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Wash day routine for wavy curls

by Chelsea Castonguay
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If you have wavy curls, you're in the right place! A lot of curly girls go through their lives with wavy strands, but just aren't sure how to make the most of their gorgeous strands! We've found that one of the best foundations for great curls is to have a fabulous wash day routine down pat. Therefore, here's a great wash day routine for wavy curls. Give this system a try and see if it makes a difference for your wavy curls.

Wash day routine for wavy curls

If it's been a minute since you used a clarifier on your curls, then it's time to get on that. Clarifiers remove build up, making it easier for waves to bounce up. It also makes for a healthier scalp, which means your curls will grow better and products will work more effectively. Clarify once every 6-8 weeks for best results and to not over dry your curls.


If you haven't yet, it's time to think about switching to a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates tend to dry out curly hair, and dry waves are flat waves. Instead, focus on all natural products without artificial ingredients, as these can generally be quite drying. Since most waves generally will be weighed down by a cowash, you'll want instead to focus on using a low poo shampoo. These don't suds up as much, but also cause less damage.


After rinsing out all your shampoo, take your favorite moisturizing conditioner in your hand and squish it upwards. This will allow your curls absorb the shampoo while also encouraging them to take their natural shape. After your curls have had conditioner squished into them evenly, allow it to sit for a few minutes. Flip your curls over, and allow the water to run downwards through your strands so the conditioner is rinsed out.


After your curls have been washed and conditioned, you can apply a gel or mousse throughout to help your waves take their natural shape. Then, gently dab excess water away with a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt. You can plop your waves, or allow them to air dry.

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