So on my last upload, “The Perfect Winter Wash and Go” I received a lot of questions on why I considered that style a Wash and Go instead of a twist out. I answered a couple of the comments, but realized that I couldn’t answer them all, so decided to post my response here.
I agree, it is definitely a twist out, no disagreements here! However, for me, it’s also a Wash and Go. If any of you know me, you know that I wash my hair in twists 9 out of 10 times. It’s what I’ve always done, so every time I wash my hair, It’ll be in twists. Does that mean I can never wear a wash and go because my hair will always be in twists?
There’s not one definition of a wash and go. My personal definition, is when I can wash my hair and immediately leave the bathroom. No styling, no fuss, just time saved. And I feel like that’s what I did in this instance. I washed my hair and didn’t have to re-comb it, no products, no scrunching.. just went on my business. I just happen to prefer to wash my hair while in twists. The twists are so big that I don’t get that zig zag pattern of a twist out anyway, it just helps to stretch my natural pattern.
Let me ask this question: If I wash my hair and then put it into a bun for 30 minutes to let it dry, do I have to call it a “Bun-out”? Or if I wash my hair and then stretch it using a diffuser, do I have to call it a “Diffuse-out” or “Wash and Diffuse”? Lol, you see my point…? They all fall under the term “wash and go”, there are so many different versions…
My definition of a twist out includes combing the hair to stretch it out and to get rid of the natural pattern, applying a product, and re-twisting in sections to adapt a new pattern. That’s just how I view it, we’re all different.
In this instance and this style, even though my hair was in twists after I washed, I feel more connected to the word “Wash and Go” than the word “Twist Out,” simply because I didn’t feel like I did what I would traditionally do to achieve my version of a twist out. My definition of a twist out will be different from the next person’s; that doesn’t make it wrong and it doesn’t make it right… it just is.
I did this style again, and completed it in 30 minutes; 30 minutes! I mean, that’s crazy! I’ve seen a traditional wash and go that could take a woman an hour and a half to complete. So why is it that their wash and go is more “wash and go-ier” than this version, when this takes less time?
I’m not writing this because I want you to call it a “wash and go,” trust me, it doesn’t matter to me. I would’ve just not responded, but I received so many questions about it that it got me thinking… why is it so important to figure out what it should be called, that we go back and forth on it? To me, it can be both! But why do we as people always need to be “right” and prove others to be “wrong” in hair care? Can’t we just say “hmm, interesting perspective”…
I think everyone has their own definition of styling and hair care, and there’s no way that everything can always fit it into this perfect little box… there are way too many different points-of-view on this earth, we’d be going back and forth forever, lol!
Anyway, it’s like I’ve said before, in my world, there’s no rules to hair care. I like to mix it up constantly, which is why I hardly ever do a wash and go the same way, (except this version, because I LOVE it!), it’s all about how I feel in that moment. And the moment I completed this style, I thought “This wash and go rocks!!” and haven’t looked back since. But honestly, it doesn’t matter to me what you call it, call it a “Twist Out”, “Twist and Go”, “Wash Out”, “Poop on a Stick”, it really doesn’t matter, I just hope it helps you save some time and energy while doing your hair.