I had just taken my old mini twist out. I was wearing them for about three weeks. I had some things to do, so I was not able to wash my hair immediately. You can also roll the hair up in a bun, if you prefer to not leave the ponytail hanging.
I got my banana clip from Walgreens or CVS over a year ago. They are a bigger size and thicker than the normal banana clip. Not sure if they still carry these.
Okay…before I get started let me say, I am not speaking for anyone else. This is about my experience and what I’ve learned! 🙂
So, I have been experimenting with wash and gos for the last couple of weeks. I’ve talked about in my blog/vlogs lately. In the beginning of my journey all I did was wear wash and gos! It was soooo much easier with my twa!
When my hair got longer, wash and gos became a thing of the past. I noticed so much tangling and knotting. Detangling was a nightmare after a wash and go. Also, the shrinkage can be crazy, and from what I’ve experience; lots of shrinkage=knots. I became really frustrated with that process. I’ve done several videos on the YT, where I said I was done with the wash and go, and I hated them! But…. I always go back! LOL! I guess I figure there has got to be an easy way to wear our hair in its natural state and wear it with a little more ease. Sometimes I don’t want to go through the different methods of stretching the hair.
This time I decided to not go back in to the relationship blind! (feels like a relationship with the wash and go) LOL! I did a lot of research, I watched a lot of videos, I read about others experience with similar textures. Finally, I felt like I had enough information to give it a try once again. Well…. it was a PASS!!! I feel like I have finally mastered the wash and go!*Click HERE to read my blog on mastering my wash & go!* With mastering the wash and go, I even tried using Suave Naturals and eco styler. This also gave me nice results! I was able to maintain my wash and go for at least five days. *Click HERE to read about my method for maintaining my wash and go*
Now, let’s really dig into this….
I really love the look of my wash and go now, but I don’t think it is something I will ever make a big part of my regimen. Buuuut I will most definitely do it again! ha haa! I will detail my experience below!
They are beautiful! It’s nothing like seeing those tight coils sticking together, every strand of hair clumped together nicely! The problem is for ME, there is always a big price to pay. Doesn’t matter what methods I use, the wash and go ends in long detangling sessions, and loss of more hair than usual. I do enjoy them, and feel like I’ve mastered the way my wash and gos look, but I can’t do 2-3 hour long detangling sessions to prevent excessive hair loss. I use some of the tips from the curly girl method, but I find that my hair responds better with this method when I do a twistout. The hair is extremely soft, but nice and stretch preventing unnecessary tangles.
Not trying to scare anyone. Just sharing my experience.
Don’t think the wash and go is a no go. I want to share the method that Naptural85 uses for her wash and gos. I’ve done this method for a couple of years now, but I’ve been referring to it as a wet twist out. My results are sooo much better with these results, and if you are having issues with tangling during your wash and gos, because of your tight coils, you should try this method.
So, I will leave you with these words of wisdom! LOL! Always wanted to say that…. The key is embracing what you have. Our tight toils can be really unpredictable, stubborn, and a whole lot of other things. Embrace what you have and make your hair work for YOU, don’t work for your hair! It gets easier when you accept what your hair can’t do, and you start exploring and finding the things that it CAN do! Good luck! Share your stories below…the good and the bad! 🙂
I think this style is a little more edgy than I normally go for, but it’s really cute! I wore this style in a ponytail, because the weather has been pretty hot lately. The ponytail sort of softens up the look.
Kelli has really long hair. It’s based her hip bone, and with any extra head of hair around the house, it can be a lot of work! Most of the time Kelli is wearing braids. I’ve attempted two strand twist on her hair in the past, but they just unravel seconds after. I decided to try a new method this time. I started off braiding the hair about an inch down, and then combined the three strands to make two, and start twisting.
I do her twist on freshly washed and detangled hair. I put the hair in braids so that it can air dry overnight and stay stretched. I moisturize the hair with Cantu Shea Butter Leave In. The Cantu also helps to give the hair a soft hold. I like to do the twist in sections. I start off at the roots braiding the hair about one inch. Then I start twisting all the way down to the ends. I use a small amount of Cantu to smooth and curl the ends of the twist.
This style took me about 4-5 hours.
So far she has been wearing them for over a week, and they are really cute on her.
I will do an update to let you know how long they last. 🙂