Wavy Hair Routine: How to Style Wavy Hair with Video Tutorial

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You want to know how to deal with waves in your hair? Let me show you my step-by-step hair routine for wavy hair!

Wavy hair is one the most unique hairstyles to have. It looks good no matter what, and it makes a statement like no other. If you are a wavy hair lover like me, then this post is going to be something you want to read. In this guide we will discuss how you can get wavy hair. I will also give you my simple routine that I use when I want my waves to look their best.

Wavy hair is the most sought after texture on Instagram. Long layers, little volume, beachy waves –all that with minimal effort. If you have wavy hair and want to know what you can do to style it every day in a minute…then you are going to love Wavy Hair Routine!

  1. Wash and condition

    The first step in your wavy hair routine is washing and conditioning. If you wash your hair every day, that’s okay. Just use mild shampoo and conditioner. If you have oily hair and wash it every day, you might use an extra-mild shampoo. The best shampoos are little more than glorified dish soaps. So don’t go overboard with those super-combo-deluxe kinds! Conditioners seal the cuticle, and a light leave-in conditioner is good if your hair gets dry in winter or is fine, flat, and straight. It adds volume to your tresses without making them look greasy.

    The most important step to getting wavy hair, is to wash your hair. The natural oils from your scalp help to keep your hair in a wavy pattern. Washing your hair with shampoo often removes these oils. This means that your hair becomes less likely to hold on to the wavy pattern and it can also become frizzy.

    You will want to start with shampooing, conditioner and using a leave in conditioner. You can use your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Leave in conditioners are important for keeping hair soft and frizz free. It is important to note that if you have thick and frizzy hair, you should avoid silicone conditioners as they make the hair even more stiff and difficult to style.


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  2. Brush

    The second step in how to style wavy hair is brushing from all sides. Brush your hair continuously in a circular motion starting from the ends to the root. Work with small sections of your hair at a time by brushing them towards you and then outwards towards the side. This step is important because you want to straighten your hair as much as possible before blow-drying. That way, you won’t overheat and damage your hair too much when blow-drying it.

    This will help you get rid of tangles and make sure nobody notices them. Using this method will ensure that you will be able to fully control all areas of your hair while styling it. You can use a vent brush or a large comb for this work.

    If you have only medium-to-long wavy hair, make sure to brush it on both sides just like pictured here. Otherwise, if you have short hair, skip the next two steps and continue on with Step 3 below. Trying to maintain long hair without detangling it is a big mistake! You should detangle your hair every two days at the least (twice a day is ideal if you’re trying to grow out your hair).


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  3. Apply gel

    After you have dried your hair, take a small amount of gel and rub between your hands so it starts to warm up. If you know you will be using a lot of product, it may be worth investing in a better quality product that doesn’t require as much to achieve the desired result. Start applying the gel at the roots with your fingers, making sure to spread evenly. Focus on the roots as they tend to be the most exposed when wavy hair has been styled into waves. Work from the inside out, starting with small sections, starting at your nape, and moving around your head.

    Gels tend to be more of a styling tool than conditioners and are useful in encouraging your wavy or curly hair to stay still while you’re styling. Applying gel is simple, but applying it in the right way is key.

    This is where the styling process gets fun. OK, I admit that spraying and scrunching was fun too but you can make waves look so natural with gel and if I have to choose between this or hairspray, then hands down it’s the gel. It’s easier to work with compared when you use hairspray because of its consistency.

    I like to work the gel into my hair using my hands and then comb through it so when it dries, I don’t have any bumps or waves from the comb.


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  4. Apply water

    The fourth step of applying water to the hair is optional. You can choose to not apply water and use the curlers normally, however this has no proven advantages.

    This is the fun step. Work the water in after you’ve applied the gel and finger combed your hair. Do this for each section of hair that you are using to create your waves. A little at a time will go a long way, especially with fine or thin hair.

    The fourth step involves working water into the hair and pulling the sections back towards your head. This will change the shape slightly so it looks less wavy and more like ringlets or curls. To achieve this, take a small squirt bottle and work it through your hair (make sure it’s well damp).

    The fourth step to styling wavy hair is the only one you must repeat to maintain your curls all day long. In order for them to hold, they have to be (at least partially) wet when you’re styling them.

