How-To: The Perfect Wash ‘N’ Go

Written by: Maureen Sheen
Jan 18, 2022

wash n go steps

If there’s one thing you need in your back pocket to service curly hair clients, it’s the wash ‘n’ go. A cleansing and styling method without the use of heat, protective styling or manipulation techniques, a wash ‘n’ go can transform dry, lifeless curls into a head of lusciously hydrated, defined locks. According to Ouidad Master Artistic Educator, Ayanna John (@aaugustinejohn), the wash ‘n’ go is popular right now because it’s an easy way to style curly hair, especially when in a hurry or when curls are really tight, as it’s a great way to style with minimal frizz. “Stylists should learn to perfect this technique because they need to teach their clients how to recreate it at home,” says Ayanna. Here, she shares her steps for achieving the perfect wash ‘n’ go.

Products Used:

Step-By-Step:

  • Shampoo and condition.
  • Apply Ouidad Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Primer to mids and ends of hair.
  • Section hair into five quadrants, or more if that feels more comfortable to work with.
  • Apply a quarter-sized amount of Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel to each section, thoroughly saturating the product through.
  • Comb through gel with fingers all the way to the ends and shake.
  • After styling is complete, spray Ouidad Finishing Mist Setting & Holding Spray on the hair to set curls as it dries. You can also choose to spritz Ouidad Mongongo Oil on the surface of the hair for extra shine.
  • Allow to air dry.
  • After hair dries, apply Ouidad Mongongo Oil to break cast and soften curls.

Pro Tip:

Style this at the shampoo bowl to maintain a max moisture level because a wash ‘n’ go is usually done while in the shower.

how to wash and go natural curly hair step by step

Source: All Photos Courtesy off Ouidad

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About The Expert

Maureen is a veteran beauty and style editor having worked at AmericanSalon, Woman’s Day, People StyleWatch and Teen Vogue, and a contributor for CR Fashion Book, Well + Good, Elite Daily and Glam. You can find her reporting on the latest trends from backstage at New York Fashion Week, interviewing celebrities and beauty industry heavyweights, and fashion styling for editorial photo shoots. The self-professed product junkie, super foodie and wannabe hand model is obsessed with rose gold jewelry, the NYC Flower Market and planning her next big getaway.