After my trip to Negril, I flat ironed my hair and proceeded to trim about 2 inches off of it. Which is why you see my hair is straight in the Memorial Day weekend photos. I just felt like my hair took a bit of abuse while on vacay, and just felt like my hair could use a little "refresher". While on vacay, I ended up wearing a lot of wash-n-gos which was even surprising to me. One, being that I'm not really a fan of wash-n-gos on myself because of the tangled hair, but also because I usually don't really like the way my hair looks, and two, as much as I love the beach and hanging out by the pool, I don't usually get my hair wet. I don't not get my hair wet for my hair's sake. I'm just not really the type to be in the water all swimming and ish--I tend to get in and just chill, wading with my drink in hand. haha So I figured I'd pretty much wear a braidout the whole time. Well, surprise surprise, I did end up swimming and ish, playing pool volleyball, etc. So I said eff it and wash-and-went the whole time. This caused me after I returned home to maybe rethink my wash-n-go stance. Maybe, just maybe, it is possible to get my wash-n-gos to look the way that I'd like....which is more defined. I feel like in the past, for the most part it starts out looking defined, but ends up in a frizzy mess by midday.
Well ya'll, there is a new sheriff in town. And by sheriff, I mean a new combo of products, and I now believe I have established the wash-n-go of CHAMPIONS. This just might end up being my go-to style for the summer. (Don't hold me to that. Matter of fact, I'm sure you've learned not to hold me to anything when it comes to my hair.)
|Pics with the shades are the first day. Brown dress is second day hair.|
-TRESemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner (it's silicon-free, and shout out to Sophia of Kiffe Coco of whom I bought this after she mentioned it on her blog)
-Flaxseed Gel (Yep, I made some myself. Thought I'd see what all the hype was about. I think the hype may be warranted. Not totally sure though if my definition was mostly from the conditioner or this.) Tutorial on how to make your own found HERE.
What I did:
I co-washed my hair in the shower with a random cheapo conditioner, rinsed it out and then applied the TRESemme conditioner to my hair and pinned it up with a clip as I showered. Before I got out of the shower. I let down my hair and wrung my hair out REALLY well to get out excess water and conditioner. I DID NOT rinse the TRESemme out. I then clipped my hair back up so that I could rinse the conditioner I'd squeezed out off of my body and then got out of the shower. I immediately applied coconut oil throughout my hair and last applied my homemade flaxseed gel throughout my hair. Because my hair was still dripping wet, I pulled it back into one big twist, clipped it up and wrapped it in a towel for about 15 minutes. After removing the towel, I'd let it air dry to about 75% dry and then I diffused it the rest of the way.
All I can tell you is that this is one of the most defined wash-n-gos that I've ever had. I don't even think the pictures are doing it that much justice. I know many naturals use regular conditioner as a styler, but I've always been somewhat reluctant to do it. I've tried it a few times, but not with results like this. I even pulled my hair up into a ponytail at one point and then let back down a while later and it fell right back into place--curls still defined! I ended up wearing the initial wash-n-go for 3 DAYS and it could have gone longer if I wore a puff. I'm sold!
Just thought I'd share!