"I have recently just started to wear my natural hair "down" in the wash and go style. It is really cute during the day it keeps the moisture and everything. However, when I go to sleep and wake up it is all over my head! I do sleep with a satin bonet every night as well I moisturize it before I go to sleep but it never fails that I will wake up and all my curls are gone and its just a hot nappy matted mess! As a result I have resorted to redoing my wash and go everyday wetting my hair everyday and re applying all my products."
My first question: What can I do to keep my wash and go style at least for two days?
My second question: Is it bad to co-wash your hair everyday?
Obtaining second day hair on a wash-n-go set can be tricky because it depends on a couple of different factors. One being your hair texture. The second is the product that you set it with. And finally, how much you manipulate the hair on the first day.
So first, I recommend looking at the product that you're using. Some products provide a better hold than others. For example, when I set my wash n go's with conditioners like Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, etc. second day hair is nearly impossible. However, when I use setting lotion, the next day my curls are still defined. So sample the wash-n-go set with several different products and pay attention to which one yields the most success.
Manipulation is another factor that can help or hinder second day hair. On the first day, try not to bother with the curls much. Once dried, usually, I just tugged on the curls just a little to fluff it out some. On the second day and beyond, I fluff hair a little more. Sometimes I apply a little heat from the blow dryer to stretch out the curls.
Finally, texture is also an important factor because some textures frizz or matt more easily than others. This can sometime prevent you from refreshing the curls the next day without re-wetting the hair. Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do about that. But before throwing in the towel, I recommend trying the aforementioned tips. Continue to wear your bonnet at night or sleep on a satin pillow. And continue to moisturize because that is also an important step.
On the topic of everyday co-washing. I am too guilty of this, but there is really no harm in co-washing daily. So far, the only downside I've found is that the hair accumulates build-up more easily. In that case, I just do a ACV rinse.
Good Luck! Any other tips, ladies?