Greetings! So I recently began really experimenting with wash-n-gos again since I FINALLY got a trim!
***SIDEBAR — Prior to my trim, my hair was so blah and the curl pattern will virtually non-existent. I was kinda unhappy with it and didn’t really know what was going on especially since it’s gotten so much longer. I swear, in the 8+ years I have been natural, my hair has drastically changed textures at LEAST 4 times!!! It’s crazy!!!
So you’re probably thinking what does that have to do with getting trim?! Well, everything!! I have been growing out some over-processed permanent color I put in my hair a couple years ago and in my last trim I cut off about an inch and a 1/2 ((I still have a teeny bit left to go)) and let me tell you…it made a WORLD of difference!!
My curls have sprung back! Having the color and the non-colored hair together makes me think of how relaxed and natural hair just don’t get along lol the two textures basically “combat” each other and don’t know how to get along and couldn’t decide if they wanted to curl or not lol It was almost amazing how much of a difference a simple trim made! I love my hair again :o)
But yea, so back to the original topic lol I have been searching high and low for an all natural product that I actually like for a wash-n-go that defines my curls, doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or flaky and most importantly isn’t expensive because I have to use quite bit of product to cover all my hair. One thing I have managed to learn when it comes to making a wash-n-go work is to apply a leave-in along with whatever gel product I use. THIS step is what I was missing! And I must thank my readers for teaching me this :o) Using the leave-in keeps my hair moisturized and soft under the gel. Another thing I did was started with CO-WASHED hair to keep it from being too dry and also to retain some of the curl pattern I had from the twist-out I wore the week prior.
So I discovered the Upper Management Styling Gel by Kiss My Face from Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl ((she is the queen of long haired wash-n-go’s in my book)) and this gel is on her holy grail list and I always saw it in Whole Foods but am just now getting around to buying it. It retails on Kiss My Face’s site for $8.95 for 8 oz but I got it off my beloved VitaCost for $5.99!! Score!!
his medium hold styling gel is packed with hair strengthening vitamins, antioxidants and fortifying extracts. Place a little in your palm, run through hair and style. Perfect For All Hair Types. Keep Hair Under Control Naturally. ph Balanced. 100% Biodegradable. Certified organic botanicals nourish hair. Natural formula – no build up
Aqua, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium 55, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Panthenol, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Beta Glucan, Sodium Hayaluronate, Natural Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin *Organic. No SLS, parabens, phthalates, No animal ingredients or animal testing,No artificial colors or fragrances
So at first glance, and if I had not seen Elle swear by this, I probably would never even thought to give this gel a chance! I felt like it was not for my hair texture and would apply just like water lol BUT boy was I wrong! I really like this stuff!! Besides it being natural and somewhat organic, I love that it is rich in nutrients, antioxidants and extracts so it is actually nourishing my hair. Lots of gels tend to dry out my hair but this actually made my hair feel awesome! And THE best part is I had virtually NO white frothy flakes and NO build-up whatsoever. I wore this wash-n-go for the entire week and did not re-wet or re-apply any product but my hair did get less and less defined each day so I would say this would give me a good 3-4 days before I would want to start over. I only used my Q-Redew to revive my curls in the morning.
I wouldn’t say it did a phenomenal job of defining my curls but then again, my curls are sort of “retraining” themselves to behave so I feel like after a few amla treatments and doing smaller twists for my twist-outs, my natural curl defition will be much more pronounced and this gel will work even better! There were some areas in my hair that were much more defined than others. It’s kind of hard to tell in the pics below but the gel did a pretty good job of keeping my hair from losing its shape and becoming a mess by the end of the week. It stayed pretty consistent each day and using the Q-Redew helped maintain the curls and shape as well.
I really wish the bottle came in a larger size because I used almost a third of the bottle in one use ((I have a big head and a lot of hair to cover!)) but the great thing is I can get it for cheap off VitaCost. Plus I don’t wear wash-n-go’s that often so I imagine I would go through 2-3 bottles a year so it’s not too bad.
Check out the pics below! The first two are of the gel freshly applied on wet hair. See how virtually invisible the gel is?
***SIDEBAR — I really nee to invest in a Deva cut or something. The shape of my hair is so hidieous to me lol
The next pics are of my hair at the end of Day 1. See how it’s not super defined? It’s not really frizzy, its just that the curl pattern is not uniform. Some areas like the top of my head and the ends ((ironically since before my trim, the ends were the LEAST defined lol)) are but as I mentioned before, with time, they will “clump” and form a uniform pattern…hopefully lol Oh and pardon the bare face, I forgot to take pics before I got ready for bed and washed “my face” off for the day lol and that white orb in the pic is not product or anything stuck in my hair lol ((just an angel caught on film)) :o)
Here is my 2nd Day hair. Again, I used my Q-Redew that morning to revive my squished hair from my scarf which by the way, I am in desperate need of a new night time hair regimen! My hair is getting way too long for my scarf!
You’ll see it wasn’t quite as defined as the first day but it didn’t bother me because I just see it as part of the versatility of our hair, how it can look so different depending on how we wear it. Plus if you have the confidence (and right earrings lol), you can rock any hair style!
I think I may stick with this for a little while to see if it will grow on me :o) The journey for wash-n-gos continues! I am getting closer! haha