February 11, 2021
So you have wavy hair, but aren’t quite sure how to look after it. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the knowledge you need to properly care for and get the most out of your locks.
Wavy hair, also known as type 2 hair, can be split into three different subtypes: 2A, 2B, and 2C. It is the hair type that sits in between straight and curly, from loose loops to ‘S’ shaped waves. If you’re not sure whether you have wavy hair, why not try our curl quiz to identify your hair type?
Curly hair on the other hand, has a more distinct curl pattern formation depending on the tightness of the curl. The pattern is generally seen as a tight ‘O’ shape or a corkscrew, which is what makes it different to wavy hair. Coily hair has the tightest curl pattern of the three, and can be seen either in a ‘Z’ shaped angle or tight coils starting at the root of the scalp.
The different wavy hair types each have their own characteristics that set them apart. 2A hair tends to have a tousled texture. 2B hair consists of ‘S’ shaped waves in the lengths, but sits relatively straight at the roots. 2C hair has even more defined ‘S’ shaped curls that start from the root and continue down the lengths of the hair.
Once you’ve identified you have wavy hair, you should also explore your hair’s porosity. Depending on the porosity of your wavy hair you will want to take care of it in different ways. There are three porosity types:
High Porosity: In high porosity hair, the cuticles of individual hairs are very open. This makes it extremely easy for moisture to enter the strand, but also just as easy for it to leave.
Medium Porosity: The cuticles in medium porosity hair are slightly open, this makes it somewhat easy for moisture to enter the strand. But it won’t leave as quickly as in high porosity. This makes this hair type the easiest to look after.
Low Porosity: The cuticles in low porosity hair are very tight, this makes it difficult for moisture to enter the strands. But once it does it is retained very well.
All of these porosities require different care, so identifying which one your wavy hair has is essential.
2A hair has a very loose tousled texture. The wave is slightly accentuated and can lose its shape easily, becoming almost straight. For this type of wavy hair, it’s important to use very lightweight styling products that provide good hold, to ensure the style can last for longer. You may want to avoid layering styling products to make sure you are not weighing the waves down.
2B hair has a tighter S shape. The texture is still loose and easily weighed down, but it tends to maintain its shape better than 2A. This curl type tends to react well to styling creams, but again we recommend only using one styler at a time to avoid weighing down wavy hair.
Type 2C hair has a very tight S shape texture, and some strands may even start to become loose corkscrews when styled. Out of all the wavy hair types this is the most prone to frizz, so it’s important to combine both moisture and hold in the styling choice.
Wavy hair is the least dry among the curl types, so it tends to develop more oil on the scalp. For this reason, we recommend washing wavy hair a bit more often, around 3-4 times a week, with a gentle shampoo like our Vivid Tones Vibrancy Shampoo or our Core Strength Shampoo.
If you feel like you need to wash your wavy hair more often than that, we recommend using our Curl Quenching Conditioning Wash instead, as the gentler nature of the co-wash will help maintain the hair’s natural moisture. You should also introduce a clarifying shampoo like our Wash & Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic in your routine once a week, to really get rid of all dirt and build-up that might weigh down your roots and make them look flatter.
And don’t forget the conditioner! Moisture is super important for any curl type, including wavy hair, so make sure you always use a conditioning product every time you wash your hair. When it comes to deep conditioning, we recommend using a lighter formula that won’t weigh down your hair: our Hydro Crème Soothing Mask is great for this. For hair that isn’t as dry, you may choose to use this slightly less often, every other week should be enough.
Knowing how to style your wavy hair is essential for getting the most from your curls. With the right knowledge and products you’ll have the hair of your dream in no time!
To get the most from your wavy hair, it needs to be in its best condition. Having an optimal protein moisture balance will also help with achieving the best results possible.
If you want to make sure your waves last until the next wash, it is very important to protect them when you sleep. To encourage the texture to spring up, we recommend sleeping with a tight satin scarf or a small bonnet that will keep the waves “scrunched” during the night. This will allow you to wake up with perfect, bouncy wavy hair!
Wavy hair has a looser curl pattern that tends to lose its shape quite quickly, so you may find that you need to refresh your hair more often in order to maintain the style until the next wash. We recommend refreshing a little every morning to ensure your waves stay bouncy and defined. Here are our top refreshing tips:
Ensuring we never test on animals, Curlsmith are dedicated to using clean, natural ingredients in all of our products. Working in collaboration with world-renowned trichologists, bloggers and curly hair stylists, we are able to incorporate the science and knowledge into all of our products. This means we were able to create premium, gourmet hair care gentle enough for all curl types. From our strength range that works to reinforce hair, to our moisture range that provides needed hydration, to our scalp range that creates the best environment for your hair follicles, to our color range that allows you to have fun without damage, all your curly hair needs are covered at Curlsmith!
February 11, 2021