How to Wash & Go for Curly Haired Men

The Wash & Go routine for curly haired men is an awesome way to commence your day with a fresh hairstyled head of curls obtained in an efficient and time-saving manner. Check out how Rogelio brings your this hair grooming routine with one of his curly haired tales!


Ah man, we are in September now. Summer is just about to finish.

Me no like.

However, I’ve got good news for y’all curly fellas. Knowing that summer is coming to an end, I get a little bit down, and when I feel somewhat down, I write. And while I am as uber busy as a Jersey Shore member in a tanning salon due to my current big project which I will be announcing soon and first to our Newsletter subscribers, I decided today to take some time off like last time and write about how to do the Wash & Go routine. For the curly fellas from a curly fella!

Quick personal tale intro to the Wash & Go routine:

You see, I get a lot of questions from people about how I keep my luscious curls lushing all the time.

Luscious; not until I was told my curls were luscious had I come across that word before. The only time was when I was reading an erotic nove… I mean, when my buddy read the word “luscious” in some erotic book he bought and he told me, or something along those lines…

Nah, seriously. The “luscious curls” thing came about when I was living in Dublin back in 2008 and I was out with some buddies in a bar in the Temble Bar area and, both suddenly and unexpectedly, some random drunk babe stepped in front of me and, with the breath of a diseased elephant, exuded her admiration for my curls, calling them luscious and proceed to try to touch my mane with her “only The Hoff knows where they’ve been” hands. As a trained curly haired gentleman, I have for years mastered the art of ninja-dodging anyone trying to touch my curls so I moved my head quickly and proceeded to tell her, like a proper tipsy James Bond, that “my curls are not for patting, madame”. She made peace with me by apologizing and asked me if I wanted to join her and her group of hot girlfriends in their table. Since I was in the bar because it was one of my best friends’ birthday and I was actually intending to buy a big round of drinks for our group before my new female friend gifted me with her interesting presence, I decided to decline her offer and stood up to our silent bros’ agreement of “bros before ladies” (I’ve never liked the ho*s term). That’s the way we curly men with luscious curls work.

By the way, big shout out to our many Irish readers; man did I have fun in Ireland and Irish people are among the coolest and most cheerful people I’ve met during my travels. Is grá liom Éire!

Alright, so yeah, in the above story I was sporting my luscious curls with a Wash & Go routine and my 1 inch length curly mane was styled in a Shake & Go with a hairclipped fade. Something like this:

A curly haired man with a Wash & Go hairstyle from his hair routine with two women next to him

 You know the saying: “Curls get the gurls”


In an effort to represent every one of our curly haired men from all over the world, I am going to give you, gents, my Wash & Go routine: a quick hair grooming routine achieved in minutes which yields aesthetics curls and which aims to save a curly haired fella from wasting time when he is ready to go on a date and impress the lady with his luscious curly mane:

The Wash & Go routine for curly hair (or straight hair, for that matter)


Grab your usual shampoo and apply the shampoo on the scalp only. Use a fingertip amount to place several lumps of shampoo on the top of your head, the sides, the crown and the nape area. Then, get each of your hands spreading each shampoo lump simultaneously and using a massaging motion without water running on your hair. Aim to get the lather on your scalp and the segment of the hair closest to the scalp. Avoid getting the shampoo and/or lather on the whole length of your hair strands. Use a 20 second count for the massaging of each shampoo lump. Once done, rinse the shampoo.


Conditioners are important for your curly mane to regain the moisture stripped by the shampoo. Normal conditioners are meant to be left on your hair for about 2 minutes and require some time to coat and rinse. On the other hand, leave-in conditioners are light-weight conditioners which you can apply generously and don’t need to be rinsed. Thus, the Shake & Go routine skips the time-consuming normal conditioners and favours leave-in conditioners.

Get out of the shower after the shampoo and do the Shakeout method to dry your mane: this method implies shaking your curls plentifully like a boss. If your curls are short, gently flick your curls with your hands. Do not use a towel to dry your hair unless your hair is long like mine; if your mane is +6 inches, use a cotton T-shirt to absorb and drain the excess water by caressing your curls and lightly squeezing them. Never rub a towel or any other material vigorously against your hair to dry it as this is a fast path to instant frizzy curls.

