How To Use The Curly Girl Method For Wavy Hair - smartesthairstyles.com - You've probably heard all about the Curly Girl Method, a hair care routine that replaces harmful washing and styling habits with healthier ones to keep curly hair looking its best. But you may be wondering - can you do the curly girl method if you don't have curly hair? Or are you a "wavy" guy who has already tried the curly girl method but didn't get the results you wanted? Don't worry - we'll keep behind you! Try these helpful tips to modify the curly girl method for wavy hair.
- Cleansing and Conditioning
1. Wash your hair 3-4 times a week. Shampooing too often tends to dry out all hair textures, especially curly hair. Typically, wavy hair doesn't get as dry as curly hair, but it still helps to limit how often you shampoo to keep your hair healthy and shiny. Avoid washing your hair every day and aim for 3-4 times weekly.
The Curly Girl Method usually recommends washing your hair once a week.
2. Go the "low-poo" route by using sulfate-free shampoos. Under the Curly Girl Method, you don’t use shampoo at all—this is called "no-poo"—because you "co-wash" (wash with conditioner) instead. Since you have wavy hair, you don't have to worry about shampoo drying out your hair as much. Use gentle, sulfate-free shampoo to clean your hair without stripping out moisture.
Sulfates are harsh and drying no matter what your hair texture. Most shampoos will say "sulfate-free" on the label, but it doesn't hurt to check the ingredients either. Avoid ingredients like "sodium lauryl sulfate" and "sodium lauroyl taurate."
3. Use a clarifying shampoo once a month to remove buildup. The Curly Girl Method recommends avoiding clarifying shampoos completely, as they contain sulfates. However, if you have wavy hair, it can be beneficial to condition your hair occasionally. Stick to once a month for best results.
4. "Scrunch" massage conditioner into your hair instead of "raking" it. Raking means using your fingers to spread a generous amount of conditioner throughout your hair. Because wavy hair doesn't require as much product, frizzing usually allows for better hydration and curl definition. To curl your hair, gather strands of your hair in your palms and scrunch towards your scalp to work the conditioner into it. Then gently rinse your hair.
Scrunching is also called the squish to condish method.
5. Give your hair a thorough condition every 2 weeks. The Curly Girl Method recommends more frequent deep conditioning, but wavy hair doesn't need as much moisture as curly hair. In fact, if your wavy hair seems heavy and limp all the time, you might be over-conditioning it. Stick to once every 2 weeks.
If your hair appears limp after deep conditioning, next time try reducing the amount of time you leave the product on your hair.
- Dry and style hair
6. Detangle damp hair with a wide-toothed comb. With the Curly Girl method, combs and brushes are taboo; You use your fingers to gently detangle your hair. If you have wavy hair, this may not be as effective. Instead, try running a wide-toothed comb through your damp hair to detangle it.
Avoid combing wavy hair when it is completely dry as this can cause frizz.
7. Apply styling gel or mousse for more definition and hold. Apply the gel or mousse to damp hair. After drying your hair, use the scrunch technique to "break the plaster" (stiffness caused by the product). This will soften your waves while still giving you definition and hold.
8. Use a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment to gently dry wavy hair. The Curly Girl Method does not recommend heat as it damages curly hair. Wavy hair can handle heat a little better, especially if you use a diffuser and the low heat setting. Simply fit your dryer with the attachment and place a strand of your hair in the diffuser bowl. Raise the bowl to your scalp and turn on the blow dryer. Hold for 10-30 seconds, release the hair and move on to the next section.
Always start with the lowest heat setting to avoid frizz.
Try experimenting with other diffusion methods, such as B. Levitation diffusion (just move the diffuser over your hair without touching it).
9. Sleep with your hair in a high bun or ponytail. To keep your wavy hair defined and healthy, sleep with your hair in a loose ponytail or bun on top of your head. This will reduce friction against your pillowcase which can lead to breakage.
Use fabric-covered scrunchies instead of hair elastics since they're gentler on hair.
Sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase can also help prevent breakage.
10. Refresh your style with water on day 2. If your hair seems flat and frizzy the day after you wash it, use water to get some volume and definition back. Just fill a spray bottle, spritz it on your hair until it's damp, and scrunch your hair to revive your waves. Then, air-dry or diffuse your hair to dry it.
Water is a good option because it won't weigh down your hair like products do. However, if water isn't as effective as you'd like, you can refresh it with mousse instead. Simply knead the mousse into your hair and let it air dry, or spread it out for soft, defined waves.
Stick to light mousses to avoid weighing down your hair.