed chicks leave in. Perfect combo.


  • Anonymous says:

    I am wash and go only. Styling is not for me. No need and don't want to (too lazy lol). I deep condition once a week with honey and Garnie Fructise (Triple Nutrition if I don't have color, and Color Shield if I do). I co-wash with these same conditioners every two days and leave them in. I seal with olive oil. For scalp, I use tea tree oil. That's it.

  • sarah says:

    Aussie Moist 3 minute DC, HETT, KCCC and maybe a light oil. I also use Oyin Juices & Berries as a refresher.

  • Alex says:

    I am only a wash-n-go gal. I like to change up my routine depending on what look I am going for. However, I almost always wash my hair with Apple Cider Vinegar. It keeps my hair shiny,glossy, and bouncy.
    For longer, stretched curls I use: Kinky Curly Curling Custard

    For bigger hair: Miss Jessy's Curling Pudding.

    For trying to make my expensive products last longer, I use: IC Fantasia Olive Oil Gel

    All of these products give me about 3 good days of definition, one more day but kind of fuzzy (that's when my hair goes up into a cute up-do). In between washes I spritz my hair with water to keep it moisturized.

    I hope this was helpful!

  • Anonymous says:

    I am a wash and go person. I use kinky curly products when i do a wash and go. I dnt have to do my hair again until the next week. I get 7 day hair from it. When i deep condition i use eco styler gel instead of kinky curly because u have to be careful with the products u use with the custard.

  • Mona says:

    I wash using Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo; I follow with KK Knot Today as my detangler/leave-in. I then seal with an oil, then I use EcoStyler Argan Oil gel (LOVE THAT STUFF)!

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash and deep condition my hair on Saturday mornings and use Kinky Curly or Curlisto styling systems then pineapple at night then in the mornings after I take my hair down, I spritz with a purified water and lavender essential oil then follow that with with a tiny bit of Mixed chics and follow that with a bit of Ouidad Climate control gel, let it air dry and then I am off to tackle the day.

  • april says:

    Last summer I strictly used shea butter as a leave in for my wash and gos and cowashed with Organic Root Stimulator, and co washed everyday. But the shea butter alone was too heavy and difficult to wash out everyday, so even now for my wash and gos I like Hairveda's jelly. It provides a soft hold.If I co wash with a conditioner and decide to leave it in, that might be the Hairveda Daily Moisturizing conditioner. This at least I can buy at my local health and hair food store :)

  • NikkiNukka says:

    i co-wash w/ fx wild harvest hair hydra curls nettle conditioner and use shea mositure curl enhancing smoothie seal w/ sweet almond oil or evco and put eco styler on top. then depending on how it came out i may spray my oil and water mix on top for good measure…TADAAAAAA!

  • Nikia says:

    I have to wash or cowash my hair every day because of the humidity where I live, so I use cheap products: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa, and Eco Styler Argan Oil gel. The only more expensive product I use is Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have a 7-month-post-relaxer twa. I have tried so many products, but this is my new staple routine:

    Wash: Terressentials pure earth hair wash (no shampoo, conditioner, detangler needed after using this)

    Styling: Homemade flax seed gel or 100% aloe vera gel

    Sealing moisture: EVOO, shea butter mix, or shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie

    Refreshing: aloe vera juice w/oils in spray bottle

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