My Updated Wash ‘N Go Routine

Yep, you read correctly. My updated wash 'n go routine is finally here! I know it took forever to get this to you all and you’ve been dying for an update from my nearly three years old wash 'n go routine post, but I have been taking my time to perfect my methods before I decided to share my secrets to a defined, wash 'n go with the world. My secret weapons this time around are the Ouidad rake and shake method, Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration shampoo (cleanser) and hair masque (deep conditioner), Curls’ Creme Brulee (moisturizer), Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner (leave-in), and Trader Joes’ Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (pre-poo and detangler/after styling sealant) as seen in picture #2 (top right picture). Let’s get started on my routine (attached pictures will be mentioned by numerical reference going from left to right for each row):


The night before wash day, I finger detangle my hair using coconut oil and twist my hair into roughly 10-12 sections. I sleep with the coconut oil marinating in my hair overnight and loose out the braids prior to my wash process. Finger detangling with an oil has become an essential step in my wash process. Not only have I experienced less breakage due to hair manipulation by detangling this way, I also ensure that my hair is coated with a moisturizer before cleansing it with shampoo to avoid fully stripping my hair upon washing.

Cleanse/Deep Condition Process

There’s nothing too spectacular about the washing and deep conditioning of my hair. When cleansing, I tend to focus on my scalp more-so than my strands and lathering my actual hair slightly to remove any product build-up/debris. The Intensive Hydration hair masque by Shea Moisture Moisture has been my saving grace when it comes to adding a boost of moisturization as well as a great scent to my hair. After washing, I work the hair masque up my hair shaft from end to root and leave to marinate under a plastic cap from anywhere between fifteen minutes to 4 hours depending on what I have going on for the day or how dry my hair is. When I want some extra moisturization, I mix Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Restorative Hair Treatment with the Intensive Hydration masque. I rinse my deep treatment out thoroughly with cool water (I’m too much of a wuss to use cold water to seal my hair).

Wash 'N Go Styling

I recently came across an informative post about Ouidad’s Rake and Shake Technique on Curly Nikki’s site that has forever changed my wash 'n go for the better. The Rake and Shake Method is a coined term by the stylists at the Ouidad Salon for raking product onto a section of curls and shaking the section to allow clumping and curl definition. Let me explain how I do it:

After allowing hair to drip dry excess water onto a t-shirt, I apply Curls’ Creme Brulee moisturizer to my hair. This product is pretty watery and light so it gives me that added boost of moisture without weighing my hair down. Upon applying the moisturizer, I then section off some of my hair starting from the back to a preferable size that I feel that I can work with and apply product evenly (section size is all dependent upon your hair type, thickness, length, preference etc). Using a dime to a nickel size amount of Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Conditioner, I then smooth the product onto the section ensuring that every strand is properly coated (picture #3 - left second row). Thereafter, I rake the product thoroughly into the section while also detangling the section. During my last rake, I stop and hold the ends of the section (picture #4), make the section a little less taut between the roots and my grip, shake my strands three to four times, and then release the hair. The result should be naturally clumped, defined, and coated curls (picture #5 - left third row). I continue this method in sections for the rest of my hair working from the back of my head to the front.

As a personal preference, I pin the back sections of my hair to my shirt while I work on the front section so my damp hair can dry slightly elongated (picture #6).

Drying Process

As seen in picture #7 (left bottom row), my hair is fully defined and coated in product while still damp. My drying options are either to air dry or diffuse, but I usually opt for the diffusing option to add some volume to my hair. I only use the cool setting on my dryer and even hold down the cool shot button during the entire drying process if I feel that my dryer is too warm. Prior to diffusing, I use the concentrator attachment on my dryer to elongate my roots. While lifting a section of hair into the air, I blow the roots of the section up until the mid-shaft and stop once the hair is about 75% dry. Post-root elongation, I use my diffusor attachment and dry my hair on the cool setting while standing straight and holding my head upside down to increase volume. Diffusing my hair gently ensures that no curls are harmed during the drying process and adding coconut oil as a sealant post-drying keeps hair looking smooth and shiny. The end result can be seen in picture #8.

There you have it: My new and improved wash 'n go routine! The duration of the wash 'n go styling process to the finished product usually takes me less than an hour. Picture #8 (as seen on my Instagram earlier this week) was taken moments after drying when my hair was still a teeny bit damp and picture #1 was taken several hours post-styling and completely dry. On average, my wash 'n go style lasts six days and I usually wear it down three to four days out of the week before I decide to bun it or put it in a ponytail.

