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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.

Also read: How to start the Curly Girl Method: steps for beginners

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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:

The basic principles of the Wavy Girl Method are as follows:

  • 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

The general rules of the Curly Girl Method are:

  • 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.

Buy CG approved products in our webshop

Wavy hair, Burnette

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!

Image of shelves with conditioners and mousses for hair in the store.

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

6 tips to make wavy hair curl better

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.

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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?

You can comment below and start talking with other wavy or curly hair girls.

Do you have any questions about the Wavy Girl Method? Let us know on Instagram!


  1. Hi!! So I’m new to this wavy girl thing. I’m a 2a I think, but I have done a lot of research, and tried putting gel in my hair but also put conditioner in my hair but it makes it super oily!! Is this normal? Also any other tricks and tips would be appreciated!! Thanks so much!!!

    • Hi Andrea,

      Thank you for your message.

      For wavy hair I’ll recommend mousse instead of gel. Giovanni has a really nice mousse with protein (Giovanni Mousse Hair Styling Foam). Also Curls has a really nice mousse without protein ( Curls Avocado hair mousse).

      A mousse is lighter than a gel and wouldn’t make your hair super oily. I would also recommend to apply the mousse on wet hair for the best result.

      When you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

      Kind regards,

      Team Kurlify

  2. I am thinking of trying the wavy girl method but I am a little confused about the use of sulfates and silicones, do I avoid them both?

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for your message.
      If you want to start the Wavy Girl methode you have to avoid sulfates and silicons. We do recommend to use a final wash, this wash is a shampoo with sulfates (so that’s a bit contradictory). Sulfates are a tough ingredient that cleans your hair. It will wash out al the build up of silicones in your hair, so you can start the wavy girl methode.

      If you have more questions, feel free to ask.

      Kind regards,

      Team Kurlify

      • What is the best way to sleep on wavy hair

        • Silk or satin. You can either opt for a pillowcase made of it or a hair bonnet. I personally use a silk hair bonnet and I like it

      • I have 2b/2C hair (and I have A LOT of hair), but the top ALWAYS will dry pretty straight. What do I do with it, underneath is so nice but always hidden by my top layer.

        • I would try cutting the top layers a tad shorter and potentially taking some of the weight out. Get a cut by someone who is trained with curly hair so that they can trim your hair to optimize your wave.

    • Sulfates are a cleanser, while silicones are there to smooth your hair. Some people really love silicones, but some people get too much build-up with them and end up with weighed down, dry hair. Silicones can help if your hair is prone to tangles and you have damage because of it, but you’ll need to be more aware of how often your hair needs clarifying than if you didn’t use them.

      Sulfates are too harsh for most people to use daily, but some people can use them occasionally to clarify and remove buildup. Some people don’t need them at all.

  3. When I get up in the morning what should I do to my hair to look presentable? I’m a 2b-2c

    • Hi Margaret,

      Thank you for your message.

      I like to spray a bit water in my hair to make it damp. Then I’ll shake my curls awake with my hands and my head up side down. You can also try a mousse like the Giovanni Mousse Hair Styling Foam or the Curls Avocado Mousse. These products are really nice (and not heavy) to use in your hair and start the day with lovely curls or waves!

      Kind regards,

      Team Kurlify

  4. I appreciate you writing this article! Wavy hair is definitely different than curly hair. I have 2a-2b wavy hair. My question for you is can you recommend any over the counter sulfate free shampoo and silicone free conditioners that work well with wavy hair?Sorry if that’s in a different article I haven’t come across yet. I have used Jessicurl, some Bounce Curl, and Vida bars that are only sold online but they aren’t the best for wavy hair. I just want to go to my local store and buy something that will work well with my wavy hair. Any advice will be appreciated! Thank you!

    • Hi Michelle,

      We’re a dutch company so I’m not sure what they sell in shops near you, but I can take a chance!

      Yari Green is a nice brand, I really like there protein free shampoo and conditioner called:
      Yari Green Curls Sulfate-Free Moisturizing Shampoo
      Yari Green Curls Hydrating Conditioner

      Also Shea Moisture has some nice products for wavy hair:
      Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
      Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Volumizing Conditioner

      In the Netherlands we also have brands called Love, Beauty & Planted, Nature Box and Garnier Loving blends. Those brands have several CG approved products (but not everything).

      I hope some of there brands/products are near by your local shop!

