Get your dream textured waves without damaging your hair with these useful tips.
Beloved by celebrities from Margot Robbie to Bae Suzy, textured wavy hair spells confidence and an enviably carefree attitude. The best part is that this wavy style is highly versatile and can be worn with both glam and casual looks, and suits both short and long hair. It’s perfect for giving stick-straight hair lots of texture, and can infuse thin tresses with much-needed fullness.
Here’s how you can enhance your natural strands and what products you’ll need to achieve this sexy voluminous style without damaging your hair.
Before showering: Brush your hair and scalp
This helps to detangle your hair to prevent matting when you shampoo, as well as loosen the buildup of dirt, dead skin cells and styling products which makes them a lot easier to wash off later. Use an exfoliating scalp brush with looped bristles that are kinder to your mane and roots, like the Aveda Pramasana Exfoliating Scalp Brush, $46.
In the shower: Use the right cleansing products
A volumising shampoo or conditioner that doesn’t contain oil and silicones, like the Orbis Natural Repair Volumising Type Conditioner, $23 (420 ml), helps hydrate your hair weightlessly.
In the shower: Always use tepid water
If you find that your hair tends to get rough or frizzy even after a wash, you could be using water that’s too hot which opens up the hair cuticle and causing nutrients to be lost. After washing with lukewarm water, give your tresses and shot of cool or cold water to seal the cuticles.
After showering: Don’t towel off vigorously
Get rid of excess water by pressing hair lightly into a soft towel or cotton shirt instead of roughly tousling your hair which can damage and break wet strands.
Before styling: Heat protection is a must
Safety first! It’s vital not to skip this step before using hot tools, as heat will no doubt fry your tresses and cause your hair to weaken over time. Simply mist your hair all over with a heat-protecting spray. The O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz, $12 (50 ml), doubles up as a volumising spray to give fine hair added oomph.
Before styling: Blow-dry completely
If you’ve ever heard your hair sizzle, it’s probably because your hair was still slightly damp. For salon-worthy results and burnt-free tresses, always blow-dry your hair until it’s totally dry before using a heat styling tool. The futuristic Dyson Supersonic, $599, is a high-tech powerhouse that has an internal heat sensor so it won’t fry your strands.
During styling: Create a sultry deep side part
Using a fine-toothed or rattail comb – that’s a comb with a thin, tapered end – draw a line starting from the highest point of your eyebrow all the way to your crown. For an even deeper parting, start from the outer corner of your eyebrow.
During styling: Prime your hair
Instead of keeping it for the very end, blast your mane with hairspray before curling for better hold. This is especially helpful if your hair is naturally very straight and curl-resistant. The multi-tasking Ouai Memory Mist, $42, provides thermal protection and is formulated with memory polymers that help to lock in your hair’s shape and texture until the next wash.
During styling: Use a flat iron
A flat iron is the trick to getting tousled, lived-in waves. Starting from one side of your head, grab hold of a section of hair, bearing in mind that the smaller the section, the curlier your hair will be.
Clamp down about three to four inches from the root and begin bending and twisting the iron down the lengths of your hair. Leave the bottom one to two inches straight to keep the look natural. The key to this look is not to look too polished, so don’t be too fussed about having to curl every part of your hair.
Another method is to braid your hair in random sections, before clamping down on each braid with the flat iron. When you loosen the braids, your hair will be perfectly wavy. Simply run your fingers through to muss it up. Try the ghd Gold Professional Styler, $295.
During styling: Set your curls
For grit and hold to ensure your waves last for a longer time, use a lightweight texturising spray, like the IGK Beach Club Volumising Texture Spray, $45, or pomade to add volume and definition. This helps keep the curls in place without weighing them down or leaving them crunchy and crispy. A sea salt spray works just as well.
For the rest of the day: Add shine
For a quick refresher, give your mane a spritz or two of scented hair mist formulated with fruity or floral notes to keep you feeling and smelling fresh. The best hair fragrances are lightweight and double up as shine-enhancers, as they’re formulated with essential oils to nourish and give your hair a healthy sheen.
A version of this article first appeared on www.womensweekly.com.sg.