How to make my hair wavy?
The last few years, the wavy look is adored by red carpet stars all over the world and the everyday beauty lovers alike. Getting those perfect curls, though, can be a little daunting. The main problem with wavy hair is that if you do it the wrong way or sleep in the wrong position, or even if the wind blows the wrong way, you can lose all of your curl definition. So how to make my hair wavy and not loose my curl definition?
What is the reason for your hair losing their definition? Is there any solution for that problem? According to Matthew Fugate, who is the hairstylist of many stars such as Blake Lively and Brooke Shields, the reason for women losing their hair definition is genetic and although there’s nothing you can do to change your curl pattern, there are tricks and techniques that can help make waves look curlier and more defined. “The natural texture of the hair plays an important role in how well the curl will hold, as the thickness of the hair is also a significant factor. The fact that you were not born with perfect hair, does not also mean you cannot create them. You need to do something based on the unique type of your hair. All hair can hold a curl, depending on how much patience you have to make a hairstyle”, Fugate explains.
So, “how to make my hair wavy?”. When it comes to putting a bit of wave in your hair, there are quite a few options to choose from. Here are the most popular solutions for hair waving from a curling iron to the headband method.
How to make my hair wavy?
1. Spiral waves
For this style, you need a large barrel curling iron. Firstly, apply a heat protectant serum or spray to your hair to protect them from heat damage when using heat styling tools. Then, comb out any knots and then section your hair off for easier work. Split your hair into two sections (upper and lower or left and right is usually useful) and tie one section off and out of the way. As you hold the curling iron in your opposite hand, wrap a strand of hair around the curling iron. This should be almost 1 inch wide. As you wrap it around the iron, make sure you’re keeping the hair flat and not twisting it.
Tip: Leave the last 1-2 inches of hair off the curling iron, so that they stay straight while the rest of the hair is wavy. This results in a more effortless look.
After making all hair wavy, finger comb wherever you want to make it looser. You can also spray your hair with hairspray to hold it in place and add body and lift to the curls. This is a great way to get some bouncy waves.
2. Beachy waves
For this style, you need a small or medium barrel curling iron. Before starting the whole process, it is important to apply a heat protectant serum or spray to your hair to protect them from heat damage when using heat styling tools. Comb out any knots and then section your hair off for easier work. Split your hair into two sections (upper and lower is usually useful) and tie one section off and out of the way. As you hold the curling iron in your opposite hand, wrap a strand of hair around the curling iron. This should be almost 1 inch wide. As you wrap it around the iron, make sure you’re keeping the hair flat and not twisting it.
- It is better if you start curling each strand 1/3 down from the roots.
- You can alternate the direction of the curl with every strand (one strand inwards – one strand outwards) to allow them to intertwine with one another to create soft and relaxed waves.
When you’re done, apply a finishing serum or spray to your hair to minimize any frizz and add shine to your beautiful wavy hair.
3. Triple heating iron waves
A triple barrel iron is a unique curling tool which is used to create wavy hair. Depending on the barrel size and the styling technique you choose, you can use it to achieve a variety of wave styles, from a loose, airy beachy wave to a really beautiful, silky vintage wave.
- Prepare your hair with a heat protectant serum or spray to protect them from heat damage when using heat styling tools. You can also use a curl enhancer before you start styling to help your hair hold curls and waves.
- Split your hair into an upper and a lower section, pull the upper section up and secure it with a large clip or ponytail holder. Grab a 1 inch wide strand of hair on one side of your head and move the rest of your hair on the other side. You can secure the hair you aren’t currently styling with a large clip for easier working.
- With the hot part of the barrel on the bottom, clamp the triple barrel iron down at the top of the strand you’re working on. If you’re trying to create a beachy wave look, start 1/3 down from the roots of your hair. If you’re trying to create vintage wave look, start as close to the roots as you can.
- Once you’ve finished with curling all of your hair, you can spray them with a hairspray to hold it in place and add body and lift to the curls. For a more natural look, run your fingers through the waves to make them looser, or turn your head upside down and shake it to separate the waves. You can also use a finishing serum or spray to your hair to minimize the frizz. For a retro wave look, leave the waves as they already are and simply spray them with a hairspray.
4. Waving with a ponytail
For a more natural wavy look and less heat damage to your hair, you can try to curl your hair after making a ponytail first. The only disadvantage is that this style can be achieved only in women who have long hair and can curl mid-shaft to ends. The first step is making a ponytail by using an elastic ponytail holder. Afterwards, style ringlets with a medium barrel curling iron. Run your fingers through the ringlets or use a brush to loosen them. Finally, cut the elastic ponytail holder to release the hair. You now have beautiful, airy wavy hair.