      If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask

      Kind regards,

      Team Kurlify

    • I use Palmers Sulfate free coca butter shampoo in the uk 🙂

    • Apologies this is late, but NYM naturals has a shampoo/ conditioner line that are CG approved. There is also a website called curl scan where you can look up products to see if they are approved

      • Hi Hannah!

        Yes! You can check it on this website: Just type in the product name and its ingredients.

        Hope this helps😊,

        Team Kurlify💜

    • Mousse do nothing for my hair and it doesn’t hold anything. I have used a gel from innersense, I create hold, but it also did nothing and didn’t hold my waves. So I was about to by a strong hold gel, Boucleme – Super Hold Styler. But maybe I shouldn’t?

  5. Hi! I have 2a-2b wavy hair. When I finish washing up my hair I usually apply leave-in cream (to hydrate) with gel (one of the techniques I’ve read about in multiple wavy hair blogs), and at first I am able to style some nice curls and clumps with the scrunching technique (although it can get messy and give me some frizz too), but after a couple of hours the most exterior layers of hair start to straighten up and they put a lot of weight on the deeper layers that form better curls, so I end up with a lot of volume, zero definition and a rough texture thanks to the gel (basically a birds nest on my head). I don’t get why this keeps happening because my hairs looks sooo curly when I’m styling it right after the wash up. Could it be that I have too much hair and it is too heavy for the waves (I use it really short and in a shredded haircut that I’ve been told favours waves)? I’m really frustrated because I think that I have some nice waves but I’m not coming up with a way to get the most out of them.

    • I have the exact same issue! Interested in the response to your question. 🙂

      • Same. I have long hair midway down my back, but it is thin (hair loss due to thyroid issues). I wash at night add a curl cream and then mousse. I plop it in a microfiber turban and sleep on it. Come morning I have well formed curls. My hair is still quite damp and I usually add a bit more mousse to make up for what absorbed during the night. I use a black orchid diffuser. I get some frizz but pretty decent curl/wave pattern (2B), as well but they don’t last. I’m wondering if the length is what is pulling the wave pattern out or I need different products. I grew up with straight hair and didn’t develop waves until perimenopause so this is a new journey for me. Would love to maintain the pattern that shows up immediately after removing the turban.

        • I am not sure if we have exactly the same hair, but I’ll share what works for me. I have 2a/b hair that is fine and thin. When it’s really wet after the shower I used a lightweight gel and plop for about 10 minutes. Then I add a tiny bit more gel with wet hands and let it air dry, being careful not to touch it at all. I think the key for me is to let it dry undisturbed so the waves stay clumped together, otherwise it becomes a frizzy, fine, fly-away mess.

    • Hi Anne,

      Thanks for you message.

      It sounds like you are putting too much weight in your hair or the balance of protein and moisture isn’t correct.
      Hereby two articles that might help you:

      I’ll recommend using a foam in your hair instead of a gel. I really like the Giovanni mousse or the Curls Avocado mousse.
      If you prefer gel, I recommend a light gel like the Jessicurl Gelebration Spray Island Fantasy.

      With waves you can sometimes overdue your hair with too much products, especially if you just started with the CG method. Your hair needs time to get used to the natural care, at a later time you can probably use more products and even get more curls. But for now my advice to you is less is more!

      Kind regards,

      Team Kurlify

  6. This advice is so useful, I have been trying CGM for 3 months, and found everything I used made my hair lank, tangled and greasy looking. I have switched to low poo x 2 washes and co wash on the third, and stopped the Shea products and switched to lighter ones. I also don’t plop any more as it was causing too many tangles. This has made a huge difference- I’ll keep checking back for more advice, thanks!

    • Hi Caroline!

      Thank you for your comment! We’re so happy that we could help you😊.

      Wishing you fantastic curls!

      Team Kurlify💜

  7. What advice would you give for wavy girls when they go to bed? I don’t have a lot of hair, it’s 2b with some ?3a at the back of my neck. When dry it’s a bit longer than chin length so if I put it in a pineapple a lot of it drops out. I do put a satin bonnet on as well. Also, can I use a cowash conditioner as an ‘ordinary conditioner’ after shampoo? Thanks

    • I would recommend medusa clipping!
      Medusa clipping is a protective sleeping style for short stranded curlies. Basically it’s more like a modified pineapple only for those with shorter hair that can’t be pineappled. You strategically clip sections of hair up and off your scalp using small jaw clips. It lets you avoid crushed or stretched out curls. Keeping your curl definition intact so you wake up to curls that need next to no refreshing and a ton of volume.

