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 can hold curls for hours—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. Below, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about to care for natural wavy hair.
Can you have naturally wavy hair?
According to Mizani’s Texture Chart, natural waves fall into texture types 2 and 3. To determine whether you have naturally wavy hair, examine your strands after air-drying, ensuring they are free of any styling products. If your product-free, air-dried hair resembles open beachy waves or loose, s-shaped curves, you have natural wavy hair.
Is mousse or gel better for wavy hair?
Hair gel and hair mousse can work as a styler for wavy hair—as long as you use them correctly. While hair gel works to hold texture in place and smooth frizz, hair mousse builds volume and enhances natural texture. A hair gel like Biolage Styling Texture Sap Gel is ideal for wavy hair types. This formula is lightweight and flexible, so it won’t weigh hair down. Use a hair mousse like Redken Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse if you want all-over volume with a soft finish.
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How can I improve my natural wavy hair?
Whether you’re looking to enhance the look of your waves or improve your overall hair health, it’s essential to create a daily hair care routine tailored to your natural texture. If you’re not sure where to begin, we’re here to help! Keep scrolling to discover the tips and tricks you need to know to keep your natural wavy hair looking and feeling its best.
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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 you're 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.
Keep up with trim appointments.
Healthy hair rule number one: Don’t let split ends linger for too long. Once you’ve achieved your perfect haircut, you’ll still need to head to the salon every few months or so to keep your ends split-end free. How often you should trim, however, depends on your specific hair type and your daily styling practices. Those who heat style or bleach their manes frequently may have more hair damage, and therefore should snip their ends off more often to keep them healthy.
If you’re looking for a way to manage split ends between appointments, pick up a hair treatment like Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment. This leave-in, strengthening formula helps prevent split ends while providing velvet-like softness and shine.
Fill your 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 Hair Oil to prevent excess volume, puffiness, and frizz while increasing manageability.
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 routine can do wonders to keep wavy tresses looking and feeling their best. We love the Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask, a nourishing, argan oil-infused formula for dry, brittle hair.
Protect your strands from heat.
As much as you love showing off those gorgeous natural waves, there are days when you inevitably want to reach for your flat iron or blow dryer. When you do decide to heat style your mane, be sure to use a heat-protecting formula like Mizani 25 Miracle Milk. This multi-tasking leave-in conditioner helps prevent heat damage while providing other essential benefits for hair.
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, it’s important to note that 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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Pay extra mind to your mane 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. 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.
Give your natural texture a boost.
We’re all about embracing your natural texture, but for those days when you can’t get your waves to cooperate, use a few spritzes of texturizing spray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray. This styling spray adds texture and gives hair a tousled, disheveled look.
If you follow these expert tips, your natural wavy hair will be healthier (and more stunning) than ever!
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