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All You Need to Know About Wavy Hair

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If you have wavy hair, count yourself lucky—you have what we like to call “the best of both worlds” hair. Wavy hair looks beautiful au naturel with its perfectly tousled tresses, but if you’re feeling like a change, wavy hair is easy to straighten, and holds a curl like no other. So what makes wavy hair so special? And just how do you style it anyway? Look no further, because we have compiled the definitive guide to wavy hair.

Article Sections:
How to Style Wavy Hair
Pros of Wavy Hair
Wavy Hair Types and Styling Tips

How to Style Wavy Hair

Straight, wavy or curly. That’s your biggest decision.

To make wavy hair straight: Simply use a flat iron on dry hair, smoothing Style over your hair when finished to eliminate frizz and add a layer of protection from damage caused by heat styling.

To go au naturel with wavy hair: Apply Tame to wet hair. This lightweight smoothing emulsion controls frizz, adds shine and also adds a layer of protection from UV damage. Better yet, Tame can be applied before or after styling. Then simply blow dry wet hair with a diffuser which lets the air circulate, and doesn’t pull it down as a regular blow dryer might.

To go curly with wavy hair: Try sleeping in braids for a full, curly head of hair. Just make sure to use clear elastic bands as larger hair ties may leave a dent in the end of your hair. For larger curls, apply Tame to hair and use a curling iron for loose curls. The texture of wavy hair holds a curl better than most textures.

Pros of Wavy Hair

As you can see, there are many pros to having wavy hair:

  • Wavy hair boasts a natural beachy wave, the same beachy wave so many people are trying to achieve with styling products. Life is literally a beach when you have naturally wavy hair, so wear it proudly.
  • Wavy hair looks youthful. There’s something about wavy hair that makes it look effortless and carefree. Something about the thick texture and volume, the slight wildness, especially when worn naturally.
  • It's easy to style. People with naturally wavy hair don’t need to go to great lengths to get stick straight locks, a flirty curl, or a beachy wave. Wavy hair goes with the flow...and stays there with more holding power.


So what are the challenges to having wavy hair? Well, in a word—frizz.

What the frizz?

With its coarser texture and thickness, wavy hair has a tendency to get frizzy. Luckily, there are many ways to fight the frizz. Start with a super hydrating, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, such as Color Protecting Shampoo + Conditioner. This gentle, nourishing formula not only softens hair and strengthens each strand, but it also protects color. With wavy hair, it’s important to keep your hands away from your hair so as not to create more frizz. Lastly, a lightweight smoothing cream or emulsion like Style + Tame does the trick.

So what type of wavy hair do you have?

Wavy Hair Types and Styling Tips

  • Type 2A Wavy Hair (fine/thin): This type is loose, with an “S” shaped pattern, and is on the thinner side (has a circumference of less than 2 inches when tied in a ponytail). This type is usually very easy to manage and style.

    How to wear it: Shoulder length & trendy. This type of hair is already pretty easy to manage, but is often fine in texture. To give it the appearance of more volume, a shoulder length blunt cut is the most flattering and stylish look to go for.

    2a long wavy hair
    2A wavy hair with Radiant Cream Color in Messina Brown.

  • Type 2B Wavy Hair (medium): This hair type is shorter with a more prominent “S” shaped pattern, and resembles the highly coveted “beachy” wave. Although beautiful, this type tends to be on the slightly frizzier side of the spectrum.

    How to wear it: Pinned to the side. Since this hair type is a medium wave and thickness, it can give in to a little bit of pinning. The pinned to the side hairstyle looks gorgeous for all occasions and is flattering on most face shapes as well.

    2b wavy hair
    2B wavy hair with Radiant Cream Color in Rimini Garnet.

  • Type 2C Wavy Hair (coarse): This type has a very distinct “S” shaped pattern, and is borderline curly at some points. Curly wavy hair tends to be frizzier and thicker. Although this type is more resilient (because of its thickness), it is also more resistant to styling.

    How to wear it: Long and parted in the middle. This type of wavy hair is both thick and has tighter “S” shapes, so it's best to take advantage of the resilience and keep the hair long to weigh it down a little bit more. With long wavy hair, the weight will help soften and even out the waves so they look more natural, less frizzy.

    2c wavy hair
    2C wavy hair with Radiant Cream Color in Tuscany Brown.

Scientific Structure of Wavy Hair

Naturally wavy hair, also known as Type 2, develops its structure from the shape of the cortex. The fibers of wavy hair are oval-shaped, making it mostly round, but twisting ever so slightly upon the other follicle. Wavy hair is also determined by its protein structure. Wavy hair has a light to medium amount of the disulfide bonds that occur between hair proteins. It also has a slight hook at the end of the follicle, which makes it grow at a minimal angle. In some cases, hormones and certain medications can change the texture of the hair, making it grow in a different way than it was originally formed.

Wavy Hair

That may have been even more than you needed to know about wavy hair, but there it is: the definitive guide to the-best-of-both-worlds-hair. Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about this hair type, or, if you’re lucky enough to have naturally wavy hair, tell us a few of your wavy hair tips.

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