      Tip: Continue using the satin bonnet to be extra secure!

      Also, check out this video of this curly girl using the Medusa Clipping method:

      Furthermore, I wouldn’t recommend combining cowash and shampoo. As the cowash already works as a cleanser for your hair. After shampooing, your hair needs moisture back so a regular conditioner is suitable. Moreover, when you cowash you don’t need another cleansing product, just cowashing is already sufficient! I would suggest using the one or the other. You can use both but on different wash days.

      Hope this helps you😊,

      Team Kurlify💜

  8. I am about to start the wavy girl method, I want to know if it’s ok to use a leave in conditioner but nothing else.,no gel, mouuse, cream or anything

    • Do I need to use a leave in and regular conditioner and mouuse or is regular conditioner and mouuse enough

      • Hi Kathy!

        It is fine to only use a leave-in, however if you want your waves to last for a longer period I would suggest using a mousse as well. Styling mousse is much more lightweight, less likely to leave buildup on the hair than a gel, and provides just enough definition for wavy hair.

        Hope this helps you😊,

        Team Kurlify💜

    • Wavy hair tends to be straight, if you want your waves last longer you have to use mouse which isn’t so heavy, but I just use a cream and my waves don’t last which is fine for me.

  9. Do you have any advice on how to care for your curls when swimming in chlorine pool 4x a week. Thank you.

    • This is my question too! I’ve asked it elsewhere and didn’t get any reply. 😕

      • Hi Sarah & Dareen,

        Excuse for not responding!

        Chlorine is super bad for your hair. Make sure your hair comes into contact with it as little as possible. If your hair has been in contact with chlorine I recommend you to take good care of your hair by using a hair mask. Chlorine makes your hair very dry.

        Hopefully I have informed you sufficiently. If you have any questions, please let me know.


        • I swim regularly (head in freestyle) and although my wavy journey has only just started (something like a 2a) I find by properly drenching my hair in freshwater before I go into the pool and wearing a swimming hat helps to prevent much chlorine getting into my hair. I used to have to use strong ‘anti-chlorine’ shampoos and now I can just co-wash when I am done with my swim.

  10. Finally! An article that makes sense as to why my 2b waves have never handled the curly girl method! I have been doing it all wrong! I have the Curly girl handbook, and the Silver Hair handbook, but still was not getting a good result. Products easily weigh my coarse hair down. Thank you so much for all the information! New routine from today for my hair!

    • Hi Christine!

      Thank you for your comment! We’re so happy that we could help you😊.

      Wishing you fantastic curls!

      Team Kurlify💜

  11. What is the best way to sleep on wavy hair

    • Hi Kathy!

      I recommend pineappling (with a silk scarf), medusa clipping (with a satin bonnet), plopping or sleeping with a silk pillow.

      Hope this helps you!😊

      Team Kurlify💜

  12. Hi!

    I got 2b maybe 2c hair with a dry scalp and ALOT of hair. I’m also super lazy. What is the best way to start this routine?

  13. Hi! What a great informative post. I’ve been trying the CGM and I’ve had limited results. I recently got my first curly hair cut and she styled it so beautifully. I’m having a hard time recreating it, but I haven’t given up! My question is this. I’ve been trying to use mousse but the next day my hair feels so gross and dried out, how do I start again the next day without rewashing and styling? I don’t know what to do the days after my wash day. Up until 9 months ago, I was washing/conditioning every single day (I’m 41!)!! So to avoid getting back to washing all the time, I’ve been able to limit it to 3 times weekly, how do I restart and refresh after wash day?

    • Hi Vanessa!

      Thank you for your comment😊. Really, water is your best friend! All you need to do is fill your spray bottle with water and some leave-in conditioner. The combination of conditioner and water softens and refresh dry and frizzy curls. And there you have it!

      Hope this helps you☺️,

      Team Kurlify💜

  14. Can u explain more on why raking is bad?
    A lot of people on YouTube think otherwise and say that raking is good and that combing it with fingertips will make it lose curls. I tried raking last time and made my curls even more curlier.

    • Hi Denise!

      Raking will destroy that wash day/style, especially if you have 2a waves. What raking does is break up the “clumps” of waves (which you want!), and literally pulls down the waves. While curly hair can spring back up, wavy hair stays limp.