Once you’ve done the Shakeout method and your hair is damp (i.e. not dripping water yet not dried), apply the leave-in conditioner to your curls, coating your fingers with the product and running your fingers in an upward motion along the length of the hair strands so as to effectively apply the product. I have used many leave-ins in the past and I am aiming to put a list of my recommended ones but, for now, go on Amazon or to a specialized store and search for leave-ins with a silicone in the ingredient list (most commonly, dimethicone aka polydimethylsiloxane). If you see that after a few weeks the leave-in conditioner doesn’t yield an improved cosmetic effect on your curls, then get yourself a leave-in without a silicone in the formulation (silicone ingredients end in -cone). Make sure to check my leave-in conditioner for men article to understand what leave-ins do.

 Styling agent

Leave-in conditioners are a must for a curly male, especially if after shampooing you don’t use a normal conditioner (the ones meant to be left for +2 minutes on your hair). Our Wash & Go routine has a quickness element to it which is, in itself, the basis of the routine so be fast applying your leave-in as the next stage implies using a styling agent to put the icing on the cake to your curly mane.

What are styling agents? Anything which you can imagine that is designed to shape, mold or style your mane: from styling creams to hair gels to pomades to oils, choose your cool cat poison. Most guys who come to me for advice like their hair gels so whether you apply hair gel or any other styling agent, make sure to not get any product on your scalp. Styling agents should only be applied from mid-length and up of your hair strands. Coat your fingers with the styling agent and run your fingers from mid-length all the way to the tip.

Once your styling agent has been applied, bend your head down and shake that mane for a second time, then pull your head up and sweep to the back any curls that are covering your eyes or face; give it a final third quick shake to give it a more luscious rebellious look and you are now ready to go! Freestyled, washed, conditioned, shaked and go! Or in other words: I give you, gents, the Wash & Go routine. Time invested? 6 minutes. Aesthetic results? Awesome.

The Wash & Go routine is a quick and effective way to groom your curls in a methodical manner and is a great routine for daily use, although you will have to throw in a normal conditioner in there at some point (play with frequency, x1 or x2 per week is a good start). The Wash & Go routine has you not fooling around, not wondering if to use this or that and not wasting time with Mickey Mouse stuff you read online or in a magazine telling you that you have to invest copious amounts of time to have fabulous curvylicious curls. Get in the shower, shampoo, get out, shake those curls, apply the leave-in and style that mane with another shake. Six minutes to have luscious curls that will have drunk babes inviting you to join them and their girlfriends in a drunken fest.

The Wash & Go routine, gentlemen.

All the best.


P.S. if you’re interested in growing your curly hair or just in improving its texture and looks so you can own an impressive head of curls, then look no further and not only keep an eye out for more articles here at Manly Curls (subscribe!) but do also get my bestselling book specifically on curly hair for men, The Curly Hair Book! (click the link to see the book at Amazon)

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Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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19 comments for “How to Wash & Go for Curly Haired Men

  1. Andrew
    November 30, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Hi, I don’t undestand one part, I wash my hair 2 times per week, when i wash it i use shampoo, conditioner, leave-in and some stylish cream but my question is, May i wash my hair more times without shampoo? for example I wash my hair tuesdays and fridays, May i wash it for example on sundays without shampoo nor conditioner? or i just never wash it at all? and what happens if I want to use my stylish cream on wednesday or tuesday? shoul I use it? or leave the hair naturally…thanks a lot

  2. Ron
    October 25, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Hey rogelio
    The thing is that my hair tend to wave more and they even become hard and freeze in an awful curl after a shower ( my hair’s 3 inches long on top and short on sides) they don’t even stay soft even after putting lot of hair cream they just become shiny and they look awful.. can you please suggest some way to avoid this.
    Thanks 😇

  3. Louis Jackson
    August 17, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Hey Rogelio, I have type 4 curls that are about 2 inches long. Every time I take a shower at night, my curls look great but when I go to sleep and wake up in the morning my sides and the back of my head are flat and my the top is somewhat curly. I have to comb back my hair and I can hear some naps when I comb. Can I prevent this somehow??-THANKS

    • Rogelio
      August 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Louis,

      What happens to you is very common. The curls are frizzy/flat because your head has been resting on them. When you wake up, simply wet your curls (e.g. while showering) and then dry your curls with a towel softly or better, use a cotton t-shirt. Never comb your curls! Simply style your curls with the fingers.

