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My wavy hair care routine: Step by step

by Lotte Lindgren on Jun 03, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on January 29, 2024.

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Do you dream of having beautiful wavy hair, but are you unsure of the best way to care for it? Then you have come to the right place! I will share my personal wavy hair care routine step by step. Get healthy and shiny hair with these simple tips and tricks. Read along here!

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What is wavy hair?

Wavy hair is a hair type that has a natural wavy texture instead of being completely straight or curly. It can be a beautiful and versatile hair type that gives a relaxed and beachy look. Wavy hair can vary in the degree of waves, from light waves to more pronounced waves. It can be both thin and thick, and it can be either natural or created using styling methods such as curling irons or braids. Whether your hair is naturally wavy or styled, it is important to care for it in the right way to maintain its health and beauty.

My wavy hair care routine: Step by step

Step 1: Start with our repair and care shampoo , which adds moisture and hydration to your hair. After washing your hair, remember to apply a conditioner to the lengths to avoid frizz.

Step 2: Apply a product such as a curling cream suitable for your hair type and shape your waves carefully using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to avoid damaging the hair. If you have plenty of time, you could also consider trying heatless curl, where you get heatless curls. You can read more here. 

Step 3: Always use a microfiber towel or dry your head with a t-shirt instead of a regular towel to reduce friction and minimize frizz . Then dry the tips first and move upwards towards the ears.

Step 4: Define your waves further as needed using styling products such as gel or mousse, you can also use a salt water spray . However, avoid overloading with products as this will weigh down your waves.

Step 5: Finish your routine with a little hairspray or gel for extra hold throughout the day. Now you are ready for the perfect hairstyles!

Step 1: Wash and add moisture

Use a gentle shampoo to avoid stripping the natural oils from your wavy hair. Choose a shampoo designed for your hair type 2 - either wavy or curly. After washing your hair with shampoo, apply a conditioner with a high moisture content to give your hair the moisture it needs to achieve lasting waves. We can highly recommend our Repair and Care shampoo and conditioner set, which you can find here. 

Add extra moisture to your waves with a leave-in conditioner on the ends.

Don't wash your hair every day as it can dry out both your curls and your scalp. Instead, try washing it every two or three days to keep the moisture and shape in your wavy hair. With these simple steps, you will be able to achieve healthy and well-groomed hair.

Step 2: Apply styling products

Step 2: Apply a product specifically for wavy hair and avoid using too much as it can lead to a heavy effect. It is important to try different products to find the right balance. When applying styling products, you can work with your shape and define your waves using your fingers. Start at the ears and work towards the tips.

Always remember to take into account your hair's type 2 wavy structure and the moisture level in your hair when choosing products for your routine. Good choices include creams or mousses with hydrating properties like our Twirl and Curl curling cream . Feel free to also use lightweight oils for the hair such as argan oil for extra moisture without the heaviness of heavier oils.

Enjoy the process of experimenting with different treatments and hairstyles; always remember the core value behind any good hair care routine - douceur (gentle treatments) is necessary!

Step 3: Dry your hair the right way

When it comes to drying your wavy hair, there are several ways to do it. It's best to let your hair air dry naturally, as the heat from blow dryers or curling irons can damage your locks and cause them to lose their shape. However, if you cannot avoid the blow dryer, you must remember two things: use a diffuser and the lowest possible temperature to spare your hair as much as possible.

In addition to the choice between a blow dryer or not, you can also choose between different types of towels for draining after the bath. A microfiber towel or silk turban will be gentler on your wavy hair than regular cotton towels and will reduce the risk of frizz and split ends. So make sure you always have a softer alternative on hand when duf takes care of your waves! We can highly recommend our super water-absorbing microfibre hair towel which sits perfectly on the hair. 


Step 4: Define your waves

Divide your hair into sections using clips or elastics so you can work with each section easily and effectively. Gently pinch each section with your fingers from the base to the tips as you move around the entire head. This will emphasize the shape of the waves and give a beautiful texture to your wavy hair.

To maintain the volume in your wavy hair, it is important not to crimp it too much. Leave it loose and airy so the waves can maintain their natural shape. Feel free to use products such as shampoo and treatment specially designed for your hair type 2 for optimal hydration and douceur.

  • Divide the hair into sections
  • Gently squeeze each section
  • Move around the entire head
  • Avoid crimping the hair
  • Use products specially designed for hair type 2

Step 5: Hold with hairspray or gel

Use a lightweight hairspray or gel to keep in place all day. Spray or apply the product from a suitable distance to avoid it weighing down your hair. You can also apply more product throughout the day if needed.

Here are some tips to keep your wavy hair looking great all day:

  • Use a lightweight hairspray or gel
  • Spray or apply the product from a suitable distance so as not to weigh down your hair
  • Apply more product throughout the day if needed

Remember these tips and keep your waves beautiful and defined all day long!

 nice wavy hair

How to maintain volume in wavy hair?

Maintaining volume in wavy hair can be a challenge, especially if your hair is fine or flat on top. But luckily there are several techniques you can try to keep your hair full and voluminous.

First of all, it is important to use the right hair products. A good volume shampoo and conditioner can help add volume and strength to your hair. You can also consider using a volume spray or mousse, which can give extra lift at the roots.

When styling your hair, you can also try using a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment. This will help spread the heat more evenly and gently, which can be especially helpful for wavy hair. You can also consider styling your hair with a large round brush, which will help create volume and maintain the shape of your waves.

How to prevent wavy hair from getting tangled?

Maintaining wavy hair without it becoming tangled and dry can be a challenge. But there are some simple steps one can follow to avoid this.

First of all, it is important to choose the right shampoo and conditioner designed for wavy hair. These products will contain ingredients that help make hair softer and more supple, reducing the risk of tangled locks.

Next, it is a good idea to avoid brushing your hair when it is wet. Wavy hair is particularly susceptible to tangles when wet, so it's best to towel dry the hair first and then use a wide comb or a soft-bristled brush to loosen tangles.

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