It’s officially autumn, the mornings are dark and chilly, and we don’t even want to get out of bed – let alone have to mess with our hair before work or a long day of errand-running.
I totally get it.
That being said, did you know there’s a hairstyle you can rock that only takes two minutes to complete because you’ve done most of the hard work the night before?
Step forward, wavy hair.
You might have been fooled into thinking that wavy hair only looks good during the summer months because it has that “just came from the beach” kind of appearance. However, you’d be wrong. Not only is wavy hair super low maintenance, but it also looks awesome all year round.
I constantly get asked how I achieve my naturally wavy hair aesthetic so I thought I’d share my top tips in this post. Read on for how to perfect wavy hair come rain or shine.
1. Wash and Condition Your Hair as Normal
How to perfect wavy hair 101: Shampoo your hair and use a conditioner on it as normal.
Although, if you have thin hair, I recommend applying a volume-enhancing combo or shampoo or conditioner that caters primarily for hair that lacks thickness. The general rule of thumb is the more body you have to work with, the more luscious and wavier your hair will be.
2. Use a Nourishing Repairing Oil
Step two of how to perfect wavy hair: Once you get out of the shower and you’ve brushed and towel-dried your hair, apply a repairing oil that will rehydrate your hair and enhance its natural shine.
I can’t survive without the Moroccanoil Oil Treatment and use a small five pence piece on my hair every time I wash it. It keeps my tresses nice and soft, as well as in the healthiest condition.
3. Let Your Hair Half-Dry Naturally
Next up, I usually leave my hair to half-dry naturally. Alternatively, if it’s winter and it’s freezing outside, I half-dry it with a hairdryer.
Either way, just make sure that your hair is only damp before the next step, and not sopping wet. It really helps kick-start the drying and styling process and locks those waves into place.
4. Put Your Hair in Plaits
An important step when it comes to how to perfect wavy hair, plait your hair according to your requirements for the end result. By this, I mean do French plaits if you want tighter, curlier waves or normal pigtail plaits if you want more carefree, loose-looking waves.
And, if you need a helping hand, simply call upon your roommate, Mum, neighbour – whatever works!
5. Leave Your Plaits to Dry Overnight
After plaiting my hair, I usually leave it to dry overnight.
My tip here is not to unleash your sexy, new, wavy mane until it’s completely dry. Sometimes I even leave my plaits in for over two nights to achieve a more defined wave, but it’s completely up to you depending on the aesthetic you’re trying to adopt.
6. Release Your Hair and Apply a Smoothing Cream
Once you’ve taken out your plaits, merely run your fingers through your hair to separate the waves. Then take a smoothing cream (I swear by VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Cream) and apply it through your tresses and across the top of your roots.
Smoothing cream is a significant step in terms of how to perfect wavy hair as it will eliminate any flyaways, as well as encourage curl prominence.
7. Finish with Hairspray
The final step when it comes to how to perfect wavy hair: set your look with hairspray and then you’re good to go!
Is your hair isn’t looking as wavy as you hoped? No worries – you can backcomb it at the roots using a tail comb for added texture and oomph.
How to Perfect Wavy Hair with Little Effort
Wavy hair is easy to achieve once you have the relevant tools and method. It might be difficult to work out what works for you initially in terms of your ideal level of curl definition and overall aesthetic. However, all you need to do is experiment and be persistent because it’s so worth it to find a wavy hair look you can wear all year round.
Have you figured out how to perfect wavy hair? Let me know in the comments below!