      Hope this helps you😊,

      Team Kurlify💜

  15. I’m a 2a/2b I’m new to this wavy hair scene and wanted to know if you could recommend some products for me such as shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and heat protectors ? I think based off my reading I have low porosity hair, that needs some moisture

    • I stumbled across this article because I’m searching for answers to the very same dilemma. I just began the CGM about 2 weeks ago. I have 2b/2c waves with some little ringlets here and there. I’ve been applying a leave in conditioner, curl cream, and a maximum hold gel (because that’s what all the articles told me to do!). I get amazing, beautiful waves and curls on my wash day and sometimes, if I’m lucky, on day 2 as well. But most of the time, my curls go limp, get frizzy, and tangled after that first day… and oddly enough, my ends get oily (?). I have always washed my hair at least every other day. Like you, idk how to make my hair look decent without starting from scratch. Hoping you found some answers or figured out it on your own. Hoping I do the same! Best of luck to you!!

  16. Good day! I am a 2a hair type.

    Just want to know? After brusing, co-washing and foam mousse, do I just leave my hair to dry? or can I put curlers in to dry on it’s own?

    Kind Regards

    • Hi Melizani!
      Thanks for your question 🙂 I would recommend adding a light weight leave-in conditioner to your routine such as Kinky Curly Knot Today, Curl Flo or Novex Black. Air drying is definitely preferable for any curly or wavy hair type. If you use hair curlers without heat that is also totally fine!

  17. Thank you for sharing this with us!

    • Thank you for your comment!

      Team Kurlify💜

  18. Does anyone have any recommendations for shampoos and conditioners? also, after I’ve washed my hair should I just rinse it out, put some mousse/gel in it and leave it to dry?

  19. Hello!
    So, my hair is naturally wavy however, I’m unsure of how to “bring out” my waves and have them look nice. My hair is always frizzy, puffy, half wavy, half straight, my baby hairs are like coils and I can never get my hair to look okay. Naturally, my front bits if my hair look like they’re bangs, and they go super wavy and whenever I blow-dry my hair, it is so frizzy and puffy, do you have any advice on how to sort my hair out? It would help me a lot.

    Thanks, Jorja.

    • Hi Jorja!

      I can relate with what you’re experiencing, as I have multiple curl patterns as well! Please know that it is completely normal to have this, everybody’s hair is unique! I try to imitate the looser curl to my tighter curls. Try fingercoiling the looser parts and scrunch them up a littler more so that it resembles the rest of your hair. To eliminate the frizz use either a mousse or a gel. Since, your hair tends to frizz up I would suggest using a gel because that is heavier (you don’t need a lot!). Use the prayer hand method to distribute it allover your hair and scrunch afterwards.

      For blow drying, firstly, prep you hair first with a heat protectant. Than use a pre-drying smoothing product. Apply this when hair is damp before your blow-dry—and you can use a tiny bit when the hair is dry too for extra shine and flyaway control. Furthermore, investing in a professional-level hair dryer will make all the difference you’re looking for, according to stylists. Dry your hair in the direction that it grows to reduce frizz. Use a bristle or ceramic brush. The type of brush you use while blow drying your hair can make all the difference when it comes to reducing frizz and accomplishing a sleek final look. If pesky flyaways and frizz are still making an unwelcome appearance, try using a light spray wax or a matte pomade to calm your hair.

      Read this article for a more in depth explanation:

      Hope this helps😊,

      Team Kurlify💜

  20. Hi, I’m a 2a/b and I’m just about to start the wavy girl method but I’m having trouble figuring out exactly how it works, for example: when do I brush my hair? How often should I wash it? As a teenager, I have never used gels or mousses, are they necessary? Sorry for all the questions, thank you! 🙂

    • Hi Chloe!

      Thank you for your comment😊. You can brush your hair after you have completely washed it. Wash your hair every 3-4 days. You don’t want to do this too much as it dries out your hair and strips it from its oils. Gels are not really necessary only if you aim for curl definition. Mousses however helps with frizz.

      Hope this helps you☺️,

      Team Kurlify💜

  21. My hair is now less exposed to chemicals for healthy hair.

    • Great to hear!!

