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If you have naturally wavy locks, lucky you! We can’t say that we’re not jealous. The perfect balance between curly hair and straight hair, having naturally wavy hair is both timeless and beautiful. However, just because you were born with enviable natural waves doesn’t mean that your mane will take care of itself. In order to keep your waves defined and healthy, you’ll need to follow the right hair care routine, which will include using the right shampoo and conditioner and following the right heat styling practices. Keep reading for our best tips on how to take care of wavy hair.
It’s a fact: Good hair starts in the shower. In order to keep your waves looking their best, they need to be hydrated, healthy, and frizz-free. As such, you’ll want to reach for the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner the next time you’re in the shower. This combo is formulated with marula oil and deeply conditions strands while also banishing frizzy hair—without weighing hair down. When waves are frizz-less, they will appear more defined, just like all the A-Listers you see rocking this style on the red carpet.
Waves are looser forms of curls, and curly hair of all varieties is generally more prone to breakage and frizz than straight hair. To show your wavy hair the extra love it needs, once or twice a week, you’ll want to swap out your regular conditioner for a deep conditioning treatment, such as the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner. Formulated with a conditioning serum, almond, and protein, the deep conditioner helps fortify each strand and takes just one minute to work its magic.
All hair types can benefit from less heat styling and since you have naturally wavy strands, it’s even easier for you to pull off a relaxed, just-back-from-the-beach look. As often as you can, refrain from reaching for your blow-dryer, curling iron, and flat iron. Instead, we’d advise you to strongly consider rocking your natural waves! Here’s how to keep them looking their best with minimal effort: Simply spritz some of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto towel-dried hair. Then, scrunch up your locks a few times and let your strands air dry. It’s that easy!
It pretty much goes without saying that for certain occasions you’ll want to heat style your hair. And while we love air-drying, you don’t need to abandon your heat tools altogether. Instead, just make sure to protect your strands before doing so with a heat protectant spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, which protects hair up to 450 degrees. To use, all you have to do is spray the heat protectant onto damp hair section by section, then proceed to style with your hot tools as usual. Another thing to keep in mind: Never, ever use a curling iron or a flat iron on wet or even damp hair! If you’re going either of these styling routes, either blow-dry first or wait until your hair has completely air-dried before curling or straightening.
One great way to add an extra boost of volume to your wavy locks is to use a hair mousse. Unlike a gel or a hair spray, which can prevent your waves from maintaining their natural bounce, hair mousse is both lightweight and holding—without being overcontrolling. In other words, it’s the perfect leave-in hair styling option for women with wavy hair who are looking to add body and enhance their loose curls. Interested? Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse, which will enhance your natural hair texture and shape without leaving any sticky or stiff residue behind. To use, apply onto damp hair from root to tip, using an egg-sized amount of foam. For added body, flip your head upside down while you scrunch your hair.
You’re blessed with beautiful texture, but you can use dry shampoo to enhance your hair’s texture even more—and refresh your locks while you’re at it. Not quite sure how to use dry shampoo? Simply spray the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo onto dry roots, holding the can about six to eight inches away from your hair. Then, brush through or use your fingers to evenly distribute the product. This dry shampoo, which is formulated with three pure clays, absorbs excess oil on the scalp without leaving behind any chalky residue.
Leave-in hair styling products can practically do it all, from keeping frizz at bay to helping keep your strands healthy. Since you have waves, which you won’t want to weigh down, use a small amount of a polishing serum, such as the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum, on the lengths and ends of your hair. You can apply the product onto damp strands, post-shower, or use it to touch up hair that’s already dry. Either way, a little bit will go a long way in helping to lock in shine and manage frizz.
You can benefit from the advice in our next article whether you have wavy hair or not! Here’s Your Post Workout Hair Care Routine.