Even though they often get lumped in together, waves and curls aren't the same. That's not to say one is better than the other, because that isn't true. However, it's important to understand there are some differences in how to care for wavy hair as opposed to curls. Therefore, these are the mistakes you might be making with your waves. Give these tips a try, and let us know if they work for you!
The Mistakes You Might Be Making With Your Waves
If you're only cowashing your waves, you might end up with strands that are flat and difficult to style. This is because waves tend to be finer in texture, and therefore can get dragged down by overuse of product. As a result, you'll need to make sure you're mixing up how you cleanse your curls. Alternate a low poo with your cowash to remove build up, and keep your curls fresh.
Not using clarifyer:
Similarly to the above, you need to make sure you're clarifying your waves every few weeks. As time goes on, your curls will become weighed down with products, and shampoo. Therefore, you'll need to use a gentle clarifying treatment to help remove product from your strands. This will allow your waves to bounce up unencumbered by products.
Avoiding deep conditioning:
This step can take some time, so sometimes it falls by the wayside. However, even waves need regular deep conditioning treatments. Without them, your strands could loose moisture, and become dry, brittle, and frizzy. Therefore, you'll need to make sure you're deep conditioning your strands at least weekly.
Apply products incorrectly:
While raking is a popular way to apply product in curls, this doesn't always work for wavy hair. Instead of raking your product in, you'll need to focus on apply product per clump. You can also try the praying hands method to gently smooth your products down through your waves, and then push upwards to help your waves form clumps.
Using the wrong products:
Finally, a lot of wavy girls end up using the wrong products, which can make it so their waves don't hold well. While there are products out there for you, it might take a bit of searching to find the right products for your strands' textures, and shape. If you use heavier products, you might din your strands are pulled down by the weight of the products.