If you have any questions about my routine, feel free to hit up my ask box. Make sure you follow my natural hair Instagram (Sherelle_Naturelle) for more pictures of my day-to-day styles and tips. Thanks for reading! :)



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Threads of the Day: Gucci Prepster

“I woke up like dis, I woke up like dis … we flawless.” Has anyone else been overdosing on the new Beyonce album? Her album has been on repeat in my house since she had me wake up in the middle of the night to download it off iTunes. Speaks volumes doesn’t it?

Just like her album caters to her various personalities, from sex pot to jealous girlfriend, I believe a woman approaches her wardrobe the same way. We dress according to the personality that wakes us up in the morning. This morning, my prepster personality decided to shine. 

Thread list:

Trench Coat: Banana Republic
Cashmere Sweater: Nordstrom
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Boots: Gucci  

I appreciate simple style. A great pair of jeans, boots, a casual sweater, and statement jacket looks clean and to the point. Funny because I asked for this trench coat for Christmas when I was in college (way before I knew how to style it, but still style savvy), and this is probably the third time I’ve worn it. Next time I plan to rock it with a fitted dress underneath and sharp stiletto pumps or a sexy sandal when the weather warms back up.

I like to invest in pieces that will be timeless. I splurged on these Gucci boots last Fall and absolutely love them. I don’t wear them enough because I don’t want to scuff them up (giggles). The gold studs on the heel add the perfect dose of rockstar edge to my outfits, and the soft burgundy leather is to die for. 

I have been having a really great twist out week. My stylist used Ouidad products on my hair this last visit and I loved the results! I’ll be back with more news on what worked out in my hair.

So tomorrow, wake up and be flawless! What’s your favorite song off the new Beyonce album?

Hello everyone!

Welcome to today’s episode of Olivia Writes A Huge Post About Hair Stuff! As you all know, the fabulous people at Ouidad sent me a bunch of products to try out. You know, they seriously are amazing over there. Not only did they send me my Holy Grail Hair Products, but they sent me some other stuff and a Curls For The Cure extension, which I will be wearing in my hair as soon as whatever I’m sick with leaves my body and I’m able to run free in the wild again. I digress; Ouidad is a really fantastic company and I cannot thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to try out a couple of their products that I’ve never been able to get my grubby little hands on before. Cassandra and her crew over there rock my socks.

The products that I received are as follows:

  1. Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel *
  2. Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner *
  3. Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray *
  4. Moisture Lock Define and Shine Curl Styling Gel Cream
  5. Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream
  6. Deep Treatment Intensive Conditioner

(* Indicates Holy Grail Hair Products)

So, this weekend I was away doing some fun stuff with my family, and when my sister’s boyfriend texted me telling me that a ten pound package had arrived for me, I was so excited that I could barely breathe. I think I wrote like ten tweets about it or something like that, honestly you guys it was kind of insane. I got home pretty late Sunday night but I practically dove for the box, and pretty much cried when I saw what was inside.

You all know me. You know how I get when it comes to hair products. Admittedly, I’m a little bit of a product junkie. I love trying new things, and my product drawer has to be cleaned out on a bi-weekly basis because it just gets TOO full. But I live to love hair products. I live to love them.

Anyway, I immediately embarked on my journey with these hair products as soon as I opened the box. My mom was like, super excited about this whole thing (HI MOM, she’s probably reading this right now) and was yelling at me all weekend about how I needed to take pictures of my hair after I finish styling it with each product that Ouidad provided. So here we are: the grand explanation of the photographs. They’re from the three separate nights that I styled my hair with all of the different products.

  1. This photo is when I used Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream
  2. This photo is when I used Moisture Lock Define and Shine Curl Styling Gel Cream
  3. This photo is when I used Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream after doing a deep condition with the Deep Treatment Intensive Conditioner

Immediately you can tell the difference of each product in my hair, and I think that’s pretty darn awesome, don’t you? 

With the Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream, I got a really nice amount of definition to my curls as well as a lot of volume. I love a lot of volume in my hair. The separation of my curls was amazing too, there weren’t any annoying chunky curls getting stuck together, and I really liked that. What I absolutely love about this product is that it’s very light and you can feel that as soon as you put it on your hands, and that carries on through the drying process. My hair isn’t sticky or crunchy once it’s dry; it’s soft and really, really manageable. It has a really nice, subtle smell to it too and isn’t really overpowering. I found that once I used the deep conditioner with it, my curls got even lighter and softer, which was a big benefit because I love, love, love soft curls.

