Let’s be honest, wash and gos have gotten a bad reputation. Now, I can’t say that there isn’t a reason for that. A good wash-and-go takes time to get right, but it truly doesn’t have to be scary or complicated.
If you are looking for a simple and quick wash and go, keep reading. A one-and-done wash and go can be the key to not feeling like doing your hair is daunting. As a reference, I have mostly 4B hair with a mix of looser curls in the front.
The Doux Mousse
I discovered this was a great one-and-done product by accident and couldn’t be happier about it. This is a mousse so it isn’t going to provide too much hold, but you can always put a gel on top (which is still mostly one-and-done).
I usually use this mousse only on twist-outs to get more of a wash-and-go look, and what I really love about it is the volume that it provides. If you’re looking for a quick wash and go with maximum volume, go with this mousse.
Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic
This gel does not disappoint! It has an interesting consistency for a gel and a little goes a long way. The definition is out of this world and it doesn’t leave your hair with a cast so your curls will be soft and defined.
While it is on the pricier side, you do get a lot of bang for your buck, and the type of bottle that it comes in makes it easy to get the gel out.
TGIN Butter Cream Moisturizer
Now hear me out, I know it may seem odd to suggest a cream for a one-and-done wash and go but this cream is unique. Not only does it leave curls feeling soft and looking shiny but it also creates great definition, even without doing a twist-out. I always feel like I get a great combination of both volume and definition when I use this for a one-and-done.
Layering on different products is timing-consuming. If you are in a time crunch but still want to achieve a great wash and go, a one-product-style is a great option. You’ll look like you had a full styling day, but it will be done in half the time!
La Shané is a natural hair, lifestyle, and mental health awareness blogger. As a native Angelino she loves allowing her 4B curls to thrive in the Cali Sun! She’s currently experimenting with water-based hair products and loves sharing her reviews! For more natural hair tips and product reviews, you can follow her @naturalnae_la