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Are you tired of not knowing how to style your wavy hair? If so, we have the answers you’ve been looking for! If you always resort to straightening, curling, or simply tying up your wavy hair because it is frizzy and/or has no definition, we present you – curl cream.
Curl cream is the best friend wavy hair has been looking for. It will help prevent frizz, define the waves, and make them last throughout the day.
In addition, this type of product usually has nourishing properties, protects your hair from damage, and promotes shine. All of this without leaving the hair feeling crunchy and stiff.
Let us help you achieve your dream wavy hair with a step-by-step on how to use curl cream on wavy hair.
How to use curl cream on wavy hair in 7 steps
1. Wash your hair
The first step on how to use a curl cream on wavy hair to get the perfect waves is cleansing your hair. Yes, cleanse it with a shampoo suitable for your hair/scalp type (oily or dry hair, dandruff, sensitive scalp…).
Thicker hair can tolerate richer and more nourishing shampoos, while thinner hair needs a lightweight shampoo to prevent it from being weighed down and lying flat on your head.
If you tend to have an oilier scalp or use a lot of products on your hair, it is recommended to use a clearing shampoo at least once a week.
Overwashing wavy hair can strip away the natural oils, leading to frizzier and drier hair. To prevent this from happening, a good tip is to use dry shampoo in between washes to further space them out (and give incredible volume to your roots).
After washing, it is now time to condition your hair. No, you cannot skip this step!
A hair conditioner moisturizes and nourishes the hair which will help with knots and its overall health.
Apply the product to the mid-lengths of your hair to the tips (don’t apply to the roots to avoid weighing it down and getting oilier faster), wait a couple of minutes, and then run a wide-tooth comb (or your fingers) through it to help detangle the knots. Afterward, you should thoroughly rinse it off with lukewarm or cold water to prevent drying the hair out.
It is also important to apply a good hair mask once or twice a week to further hydrate and repair the hair.
If your hair still has tangles and knots after the shower, apply a detangling spray before tackling them. This will make the process much easier while avoiding breakage.
We recommend detangling the hair with a wide-tooth comb or a brush that is specifically designed to do so.
4. Remove excess water
Before applying any products, it is important to remove the excess water since it can weigh down the waves. Instead of wrapping your hair in a towel (or worse, rubbing your hair with it!), try scrunching it, from the bottom to the top, with a microfiber towel.
But what are the benefits of using this type of towel? Microfiber towels prevent breakage, dry the hair faster, reduce frizziness, and help shape the waves.
5. Apply the curl cream
Your hair is now ready for the curl cream.
Apply the product where you would apply your conditioner, from the mid-lengths of your hair to the tips, and run a comb through your hair to help distribute it evenly. Then you should gently scrunch your hair, from the bottom to the top, to help shape your waves.
TIP: Using too much product can leave your hair feeling crunchy, start with a small amount and work your way through the hair so you only use what is needed.
When it comes to drying your hair, you have two options, either let it air dry or you can diffuse your waves.
Letting your waves dry naturally has its benefits:
- Low maintenance
- Healthier hair (not applying heat to the hair, avoids damage, breakage, and dryness)
- Natural waves
On the other hand, if your goal is defined waves or you don’t like to leave the house with wet hair, you can always blow dry it.
To avoid frizz, add volume, and create the perfect waves, you should use the diffuser attachment on your blow dryer. Remember to always use a hair heat protectant before applying any heat to your hair!
Once your hair is fully dry, you can use your fingers to separate a few waves, however, keep in mind that they will loosen over time.
7. Maintaining the waves
Now that we achieved our flawless waves, we want to keep them fresh for as long as we possibly can.
The first tip is to avoid brushing or combing your hair. If you need to untangle your hair, just gently run your fingers through your waves.
If you feel like your waves are getting ruined during the night, invest in a satin or silk pillowcase, scrunchie, or cap to avoid friction while you are sleeping. This will help prevent frizz and ensure the waves hold their shape.
Should I use curl cream on wavy hair?
Yes, if your goal is to prevent frizz, define your waves and make them last all day.
Does curling cream damage hair?
No, if used properly this means you should not apply heat after using this product (unless it is specified on the packaging it is a heat-protectant formula).
What are the best curl creams for wavy hair?
The best curl creams for wavy hair are Rene Furterer Sublime Curl Defining Cream, Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream, and L’Oréal Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Non-Stop Leave-In Cream.
Now, you know how to use curl cream on wavy hair. With our tips and tricks, we hope to have inspired you to embrace and enhance your natural waves.
Remember that practice makes perfect, it might take a few tries until you finally master what works best for your hair. And establishing a routine and following it consistently, will help train your hair to always fall the way you want it to.
The beauty of wavy hair is that it doesn’t have to be perfect to look amazing!