As women, we always try to appear as if our beauty is effortless but we all know that it takes work to get that flawless hair and makeup! There are some things you can do to reduce your styling time however, like wearing an 'au naturel' style of makeup or getting a haircut also known as the "wash and go" hairstyle. The wash and go works on any length from short to long and doesn't require heat styling time, keeping your hair free from damage while you free up time for yourself as well!
When it comes to your makeup application for your new wash and go hairstyle, you want to make sure that you match your makeup to your new hairstyle. In other words, if your hairstyle has a more elegant feel to it, you want your makeup to match that.
The one step that you can do regardless of the style and feel of the makeup; is contouring and highlighting your face and neck area. This step is going to help frame and shape your face into the perfect oval face shape. Your makeup and hairstyle is going to look effortless and flawless.
Before you commit to one of these styles, refer to the checklist below and see if the wash and go is for you.
- You are happy with your hair's natural body and volume (ie. your hair isn't limp/flat naturally)
- You are confident enough to leave the house with wet hair on occasion.
- You lead a busy, active lifestyle and have better things to do than spend 30 minutes or more on your hair in the morning.
- You like natural-looking hairstyles.
- You keep your hair in good condition and invest in leave-in treatments and deep conditioners.
- Make sure that your hair is cut and well looked after. Without drying your hair into place and using products to keep your hair in place, your hair cut is going to be the key to keeping your hairstyle in perfect condition.
Things To Consider Before Choosing A Wash And Go Hairstyle
Wash and go hairstyles are a great time saving technique that you can use on your hair. There are a few things you need to keep in mind before you choose a wash and go hairstyle.
Firstly, wash and go hairstyles can get tangled and become very knotty. You need to remember this and make sure that you place detangling products in your hair so that your hair does not start to look like a bird's nest.
Elongated and moisturised locks can last up to seven days with a wash and go look. You need to make sure that you do your curls and waves correctly to ensure that they last as long as possible. Apply mousse to your wet hair so that your natural waves can become more defined.
You need to find a hairstyle that is going to work with your natural hair texture. If you have straight hair, then that is the type of style you need to go for. Waves and curls will not last long in wash and go hairstyles if that is not your natural hair texture.
If these things apply to you, then you are a good candidate for the wash and go. Now, check out these hairstyles and find the one that is right for you!
Tina Majorino is flaunting a classic wash and go style here for short hair. After washing and towel drying, simply comb the hair back and off the face, using a bit of gel to hold it in place. This is a great option for women with round, oval, heart or triangular face shapes with straight hair. This is one of the better options for fine hair too.
I love this look because it is easy to style, it dries nicely and at the same time, saves you time in the morning. You will look like you stepped out of the salon every morning! This look is also nice because it will suit people who wear glasses.
This simple layered bob is a good wash and go option for women with natural curl or wave in their hair. Simply wash, towel dry and then add some styling mousse throughout to really bring out that natural texture. This hairstyle would also benefit from a quick spritz of shine spray before you head out the door to keep it looking glossy all day long.
This style can suit most face shapes which is really nice. The bangs will help shape and frame your face. If you have glasses, you want to make sure that your stylist cuts your hair in a way that your bangs will not cover your eye area. It can become a difficult battle between your hair and your glasses.
For all of the curly-haired ladies out there, check out this casual layered hairstyle that provides maximum volume with minimal styling time. This is a fabulous wash and go style for ladies who like to enhance their natural texture while adding body and volume throughout their 'do. To style, simply wash, towel dry, and add a good leave-in conditioner to keep your hair protected from the elements. This is especially important if your hair tends to frizz out in humid or wet weather.
A trick to keep in mind when creating this wash and go hairstyle is, when adding your products to your hair, you can use a curling cream. This is going to help you lock in those gorgeous natural curls. Your curls will last longer and will hold better which is important if you want to keep your wash and go hairstyle for more than one day.
