Perfecting the art of the wash n’ go can be difficult. While the name of this style suggests that you can just wash your hair and go, there is much more involved.
You need to detangle your hair, add your products, dry your hair, and in some instances, pick/fluff your hair out later for volume. It may seem simple enough, but so many things can go wrong with a wash n’ go. This article will focus on some of the reasons why wash n’ gos fail as well as things you can do to improve your wash n’ go.
Different Products Needed
Perhaps you used leave-in conditioner and gel when your hair is better suited to a conditioner-only wash n’ go. Maybe you used oil and gel when a cream moisturizer would have done the trick. These product combinations and others will work perfectly for some, but not for everyone. The key is finding the product combination that will work for your hair.
How Do I Find the Right Product Combination?
Try this and then try that – and if that doesn’t work, try something else.
You don’t have to try things blindly though. See some general guidelines that I’ve included below to make it easier to choose products for your wash n’ go.
Some General Guidelines
- Fine hair likes lighter oils and styling products that won’t weight it down.
- Thick, coarse hair may need heavier creams and butters in addition to gel to help tame frizz, flyaways, and help the hair lay down. There is little to no worry about weighing this hair type down.
- Low porosity hair benefits from styling products that are not too thick and creamy, since these kinds of products will just sit on top of the hair, unable to penetrate its tightly woven cuticle. Choose water-based styling products and oils that easily penetrate your hair, like jojoba oil or coconut oil.
- High porosity hair can easily accept moisturizers and stylers, but retaining moisture from these products can be an issue. I recommend trying the LOC method for high porosity hair. Read this article for more information on the LOC method.
Products Applied Too Liberally
When you get excited and use too much gel, oil, or cream, you just might create a greasy and/or crunchy mess.
How to Fix it
If you used too much gel, you can try the following. Try to break the gel cast by squeezing sections of your hair with your hands and moving up and down your hair shaft as you squeeze. This should help to bring back some movement to your hair. This may not work all the time but it is worth a try.
If your wash n’ go is too oily and weighed down, dry shampoo could help with this. Spray it on the oily areas to absorb some of the oil. Certainly worth a try in a pinch.
Products Applied Too Lightly
Just like it is important not to over-apply your products, it’s equally important to apply enough of each product to your hair.
When you don’t apply enough gel, oil or cream to your hair, your wash n’ go could look dry and frizzy.
How to Fix It
Spray all of your hair lightly with water to dampen it. Apply more of the products that you originally used. Allow your hair to air dry if time allows. Easy!
No matter which products you layer onto your hair to provide moisture, definition, and hold, your wash n’ go will fail if your hair is full of knots and tangles.
If you want a good-looking wash n’ go, you’ll need to detangle your hair prior to applying your wash n’ go products AND you may need to run your fingers through it after applying the products to ensure that your hair is still tangle-free.
How To Fix It
If you’ve got a tangled wash n’ go, wet your hair thoroughly with water and detangle it with your fingers (preferred method) or your favorite detangling tool. Reapply products as needed. Run your fingers through your hair to check for any remaining tangles. Allow your hair to air dry or dry with a blow-dryer. Problem solved!
Trim is Overdue
If you haven’t trimmed your hair in 2 years, you need to trim it pronto. Not only is it bad to put off a trim for hair health concerns, but it’s also nearly impossible to hide split ends and hair damage when wearing a wash n’ go.
So, cut those raggedy, split ends off. Your wash n’ go will instantly look better!
Hair that is brittle, broken, or otherwise damaged will need extra care and would do better tucked away and protected. This is not to say that you should never wear your hair in a wash n’ go if it is damaged, though.
You will need to put forth more effort to make sure that your hair is moisturized and that frizziness is kept in check in order for your wash n’ go to look its absolute best.
To Minimize How Much Your Damage Shows
- Try increasing the amount of moisturizer you use.
- Try increasing the amount of penetrating oil that you use.
- If you normally blow dry your hair, try air drying it instead.
Last Resort: Take a break from perfecting your wash n’ go and nurse your hair back to health with deeply moisturizing hair treatments and protective styles.
I hope that you were able to use something from this post. Have you ever saved a failed wash n’ go? If so, share your experience in the comments! Also, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns, leave them below. I’d love to hear from you.