After taking out my braids, I spent a lot of time looking for my next hair style. I have been giving a lot of thought to my hair regimen and my hair’s progress over the past years. I wanted to try something I have never really mastered before and that will really showcase my hair in its afro state, especially since I have cut off almost all of my damaged ends. So without further ado, I give you my first ever successful (at least in my eyes) wash and go (drum roll please):
I am so happy with the way my hair turned out!! It wasn’t too difficult. I washed my hair and deep conditioned it. Then I used As I Am Leave in Conditioner, Shea Moisture Curl Milk, and Castor Oil (in that order) to moisturize and seal. Then I took medium sections and raked about a dime size of eco styler gel through the hair. I twisted small sections of hair around my finger to get a little more definition in the areas that needed it. And Voila! It is definitely different from any other style I have rocked but I really like it.
I have been wondering if I can use wash and gos to help me in my hair journey and help me better retain length. When I first big chopped (back in 2013), my hair grew so quickly! All I could do back then was a wash and go because my hair was not long enough for other styles. But I have heard that wash and gos on kinker textures can be damaging because the hair is more prone to tangling and single strand knots. What I have been doing over the past year is moisturizing my hair each night and then loosely braiding it in big sections. But I didn’t retain a lot of length this year using that plan.
But to be honest, my hair journey has been complicated. Since about 2014, my hair growth has completely plateaued. My hair isn’t getting shorter, but it isn’t getting any longer either. I can’t blame anyone else but myself. I made so many mistakes along the way.
I put a keratin treatment in my hair in 2014, right when the growth stopped, and was flat ironing my hair everyday. By the end of a few months, I had heat damage and my hair growth had essentially stopped.
Then in 2015, I put my hair in crochet braids and I became so lazy. I never moisturized my hair and I did not keep my scalp clean. Although my hair grew and recovered from the heat damage, it was screaming for moisture. Every time I tried to wear it out, it would just start snapping off and I was right back to where I started.
In 2016, I finally realized I needed to get my hair regimen together. I started using the LOC method, trying to protective style, and avoiding all heat. But then I got bored and tried to texlax my hair at home (Yikes! What was I thinking!!). My hair immediately started breaking off. I knew I had messed up bad.
Since 2017, I have remained committed to a healthy hair regimen and I have been slowly cutting off those chemically damaged ends. My boyfriend has cut off quite a bit at this point and I think I am basically at the fully natural stage. I hope to start incorporating wash and gos into my regular hair regimen. It wasn’t too hard, my hair feels very moisturized and I am loving my little fro. It’s not perfect hair, but it’s all mine 🙂
Do you think trying to do more wash and gos will help me better retain length? What do my fellow naturalistas think? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you for reading and happy styling!
P.s. If you’re interested, I created an instagram page where I post quick 1 minute styling videos and pictures of styles I create. I am still in the beginning stages, so I don’t have a lot of posts up, but I am planning to start uploading multiple times per week. Check me out if you’re interested at @shaybelles.