In a recent moment of rare hair related laziness, I happened across the perfect and most simple wash and go ever.
What is a Wash and Go?
My interpretation of a wash and go is a summer hairstyle ideal for those in the curly hair community. In short, you wash, condition and go, using an array of products and tools to define your natural curl pattern which can then be worn with pride. I usually co-wash (condition wash) then apply a leave in conditioner and moisturiser before adding my favourite hair gel to help define my curl pattern.
Back to the Story
On the occasion in question, I co-washed my hair after a long day and feeling totally relaxed afterwards the last thing I wanted to do was style it. As my hair was sopping wet, at the very least I had to apply a leave in so I reached for one of my favourites, raked it through my hair and then followed up with raw shea butter all over. I pineappled and went to bed not having a clue what to expect in the morning. Here is the finished result…
My hair was soft, the curls were defined and the style was easy to achieve. I was both in love and impressed! Being gel free I didn’t have the worry of drying time or the crunchiness which comes when laying gel with some products.
Fast forward to present time, the day after my most recent easy wash and go. It occurred to me last night when applying the shea butter that I should be whipping it to ease the process of smoothing it through my hair after washing. This lead me to YouTube where there are hundreds of whipped shea butter recipes. It didn’t take long to inspire me, so off to the kitchen I went to concoct my own creation (Shea Cocomon) – homemade whipped shea butter with coconut oil and infusions of lemon…!
- 1 tsbp of Glycerin
- 1 tsbp of Jamaican Castor Oil
- 1 tsbp of Extra virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsbp of Organic Coconut Oil
- 4 tspb of Shea Butter
- 1 drops of Peppermint Oil
- 2 drops of Lemon Oil
Combine all of the ingredients into a glass bowl and whip! I don’t have a hand blender and I didn’t fancy using my NutraNinja for this one so I hand whipped using a fork. It really wasn’t long before Shea Cocomon turned into a fluffy, cream like mix which smelled like the tropics!
Following a YouTubers tip I scooped the mixture into a plastic food bag, snipped a hole in one corner and then squeezed the mix into a sterilised glass jar.
I had loads left over so decanted some into a tub and smoothed a sample into my locks – this stuff is slick! I cannot wait to do my next wash and go or my son’s hair for that matter as this stuff is the perfect moisturiser. I am very much looking forward to seeing the end result in styled hair!
And despite the little that I just used, I smell like lemons!