5. Waves with a flat iron
Except for straightening your hair, a flat iron can be used to create a wavy look too. You will probably need a 1 inch (2.5 cm) flat iron for this style. In general, the smaller the flat iron, the tighter the curl. Before you start curling, you may want to prepare your hair with a heat protectant serum or spray to protect them from heat damage when using heat styling tools. Afterwards, comb out any knots and then section your hair off for easier work. Split your hair into two sections (upper and lower or left and right is usually useful) and tie one section off and out of the way. Starting as comfortably close to the scalp as you can or even half-way down the length of hair (for a more natural look) , clamp the flat iron closed and turn it back on itself a half turn. Run the iron down the hair shaft to the end. The slower you move the iron, the tighter the wave will be. The faster you move the iron, the gentler the wave will be. When you’re done, you can spray your hair with a hairspray to hold them in place.
Tip for adding bounce and volume: Curl your hair with a flat iron and then backcomb each curl with your fingers for adding volume and bounce that wouldn’t otherwise come out naturally.
6. Twisted waves with a flat iron
This is an easy way of making loose, beachy wavy hair. You will probably need a 1 inch (2.5 cm) flat iron for this style. At first, you may want to apply a heat protectant serum or spray to your hair to protect them from heat damage. Then, divide your hair into two sections and create a twisted cord holding on to the ends. After ironing top to bottom, let your hair cool completely before you unravel them. Repeat the process until all hair is styled. For addition volume and hold, spray your hair with a hairspray.
7. Waves from braids and a flat iron
This is another way to use a flat iron to create a wavy look. You just have to braid your hair and then run a flat iron over it a few times to create natural beachy waves. This works on all hair types, but it holds best if you add some product, such as some hairspray or some styling foam, before you start braiding. Again, just make sure you have prepared your hair with a heat protectant spray or serum before using hot styling tools on your hair to minimize damage.
8. Old-fashioned rollers
Rollers may be old-fashioned, but they are still around nowadays because they work. So give them a chance! Split your hair into small strands. Take a strand and twist it around a roller and then bend the ends together to fasten the curl in place. Repeat for every strand and when you’ve finished, spray your hair with a hairspray. Leave the rollers for a few hours and then unroll to get a flawless wavy look. If you don’t have much time to spend, you can use heated hair rollers which create lustrous curls in as quick as 10 minutes.
9. Waves with clips
“How to make my hair wavy without heat?” is a question that women frequently ask. Good news! There is an easy and quick way to create a beautiful wavy look by using clips. Before starting the process, apply to your hair some hair oil to smooth your hair and control any frizz and some styling foam to hold the style. There are two different ways to use the clips for making a wavy style.
1. Section your hair into small strands and place some clips (usually 3-7 according to the length of the hair) to every strand from the roots to the ends. Wait for your hair to dry or, if you are comfortable with using heat, dry your hair with an electric hair dryer. Then release the hair.
2. Separate your hair into smaller sections. Roll the hair of a section around your forefinger which is placed close to the roots. Gently slip the loop of hair from your finger, keeping the loop tucked. Then place the clip. Repeat this process for every section of your hair and allow your hair to dry or, if you are comfortable with using heat, dry your hair with an electric hair dryer. Finally, release the hair. You can also use pins instead of clips for this method.
10. Waves from braids (without heat)
If you’re just not into spending time for making a wavy look and you have an event to attend to, you can braid your hair the night before. Make either regular or fishtail braids, sleep in the chosen hairstyle and in the morning, unravel the braids for a cute second-day wavy style. It’s best if you use some hairspray of styling foam before making the braids to hold the style in place.
11. Heatless headband waves
If you are uncomfortable with using heat on your hair, you can create a beautiful wave look by only using a headband. You can use this method for thick hair which is stubborn with an iron. At first, apply some styling foam or hairspray to your hair, so the style will hold. Afterwards, make loops with your hair completely around a headband so it’s covered. Leave it in overnight and enjoy your silky wavy hair in the morning.
12. Natural-like waves
You can have a natural wavy style in only 5 minutes by using the diffuser of your hair dryer. The diffuser disperses the heat over a wider area of your hair instead of shooting the air in one stream and will help turn your hair wavy but not frizzy. Firstly, you need to wash your hair for this method because you need to dry your wet hair with the diffuser to make it wavy. After wrapping your head in a soft towel for 10 minutes, put a mousse, a styling cream or styling foam in your hair. You can also use a heat protectant spray or serum on your hair to protect it from heat damage. Then, place the diffuser attachment on the barrel of your electric hair dryer. Turn your hair upside down and use the diffuser to create the waves and your hands to define the curls. Point the hair dryer up from the bottom instead of drying from the top down. At last, set the hair dryer to cool and dry your hair with cool air for 30 seconds or a minute to help set the style.
13. Enhance your natural curls
If your hair is naturally curly, you can create a beachy wave style without ironing by applying an Epsom salt solution to your hair.
- Wash your hair and then wrap your head in a soft towel for 10 -15 minutes.
- Prepare a mixture of ½ tablespoon of a hair conditioner, 1 tablespoon of dissolved lavender Epsom salt and ½ tablespoon of dissolved salt.
- Apply the mixture to your hair and let it air dry.
Products for your hair like mousse, styling creams or foams and high temperature can slowly damage your hair . You can read for natural ways to protect you hair and make them stronger with Castor oil and moringa seeds , known for their benefits.