Wavy Girl Method: the routine for wavy hair
Many people think that wavy and curly hair are the same thing, but they’re not. Don’t get us wrong; they’re both beautiful! But waves have different needs than curls, which is why a different hair routine is important.
Believe it or not, they are different things, and curly and wavy hair require unique care and different products. You need to follow a different routine to get the most out of your beautiful, natural waves.
If you have wavy hair and have started the Curly Girl Method, you may not get the best results. That’s because your hair actually needs different products and techniques!
Gladly they have discovered a new way to get amazing hair with the wavy girl method. Wondering which ones?
In this article we’ll tell you all about the Wavy Girl Method.
In this article:
What is the Wavy Girl Method?
The Curly Girl Method is a hair routine for people with curls, and the Wavy Girl Method is one for people with waves.
It’s very similar to the Curly Girl Method but there are a few slight adjustments that are needed to make it more suitable for waves, instead of curls.
You can see the differences in this image:
- Try co-washing, if it doesn’t work for your waves use a sulfate-free shampoo
- Avoid sulfates unless you are using it as clarify
- Avoid silicones
- Use products that are lightweight and/or weightless
- Minimal heat styling tools, such as a hair dryer or straightener
- And no chemical relaxers
- Co-wash with sulphate-free shampoo and conditioners
- Avoid any hair care products that contain silicones or sulphates
- Use lightweight products and avoid heavy products
- Scrunch the products into your hair
- Clarify once a month
- Use minimal heat on your hair
It doesn’t matter which hair type you have. Oily hair, naturally wavy hair, a different natural hair texture of straight and curly hair.
Each curly hair journey is different. And we are here to explain different types of a curly hair method so you can explore a new curly girl journey. Call us your curly girl handbook :).
The differences between the Curly Girl Method and the Wavy Girl Method
Wavy hair has different needs than curly hair, so it’s important to have a different routine. These differences are mainly related to the natural oils that the scalp produces, and how easily they’re able to travel down the lengths of our strands.
This takes longer with curls than with straight hair. So for Wavies, who have less curls than Curlies, it’s easier for those oils to naturally moisturize the hair from root to tip.
That’s why as a Wavy girl you can achieve better results with the Wavy Girl Method than with the Curly Girl Method.
A lot of similarities
There are many similarities between the CG Method and the Wavy Girl Method though.
For example, both recommend the following: sulfate-free shampoos or co-washing, silicone-free conditioners, no heat styling tools (such as a flat iron or curling iron) and no chemical relaxers.
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In our webshop for curls we sell different curly girl approved products for the Curly hair method and all the different curly hair journey that fits you most.
That aside, there are also many differences! We’ll list them below.
You can brush wavy hair with the Wavy Girl Method
When starting the Curly Girl Method, it’s recommended to throw away your hairbrush. When following the Wavy Girl Method, this is different: wavy hair can be brushed without significant risk of breakage.
Certainly people with wavy hair type 2a and 2b can brush their hair using the Wavy Girl Method.
With what styling tool can I best brush my hair?
You can use a Tangle Teezer or Denman Brush. Always do this before applying the conditioner or else you’ll probably comb out your waves.
See, the Wavy Girl Method isn’t that difficult at all!
Also read: Discover which Denman Brush you need
Co-washing may not work with the Wavy Girl Method
The Curly Girl Method recommends to no longer wash your hair with shampoo, but start co-washing.
It’s a great way to preserve moisture, but for wavy hair this isn’t always the best choice.
Build up and wavy hair
You may experience build up over time, as your sebum plus the ingredients of your co-wash add up.
In general, if you have thick or coarse hair you can try co-washing, but if you have fine or thin hair it probably isn’t a good idea to use the Wavy Girl Method.
Especially in the summer months this can lead to limp, lifeless, weighed down hair. Then it’s better to opt for a sulfate-free shampoo or a low-poo.
How can I get rid of build up in my hair?
Like we said, products can build up over time. It’s important to give your hair and scalp a deep cleanse every now and then.
Either grab a sulfate shampoo or one that is specifically for clarifying, and make sure to use it at least once a month!
In our webshop we have our favorite products of clarifying shampoo you can try out.
But what if I do want to co-wash my hair
Want to try co-washing in combination with the
Wavy Girl Method? Choose a conditioner that you can also use as a ‘normal’ conditioner, just in case.
Or go for a consistent washday rotation, by doing a cowash after two low-poos.
You can then try to cowash every 3-4 washes and see whether it has a positive impact. You can brush your wavy hair.
Unlike curly hair that should be left unbrushed most of the time, you have a little more freedom with wavy hair.
Go find out and experiment
It is always an experiment. So use the Wavy Girl Method in different ways to find out which Wavy Girl Method style is the best wavy hair routine for you.
