How I Wash and GoSunday, April 29, 2012
My wash and go routine hasn't really changed drastically in the past year (see my original post on my wash and go routine when my hair was shorter). But what may continue to change are the product combinations I choose to use. In the past year I have tried different combinations of styling products depending on the season/weather and what my hair likes at any given stage. Since I've been on this recent wash and go flow, I've been experimenting with and following my modified version of the "curly girl method" or CG method as it is also called. So in between deep cleansing my hair with the terressentials mud wash once every month or so, I've been co-washing a few times weekly with the Tresemme Naturals conditioner whenever I do a fresh wash and go style. To style my wash and go, I've been using some old favorites: Oyin Hair Dew as a leave-in and Curl Junkie Curls In A Bottle as my finisher. As my main styler, I've been trying out the Eco Styler Blue gel - and surprisingly my hair has really been digging it! Pictures of my wash and go in its wet and dry states are below.
More on the Hair Dew and The Curly Girl Method: Even though the Hair Dew is not "CG approved" (because castor oil is a primary ingredient and castor oil is not considered "CG-friendly") - I still use the Hair Dew because my hair loves that stuff! While I agree that castor oil is a pretty heavy oil, there's something about how Oyin formulated the Hair Dew that my hair just likes. On my hair, the Hair Dew is incredibly moisturizing (water is the first ingredient), and because of that I can see and feel a major difference whenever I use it under certain gels. Its kind of like moisturizing and sealing all in one step. Once in an effort to use only "CG-approved" stylers, I skipped the Hair Dew as my leave-in and just used the Tresemme Naturals condish as my sole leave-in under the Blue Eco Styler. That day my hair definitely did not feel nearly as soft and touchable when it dried completely. So "CG friendly" or not - I listen to my hair first. And if it tells me it likes a certain product, I'll use it whether its "approved" or not!
My thoughts on Eco Styler Blue gel: The blue Eco styler gel - while not as moisturizing as other gels I've tried - has been working well for me so far. This is a surprise to me because my hair hates the Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel completely, and when I first tried the Blue Eco Styler gel last year my hair was like meh (didn't love it or hate it). I initially wanted to try it because the Eco blue had the lightest hold of the Eco Styler gels (it has a flexible hold of 5, compared to the Olive Oil one which has the maximum hold of 10). The only reason I revisited it now is because I still had a huge tub of it taking up space in my product stash and I wanted to try to use it up. Plus - since I was experimenting with the CG method and doing so many wash and gos, I didn't want to use up my "good" gels LOL. But I'm over the moon that my hair actually likes it now because it is super inexpensive and easy to get :) The main stipulation with using this gel is that it's critical to use a moisturizing leave-in conditioner underneath because it can be a bit drying on its own. If my hair continues to like this gel as I do more and more wash and gos this spring and summer, it may just end up on my staple products list (kicking something else off the list of course, LOL)