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.

VIDEO: How I Wash and Go 4a Natural Hair


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)

Wash and Go Results | Wet State


Wash and Go Results | 100% Dry and Shrunken State



10 Comments

  1. I freaking love the curls popping!LOL!Since starting the CG method a month ago,I still havent tried the gel with it. Just conditoner. My hair was loving it all until last week and my hair became a tangled mess!With Single STrand KNOTS!So, today I did an aple cider vinegar rinse(Just Because),LOL, and added Tresemme Naturals Flawless curls but never tried the prayer hands technique. I love that you stated that we should listen to our hair! I am really trying to figure out what my hair,my 12 and 4 year olds hair likes and loves or hates!This is a learning process for me. I have been natural all my life but have never KNEW my hair.Thanx for sharing!;-)

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    1. I tried conditioner only WNGs too - and I wasn't really feeling it either :( Though it made my hair pretty soft when I did WNGs, my hair tended to "draw up" on itself at the roots (mainly in back of my hair just below the crown...my most coily/kinky section) and become a bit tangled at the roots. But my biggest issue with conditioner only wash and gos is that for me they never lasted more than one day. If I use gel I can almost always get second day hair, and many times even third and fourth day hair if I got a really defined WNG on day 1. Rule #1 of being natural (and the only rule in my opinion) is to always listen to your hair :)

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  3. HI there,

    I just love your curl pattern!! So consistent... I tried the Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion leave in and while I think it helps me keep moisture, I wish it had a thicker consistency. Do you find that the Oyin Dew leave in has a thicker consistency? If so which do you prefer?

    Also, I ordered my hair steamer this past weekend and can't wait to use it this weekend, my next wash day. I realized after 6 months post big chop that I have low porosity hair:( I hope this will help me retain moisture.

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    1. Thank you so much! I love the CJ Smoothing Lotion! It is super moisturizing and has crazy slip but it did not work for me as a leave-in because it has glycerin (a humectant) as a top ingredient - which means that for my hair in some seasons (when the dew point/humidity is really high or really low) its not as moisturizing after being left in. But I currently use it as a rinse-out / detangler in the shower and it still works its magic with that magical slip! Compared to the consistency of the Hair Dew, I do think that the HD is a little thicker than the smoothing lotion...but I'm not surprised because the HD has castor oil as the second ingredient after water - and castor oil is a super thick oil. Other than that its hard for me to compare the two because I use each for completely different purposes. As a leave-in, I definitely prefer the HD though :) But I would never use the HD as a rinse out condish because it wasn't designed for that at all...whereas the smoothing lotion is a more versatile product that was designed to be used in a variety of ways.

      Low porosity hair is not a bad thing as long as you can open up the cuticle to get the moisture in :) I think getting a steamer is awesome!!! I loooovvve mine :) It will definitely help to open up the cuticle so moisturizing products used afterwards can penetrate the hair shaft better. Dont forget to seal in that moisture ;) Happy steaming in the days ahead! Hope this looooong reply of mine helped, LOL :)

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  4. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! Glad to have found this blog.

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  5. I saw this video about 2-3 weeks ago and started using the prayer method to apply my cantu leave-in and coconut curling cream. IT MADE MY HAIR GORGEOUS!! soooo thankful for stumbling onto your blogsite!

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  6. I started doing the CG method and finally was able to achieve a really nice wash n go style. I was looking for definition, fullness,and moisture without having to constantly manipulate my hair throughout the week in order to promote growth and retention. After several trials and errors, I was able to find a product and technique that held in moisture for several days. However, I had to modify my CG method and use a product line that my hair loves but contains caster oil. So, it looks like I'll have to be a "modified" CG. Which I don't have a problem with because I'm of the same opinion that when it comes to products, my hair has to have the last word.

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  7. I found your video for this today and I got so excited! Your hair curls curl up like mine. Now I have somebody to follow who has a pattern similar to mine, so I don't have to guess how the type of style or method will come out on me.

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