The “wash & go” routine can be really troublesome for us curly types. It can leave a shrunken tangled mess, or cost hours of precious time. Here’s my latest routine for a weekly wash & go. You can omit some of my techniques to fit your own hair’s characteristics.
Hair profile: Fine but dense – 3c/4a curl – low porosity
Plastic Shower cap
Plastic hair clips
Cotton tee shirt
Blow dryer with diffusion
Satin or silky scarf
First, I shampoo then apply conditioner. Once conditioner is applied all over my hair, I gently section my hair in two parts and clip and cover with a heavyweight plastic cap. After 5 minutes (go by the time on the packaging), I section each half into two sections to create 4 sections total. Starting from the bottom of each section, I detangle with a wide-tooth comb while under running water. I apply Knot Today and braid the section – repeating on the other 3 sections until all conditioner is washed out and Knot Today is applied. I add more product as needed and run a little water over my hair to distribute the leave-in condish.
I leave it dripping wet and use a tee shirt to plomp the excess water (plomping is the process of removing excess water from the hair by gently dabbing and squeezing it with a piece of cotton knit material – this is a less damaging method than wringing with terrycloth which has abrasive fibers).
While hair is still slightly drippy, I apply EVOO to absorb and seal in moisture. Next, I apply the curling custard to each section of hair, paying close attention to distribution over every curl from root to end.
Blowdrying on low heat is optional. My hair takes forever to dry, so I get it about 75% dry before tying it up in a loose pineapple for bed. Shake and go in the morning.