Wavy Hair? How to Get the Best Haircut

The right cut (and products) will enhance your natural waves

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Everyone has a bit of natural wave in their hair (yes, even those of you with fine, stick-straight hair) and wavy hair left natural always looks fabulous. The secret is not to fight your waves, but rather embrace them. If you want to enhance your natural waves, here are a few favorite tips that will guarantee you get the perfect cut.

The Secret is in the Cut 

The secret to enhancing wave in your hair is the proper cut and products.

But first, let's talk cut.

Your stylist needs enough hair to work with, so you should make sure your hair is at least a couple inches past your shoulders. You need long layers cut in that follow your natural wave pattern. To ensure your stylist sees your natural wave pattern, I recommend you let your hair air dry naturally on the day of your hair appointment.

Make sure you sit down with your stylist before your hair is washed so he or she can see how your hair naturally waves.

The stylist Ouidad suggests in Marie Claire Magazine to avoid razor cuts, which can cause frizz in fine hair.

Communicate With Your Stylist

It's always important that you share exactly what you're going for with your stylist. If you are looking to wear your hair in natural, beachy waves most days, you should communicate that with her or him. If you want a look that will also look great blown straight or flat-ironed, it's important to mention that as well.

But the key here is to communicate the cut that you plan to wear most often.

Consider Your Hair Texture

Even though we all have some natural wave to our hair, there are many different hair textures and each hair texture has different needs. 

Curly hair and thick, wavy hair tends to frizz up. Moisture is key to this hair texture, so add it in with a Moroccanoil or extra virgin coconut oil.

Brushing hair frequently will help distribute your scalp's natural oils to hair. 

Fine hair needs help with volume and any natural wave may need coaxing out with a salt spray (more on that in a bit). Dry shampoo will help keep fine hair from turning into an oil sludge. 

Salt Spray to the Rescue

Unless you really are coming off a day at the beach, you will need a styling product to bring out waves. Nothing beats salt spray for adding texture to hair. You simply spray all over hair and watch and the waves develop. 

You can make your own (try this awesome recipe), or buy Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray or the pricier, and much-beloved Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.

Here's how to use salt spray:

  • Spritz damp, towel-dried hair in 1-inch-wide sections, coating hair from roots to ends.
  • Blow dry hair from below, scrunching hair as you dry. Stop when hair is almost dry.
  • Let the rest air dry, scrunching it every now & then.

You can try going without the blow-dryer to see if you like the results. Air dried hair can create gorgeous waves if you use the product and scrunch away.

A Good Mousse Can Work Wonders

Forget the mousse of my youth, which had its heyday and then fell out of fashion.

The mousses of today are formulated to really work ORIBE Hair Care Curl Shaping Mousse helps get rid of frizz by locking in your waves, adding softness and moisture. 

Sleep on It -- or Air Dry

Many women with gorgeous hair shampoo their hair every few days. They shampoo at night and then sleep on it, which brings out their natural waves. You can also air-dry hair to enhance your waves. 

How to Create Beachy Waves With a Curling Iron

Once you have the right cut and the right product dried into hair, you can create beachy waves even with pin-straight hair. I show you how in my article, The Secret to Sexy, "Beachy" Waves.

For more on wavy hair:

  • Photo gallery of women with long, wavy hair
  • Long Hairstyles for Naturally Wavy Hair
  • How to Get Wavy Hair