So naturally, your styling method of choice should be the wash n' go, right?
Not quite. While this approach is all the rage and has many benefits, it's actually not for all hair types.
Since the second generation natural revolution began sweeping through the establishment in the early 2000s, one key trend has been part of the flotsam and jetsam swept along with it; the wash n' go. Instead of fussing with your hair every morning, having to wait for it to dry before you could do anything with it, you simply washed, conditioned, rinsed out some of the conditioner, scrunched, shook and went. If needed, you added a little bit of leave in or styler, and that was it.
Given its obvious appeal for the modern, rushed lifestyle, the wash n' go became a key facet of the new natural hair movement. It was, and is, simply emblematic of the ease and speed that can come as part of the trade when going from straightening your hair to letting it do its what it does, naturally.
The problem is, the wash n' go hasn't been working for everybody. From the beginning, many early adopters were less than pleased with the results of styling their hair this way and expressed their concerns on the various hair-centric forums. However, in the excitement over this trend – which was not only a timesaver, but also a paradigm-shifting experience for many of those who tried it – these voices were usually shushed. Naysayers were met with replies hinting that they had a problem with their texture and its natural appearance, rather than with this much-cherished method. Despite this response, the wash n' go was not created with every head of hair in mind. For some, styling from wet is exactly the opposite of what their hair needs.
If you're currently struggling with the wash n' go, you may well have noticed some of these tell-tale signs in your attempts to make this method work for your hair:
If you see these signs in your hair, then your tresses are probably telling you they'd appreciate a switch to dry styling. Remember: when a method, however popular, does not work for your hair, there are always several others that will, so no need to try and force something unworkable onto your hair. Delve into the details of how to diagnose any potential wash n' go phobia in your strands, here.
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