I don’t have much time travel down the rabbit hole that’s YouTube hair or make-up tutorials, but my sister does. This weekend she sent me the gem below from YouTube hair blogger, Glam Fun. ¬†Although I’m not one for calling hair “nappy”, Glam Fun pokes fun at her own inability to rock a “wash & go” because of her 4c hair texture. Wash & go’s are a staple for many naturalistas out there, but not everything is for everybody.

Take a look at the video!


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  • This will be my last time posting on this thread. However, I think it needs to be said. When I made the first attempts to make the transition to natural hair (first in the late 90s through braiding and then 2001 with the big chop), there were only a handful of major hair products that were geared towards those wearing twists, dreads, and/or afros. Sadly, I had no idea of how to get my hair into an afro without being tangled until I had looked at websites like Nappturality and was informed to condition it first, braid it while wet after going through it with a pick, and then let it dry after using rollers. I had initially thought my hair would be the same texture that it was as a child before I had initially attained a relaxer. However, that wasn’t the case since even getting your hair periodically straightened with a hot hair comb can actually alter the texture. If I couldn’t find what I wanted in the store, I would try one of the hair recipes suggested on one of the natural hair websites or would purchase a product online. I think the the product that I bought from growafrohairlong.com was the best product that I have ever purchased. Nevertheless, I haven’t heard of “wash-n-go” up until now. Now that I know what it is, I am certainly that is the product that my younger sister used on her hair given that her’s is fine compared to mine. The issue that I think many have is that many of these products that are being geared towards those who are choosing to wear their hair natural only work for those with certain textures as opposed to the entire spectrum. However, the companies advertise this notion since they only care for profit — especially some of the companies in the mainstream that are just now offering alternatives to chemical products they sell or companies that traditionally sell to white women. However, I learned through some of the earlier books that you can’t treat natural hair in the same manner that you would treat permed hair. I also learned that she stay away from products with petroleum jelly, mineral oil, sulfur sulfates, and alcohol. Therefore, I try to purchase water-based products. Most gels are no-no for me for that very reason that I had mentioned.

  • So late…but so glad someone talked about this! All naturals are NOT the same. My first go at really trying to be natural led to failure because I kept thinking I could wash and go.

    Yes, I looked like a boy and my hair shrunk down to my scalp. But I didn’t care about that. What’s problemmatic for my 4c hair is that wash and gos lead to ridiculous tangling, matting, and dryness. No amount of product can un-tangle, un-mat, un-dry hair that massively shrinks and that’s naturally extremely dry.

    In my second go round, I’ve found muucch more success with protective styling i.e. weaves and buns. Proper weaving encouraged a lot of growth, more than I’ve ever had before. And now my bun is saving my ends because I rarely manipulate it.

    Hair typing is very beneficial for some ladies who have to give their hair a little more TLC than other naturals and who need to identify the techniques that work uniquely for their hair.

  • Jase

    This is totally adorable. She’s awesome.

  • Love it!!!!