If you have wavy hair, you probably already know getting your strands to hold their shape can be tricky. Most wavy hair tends to be a bit finer, and can be weighed down by regular products. Additionally, the methods out there for managing curly may or may not actually work well for your hair. However, here's more ways to adapt the Curly Girl Method for waves. Give these tips and tricks a try, and let us know what you think.
More Ways To Adapt The Curly Girl Method For Waves
The routine that you use during the summer may or may not be very effective during the winter months. Therefore, you might find yourself needing to change things up depending on the seasons, as well as your geography. Waves, just like curls, can be sensitive to the environment, shifts in weather, and temperatures. Experiment with different ways to weather proof your waves so you aren't stuck playing catch-up when winter hits.
While we spend a lot of time talking about the benefits of cowashing for curly haired girls, it may or may not be effective for those of you with waves. Cowashing by definition means washing your hair with a conditioner based product. If you have waves, you might find your strands become too weighed down by a cowash. Instead, you might want to opt for a low poo cleanser instead, which will get your waves clean without damaging your strands. Just don't forget to use a lightweight conditioner on your strands after cleansing to replace lost moisture.
You're going to need to clarifying more often than some hair types, and you might even find some light sulfate use to be beneficial. While the Curly Girl Method bans sulfates for curly girls, you'll be ok if you need to use some to help strip away build up on your strands. This will actually help your waves retain their natural shape, since they won't be weighed down by too much product.
Finally, when it comes to caring for your curls, your strands might hold up ok to some heat use. A lot of curly girls can't use heat on their strands for fear of damage, but your waves might actually benefit from some light heat use. For example, try diffusing your strands on a low heat after using a protecting spray. This could allow your waves to dry more evenly and less frizz. Allow your strands to completely cool, and then apply hair spray to help hold your hair.