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How to Nail a Wash-and-Go

Hairstylists clued us in to their best tips.

3/1/2021 2:30:00 AM

Hair stylists clued us in to their best tips.

Three natural hair pros divulge their best tips.

Getty ImagesRedway confirms that one of the most common mistakes people make when attempting a wash-and-go is "not addingenoughproducts to their wet hair and expecting their strands to not swell up once it is dry."There should be enough product for you to get definition, but not so much that it leaves excess residue. That said, don't be shy. "I use a lot of product [on my clients] because the hair just absorbs it all. Natural hair is so porous," says Sturdivant-Drew. To make the process more manageable, she recommends sectioning off your hair by either dividing it in half or into four parts, then securing with hair clips.

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Saturate your hair with your curl-defining product while it’s still sopping wet and detangled — you'll want to skip towel-drying altogether. "The conditioner helps to reveal your natural texture, and your styling product captures it," shares Dickey.

AdvertisementUltimately, your hair-to-product ratio will depend on the density of your hair. If you have thicker or longer hair, it will most likely require a larger amount of product. But, again, beware of using too much or too many products. "It’s easier to add than to remove product out of your hair. I say use a safe amount (enough to cover the palm of your hand) first to see how the product reacts in your hair," Redway suggests. She also recommends working the product from underneath layers of your hair so if you accidentally use too much, the portion of your hair that is weighed down is hidden.

Air-Dry If You CanTo dry your hair, you have a few options, depending on your schedule or what type of climate you’re in. If you have more time on your hands — as many of us do these days during the pandemic — and you’re located somewhere with warmer weather, air-drying is ideal. "The less heat you add to your strands, the better the health of your hair will be," says Redway.

Air-drying allows the hair to set naturally with the same definition you achieved while applying your styling product. "The idea is not to touch the hair until it completely dries," Dickey says. Leaving your hair undisturbed will protect its definition and avoid frizzing.

But if you’re in a time crunch, you can use what Dickey calls "the microwave approach" by sitting under a hooded portable dryer at home or carefully using a diffuser attachment on a blow-dryer.Maintain Your Hair at Night Read more: Allure »

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