Cut Your Styling Time in Half and Still Get Defined Long-lasting Curls with This Quick Wash ‘n Go

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If you have been looking for a quicker way to do your wash and go but still get defined beautiful long-lasting curls then keep on reading! My signature wash and go that gives me the most defined curls on the planet is time-consuming to say the least. Using that technique, it takes me roughly 1 hour to do my hair. That is a big chunk of time especially if you are a mother like me or hell just an adult who has a million things to do.

Can’t even take a picture! Can I?

Some weeks ago I was going out for a family day out but my hair wasn’t looking very hot so I decided to wash and restyle it the morning of the day I was going out so I needed to come up with a way to do my wash and go the quickest way possible.



That’s Better

The biggest change I made to my original wash and go for this quick routine was that I didn’t do the shingling method. I did the raking method instead. This has literally cut my styling time in half so in half an hour with no arm pain whatsoever I was finished on out the door.  Check out the video below to see what I do in greater detail.

Here are some close-ups of how my hair turned out ( not fully dry).

 

Products and Tools Used:

  1. Ecostyler Olive Oil Gel :http://amzn.to/2hERBB6
  2. Wide Tooth Comb: Not the exact one but very similar one by Conair-http://amzn.to/2xCAYk4
  3. Metal Hair Clips: Similar ones here – http://amzn.to/2xBVYaI
  4. Plastic hair Clips: Similar ones here- http://amzn.to/2wRrMns

Do you do wash and goes? Do you have a quick method? I would love to know! Leave me a comment!

See you all  next post loves!

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Combat Frizz and Get Popping Curls With This Protein Treatment on Your Natural Hair!

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My hair has been fully natural now for about two and a half months. Since I did the big chop I have been doing moisture based deep conditions once a week. I do not have a benchmark against which to judge whether my hair is doing great or not. However, what I know is that my curls are not clumping the way I would want them to without product in my hair. See exhibit A below- very frizzy.

 

Based on this observation and a little research I have decided to incorporate a protein deep conditioner into my routine. I know there are other things like Clay and Henna that might be able to remedy this issue but I need to do some more research before I start reaching for those Ayurvedic products. Plus I have prior experience using protein while on my relaxed hair journey so I inherently felt comfortable giving protein a try before anything else.



In picking a protein treatment I decided to forego my all time favourite ORS Hair Mayonnaise to go with something I always wanted to try but never did: the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment.

Application

Step 1

I cleansed my hair as usual with the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture and Shine shampoo. Then I did what I think is the most important step when using this treatment; I detangled with the help of my delicious smelling VO5 Herbal Escapes conditioner. You can use whatever detangler you choose but by any means necessary make sure your hair is fully detangled before you apply the product to your hair.

To ensure manageability and ease I divide my tangle free hair into 4 sections using clips. Then I proceeded to apply the treatment to each section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related: My Post Big Chop Wash Day Routine

The instructions are to comb the product through for even distribution. My advice is to comb it through but with your fingers. It has no slip so trying to use a comb might do more damage than good. Even with your fingers ensure to be gentle to avoid potential damage.

 

Processing

Step 2

Once the product is fully applied the next step is to either blow dry or sit under a hooded dryer until the product hardens. Do not touch your hair during this process.

Once the product has hardened it’s time to rinse out. Make sure the products softens under running water before touching your hair. Once the treatment has been thoroughly rinsed I proceeded to apply step two of the treatment.

Step two of the treatment is the balancing moisturiser. It is meant to restore any moisture and get rid of hardness that might occur as a result of the protein treatment as well as balance the Ph of the hair. I applied it in the same four sections as step 1, combed through and left it on my hair for two minutes per instructions.

I then proceeded to deep condition with a moisture based deep conditioner and finished my wash day as usual.  Make sure to always follow a protein treatment with moisture.

Related: How to Obtain and Maintain Your Hairs Protein/Moisture Balance

The Results

My hair felt the softest it has ever felt since I’ve been natural! It is as if the protein gave my hair the ability to absorb even more moisture. My curls looked way  more pronounced, springy and alive than usual-evidenced below.

The Take Away

I will be incorporating protein treatments into my regimen from now on. The results of this treatment gave me a positive reassurance that protein can improve the overall condition of my hair in the short-term.  Longterm, protein will protect my hair from potential damage that comes with styling a’s well as aging.

Based on this first experience I would wholeheartedly recommend that you incorporate protein treatments into your natural hair regimen. You don’t have to have damaged hair to use protein. What’s more…if your hair becomes damaged before you decide to reach for the protein it might be too late anyway.

This is how my hair turned out after completing my wash day and styling in a quick wash and go

 

 

Do you use protein on your natural hair? Why do you or don’t you? What is your experience? Let me know in the comments! See you next post.

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