Nothing is as frustrating as having a hair that likes to frizz, wave, tangle, twist or bend. This definitely gives you a strenuous morning routine. It is never an enviable situation that your untamed wavy or curlyish hair is not responding well to styling irons. Some strands are ringlets, while some are straight. Soon, the idea of waking up every morning to style your semi-awkward curlyish hair will put you off.
Don’t panic yet, this issue is not peculiar to you alone. In fact, it is a common hair problem many ladies face (even to ones you admire). But the ugly situation can only persist when you are not well informed. The good news here is, that we have come up with simple practical steps to help you treat, tame and style your wavy hair and transform it into the shape and type of hair you have always desired to wear. But first, let’s take a closer look at the unique characteristics of wavy.
- 1 What Makes Your Hair Wavy
- 2 Caring and Taming Frizzy Wavy Hair
- 3 How to Reduce Tangles In Your Wavy Hair
- 4 How to Enhance Your Waves
- 5 How To Straighten Your Wavy Hair
- 6 Conclusion:
What Makes Your Hair Wavy
Your genes, humidity and other factors that come into play account for your wavy and its treatment Upon an intense study, scientists disclosed that the shape of the follicle determines the curvature of a strand and where it will grow. The strand tends to grow straight and round when a hair follicle is symmetrical. But if the follicle is asymmetrical, the hair tends to curl or wave. Another study reveals that curling your hair can be a byproduct of a particular kind of Keratin that piles up under the curve, on the inside of a curled hair.
Caring and Taming Frizzy Wavy Hair
Caring and taming wavy hair requires maximum care as this type of hair is naturally malleable, and more prone to frizz. However, the following tips and tricks will help properly treat and tame your wavy hair and keep frizz at bay.
Use the right water temperature
As stated earlier, styling your hair beautifully starts in the shower. Use warm water to shampoo and condition your hair, and cold water to rinse your hair. This will help to seal the cuticle and add more shine to your strands.
Sleep on a satin pillowcase
You will do your hair a favor by switching your cotton pillowcase into a satin pillowcase. Cotton is rougher on your hair and can cause more friction and tangles, which can lead to hair breakage and frizz.
Hydration is the key
Use hydrating shampoo & conditioner and cleansing. It is highly recommendable to go for sulfate-free shampoo particularly if your color-treated. The reason for sulfate-free shampoo is based on many factors. Sulfates deprive your hair of its natural oils, which leads to frizz and dullness, especially for those with wavy and curly hair. Also, since wavy hair is usually drier, you don’t need to shampoo your locks every morning, instead, shampoo your roots only when your mops begin to feel greasy.
Don’t tamper with your waves or curls when they are dry. Just ensure you brush your hair with a wooden wide-tooth comb before you shower and immediately after your shower. Brushing your hair with a high-quality brush helps moisture to move from your scalp to your strands, however, avoid over-brushing as it can lead to breakage and frizz. Also, be careful with your towel. Don’t rough up hair with your towel, as this might cause friction. Rather, use a microfiber towel or T-shirt and gently squeeze the excess water.
Moisture is your friend
Wavy hair needs moisture. Though leaving your hair to air-dry might take time, it enables it to take in extra water it needs. Another way to keep your hair hydrated, nourished, and less prone to frizz is by using a moisturizing leave-in conditioner.
How to Reduce Tangles In Your Wavy Hair
The follicle structure of your waves and curls makes it vulnerable to tangles and knots. Here are some tips for reducing tangles:
- Detangle in the shower. You can deal with tangles after using conditioner. How? The use of a wide-tooth comb will prove very useful. Use a wide-tooth comb to work through any knots and tangles, but bear in mind to comb your hair gently, as it’s weaker when it’s wet.
- Apply your fingers. If there is a need to do a knot out of your dry hair, spray the knot with a leave-in conditioner. Then, use your fingertips to smooth out any tangles.
- Brush from the bottom up. Starting at the bottom allows you to gently detangle each knot. Pushing them on top of one another at the bottom will cause breakage and split ends.
- Be careful when you are washing your hair. Always detangle your hair before you wash it, as it’s much harder to untangle wet hair. Also, when you shampoo your hair avoid pulling it up into a ball on top of your head, as it will cause tangling. A good tip is to ensure that your head is upright and focus your shampoo on your scalp rather than on the ends of your hair.
- Clip up your hair at night. Use a silk pillowcase. A cotton type can cause knots and make tangles appear while you sleep
How to Enhance Your Waves
- Get a nourishing styling cream and apply it all over your damp hair. This helps to add bouncy shine and smooth, silky texture to your hair. Twisting your waves while your hair is still damp is also helpful.
- Use diffuser attachment with your blow dryer. A diffuser ensures that the air coming through the hairdryer is not strong enough to rough up your hair. The result is that the frizz stays under your control and the waves remain intact.
- Hairspray is a good idea. Get one that delivers the level of hold you need without the crunch.
- Try sleeping in braids after a shower. This will help set your waves into a more organized and defined curl pattern. Simply apply moisturizer then, partition your hair into two sections and braid each side. In the morning, release the braids and tousle your hair. If needed, use a curling iron for touch-ups.
- Try using the “Plopping Technique“. This is what many ladies out there rely upon. Immediately after shower, take a thin microfibre towel or an old t-shirt and place it in front of a flat surface. Stay close and position your head on the top of the shirt/towel. Pull the shirt/towel around your head and secure it at the nape of your neck. You can do other things while allowing your hair to “set” in this manner for at least 30 minutes. This way, your hair wave pattern remains intact as it dries.
How To Straighten Your Wavy Hair
- Prep your hair with a multipurpose styling cream or balm. If you want an added advantage, go for one with frizz-fighting ingredients such as coconut oil and argan oil.
- Master your blow-dry technique. Handle a round brush and work on your hair systematically. Pull your hair tight against the brush and aim the dryer down your strands. As you are pulling the hair, you will feel some tension. Ensure your hair is completely dry when you are done. Otherwise, it will begin to gather frizz as the rest of the moisture evaporates.
- A flat iron can be of immense help to smooth your hair and add to it a shiny finish. Ensure you use a flat iron that suits your type and needs. If you have dull hair, consider using a steam flat iron, as it will to lock moisture in your hair strands and will make your hair look shinier and more revived. Also, when you use a flat iron pay attention to the heat setting. If you have fine hair set the temperature around 300 degrees. For coarser or thicker hair, leave it at 400 degrees F.
Taming and styling wavy hair might seem like a mission impossible, however, with the simple tips we listed and explained above you can properly treat, tame and style your wavy hair and enjoy awesome styling experience every day.