LEFT: Straight almost WSL hair (shot from July 2012). RIGHT: Shrunken, un-combed, damp hair (January 2013). Shrinkage never ceases to amaze me. Hair eventually shrinks to EL once dry.
Back in January 2013, I took down my set of jumbo twists and tried Cynthiarf’s daily wash-n-go regimen for kinky hair. Wait! Hold up. Yes! Wash-n-gos on my almost waistlength (at the time), 4b/4c hair. Following is how it all began, how it went and whether I would ever do it again …
In January, though, I was kind of forced into wash-n-gos. My jumbo twists had gotten fuzzy, I had undergone a serious surgery and the idea of doing my usual twist routine was not an option – physically. So, it was either experiment with Cynthiarf’s method OR get braid extensions, the latter of which I did not have the money or physical energy to do. So, I picked the former. I will admit that I was extremely frightened of getting knots and tangles considering my length and shrinkage. (See EXHIBIT A – the above photo.)
After allowing hair to dry some.
Since that January, I have kept the wash-n-go as a viable option for the summers, especially when I just want the freedom to have water hit my hair and scalp daily. However, the massive shrinkage does still scare me, so you won’t really catch me going overboard. I avoid the following when opting for the wash-n-go:
1) maintaining the wash-n-go routine beyond a few weeks,
2) touching my hair in its shrunken state
3) skipping more than one day between finger combing sessions
4) using shampoo during the routine.
Although the knots and tangles are minimal, the majority of them do occur in the back where my hair is finer so I have to give that area special attention. (Hence, if you have long AND fine 4b/4c strands, I would personally recommend that you be extra cautious if you want to try this method.)
Stretched wash-n-go (via braids I did not allow to dry all the way).
Wash-n-go after air-drying throughout the day. (I swear I can enter a shrinkage contest. Where’s the application?)
So, look forward to the wash-n-go making another appearance at some point this summer! For those who are interested in trying her method, here is the link to her video tutorial.
Ladies, have you tried Cynthiarf’s method? Does this change your view on wash and gos?