Wash and Go Challenge on 4a and 4b Natural Hair

So, I have been wearing nothing but wash and gos for nearly two months. I decided that the wash and go would be the best option for me, because I have been working out 6 days a week. I take a 60 minute class everyday, Zumba, Strength Training, and Cross Training. I found that it was really difficult to keep my hair stretched, and also my scalp was really irritated from the constant sweating. I decided that wearing a wash and go would work for my current lifestyle. This way I can conditioner wash my hair daily. I have been loving my wash and go, and also totally embracing shrinkage! My hair is extremely soft and bouncy. I will be sticking to this regimen for the rest of the year. It’s a great low manipulation hairstyle, good for keeping the hair moisturized, and I am hoping to see some great length retention.
I will keep you updated with details on my new regimen, things I learn, mistakes, etc.

I am calling it a challenge, because as a woman who has “4 type” hair, wash and gos are the one thing that most say is impossible. It can be frustrating, and the shrinkage can be discouraging. I am someone who religiously stretches my hair so I am excited about the possibilities!
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Check out some of my wash and go videos here! 🙂


The Perfect Wash and go For “My” Tight Curly Natural Hair

Wash and go on tight curly natural hair

So, I have been on my wash and go kick. I have been really enjoying them this time around@
It seems like the more I do them, the more I love them, and the easier it gets!
My experience with wash and gos have been an up and down battle. Somehow I have been able to move forward and find a method that I am addicted to. I love it so much, I am thinking about doing nothing but wash and gos until the end of the year. (more on that later) 🙂

Here are my steps to achieving my perfect Wash and Go For Tight Curly Hair

  • Shampoo or co wash my hair thoroughly
  • Deep conditioning/hot oil treatment
  • Thoroughly Detangle my hair
  • Add Conditioner (Herbal Essence Hello Hydration) – Add product in sections, making sure to cover each strand, especially the roots where tightly curly hair knots up. From my personal experience adding product thoroughly to the hair decreases knots and tangles. I usually finger comb to get the product all over the hair. You can do bigger sections this way, and not take tiny sections that will increase the styling time. It’s not about defining the curl, it’s about making sure product is evenly distributed.
  • Add my styling gel (Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel) – Again, add product in sections, making sure to cover each strand.
  • Blow drying! Once my hair is completely dry it will last until for 5-7 days without re wetting. I don’t use any attachment. I hang my head upside down and begin to dry my hair. I do upside down, so that the curls on top are not disturbed. I don’t mind a little frizz, because it gives me more volume and the bigger hair we all love! I have low porosity hair. My hair literally stays wet for 24 hours. This is no joke! This is usually where my wash and go fails. I usually have to go to bed on wet hair. In the morning, the curls are crammed up, and knotted together. I then have to re wet my hair. This becomes a daily process which defeats the purpose of low manipulation styling that you should get from a wash and go.

This entire process from the shampoo to the blow drying takes a little over an hour. I use about 30 minutes to deep condition, 10-15 minutes to add product, and about 15-20 minutes to blow dry.

I maintain my wash and go at night by using the pineapple method. In the morning, I add a little oil, shake and go!

*Pineapple Method*

Who said us coily heads can’t do wash and gos!?!?! I am quickly changing my opinion on the wash and go for my tight curly hair! 🙂

Most people with tight coils like me are afraid of the wash and go, because tangles can be scary. I’ve battled wash and gos because of that reason. The key for my hair is making sure the hair is fully detangled before styling, and product. Product is not key for growing hair, but it is key for styling. Find the right product for your wash and gos, and make sure to apply it thoroughly.

No Heat Loose Curls On My Natural Hair

No Heat Loose Curls different views

In this video my hair is straightened from my first flat ironed since transitioning to natural hair.
My flat ironed video: http://youtu.be/bJAmSA1HlL0
Bantu knot outs are my go to hairstyle for no heat curls. You can do them big, you can do them small. The bigger the knots the looser the curl.
Bantu knot demo here: http://youtu.be/20oOLMm8Cbs
This hairstyle lasted the entire day. I did my bantu knots at night before going to bed. It took me about 10 – 15 minutes to do these knots. When the curls are tighter it lasts a lot longer.

I spritzed my hair lightly with water and added a little leave in to each section before doing the bantu knot. I did not use any heat to dry. I slept with a satin cap, and then took them down the next morning.

Hair Of The Day – Natural Hair

Day 10 Straightened Natural Hair Day 10 Straightened Natural Hair

Working on my second week with my flat ironed hair. Obviously at this point it looks just blown out. I don’t really mind, because I didn’t straighten in bone straight anyways. I put some soft curls in my hair with big bantu knots. I have not added anymore heat to my hair. I have been doing ponytails also. I really enjoyed the straight hair. I have to say it was fuuuuun! I have been maintain my hair at night with about four bantu knots or I use the bunning method.

*Bunning Method*

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Holiday Natural Hairstyle – 2 in 1

Holiday Natural Hairstyle 2 in 1

Holiday Natural Hairstyle 2 in 1

Holiday Natural Hairstyle 2 in 1

I had soft curls from a big bantu knot out. (video coming soon)
This style was quick and easy. My hair is stretched in the video, you can do this with any hair texture. Make sure to loosely twist the hair in the front, so that it has the nice pretty hang for the bangs. Pull the hair to one side. Take the twist and wrap it around so that you make a ponytail. If you don’t want the hair to hang or your hair is shorter, tuck the hair under loosely and pin in place for a beautiful updo.
Enjoy your holiday!!! 🙂

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Day 6 Flat Ironed “Natural Hair” #NaturalHair

Natural hair flat ironed - Alicia James

This is my hair on day 6 of my flat ironed hair. Can’t believe it is still straight! I put some soft waves in it with bantu knots. I have not added anymore heat to my hair. 🙂

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Flat Iron Natural Hair - Alicia James

Yes, I had to have a little fun and post only 1/2 of a flat ironed photo for you! LOL! It keeps it interesting! I will be posting a full photo tomorrow! I am really loving my straight hair. It is super cute, and yes,  I have been swinging it! Not sure how long this will last, but I will try to get at least two weeks out of it or more. It is not super super straight, but it’s straighter than it has ever been. I had to trim slightly.It looks like it is going to rain today, and the humidity is kind of high, so I will bun it up when I go outside today. 🙂

I will have details on what I did and used coming soon. Just enjoy my nice tease!

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