    Let’s keep working on the side and back sections of your hair. Water will help soften the blow a little bit with this round, and it will also make it easier to create waves around the perimeter.



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  5. Plopping

    So after washing my hair and squeezing out the excess water, I start with step 5. You could do this in a sink with your head bent over, but to me it’s more convenient with a plop/towel wrap.

    After you apply product, plop your hair for 10-15 minutes while reading a book or watching Netflix. Plopping will help your texture bounce back and it will make styling easier.

    Wrap them with old towels, take a shower cap, or use hair clips. The point is to get your hair to hold in place and not be all over the place when you’re done plopping.

    Now it’s time to take out the curlers. Plop that wet hair on top of your head with room for air circulation around your ears. I generally leave the clips in while I plop; that way, it doesn’t look like I ended up with a giant helmet-head when I take them out. You could also use a towel to do this.

    Plopping your hair can be done in different ways, meaning you can sit under a hooded dryer without having to bake yourself or stay at home in front of a fan. If you have no access to a hooded dryer or just prefer not to use one there are plenty of other methods you can use.


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  6. Apply mousse

    After you’ve towel dried your hair, use a root lifter rather than a blow dryer. This will help create the uniform wavy look. When your hair is dry at your roots, use a pea-sized amount of mousse (or gel) and apply it to damp hair.

    Some people consider mousse as the lowest rung of the hair products. Truth is, this product can aid a lot in improving one’s hairstyle. A good mousse should form a thick consistency that is neither too heavy nor too light. Its purpose is to train the hair to hold its shape. This helps in increasing the volume of the tresses and making it more manageable at the same time. If you were wondering what a good mousse is, know that these are mousses that have sulfate and silicone chemicals present in them. These ingredients will give your hair an impression of having been smashed into a ball and fly up into a settled position after some time has passed.

    Mousse is a popular product because it gives volume and body to limp locks. You can find this in the form of a spray, liquid or cream. All you want to do is apply the product to your hair while you are still wet from the shower. Spread it evenly throughout your locks starting from the roots, and then massage it into the scalp to lift and flatten the hair.

    Mousse is a dry styling product that adds volume, texture, and lift to the hair. When applied correctly, mousse gives you a bouncy shape with an all-natural finish.

    Mousse is the secret, light-hold ingredient that gives your hair volume and bounce. It also helps to increase shine and reduce fizziness.


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  7. Diffuse

    So, it’s time to diffuse your waves. I’m going to assume you have naturally curly hair even though the technique is the same if you don’t. If you don’t, you should go back to step 5 and start over using about a ¼ inch curling wand. You only need a tiny amount of hair gel to use with a diffuser – unless, of course, you want your curls to be defined. Then generously apply as much gel as you like.

    We’re now finally ready to diffuse! The goal this time around is to dry the hair with a diffuser attachment, not blast it (although sometimes this can happen accidentally). Essentially this means that the hair has a lot of air flow and movement going through it.

    Using the diffuser attachment, you will dry your hair in a downward motion with low heat until it is completely dry. Diffusing your hair will help prevent frizzing and lock in the curl pattern.

    When styling, you want to keep the hair dry so it doesn’t look stringy or frizzy. The secret to dry styling is diffusing. Diffusing your hair can be done in many different ways and can even be done without a diffuser if it can fit over the nozzle of your dryer.


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  8. Scrunch

    This final step is arguably the most fun part 🙂 As mentioned in step 4, you are going to be scrunching out the crunch. So what exactly do I mean by “scrunching out the crunch”? Basically, scrunching your hair while your hair is still dry. It might seem odd at first, but it’s actually one of the most effective ways to help enhance your natural curls.

    The volume of my wavy hair that I have created is nice, but it needs to be softened and texturized. I want to be able to scrunch my hair after the wave is created, so I need crunch-free waves.

    After you’ve curled your hair you’ll notice a lot of unwanted crunch. This is because of the chemicals in the hair products. These products can leave your hair feeling stiff and heavy. It’s important to scrunch out the crunch in order to remove these chemicals.

    Do this section by section starting from the top of your head and working your way down. The scrunch method is a great way to add volume and bounce to your hair without damaging it.

    Scrunching is possibly the most important part of creating natural-looking waves. It spreads out your hair’s natural wave, separates your hair strands, and sets the loose curl pattern down. It also seals in some moisture to keep the waves looking soft and supple all day.


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