Here at Kurlify we can say that we experience a good dose of curl jealousy on a daily basis. Eventhough we love our own wavy or curly hair. And especially since embracing the Curly Girl Method. If you have wavy hair of hair type 2a, 2b or 2c then you know that as soon as the wind turns in the wrong direction, you sleep in the wrong position or try a hair product that weighs down your hair, that you can lose your curl definition in one swoop.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to change your natural curl pattern, which is determined by your genes and hormone balance, but fortunately there are tips and tricks to ensure that your waves get and keep more definition.
These are the tips that work for us, some are short-term styling tricks that can give you more definition and some are regime changes that will give you healthier, more elastic curls in the long run.
Scrunching is the holy grail of wavy hair technique. Scrunching is using our hands to gently press the ends of your curls towards the roots, creating an accordion effect, as it were. You can use this technique in any step of your routine, from deep conditioning, applying leave-in conditioner, and while styling or blow drying.
Scrunching helps your hair absorb more moisture and form curls through the squish to condish method. When you get out of the shower, you can gently squeeze the moisture out of your hair and encourage your curls to shape by kneading them with a microfiber towel or t-shirt. Once your hair is partially dry, you can scrunch in your leave-in conditioner and styling product afterward. If your hair is dry and slightly crisp feel (yes that’s really okay), can you scrunch to the hard cast your styling product to break for softer, more touchable curls. To make the scrunching extra effective, do it upside down with a t-shirt from the end of the hair to the root of the hair or possibly with your hands on which you apply a few drops of a light oil. Jojoba oil is a good choice. As we said, scrunching is a go-to for wavy hair!
2. Pin curls
Many of us have used curling wands for years to tackle waves that were rebellious, out of shape, or refused to curl. However, exposing your hair to heat will make it less curly because heat damage results in limp, damaged and shapeless hair. If you banish heat from your hair routine, you will find that you get more curls and your curls take more shape.
Instead of using a curling wand, I switched to using pin curls to identify waves that look frizzy or lifeless. After I have just washed my hair, I wait for my hair to dry partially before twisting a few tufts around my face into a small bun and using bobby pins to secure them. Then I put on my makeup or wait for about 10 minutes while my hair dries and remove the pins to reveal soft curls.
3. Use a diffuser
If you have long, wavy hair, you will notice that when your hair air-dries when wet, your waves stretch out. Kneading your curls and then diffusing them can help combat this common problem.
Disclaimer: Some girls with waves or curls find that using a diffuser gives them frizzy hair, but personally I experience a boost in volume and bounce. To combat frizz, I use a stronger styling product such as a gel to maintain my curl definition. When your hair is partially dry, turn your head forward and shape your waves with a diffuser, squeezing the hair at the roots.
4. Choose the curly girl method
You may have seen before and after pictures of incredible Curly Girl Method hair transformations. Some people don’t even realize that they have curly hair until they start the method and stop harmful habits. Healthy hair care can bring your curls to life and many have already had success with the Curly Girl Method. This method calls for the abandonment of harmful elements such as sulfates, silicones and heat. This may sound extreme if you regularly use a flat iron or if you’ve never taken a close look at ingredient labels, but the results speak for themselves.
Many curlies have adapted the CG method to suit their lifestyle, such as the monthly use of sulfates or sparing use of silicone.
5. Get your ends cut
Damaged and dried out hair often results in hair that has lost its elasticity and bounce. This is especially true when you can see that new hair growing from your roots is curlier than the ends. If your ends are straighter than your roots, it is most likely due to damage.
The ends of our hair are the oldest parts of the hair, so they are likely to get damaged over time. you may love to grow your hair, but it is never a good idea to stick to damaged ends. You will find that if you trim your ends you will immediately get more bouncy curls and more shrinkage (which is a sign of healthy hair). Pointing your hair is also a way to lighten your hair, which is one factor that can stretch your waves.
6. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize…
All hair types need moisture. And while some texture types need more than others, it’s a common misconception that wavy hair doesn’t need as much as our friends with curly and coily hair.
There are several reasons why type 2 wavy hair needs just as much moisture as other types of hair textures. If you have multiple bad hair days with excessive frizz, rough and brittle hair to the touch, a lack of moisture could be the cause. Lack of moisture is also one of the main causes of frizz, which is one of the biggest concerns we hear from people with wavy hair.
How can you ensure that you bring in maximum moisture? Use a moisturizing mask at least once a week. It is important to take the elasticity test first to find out if your hair needs products with or without protein.
Discover here: Our favorite masks & deep conditioners WITHOUT protein
And of course: Our favorite masks WITH protein
Make sure to only use products without drying alcohol. Avoid the flat iron and only blow dry your hair on a cold setting. And as a last tip: if you are in the sun for a long time, protect your hair with a nice scarf or a hat.
We are curious how you can optimally care for your wavy hair. What are your favorite tips? Let us know on Instagram. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask!