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The Ultimate Wavy Hair Routine Suggested by a Haircare Expert
The Ultimate Wavy Hair Routine Suggested by a Haircare Expert

The Ultimate Wavy Hair Routine Suggested by a Haircare Expert

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    There are a lot of tips out there for curly-haired individuals and all the many steps you should follow to achieve your desired look, leaving those with wavy hair a bit lost. Well don't worry, we have got you covered! In this comprehensive article, we delve into the 3 types of wavy hair and how to look after each to give your hair the best treatment possible.

    Understanding the 3 Types of Wavy Hair

    Understanding which type of wavy hair you have or want to style your hair will help you better achieve your desired look and better care for your wavy hair. This is because each type requires different treatment and care.

    Type 2A: Loose Waves

    This hair type is defined by the subtle and softness of the S-shaped waves. They tend to lose definition without proper care, such as using drying hair products. The best hair care products for this hair type are lightweight, enhance your texture and give your hair hold without weighing it down.

    wavy hair

    Type 2B: Defined Waves

    Type 2B is more defined than Type 2A as they have a more prominent wave to them with a slight bend or curve. This hair type is more prone to frizz and requires hydrating and nourishing products to keep your hair moisturised and manageable.

    Type 2C: Strong Waves

    This type of wave hair is the most distinct and defined out of the three and they may sometimes be mistaken for a loose curl pattern. Similarly to Type 2B, it can be susceptible to frizz and needs sufficient hydration and hold to keep your natural wave maintained.

    Step-by-Step Wavy Hair Routine

    Here is how you can look after your wavy hair and get your hair looking its very best:

    1. Cleansing and Conditioning

    What you wash your hair with is a determining factor in how healthy and hydrated your hair is. By using sulphate-free shampoo you can gently cleanse your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Always apply shampoo to your scalp and roots whilst allowing the remnants to drip down the rest of your hair rather than coating them with it. 

    Next, select a hydrating conditioner that will support your hair. As your hair is wavy, using a curly girl-friendly or anti-frizz conditioner will have the benefits you need to support your wavy hair.

    curly hair treatment

    2. Detangling with Care

    Once you have applied conditioner to your hair you can use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair. Alternatively, you can wash out the conditioner with lukewarm water and follow this step.

    3. Towel Drying Technique

    Now that your hair is detangled and rinsed, dry your hair by gently squeezing out excess water by plopping your hair in an upwards motion, using a microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt. This is because bath towels can cause friction and be too rough on your hair, leading to frizz and breakage.

    4. Applying Wavy Hair Products

    Once your hair’s excess water has been removed you can begin applying wavy hair products. Here are what types of styling products to use for each wavy hair type:

    Type 2A Waves

    Opt for a lightweight mousse or beach hair spray that helps to give your hair texture and hold without weighing it down.

    Type 2B Waves

    This type responds best to creams or gels that give your hair hydration and nourishment whilst still defining and holding your waves. For this type, we recommend a curly hair gel or spray for frizzy hair as it reduces frizz and gives you defined waves.

    Type 2C Wave

    As this type is the most defined out of the three, it benefits from thicker creams or styling gels that hold moisture and strongly define your waves. For this type, we recommend a hair curl cream such as the Pump Curly Girl 2 in 1 Define and Repair Cream to combat frizz and keep your shape maintained.

    curly cream

    5. Diffusing or Air-Drying Technique

    Once you have applied the product evenly, you can use a diffuser on a low heat setting or opt instead to air dry, just be sure to apply a heat protection spray before you do. Alternatively, air drying gives your hair the time to naturally dry without being exposed to heat. This will also result in a more relaxed wave pattern rather than a defined wave.

    6. Refining and Styling

    Once you have air-dried your hair or diffused it till it is 90% dry, feel free to grab a styling wand or curling iron to style specific sections more if needed.

    7. Protecting Waves Overnight

    If you want to maintain your look overnight, using a silk or satin pillowcase can help reduce friction and frizz. Alternatively, you can use a silk or satin hair wrap to preserve your look. Just be sure to not go to sleep with wet hair as leaving your hair wet overnight can cause the hair strands to swell and be more prone to breakage or frizz.

    8. Refreshing Waves

    To refresh your waves throughout the week or after sleeping, mix water with your favourite conditioner in a spray bottle to revive your hair in between washes. Once your hair is thoroughly sprayed, you can crunch your waves up into your scalp for a refined look.

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