I Did a Wash & Go on My 4C Hair – First One in a WHILE

Now to be honest, I didn’t intentionally plan to do a wash and go. I had got a late start on my wash day and it was finally wrapping up around 2 am. I knew there was no way a twist or braid out would be dry by the time I woke up for brunch the next day. So I said hey let’s try out a wash and go.

I could probably count on my hands the number of times I’d done a wash and go. The first time I heard of it I was like “who would want to go out with wet hair?” Then when I actually tried it I was like “ who would want to go out with shrunken hair?” I mean the best part of my natural hair journey was the growth HELLO. As I head into my 5th year of natural hair, I revisited the wash and go method I had tried ever so often.

Here’s what I used:

After deep conditioning with TGIN Honey Miracle Mask, I used two products that I think work incredible together – Jane Carter Solution Conditioning Cream followed by TGIN Twist and Define Cream. I really love how the conditioning cream has a whipped consistency that thoroughly moisturizes my hair and define my curl pattern as it looks when it’s soaking wet. It also smells amazing! The twist and define cream locks in the texture of my hair.

I sectioned my hair into four large braids and hoped for the best!

The next morning, I did something else I hadn’t done in a while, I used a styling gel. Now once I’ve tried a certain type of product and it didn’t work, I most likely won’t try it again for a while. I gave gel a try a few times but didn’t like how it made my hair feel sticky and appear to have a white residue. However, I was drawn to try the Shea Moisture Red Palm Oil Styling Gelee because the red palm oil has not failed me yet! The Red Palm Oil Elongating Pudding is still among my top 5 favorite natural hair products! The red palm oil and cocoa butter line contains an ingredient called flaxseed gel which is known to elongate natural hair and works especially well for 4c hair.

After unbraiding my hair, I gently distributed a small amount of gel in section by using the clumping method. I do the clumping method by rubbing the gel between my palms and taking a section of hair and lightly squeezing it as if there were a glass ball between my hands. I could see how the sections with the gel hung a little bit longer than the sections without, so the “elongating” aspect of the product really showed. I followed with coconut oil to seal in the moisture.

All smiles over here

I loved the look! At first it took a minute to get used to the style because of how short I thought my hair appeared but I liked the way the length framed my face. I tried something different and ended up loving my hair even with it’s shrinkage.

Loving my new highlights

So will I try a wash and go again? I’m open to it! It was fun playing with my hair in it’s most natural state and I loved the way it turned out.

What have been your wash and go experiences?

As always take it step by step and

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Product Review: Shea Moisture Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding

Hey Daizies,

This year I’ve tried a lot of new products and this curl stretch pudding is by far my favorite new product of the year. It gave me the best twist outs ever for grad season and so much more. In the past, I’ve never felt strongly about any product that was allegedly for twist or braid outs because they typically worked like any other leave-in conditioner or moisturizer. But I was amazed with the results of this one.

Pre-Purchase Research

I heard about the Red Palm Oil line on The Friend Zone podcast wellness segment and I was interested in learning more about the red palm oil ingredient because I had never heard of it being used in hair products.  Upon further research I learned that red palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree. The oil has a reddish tone which is where the name “red palm oil” comes from. It wasn’t super easy to find information on red palm oil benefits so I had to do a little digging to find out what it was all about. According to Dr. Ericz, red palm oil is full of Vitamin E, “water soluble antioxidants”, and phospholipids. A lot of science terms basically saying there’s some good stuff in there.

The Red Palm Oil Shea Moisture line was kind of hard to find in stores and especially on Amazon Prime, so I waited about 4-5 months since I didn’t want to pay shipping costs to buy it directly from the Shea Moisture website. One day I found the very last curl stretch pudding at Walmart and swiped it for a whopping $11.97. I was like “this better be good” for a whole twelve dollars.

Aesthetics Review

This product is perfect for those allergic to coconut oil. There are so many products infused with coconut oil, especially in the Shea Moisture line, but this product uses cocoa butter instead which definitely adds a familiar scent. I loved that the product was very thick and creamy. I mean thick as in if you gently shake the jar from side to side, the cream won’t move. This is perfect for my dense and coily 4c/4b hair and I was excited to have such a luscious product. The smell was so unique, especially since I’m used to the typical shea and coconut oil combo scent.

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Twist Out Application Process

I washed my hair  2 days prior to starting the twist out process. I like to stretch my hair for two days so that it’s easier to divide my hair into twists and I don’t have to detangle as much. I applied the curl pudding to each section and then finger detangled the piece to make sure I would have a nice and neat twist. I wanted a ringlet look so I used smaller sections.

Does it Do What it Says?

“Curl Stretch” ” Elongates and Defines Curls”

How can a product stretch your curls? I sure found out with this product. The curl stretch pudding contains flaxseed oil, which is known to aid in stretching natural hair. When using any water based product, it’s common for a little shrinkage to occur just by nature. Normally when I do twist outs, my twists hang at the back of my neck. But with the curl stretch pudding I could feel my twists hanging at my shoulders and even my collar bone. So it actually DID stretch my curls! I know I’ve already posted tons of my grad photos, but of course professional pics are the best way to show off what I’m talking about!

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I used this product the day before my grad photos. An Interesting day to try a product for the first time but I tell you I had never seen such an amazing twist out in my life as I was getting ready for my pictures. I was so happy with the results! I used it again for my actual graduation and I knew then that this was the product for me for twist outs. I had a full and lengthy twist out without having to wait for the second or third day for volume and hang time.

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super defined first day twist out

“Moisturizing Cocoa Butter”

Shea butter is more prevalent in this product, seeing as how it is the 3rd ingredient listed and cocoa butter is the 14th. So it’s hard to tell if what I’m loving so much is the shea butter or indeed the cocoa butter. Either way, it’s a good pairing of both the cocoa and shea butter. All together, it felt moisturizing without being too oily or heavy.

“Frizz-free finish”

I didn’t have any problems with frizz during the take-down process. The strands came out exactly in the form that I had twisted them. I simply unravelled them and didn’t even have to separate them too much in order to get my desired fullness.

“Light hold”

The style lasted throughout the day and maintained it’s look. With the humid weather, the twist out expanded and got a little poofier as the days went on. To make the twist out style last for a few days, I recommend sectioning hair into about 4-5 ponytails at night and moisturizing with a light oil. You can even twist the front few pieces to allude to a fresh twist-out.

Overall

I love the red palm oil curl stretch pudding. It’s my favorite product right now. I haven’t tried it with a braid out yet but I am excited to see those results. It’s a pricey product, so I am trying my best to use it sparingly. I’m interested to see how the entire line works for my hair. There’s a conditioner, shampoo, shine butter, and styling gelee that I hope to eventually try.


Shea Moisture Curl Stretch Pudding, 12 Pound

What are your favorite curl stretching products? Feel free to share in the comments.

-POP

Love,

Daizha