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The Best Natural Gels to Use for a Wash & Go

July 13, 2020
Featuring the best all-natural gels for a wash and go style.

The first style I mastered when I returned natural was a wash and go. I had always been excited to try it — who wouldn’t want to run their hair underneath the water and achieve juicy, defined curls? Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy as I expected. The name of this style was misleading haha, it requires more steps.

One product that’s a must for my wash and go is a gel. Gels are perfect to use when you’re looking for a sleek look, laid edges, or hold for your curls. Although achieving a wash and go is possible without a gel, it’s a necessity for some because it’ll help your style last longer and curls stay defined.

There are many gels to choose from and I’ve tried a variety so far. It took trial and error to find my current staples that I can always reach for when I plan on doing a wash and go. Thankfully, these gels haven’t irritated my scalp or caused flakes in my hair throughout the week.

In this post, I’m sharing some of the best natural hair gels to use for your wash and go styles.


Gels for Wash and Go’s

Nature’s Little Secret Flaxseed Gel

Nature's Little Secret has a great gel to use for a wash and go.

It’s no surprise that I’m mentioning another product from Nature’s Little Secret on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen for yourself how well her products work for me! One of my favorite gels to use for a wash and go is their Flaxseed Curly Custard.

Wash and go results from using Nature's Little Secret Flaxseed Gel.

When I first tried this, I was skeptical because it was lightweight. I didn’t think it would provide enough hold for my curls, but I was wrong! Not only does this smell delicious, but it also helps me achieve a long-lasting, defined wash and go style.

Flaxseeds are amazing for our natural hair. They’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are perfect for nourishing the hair and preventing it from drying out. They also contain nutrients that lead to healthy hair growth and stronger strands.

Here are some ingredients in this gel:

  • Marshmallow Root
  • Slippery Elm
  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Agave Nectar
  • Comfrey Root

Related Post: How to Achieve a Poppin’ Wash & Go Every Time!

Discover TréLuxe Styling Gel

Another great gel for a wash and go is the Hi Definition Styling Gel from Discover Treluxe.

Discover TreLuxe is another brand I recommend trying when you want to achieve a defined wash and go. Their Hi-Definition Curl Enhancer Styling Gel paired with their Untie the Knot Leave-In Conditioner will have your curls moisturized, bouncy, and shiny!

Many gels are known to provide hold, however, this will also help you maintain moisture. A lot of gels in-stores can dry out your hair because they don’t have the best ingredients. That’s why I recommend purchasing from small brands because they make it their priority to provide us with high-quality ingredients that’ll benefit our natural hair.

My wash and go results from using the Styling Gel from Discover Treluxe.

The Hi-Definition Gel is infused with Avocado, Sage, and Honey Extracts and provides a medium-to-high hold. Here are more goodies featured in this product:

  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Seaweed Extract
  • Tomato Extract
  • Keratin Amino Acids
  • ProVitamin B5
  • Vitamin E

Nefertiti’s Secret Curl Definer

Another gel to use for a wash and go is the Aloe & Moringa Oil Gel from Nefertiti's Secret.

The Aloe & Moringa Oil Curl Definer is another gel to use for a wash and go. It’s all-natural, provides lasting hold, defines your curls, and can stimulate healthy hair growth. Here are more benefits of using this:

  • Alcohol free + non-flaking
  • Reduces frizz
  • Enhances shine
  • Provides medium-hold

I love that it comes in a 16oz container. It’ll last for a long time and you don’t need to apply much to your hair! I recommend pairing this with their Hydration Conditioner for the best results. When I used this combo, I enjoyed the definition it helped me achieve. All of her products are good quality and work well for my high porosity hair!

Wash and go results from using Nefertiti's Secret Curl Definer.

Check out this video where I used her products including this gel to style my wash and go!

More ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Sage Leaf Extract
  • Rosemary Leaf Extract
  • Nettle
  • Moringa Oil

Related Post: The Best All-Natural Products for High Porosity Hair

My Soigné Flaxseed Gel

Another gel to use for a wash and go style is My Soigne's Flaxseed Gel.

My Soigné’s Flaxseed Gel is another product you should add to your list. We already spoke about the benefits flaxseeds provide for natural hair, therefore, it’s no surprise that I also had to give this product a try. The first time I used it, I did a one product wash and go and my curls came out soft, defined, + moisturized!

My results from using My Soigne Flaxseed Gel for a wash and go.

Since I have high porosity hair, I was surprised that I was only able to use her flaxseed gel for a wash and go. It lasted a whole week and I didn’t have to worry about flaking! This gel is thicker than the previous one listed in this post and it’ll provide your curls with the hold it needs.

I used the Flaxseed Gel on my mom’s newly natural hair not too long ago. Click here to check out the video for her results!

Here are more ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Panthenol
  • Lavender Oil
  • Vitamin E

Uncle Funky’s Curly Magic

Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic is a great gel to use for a wash and go.

The last gel I recommend using for a wash and go is the Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic. Every time I see someone use this product, their curls come out super defined. The word “Magic” in the name of this product fits perfectly with the type of results you achieve after using it.

This has been used twice on my hair and I was blown away with my results each time. I visit my stylist once a year to get a professional trim and this is one product she uses to style my wash and go. She’s the reason why I decided to purchase it for myself! I know I’ll achieve a long-lasting, defined, moisturized style when using this gel.

Wash and go results from using Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic.

Curly Magic is aloe-based and provides a firm hold for your curls without the crunchy feeling once it dries. It has the following benefits:

  • Tames frizz
  • Elongates curls
  • Adds moisture
  • Stimulates curls

There’s a reason why I recommend this gel for a wash and go— you won’t be disappointed once you give this a try. You can use it alone or pair it with another product of your choice!

Wash and go on type 4 natural hair using Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic.

Ingredients in this gel:

  • Organic Aloe Vera Juice
  • Marshmallow Extracts
  • Chamomile
  • Nettle & Horsetail
  • Agave Nectar Extract
  • Vitamin E

Using these all-natural gels for a wash and go will help you achieve the results you’ve always wanted. I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing this style since it’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

Have you tried any of these gels for a wash and go yet? Which one is your favorite? What other gels do you recommend and love?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Aisha July 20, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    You always put us up on game with the hair care products. I was looking for a hair gel or gels for my hair because the one I was using low key was giving me a headache. Thank you for sharing your reviews and knowledge.

    • Reply Madisen July 20, 2020 at 11:13 pm

      Aw I hate that! I get headaches from anything with a strong fragrance. You’re welcome sis! I appreciate you for reading and supporting. You know I got y’all!

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