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:
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.
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.
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