ad collaborative post // Different types of hair can require vastly different management methods and it’s important to find the type of products and management that works for your type of hair! In this post, we’re going to look at 5 easy ways to manage wavy hair.
Use a gentle cleanser
Traditional shampoos contain silicones and sulphates which create the lather that you’re probably used to and associate with having clean hair. These shampoos can actually be causing more bad than good as they strip away your hairs natural oils.
Using a sulphate and silicone free shampoo will gently cleanse your hair and scalp without stripping away your natural oils, resulting in a healthier and well balanced hair and scalp. Waves need moisture to thrive so by keeping your natural oils, you’re keeping your natural moisture.
Hydration is key
Wavy hair can be prone to dryness. Dry hair may look wiry, feel brittle and be prone to tangles which ultimately leads to frizz, which nobody wants!
To prevent damaging your waves they need to be fully nourished and hydrated. My go to is Merwave Repair conditioner. It contains glycerin and jojoba oil, which nourish and moisturise your hair. It can also be used as a deep conditioning treatment to give your hair an extra moisture boost.
Yet, sometimes it isn’t enough just to condition in the shower, which is why you must…
Find a good leave in conditioner
Moisturisng your hair is a crucial step in wavy hair maintenance, if you don’t you risk it becoming dehydrated which can lead to frizz and ultimately breakages. Use a lightweight leave in conditioner mask to feed your hair without it being weighed down and spoiling your waves.
Once dry, a natural oil to can help to seal in your moisture. The fatty acids will lubricate your hair strands, making it harder for them to become brittle. It’ll also add shine to your waves.
Accessorise with silk
Ever go to bed with perfect hair but wake up with a birds nest? It might be your pillow! Cotton pillow cases are not ideal for wavy hair. They’ll absorb your hairs natural moisture and cause friction. The result are ruined waves which look tatty, dehydrated and shapeless.
When styling or sleeping, use silk pillowcases, scrunchies, scarves and hairbands instead. Your waves definition and shape will be protected for longer – you’ll wake up with wavy hair!
Use a diffuser
After applying my styling products, I often use a diffuser to help speed up the drying process.
A diffuser won’t damage your hair in the same way a blow dry will. It gently disperses the air. Which means it prevents the hair cuticles from being roughed up. This reduces frizz whilst enhancing your natural waves pattern as your hair dries.
Make sure you use a cool setting with low speed and hang your head upside down to create lift at your roots.