If you’re blessed with wavy hair, congratulations! Your styling options are practically endless. But with so many possible looks, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together a list of six styling tips that will help you show off your waves to their best advantage. Keep reading for advice on how to create curls, waves, and voluminous styles that will make your hair look its best.
1. Don’t style your hair while it’s still wet
Your wavy hair will get its best styling results if you wait until it’s dry before you start styling it. Wet hair is soft and pliable, so the waves in your hair will quickly fall flat if you try to put them into curlers or use other styling methods when your hair is still damp. Even if you have naturally curly hair, you should start styling it after it’s dried so that the curls will last longer.
2. Use a styling cream or a styling gel
You can use a styling cream or styling gel to give your waves extra bounce and volume. For best results, put some styling product in your hands, then rub your palms together to spread it evenly. Next, scrunch your hair so the styling product gets distributed throughout it. Once you’ve applied styling cream or gel to all of your wavy locks, you can use styling tools like a curling wand to give your waves special effects.
3. Experiment with different styling techniques
While some styling techniques, such as braiding and twisting, work perfectly well on all types of hair, other styling methods work better with wavy locks than others. If you have naturally wavy hair, try using styling techniques that enhance your waves or curls. Pinning sections of your hair up to create a faux bob or putting curls in the ends of your hair will give you styling results that look better than styling your hair straight.
4. Don’t use styling products containing alcohol
Styling products containing alcohol, such as hairspray and mousse, might be good for adding volume and hold to your straight locks, but they’re best avoided when styling wavy or curly hair. Alcohol dries out hair and can cause it to become brittle, so styling products containing this ingredient will damage your waves. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, styling products that contain alcohol should be avoided to prevent frizz and breakage.
5. Try styling with braids
Braiding is a great way to accentuate the natural waves in your hair. Part your hair into sections and then braid each section tightly to get a crimped look that’s sure to draw attention. To create a more pulled-together look, try styling the braids with the ends pointing upwards instead of hanging down like normal braids. When you feel like changing up your style, simply undo the braids and shake your hair out to get a more casual look.
6. Be adventuresome with styling tools
Use styling tools like curling wands, crimpers, and flat irons to create an exciting variety of looks that will take your styling options into the future. Opt for styling tools designed for shorter hair if you want to avoid styling your hair at shoulder length or above. With styling tools like these, you can experiment with different styling techniques to determine which ones work best for your hair type.