The definition of my curls was seriously rad when I used Moisture Lock Define and Shine Curl Gel. Holy crap. You can blatantly see in that photo how amazing my curls looked. The product smelled nice, and had a thicker texture which was awesome. I found that my curls were chunking together a lot more with this product, and I think that was because I’m not really used to using a gel cream that’s a bit heavier in texture - I tend to stick with the lighter gels and creams because I get a lot more volume that way. My hair didn’t get as much volume with this product, but it STILL looked amazing. The stronger hold of the gel really played out once my hair was dry; I could still feel it on afterwards, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I would really recommend this to any girl who feels like they need a thicker, stronger product to keep their curls in place. I would absolutely use this again, probably more when the weather gets a bit more humid. 

The Deep Treatment Intensive Conditioner was an experience. It was almost like experiencing the best dessert in the entire world. Holy crap do I love this stuff. It smells like a fairy princess baked coconut cookies and sprinkled them all over the place. Like, that’s not an over reaction. Not only is it an amazing product, but it quenched the thirst that my curls had (it’d been a while since I did a DC) and had amazing, amazing slip. My comb wasn’t getting stuck in knots and breaking Princess Diaries style, and when it washed out my hair immediately felt softer. Right now, I could pretty much pet my own hair forever and never get bored. But I won’t do that. Because frizz.

I’ll save looking like Hermione Granger for my Halloween costume.

So my verdict? If you like light products that produce a lot of volume and very soft curls, add Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream into your curly cocktail. If you need a stronger hold, go for Moisture Lock Define and Shine Curl Gel. And last but not least, everyone, everyone, EVERYONE should use the Deep Treatment Intensive Conditioner on their hair at some point in your life. Your hair will thank you.

You all already know how I feel about the Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner, Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, and the Botanical Boost Spray. They are my go-to products. They’re the ones that finally made me believe that there was hope yet for my curly hair. I will love them forever. My relationship with these products is practically marriage. I would marry them. 

No I wouldn’t. But I do get really passionate about them. 

All in all, I absolutely love Ouidad products; everyone knows this about me. They never seem to fail me, and I recommend them to you guys and a lot of other people who I know in my real life (in which I am a living breathing human being) a lot. This was a lot of information to process, but I hope you all enjoyed the review this week. Hopefully I’ll be able to start doing this a lot more, because I really enjoyed it.

Remember, my ask box is always open if anyone needs a hand.

Shine on, my pretties!

XX Olivia

  • left: before haircut, without makeup
  • right: sans six inches of hair, with makeup

i could wax poetic about the beauty of beauty for hours (sometimes you need to treat yo'self) and admittedly, there are few things i splurge on, but a good haircut can do wonders. with my hair, it is key that i go to a specialist since curl texture is so different from pin-straight or even wavy hair; each coil must be cut individually to curve to the head. i used to go to ouidad but along with struggling to justify $150+ on a cut despite my previous declaration of its worth, i found women left with ‘lemming head’ (all curls were twisted to look the same despite varying natural tightness). i’ve moved on to devachan and have yet to find a flaw with the staff, environment, or final result of my cut. thus: consider me a deva for life until otherwise notified. 

Meet Swirl Girl Icon: Jodie Smith!

Meet our newest edition to the Swirl Girl fam who embodies the term “fierce elegance” in the most effortlessly way possible, Jamaican/British model Miss Jodie Smith!

You’ll recognize this sultry bohemian beauty from the hit show True Blood or the leading lady in the latest 2 Chainz video with Pharrell, Fed’s Watching. From Pittsburgh banker to leading model, Miss Jodie Smith reminds us of what we can accomplish if we just follow and listen to our hearts.  

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This style is pretty easy-peasy. Naturals like Curly Nikki swear by the Twist-n-Curl style, but twists never seem to really work for me so I decided to try the same style but with braids. Here’s how I did it:

As mentioned in my recent product review, I used my new staple products to for washing and styling a few days prior to doing this style and two-day old braid-out stretched hair. I sectioned off my hair to create 6 vertical braids (think ASAP Rocky braids) and slightly dampened each section with a water spray bottle before braiding. After corn-rowing the top section, continue to plait your snds and leave an inch of hair at the end unbraided. Spritz this end and apply a dot of moisturizer to seal your ends (I use Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk) then wrap the end around a small curl/perm rod until the ends are secured so the rod won’t fall off in your sleep. Continue to do this for the rest of your braids. In the morning, carefully unravel the curls from the rod and unbraid your hair. Fluff and style to your desire.

