So after wearing my box braids for about a month, I was not feeling too excited about parting my hair for a new set of braids or twists.
Nekea encouraged me to try the wash and go 'fro. My first time around with loose hair, before locing, I never liked my wash and go 'fro mostly because I thought it wasn't shaped right. I thought my hairline looked funny. I didn't like the look of a perfectly even short 'fro on me.
At the same time, I do love simple styles and what could be more simple than wearing my hair "as is" after washing? It was definitely worth a try. So, I finally took all of my braids out - it took me about a week. I twisted them as I unbraided so I wouldn't look too crazy. They were fairly small and very tight so I used a rat tail comb to pick them out and combed through with Kinky Curly Knot Today detangler.
On wash day, I removed all the twists, cowashed my hair with Suave Tropical Coconut conditioner and rinsed thoroughly. My hair stayed pretty stretched throughout the process from being in the braids for so long and because I had combed through each braid when I was taking them down. I took Nekea's advice and rinsed the front in the sink to make my hair go forward in the front. I could have probably done this in the shower but I forgot.
With my hair sopping wet, I applied Kinky Curly Knot Today. I "scrunched" it a bit without being too heavy handed. After a few minutes I applied the Kinky Curly Curling Custard.
Still pretty wet at this point. Click to enlarge.
About two hours later...still damp.
This is how it looked about three (more) hours later, just about completely dry.
Another dry closeup...
Beware of the buildup. I'm not sure if I was too heavy handed with the products or didn't wash all the conditioner out. Either way watch out for that. White clumps of product are not attractive. ;-)
The verdict - I love the texture, the shape, the moisture and shine. I think the style fits my style. The wash 'n go fro is a success! I will be wearing it for another week...Thanks Nekea!
Update: Advice from Kinky-Curly Creator
"To avoid the white buildup just make sure your hair is pretty wet before applying...you can even do it in the shower if you like."