      You can also buy a a doorag or sleeping cap to wear while sleeping; this will protect your curls and help with waking up with better-shaped curls. If you want to buy any of these items, I recommend you go to as they have sourced those items from Amazon at the lowest prices.

      Try what I have mentioned above, and let me know buddy.


  4. Pavel
    May 31, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Hi, Rogelio! I have the very same hair like yours, maybe little bit longer. I have terrible problems with comb/detangling my hair. When you do it? I mean, if you go shower every morning and have a little time. Cause i need a looooong time to comb it when it wet. I use that creepy wide toothed comb, but it still a challenge to remove all tangles.

    I live in Russia, so winter is realy cold there. If i will wet my hair in morning, when i came to work i will have an ice on head :) So i can wet it only evening before sleep. But in morning it looks quite brutal.
    Now i wash hair twice at week, with conditioner of course, and comb it only when it wet, when wash it. I don’t use any blow dry, only squezze water from it and then cover head with towel for 10-15 minutes. So it dry all night, but even if i do it at morning and don’t go to street, when it dry i have ringlets, but also i frizzy layer, that looks dont really cool. It diffucult to say, i can send some photos

  5. andy
    April 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm


    I am struggling with how I can apply shampoo only to my scalp and not my locks of hair. My hair is currently pretty short, as I just 3 months ago I decided to grow it out, and as such it doesn’t seem possible to apply shampoo only to my scalp. It’s always getting on the strands as well.

    Do you have any advice for this? Or is this possibly only a temporary problem until my hair grows longer?


    • Rogelio
      April 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Hi Andy,

      It’s fine if some gets on your strands; because you have short hair, even if the whole length of the strands are coated in shampoo, you will rapidly get the sebum coating the hair in the following days due to the short length of the hair.

      I believe you are reading my book (from the messages we’ve exchanged); I stress the shampoo placing because it is better to err on the side of caution. Thus, apply the shampoo and if some gets on the hair, it’s fine. Simply place the shampoo on the scalp and massaged circularly; some of the shampoo/lather will coat your hair but that’s absolutely fine.

      Hope that helped!

  6. Bryson
    January 6, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Hey Rogelio first I wanted to say thanks for the great hair tips and workout tips. I have shoulder length type 2 hair and I’ve been using your no poo method for about 6 months. I shampoo my hair once a week. I also use a leave in conditioner after i shower and put argon oil on the tips of my hair. In the past month I have noticed little white stuff in my hair close to the scalp, it looks like dandruff flakes!!! what do you think would cause this? should i change my shampoo frequency to make it go away? please help.

    Thanks bro,

    • Rogelio
      January 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Bryson,

      That’s not dandruff. That’s what I describe in my book as the breaking off of overaccumulated sebum, meaning that you are either:

      1) Not applying the shampoo properly (remember, apply it ONLY to the scalp)

      2) Your shampooing frequency is too low, increase it a tad more (e.g. once every 4 days)

      3) You are not doing the Sebum Coating method properly (remember, run the fingers starting from the base of the lock to the tips).

      Hope that helped, buddy.


  7. Patrick
    September 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Rogelio, can I use this same Wash & Go method on my straight hair? Would you change anything to adapt it to straight hair? Also, girlfriend asks if she can also use it (she got wavy hair).
    Thanks dude.

    • Rogelio
      September 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Patrick,

      Yes, you can use it for straight hair and it can be used by women too.

      All the best.

  8. stewart
    September 7, 2012 at 3:15 am

    nice post, hows the big project coming along?????

    • Rogelio
      September 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Stewart,

      Keep an eye on your email account in these couple of days. I will officially announce it via the Newsletter first (I know you are already subscribed). Working really hard, you’ll all be blown away!

      All the best.

      • stewart
        September 8, 2012 at 2:14 am

        looking forward to it!

  9. Robin
    September 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Like a boss. Is this routine OK to do daily? Cheers bro.

    • Rogelio
      September 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Robin,

      Yes, you ca use it daily just make sure to insert a conditioner in there at least once a week.

      All the best.

  10. Aesthetics Crew
    September 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Genius! thanks for bringing all these tips for those of us with the not so aesthetic hair lol

    • Rogelio
      September 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      My pleasure.

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