Hope this helps!

@Diggamaticcurlcontrol 1. 12 minute⏰ #Ouidad deep treatment. 2. 🙆Rinse out with cool water. 3. 💆
Apply & scrunch Ouidad hydrafusion intense curl cream (for tighter curls) on to wet hair. 4. Diffused with cool air until dry (took forever but I don’t do Heat🚫) shake and look fab 🙆💁. #curlbox #curlkit teamnatural_ #naturalhairdaily

Modern Gypsies at Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011

Photos by Kristen Somody Whalen.

Rebecca Minkoff’s classic Morning After Bag has been a cheeky consolation prize to thousands of young women making the way home from an evening rendezvous since 2005. In just six years, Minkoff’s eponymous collection has expanded beyond that still-popular bag to include bracelets, apparel, a men’s accessory line, and most recently, shoes. Throughout, the designer’s easy-chic style and winky details have made her bags and clothes a natural choice for downtown and uptown girls alike. Minkoff’s Fall 2011 runway show on Friday showcased the same indelible cool we’ve come to expect.

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#Ulta haul! Stocked back up on my favorite wipes & dry shampoo..haven’t tried the other stuff, have any of you? ..thoughts? Feedback? I don’t like straightening my hair in the summer so I need good curl/wave products!

#batiste #carolsdaughter #ouidad #beauty
(at Ulta - Hastings Village Shopping Center)

Guys: Here’s How To Care For Your Curls

So what should dudes with curly hair be doing to look great? (Photo: Simon Burstall - Trunk Archive) 

As women, we are constantly obsessing over how to straighten, lengthen, curl, or style our hair. But guys need advice too, especially if they have curly hair, which is notoriously hard to maintain. My father and grandfather both were blessed with long curly locks that they styled perfectly, but with a lot of work. So what should dudes with curly hair be doing to look great? We turned to the experts for advice:

Shampoo, it’s not your friend.
Conditioner is a curly guys new BFF, not shampoo. “Men with curly hair must understand the importance of shampooing the scalp less often and conditioning their curls more often,” explains Chadwick Pendley, Ouidad Salon’s Master Artistic Educator. While shampooing does “clean” your hair, you really only need to do it when you think your hair is actually dirty. Conditioner and rinsing will still clean your hair, but you won’t be stripping out the moisture that you desperately need for your curls.

Fighting frizz is easier than you think:
Curls can quickly turn to frizz if you aren’t careful. Groomer-to-the-stars Diana Schmidtke says, “Stick with grooming creams to tame frizz. You can apply the creams wet or dry and they won’t look crispy like gels.” She recommends Malin+Goetz Sage Styling Cream as a go-to product. Schmidtke advises “You’d be surprised how easily you can tame you unruly curls with the right styling product, tools and technique.”
A frizz culprit to look out for is your hair dryer. “If you need to dry your hair simply attach a diffuser to the end of your blow dryer and diffuse your curly hair,” advises Pendley. One of his fave prods is Ouidad’s VitalCurl define & shine styling gel-cream. This will dry your hair while protecting it from frizzing.” My guess is most guys don’t know what a diffuser is, and let’s be honest, won’t go to the trouble of figuring it out. So an easy alternative is to just let hair air dry to avoid both frizz and damage.

Find the right barber.
Find a barber that knows how to work with curly hair. Genevieve Bochanty, National Associate Director of Education and Capabilities at the The Art of Shaving® says, “It is important to make sure your barber cuts your hair for curl, versus a straight style. The technique is different. A barber who knows how to work with curly hair will cut with the curl and not against it so it naturally flows better.” Make sure to have a conversation with your stylist before the chopping begins.

You can go straight:
We all want to embrace what we were born with, but sometimes you just want straight hair. There are many treatments men can also get such as keratin to kill frizz and even Brazilian blowouts to make hair go totally straight. Lastly, if you just can’t handle it anymore, lucky you, you can always rock a buzz cut.


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We had to submit a photo with our profile today at work. Since I don’t take any regular pictures, we had to stage one where I could look like an adult. The result: as roomie says “you look like a kid on their first day of school, just missing the book bag. OR a little person since your pants blend into the carpet." 

hahahaah. last time i try to look my age. id also like to know how the carpet ate my hips

and high 5 pants for the painted on camel toe. it’s the design, true story