How To Care For Natural Wavy Hair

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Natural Wavy Hair: The Complete Care Guide

27 March 2019
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

Ask anyone, and they’ll probably tell you that women with wavy hair have it made. Their naturally beachy texture is desirable for anyone who loves a wash-and-go styling routine. Plus, wavy tresses can be blown out to perfection and are great for holding curls—making this hair type truly the best of both worlds.

If you’re blessed with natural wavy hair, a proper care and styling routine is key to maintaining the look and feel of your gorgeous texture. Whether your wavy mane is dark brown or ash blonde, keep scrolling for the care tips you need.

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Choose the right chop.

It’s no secret that natural wavy hair looks stunning all on its own. There are, however, ways of making your wavy mane stand out. Step one is finding the haircut that best suits your hair type.

If your working with fine hair, lengthier haircuts might weigh your waves down. Instead, opt for a shoulder-length blunt cut or a short layered haircut to naturally amp up your texture. Feeling really bold? A pixie is one of the most flattering cuts for showing off your natural texture. Not to mention: It’s super easy to style!

If your wavy strands are on the thicker side, ask your stylist for a long or short haircut with tons of layers to eliminate any bulk.

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Load your hair care routine with anti-frizz products.

Having locks that air dry to wavy perfection can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, avoiding blow dryers and flat irons saves you tons of styling time (and unnecessary heat damage). On the other hand, air-dried wavy hair can be particularly prone to frizz.

If frizz is standing between you and perfectly polished waves, we recommend investing in a few frizz-fighting products. We love Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Conditioner for humidity-protection and smoothing. You can also use the Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Oil-In-Serum to prevent excess volume, puffiness, and frizz while increasing manageability.

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Nourish your mane.

Dryness can be wavy hair’s worst enemy. Mainly because parched strands can cause frizz and flyaways to pop up even more than usual. Maintaining a weekly deep conditioning treatment routine can do wonders to keep wavy tresses looking their best. We love the Redken All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Mask, a two-in-one hair mask that is both an intense conditioner and care extender designed specifically for your dry, brittle hair.

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Protect your strands from heat.

As much as you love showing off those gorgeous natural waves, there are days when you inevitably have pin straight strands or voluminous curls on the brain. For the times that you choose to use hot tools, you’re going to want to make sure your strands are protected from heat.

Use a heat protectant like the Biolage R.A.W Heat Styling Primer. Formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam, it provides an easy blowdry with touchable, soft, shapely results and heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Brush your hair the right way.

Regularly brushing is a major key to healthy hair, but doing it incorrectly or using the wrong tools can seriously damage your mane. That’s why it’s essential to follow a few simple steps to ensure you’re detangling natural wavy hair the right way.

Always begin brushing at your ends and slowly work your way up towards your roots. This is the best way to gently remove tangles without causing unnecessary breakage. For wavy hair, we recommend choosing a brush with gentle bristles like a boar bristle brush.

If you like to detangle your mane immediately after you shower, be warned: Wet hair is extra susceptible to breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb and a detangler like the Biolage Hydrasource Detangling Solution on wet strands. The product instantly renews moisture as it detangles and controls static.

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Protect your waves while you sleep.

All of that tossing and turning when you’re sleeping can do a number on your hair. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to shield your waves while you’re catching some Zs.

Swap out your regular cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase. Silk is a much gentler fabric and can help to prevent damage caused by pulling and snagging. You can also wrap your hair in a silk head scarf before bed to ensure that you wake up with tangle-free strands.

Avoid tight hairstyles like ponytails and buns as they can cause tension on your scalp. Instead, try sleeping in a loose French braid or fishtail braid. The braids will keep your hair out of your face while you’re getting some much-needed shut-eye and ensure you wake up with your waves still intact.

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Give your natural texture a boost.

If you can’t get your natural waves to cooperate, you need a few quick spritzes of texturizing spray to instantly amp up your ‘do. Try the Pureology Style + Protect Wind-Tossed Texture Finishing Spray. This invisible, dry formula holds textured styles with a soft, touchable feel.

If you follow these expert tips, your natural wavy hair will be healthier (and more stunning) than ever!

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