in the shower on soaking wet hair and those who are not distributing the product from root to tip.
Applying products to soaking wet hair actually allows you to use less product (that’s if you’re using highly concentrated products). The water helps in distributing the product throughout your hair.
As for getting the product distributed from root to tip, I always suggest that people think of it like flat ironing to get the hair straight. Part small sections to make sure you’re getting great coverage and that you’re hitting up those roots.
With patience and practice, you’ll have it down in no time.
5. You need a haircut.
Having your hair cut or your ends trimmed is super important to the overall look and health of your hair. It’s doubly important in the effort to avoid having your hair result in a wash and no.
If they are not in the best shape; the wash-and-go will put all your business in the streets with your texture being highlighted with every single kink, coil and curl on display,
6. You disturb the curls.
Once you’ve set your style, don’t touch it! The hair needs to dry completely before you put your hands all up and through it. I know that hands-in-the-hair syndrome is high among naturalistas, but don’t allow the temptation to touch lure your hands near your follicles. Keeping your hands out of your hair decreases the amount of frizz and ensures that you won’t end up on the NOPE side of the wash and go.
7. You need to adjust your expectations.
It seems like a majority of naturals had this idea of what their curls look like as opposed to what they actually look like. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought my hair was going to look like Tracee Ellis Ross’.
I’m not sure how high my delusions of grandeur were but it took me a little while to collect myself and accept what was growing out of my scalp. I have even found myself saying “If only my curls in the front were like those beautiful luscious ones in the back.”
Most recently I’ve come to a place where I realize that I need to stop nitpicking at my hair and let it live. That front area where it curls some and frizzes some is what it is and I need to go put on some dope lipstick and a splash of blush and call it a day.
Embrace what’s coming out of that scalp, ladies! You’ll be better and so will your wash and go.
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Aishia Strickland is full-time mom to a little Chocolate Prince, lover of multi-textured hair, tastemaker, Editor of Chocolate Curls Beauty and co-creator of the #30DayHairDetox!