Make sure that you use a diffuser when drying your hair if you want to dry your hair quickly and not turn this into a wash and go hairstyle.
Shailene Woodley is working a gorgeous short wash and go style here that is perfect for women with straight hair. This cut has longer layers on top that gradually taper down, giving a sculpted, smooth look. This can be styled by adding a dollop of mousse to towel-dried hair, then styling it in place with the fingers and letting it dry. Wear it tucked behind the ears or down around the face for two different looks!
I love this hairstyle because it is easy to style and at the same time, it has an elegant feel to it. It is ideal for most face shapes. The key will come with cutting your hair. You want to make sure that you cut your hair and bangs to shape and frame your face well. The bangs will help to soften your rougher edges on your face shape.
Now that you have seen a few ideas for you to choose from, lets take a look at 3 steps that will help you achieve any of these hairstyles. Keep in mind that these tips are the basic rules for wash and go hairstyles but some styles might need an added step to keep your look in style and shape.
How To Achieve A Perfect Wash And Go Hairstyle
- Wet or wash your hair
You want to begin with washing your hair. Make sure that you use salon quality shampoo or a good quality one. Wash your hair from scalp to root. If you have curly hair, then you want to make sure that you use a product that is designed for curly hair. This will help keep your curls in shape. Then you need to condition your hair. Conditioner will help to restore protein in your hair and strengthen the shaft from the inside out.
- Apply product
On damp hair, you can now apply your favorite products. This can include any combination of curling creams, wave sprays, mousses; leave in conditioners, natural oils and of course your hair serums. You want to make sure that you apply products that are going to help hold your natural hair texture. If you are going for a look that is going to get tangled easily then this is the time that you add your detangling products to your hair.
- Dry your hair
Once you have applied your favorite hair products to your hair, you can then style your hair the way that you want to. If you do not want to go out in dripping wet hair, towel dry your hair or you can even dry your hair with a hair dryer for a bit. Quick tip, if you have added an oil to your hair, do not sit in the sun for too long while your hair is wet. The oil is going to heat up and can burn your sclap as well as your hair. So when you add an oil, you want to stay out of the sun.
How To Maintain Your Wash And Go Hairstyle
- To help ensure that your hair stays healthy, a hair masque is ideal to help keep your hair smooth and shiny. You can do a hair masque once a month and your hair is going to look salon ready every day!
- You also want to use sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. This is going to help ensure that your hair does not frizz when you leave it to dry naturally. There is nothing worse than watching your hair slowly frizz as it gets dryer throughout the day.
- Cut your hair once every 4 weeks or so. This is going to ensure that your ends stay healthy and that your hair stays in shape.
- You are going to want to keep dry shampoo around. This is going to give your hair a boost when it needs it and you do not have the time to wash it right away.
- Make sure that you use salon quality shampoo and conditioner. You want to make sure that you use good quality products so that your hair stays healthy and that when your hair does dry, it looks gorgeous!
- If you have color in your hair, you want to touch up your color once every 6 weeks or so. This is going to help keep your hair color vibrant and bright.
Those are just a few options for wash and go hairstyles, but there are many more depending on your hair length, face shape and texture. A good stylist will be able to create one that is just right for you.
Wash and go hairstyles might seem like an easy way out. Truth of the matter is, you can create the perfect wash and go hairstyle with the right products and drying techniques. You do not want to towel dry your hair if you have frizzy hair. the towel will make the frizz worse if you do not use anti-frizzing hair products.
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An even better thing, if you do not like one of the hairstyles in this article, there are thousands more hairstyles for you to choose from on this website!
Wash and go hairstyles is going to become your new favorite type of hairstyle that you are going to create at home. Let your hairstylist know what hairstyle you want to create so that they can cut your hair accordingly. The trick to the perfect wash and go hairstyle is not only the products that you use but also how you cut your hair as well.
Now you can create the perfect wash and go hairstyle at home! Many times, a simple, time saving and yet exciting new hairstyle is a great option!