Just Because You Can Pull Off A Wash And Go Doesn’t Mean You Should

close up of strand of hairYou may not care too much for retaining length so perhaps that bit is irrelevant to you, but more than likely, you care about the health of your hair so consider that each time you wet your hair the strands must expand to accommodate the  moisture giving rise to cracks in the outer cuticle layers.

Essentially science shows that constantly wetting and drying your hair can weaken the strands, causing the health of your hair to deteriorate.

While your hair might not immediately show the symptoms of the damage, over time the hair may get weathered and dull. We also know that leaving our hair out leaves it vulnerable to the elements which can do a number on them as well.

Since many women are drawn to the wash and go style because it cuts down considerably on the time that they take to groom their hair, if you plan to continue using them in your regimen it would probably be best if you cut down on their frequency.

There are those of you who lead quite a hectic lifestyle inclusive of aerobics, spinning classes or other athletic activity and this may pose a challenge for you.

Instead of washing your hair after each of your workout sessions daily (one in the morning and one to close out the day), get creative instead. Try to find ways to avoid the wet-dry cycle so that you can allow your cuticles to close up as your hair rests. Also try to find ways to make your wash and go’s last longer as this will also dramatically reduce single strand knots.

Another option is to alternate your wash and go with a different perhaps more stretched style like a twist out every other week. Twist outs and braid outs don’t take a great deal of time to do and if you can wash your hair in the evening before bed your hair will dry as you sleep.


Dry cleansing can freshen your scalp so you do not feel sticky (not to mention eliminating any lingering odors- eww!). Granted, you may have become accustomed to your way of doing things, but consider it a sacrifice for the health of your hair.

If your schedule does not involve daily hectic workouts, it should be a little simpler, but dry cleansing could work for you too. Additionally, it would help if you style your old wash and goes by bunning or wrapping and pinning it into simple, stylish up-dos.

Sure, it would require that you take a few minutes to get it done but if your style is set on the foundation of an old wash and go, it shouldn’t take more that five minutes. Besides, if you care about maintaining the optimal health of your hair, a few minutes will be well worth it.

Bottom line is that wash and go’s are an easy styling option but they are definitely not the best choice when it comes to optimum hair health or length.

Originally posted 2013-09-23 15:00:06.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Comments

  1. Trina Hawthorne
    Trina Hawthorne

    We cant do anything to our hair let them tell it.. don’t wash it… don’t comb it… don’t press it… lol

  2. Lena Scott
    Lena Scott

    I mean seriously though. I fell in love with the wash and go because I had read that water was the best moisture for my hair…now getting it wet too often is bad?! GAWD lol

  3. Vernell Bristow

    Interesting article. I like wash &go styles but i don’t wet my hair everyday. I can get a wash &go to last 3-4 days with low manipulation.

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