Ever since my big chop last August I’ve been a wash and go girl! Mainly because my hair was way too short to style any differently. Over the past several months I can honestly say I’ve come to perfect the wash and go method, and although my hair is now long enough to manipulate in other ways, it’s still my favorite. Nothing beats letting my natural curl pattern live it’s best life with the help of some holding products. Often times people think it’s a twist out and are always surprised when I let them know it’s actually a wash and go. Given that it’s my most asked about style, I knew it was about time I did an updated tutorial highlighting my exact method. I recently received some products from Mixed Chicks that I felt would be perfect for a wash and go, so I decided to give them a try.
There are a few key items to note when doing a wash and go. Your hair must be very well saturated with water and the products used should deliver on moisture but not weigh your hair down. I tend to lean more towards the leave-in conditioner and gel combo for my wash and go’s. Curling creams, butters and custards I’ve found for my particular hair type are too heavy and don’t do much in term so defining my curls. Fortunately, the products from Mixed Chicks were my ideal texture.
I started with the Mixed Chicks Conditioning Cleansing Co-Wash ($10), which proved to be great between big wash days. The product has a medium thickness and made my hair feel not only clarified but moisturized as well. It is made with Jojoba and Castor oil, which are the ultimate in hydration.
Following the co-wash, to increase moisture in my hair and help with detangling, I used the Mixed Chicks Daily Hair Dress ($8) before styling. This served as my leave-in conditioner, which I think is extremely important when using gel products during your wash and go. A lot of people complain about gel making their hair feel too crunchy and not having much movement, the main reason is because they haven’t coated their hair with a good leave-in beforehand.
To give my curls a bit of definition I used the Mixed Chicks Curl Sculptor ($10). This product helped with enhancing the definition of my hair, but I will warn you — when the word “slip” was coined by the natural community, they had to have been talking about the Curl Sculptor. The Mixed Chicks Curl Sculptor is super lightweight, and if you aren’t careful it makes a bit of a mess! Given the lightweight texture of the Curl Sculptor, a product with hold is absolutely necessary, which is where the styling gel comes in. The Mixed Chicks Styling Gel ($10) helped to further define my curls and give them a long lasting hold so they remain intact throughout the day.
Overall, the Mixed Chicks products were a great compliment to my signature wash and go routine. Given that they are pretty lightweight overall, I feel they’d work best for those who have 3a – 3c and 4a hair types!