      – Team Kurlify💜

  22. How do you recommend drying hair on a wash day? I know air drying is preferred, but my hair is long (bra strap length) and thick. If I wash it in the morning, it doesn’t dry on its own until the afternoon and going to work with wet hair isn’t really an option for me. (I’ve tried showering at night, but my hair is still damp when I wake up, the waves are uneven, and I have weird pieces sticking out near the scalp depending on how I slept.)

    • Hi Bree!

      Microfiber towels are amazing at not only helping your hair to dry faster, but also in setting your waves. After you have applied your styler, flip your head over and scrunch sections from the ends up to the roots with the towel. You will need to move the towel for each new section to ensure you are working with dry fabric. Flip your head back, and continue scrunching, being careful to not disturb your wave clumps.

      Also, avoid using slow-drying styling products and swap them out with lighter alternatives. Gels, in particular, take forever to form a cast. If you have a cream-based leave-in underneath your gel, the drying time will increase exponentially. Leave-in sprays, which are light and water-based dry faster than cream-based ones.

      Hope this helps😊,

      Team Kurlify💜

  23. Hey,

    Thanks so much for this article, I’ve just started to work on getting my waves back and this is really useful!

    I know you said it’s okay to brush wavy hair but when I brush my dry hair I tend to brush most of the waves out, even if I spray a leave in conditioner on first. Is this something that will get better over time as the waves improve?

    Thanks, Keeva

    • Hi Keeva!

      You should be using a wide tooth brush with soft bristles so that it detangles your hair and also help to maintain the curls. When styling twist your hair with your brush for that extra curl effect 😉. Mousses also help to hold the waves!

      Hope this helps 😊,

      Team Kurlify💜

  24. Hi,

    Thanks for your comment and how nice that you are working on getting your waves back.

    It’s best to brush your hair when it’s wet, because when it’s dry you’ll comb out all the curls and of course you don’t want that! That’s why I recommend you to only brush your hair when it’s wet and then apply your styling routine.


  25. The curly hairstyle is very lovely

    • For sure! 😍

      – Team Kurlify💜

  26. Hiya, so glad I found this article. I think my hair is 2b but I’ve just started the CG method but finding my hair is looking straggly, the curls are separated and the underneath of my hair dries with a waxy/greasy residue. I’ve been using sulphate free shampoo, leave in conditioner and then a curl cream or a curl gel. Any tips? From reading this I think I need a mousse rather than a gel! Thanks

    • Hi Megan!

      Indeed! Mousses are light weight and are less drying than gels. So, I think that will be the best option for you!

      Hope this helps 😊,

      Team Kurlify💜

  27. Hi
    I’m new to the WGM, but after I already read a lot about it, I think, I’m not too far away from a good handling of my waves. It uses to work really well for me, but since I’m off the pill, everything’s different… A lot of frizz and the hair feels and looks dry, my scalp is oilier than before (and it already was pretty oily before, but I could handle it with dry shampoo (mere corn starch!)). I tried using more of my mousse to help with the definition of the strands, and it did help a lot, but the rest of the problems stays. Now, I don’t know where to start changing something. I use only natural cosmetics without silicones, but the mousse and the intensive hair treatment I use (the latter like a Conditioner) have alcohol in them, of which I read isn’t good, and the shampoo has a sulfate, of which I read in turn is one that’s ok for wavy hair. Where could the source of my problems lay? What should I try doing differntly?

    I’d be terribly happy about some hints!

  28. I love curly hair.

    • Here with you 🙋‍♀️

      – Team Kurlify💜

  29. Hi,
    I’m new to the WGM. I have thick, wavy hair- probably a 2a or 2b but, my hair also gets oily really quickly.
    Any tips on the routine or products I should use/avoid?


    • Hi Britt,

      Thanks for your comment!
      For waves in type 2a and 2b, it is important to especially avoid using heavy products for your hair. This can cause your waves to sag. Avoid ingredients like coconut oil, castor oil and other heavy oils. It is best to use water-based products.

      It is also helpful to keep this in mind if you suffer from oily hair. Try not to skip wash days too often and wash your hair with a nourishing shampoo that focuses on thoroughly cleaning the hair.

      Hope this helps,


  30. Hello, what do you recommend on days 2 and 3 to get nice waves? I have 2a-2b long layered hair and I put gel on wash day. Somehow the result varies from one time to the other but generally the waves are better on day 2 if I spray some water on it and scrunch but for sure on day 3 I have to tie my hair as it seems the waves cannot be ressusitated anymore and it just looks bad. Also, even if I only put gel on day 1, it ends up getting a bit sticky on days 2 and 3 without necessarily waving more. Any recommendations for me? Thanks!

