The advice I received the most when I chopped off my hair and went natural was to wash my hair often. And in the beginning, I did wash my hair as often as possible, as much as every 3 days. Three years and a head full of hair later, I realize that a GOOD wash day is a GREAT foundation for a long-lasting wash ‘n go, braid out or two-strand twist out. Meaning less wash days and more great hair days!
My wash ‘n go routine lasts for about 27 days. If your hair texture looks similar to mine, you can narrow in on these specific products. But this routine is good for all hair types (just use your products in place of the ones I recommend). Proper hydration, limited gel, and pre-detangling is good advice for all thick hair types. Consider sectioning, pre-detangling and washing with this dream team:
- Non-stripping shampoo
- Hydrating conditioner or this one for color treated hair
- Detangling tools (a big tooth comb or Denman brush)
- After wash moisturizer
- Night-time protection
Epiphany moment: Eco Styler gel can become the replacement to the traditional “creamy crack”…and not in a good way. It’s sold in ginormous Costco-sized buckets because that’s how much we tend to use. Whether it’s the Eco or the Crystal Ice brand, it’s still a chemically goo-gel. Plus, applying excessive amounts of gel creates residue and flakiness. Before you know it, it’s a white winter wonderland in your scalp. I am not advocating against gel – but I recommend reducing the usage.
If you’d like to use gel because it makes your hair more manageable, great, don’t change what you do. But I’d encourage you make sure it doesn’t become the “new perm” in your life. And if you’re into making your own products, Naptural85 has the perfect, natural replacement – homemade Flaxseed gel.
Leaving gel alone was a struggle at first. But I quickly noticed my hair styles actually lasted longer without gel. After this particular wash-n-go, the pattern is not as defined, but the hair is baby soft and as the days go by it gets bouncier and curlier. As of this post, my last wash day was 27 days ago. I varied between low puffs, high puffs, big loose hair, half up and half down.
Another perk to this method, besides softness, is that your hair won’t be crunchy, stiff or flaky. Less gel means less flaking meaning less residue and longer-lasting hair days. Your hair stays cleaner for longer, and is generally healthier. This method has been my tried and true go to since 2015. I recently colored my entire head – I’m a #Ginger! Check it out!
What routine has worked for you in the past? Drop a comment on IG or tag me @pofaprincess so I can see what products you use and love!