Fine hair sistas stand up! It’s time to get a wash and go with volume and below I show you how I did it
Why It’s So Hard to Get a Wash and Go With Volume
Our hair tends to lack volume with most styles. You are the exception if you have fine hair but have like 10 of them coming out of one hair follicle. (Sit down lol). This means you have more density.
If you have fine hair that defies volume and looks like ramen noodles, this one’s for you!
The reason those of us with fine low to medium density have difficulty getting volume is because we’re missing something. It’s called, the medulla, the inner layer of the hair shaft. Those with heftier strands have it but we don’t. Booo!
This means our strands are a lot less hefty than those with thicker strands (not to be confused with thick hair)
Why Do The Wash and Go for Volume?
Of all the hairstyles available on the planet, your best bet at one that will give you some volume is the wash and go. That’s partly due to some of the shrinkage you will incur. The other part is solely based on the products you use to “set” that wash and go up for success.
But before I continue…
I know I know. Some people are reading this rolling their eyes thinking, “Wash and go’s cause me nothing but a mass of knots and tangles” OR “Wash and go’s don’t work for my 4C hair.”
Those are valid points and I don’t seek to negate them. If you’re not interested in styling your hair in a wash and go from time to time, the world won’t end. Keep doing you.
This is for the ladies who are looking to do a wash and go with volume. Read on.
Wash and Go Products Used for Volume
For this wash and go, I used two products. These are the products that gave my wash and go more volume than I would have ever imagined: Mane Choice 3 in 1 Conditioner (now called The Alpha Soft as Can Be Revitalize and Refresh 3 in 1 Cowash, Leave in, Detangler) + Mane Choice Crystal Orchid Gel (now called the The Alpha Crystal Orchid Biotin Infused Styling Gel)
Wash and Go Technique
For starters, I washed my hair (duh) with the Mane Choice Detangling Hydration Shampoo. This shampoo gets the hair oh so clean. One wash is all it takes to get your hair clean and you do want it CLEAN as a basis for a quality wash and go.
After deep conditioning with The Mane Choice (you guessed it) Restorative Hair Mask Treatment. I then rinsed my hair with tepid water while doing a little finger detangling. I then split my hair in four and clipped each section up out of the way.
Now, let’s back up a little.
My normal process of rinsing out my deep conditioner would be to rinse it out with diluted Herbal Essences Hello Hydration but because I was using the Mane Choice Crystal Gel for the first time to style a wash and go, I decided against adding another brand into the mix. Plus, HH contains silicones and I wanted to do this thing silicone free….at least so I could see what my results would be by only using products within the Mane Choice line.
Moving right along, to set my curls and working in sections, I first sealed in all that water with a bit of Argan oil. Then, applied a layer of the 3 in 1 conditioner (using it as a leave in) and used my fingers to detangle followed by a wide tooth comb. When doing a wash and go, you want ALL tangles gone.
After applying the 3 in 1, I then applied a generous helping (think a quarter sized amount per section) to the section and used the smoothing technique. The curls began to define and clump quickly.
When I finished applying all the products throughout my hair, I air dried for about 3 hours but because it was late in the day when I started, my hair wasn’t quite dry once it was time for night night. So, I pineappled all those curls using a satin scarf and to sleep I went.
When I woke up, my hair was still dry but mostly in the back. I had to manipulate my curls into place yet, the volume was definitely visible. The products used along with putting my hair in a pineapple contributed to this super cute wash and go. This is why I had the more volume than I have ever achieved as a fine haired natural!
Why the Frizz?
So, I know you may be thinking, “Yeah your wash and go is has volume and it’s cute but it sure is frizzy.” I agree. Yup, frizzy as heck but that’s partly my fault. I couldn’t keep my hands out of my hair! It was super soft. Then, there was the fact that it didn’t really dry.
The title of this post is not “The Most Frizz Free Wash and Go Ever.” It’s “The Most Voluminous Wash and Go Ever.” 🙂
A Prayer for Our Hair
Thank you Lord for those moments when our hair wows us. You know that those of with fine strands are not often wowed. So, thank you for the times that we are. Amen