    • Hi Christelle,

      Thank you for your comment! I would recommend using hair mousses as it is not as heavy as gels. This means you can use it daily without getting too much build up and revive your hair when needed.

      Hope this helps 😊,

      Team Kurlify💜

  31. doesn’t hold anything. I have used a gel from innersense, I create hold, but it also did nothing and didn’t hold my waves. So I was about to by a strong hold gel, Boucleme – Super Hold Styler. But maybe I shouldn’t

    • Hi Sille!

      The Boucleme Super Hold Styler is a great option! The gel is moisturising and has a serum-like consistency making it effortless to apply. Smooth and defined curls can be yours without any flaking or tell-tale stickiness. The gel dries to create a cast around curls, holding your style and curl shape with a lasting medium hold 😁. I would definitely recommend it!!


      Team Kurlify💜

  32. Hello,

    I always thought my hair was straight and just a little frizzy when it was humid. I noticed that my wet hair has some little waves. My hair is naturally blond. Very thin, but I’ve got a lot of hair. After finding out my hair is wavey I bought some products to help my waves. I use the super fruit complex shampoo and conditioner from Shea moisture. To style my (soaking wet) hair I use a little bit of curl cream and a handful of mousse. Both are from Kruidvat (cg-approved). After plopping my hair for 10-15 minutes I am very happy with the little beachy waves. But when I air dry or diffuse (low heat and low speed) my waves only hold for a few hours…

    What can I do to make my 2a waves hold?

  33. Hello,
    I’ve just started embracing my wavy (2a/b) hair after 25 years of straightening. It’s fine but there’s a lot of it. I bought the Curlsmith wavy hair starter kit and although the waves are the best I’ve ever had, it’s looking really messy. There’s loose hairs on the top (I guess frizz but it’s not all of my hair, just the ones on top) and it looks like I just woke up and didn’t bother to do my hair. I used a Curlsmith gel thing and it’s helped a bit but is there any way to make it look neater and lose that frizz on the top?

    Thank you so much; this article has been so helpful

    • Hi Elizabeth!

      Thank you for you comment! We’re so happy that could help you😁!!

      Wishing you fantastic curls😉

      Team Kurlify💜

  34. Hi I have 2a wavy hair and I am new to the wavy hair routine. I tend to get an oily scalp two to three days after a wash. Please suggest what products would be ideal to try, particularly a lightweight leave in conditioner?

    Thanks so much!

  35. Thank you very much; this article has been extremely beneficial.

    • Thank you for your comment and we’re so happy to hear that!☺️

      – Team Kurlify💜

  36. A messy hair care routine. However, if I have curly hair I will definitely follow these procedures as well. Your article is great, I appreciate it.

    • Thank you so much!🥰

      – Team Kurlify💜

  37. Hello,
    I have 2a-2b hair and have tried the CGM in the past but it just left my hair straggly and sticky. I’ve tried curl cream (cantu avocado curl activator cream) and it just leaves my hair sticky the next day. Do you have any curl cream recommendations or should I just not use curl cream?
    I’ve also tried mousse which doesn’t make my hair sticky but it doesn’t define my waves very well and they tend to go a bit limp. Should I use gel? I was thinking about using mousse and a very small amount of gel, what do you think?

  38. Hi! Just stumbled across this post and it’s super helpful and I feel seen and heard finally! I have 2b/2c waves and most of the CG method works for me, but the one thing I can’t get past and don’t know how to do, is wash my scalp without washing my hair. In the beginning of my journey, I tried washing once a week but by day 2 or 3 my scalp was SO ITCHY. My waves are 2b/2c but I have fine strands but a TON of hair and need products that are both lightweight BUT strong hold. It’s been a challenge!

    • Hi Hannah, thanks for your comments. We hear you on finally feeling heard =)

      Finding your perfect hair routine can be a long journey for sure. Have you done a final wash? I find that with wavy hair from time to time (max once per month) a final wash helps remove buildup. Additionally, it could help with your scalp issues as long as you don’t overuse clarifying or sulphate containing shampoos.

      Have you read our article on scalp problems?

      Some general tips include:
      -> Products containing tea tree oil and peppermint.
      -> Rinse scalp with cold water post washing.

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