Also read: Everything you want to know about co-washing
Wavies can use sulfates (in moderation) in combination with the Wavy Girl Method
Sulfates are banned within the Curly Girl Method routine but not for the Wavy Girl Method. Sulfates are ingredients that are often added to shampoo.
They ensure that your shampoo will foam nicely after contact with water. That foaming effect not only gives you a nice clean feeling in the shower, but also helps remove dirt, oil and dead skin from your scalp and wavy hair.
But that cleansing effect is actually too intense for your scalp and hair. Sulfates cleanse your hair so good, that they strip your hair of not only dirt, oil and dead skin, but also of the natural oils on your scalp.
And these oils provide hydration to the hair. Still, some people with wavy hair and using the Wavy Girl Method do need this from time to time to remove build-up from their hair.
Be gentle with sulfates
Try to do it as little as possible, for example once a month. In this way you can still try the Wavy Girl Method and check what’s best for you.
Use a mousse instead of gel with the Wavy Girl Method
Many Curly Girls use gel to get hold and definition, but for Wavy Girls this often is way too heavy.
It probably will result in weighed down hair and build-up, which will likely make you wash your hair too often.
Mousse creates more definition for wavy hair
Therefore, preferably opt for mousse, which provides more definition, soft curls and no build-up. Don’t apply it too close to your roots, but about 4 cm from it, otherwise it will cause build-up anyway.
And especially go for lightweight products, because these provide more resilience and therefore more waves! Yay to the Wavy Girl Method!
Pay attention to how you apply hair products when using the Wavy Girl Method
In terms of styling, curls and waves really need a different technique. For example: where a lot of Curly Girls rake their hair, most Wavy Girls can say goodbye to their waves if they rake.
The raking technique
Raking is a technique that you can use when applying styling products. You detangle your curls with your fingers, while at the same time distributing the product over the wavy hair, from the roots to the ends.
Wavies will destroy the clumps (curls that curl together or form one larger curl) and their hair will stay limp.
Instead of raking, divide the product over your wet hair using the praying hands technique and start scrunching. Be careful not to smooth your hair with this technique too.
The praying hands method
It’s not just curls that need to be quenched with moisture, waves do too! Apply a generous amount of a light but moisturising conditioner using the Praying Hands method, starting from the crown of your head to the ends of your waves.
Then detangle using a wide toothed comb.
While applying styling products to wavy hair, remember to use the Praying Hands method and not the raking method so as to prevent clumps from breaking and disrupting your curl pattern.
This should be followed by flipping your hair over and scrunching it up gently so as to preserve the clumps without shrinkage.
The ‘squelch’ noise is an indication that the hair is appropriately wet for the stylers to spread evenly and work well.
Also read: The main techniques of the Curly Girl Method
Your Wavy Girl Method routine will change throughout the year
Every season is different for wavy hair. Each season your hair has very different needs.
In the dry winter months, cowash may work best to keep your wavy hair moisturized, defined and bouncy.
But in the warm and humid months, this can lead to weak, lifeless, weighed down waves. So pay attention to the time of year!
It can change in a few weeks. The styling process will change, so the styling techniques will as well.
Change your routine according to the seasons
But the Curly Girl Method steps will remain the same. Only maybe with different products such as deep condition, curl cream, leave in conditioner, final wash of dry shampoo.
This can be very frustrating, but once you’re through one year, you know roughly what to expect. Be sure to make notes so you can read them back next year!
Does the curly girl method work on straight hair?
It won’t work because straight and curly hair differs in texture. For instance, silicones in caring products only benefit straight hair, but, at the same time, they won’t be healthy for curls.
Can I brush my hair when I have wet hair?
We advise only brushing your hair when it is soaking wet.
This reduces the risk of causing strain on your hair strands, which results in breakages.
It is possible to brush your hair when it is air dry or blow dry. But having dry hair can be possible harmful for your hair and result in damaged hair.
So to avoid that, just blow dry after brushing your loose curls.
How can I safely air dry my hair?
When you are airdrying your hair with a hair dryer keep in mind to always keep on the cool mode. the airflow should be aimed towards the lower end of the spectrum to keep frizz somewhat under control.
But it is even better to allow your hair to air dry.
Whatever you do, remember to refrain from touching or handling your hair during the drying process as this encourages frizz.
As your hair dries, a gel cast will form on your curls, making them feel hard and crunchy. But keep in mind, this is a good thing!
What do I need to do when my hair is too dry?
It is possible that you have over-conditioned hair. Although curly hair tends to be dry and needs a lot of moisture, some products can overload it, especially if your hair is very fine.
If this happens, clean your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and use lighter conditioners and moisturizers.
Do not use a deep conditioner too often.
We hope we can help you achieve the best method for wavy girls!
These were our tips to get the most out of the Wavy Girl Method. Feeling inspired and aren’t able to wait to start styling and wearing your hair wavy?
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