From the haircuts that you should try now, to care and styling, with which you can bring out your waves in a particularly beautiful way - our expert tips for wavy hair...
Your hair isn't entirely straight, but you don't have proper curls either, and you regularly wake up with the kind of slightly disheveled hair many would give their right arm for. If that sounds like you, then you have wavy hair. As one of the most versatile hair textures, waves come in all shapes and sizes, and they lend themselves to tons of great haircuts. "The good thing about waves is that they add texture and dimension to most haircuts," explains hairstylist George Northwood, whose clients include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung. "Whether it's an exact haircut like a bob or a more tousled haircut, there are many options."
As Northwood points out, there are a number of different cuts that work well for those with wavy hair. Whether you go for ultra-long mermaid hair or a chin-length bob, the good thing about waves is that they quickly add movement and structure to a cut without the need for a lot of styling. While Northwood calls the shag ("tiered, effortless wavy bobs like Alexa's") and slightly more disheveled styles, other hairstyles that can work are tiered lengths, pixie cuts, and shoulder-length styles. "Waves can be cut in a more random way; we can cut into them to encourage the curls," he says.
There are few cuts that won't work with wavy hair, but Northwood advises being careful with really short styles, especially if you're prone to frizz and don't want to spend too much time styling. "The shorter they get, the harder it is to style wavy hair, so it's important to keep that in mind," he says. "Waves can make hair pop a bit, so I would advise considering that before deciding on your haircut." Otherwise: long or short, blunt or soft cut, the world of haircuts is at your feet.
As with any hair - but especially if it's a bit curly - it's important to keep the waves healthy and strong. Use extra-nourishing and fortifying shampoos and conditioners (we love Shu Uemura's "Art of Hair Ultimate Reset" shampoo and conditioner) and be careful with how you brush your hair. Brushing while wet can break the natural wave. So try to remove knots and tangles while the hair is still dry (and before you wash it) to maintain your natural curl structure. WetBrush's "Go Green Mini Detangler" glides through hair with ease and minimizes hair breakage for healthier hair.
Styling wavy hair is all about accentuating each wave while gently smoothing out unwanted frizz (if they bother you). Northwood recommends using a styling cream - like its "Moisturizing Cream" from Undone by George Northwood - or an anti-frizz serum that will help. "With waves, it is sometimes enough to just apply the product to the hair and let it dry naturally - especially in summer." After washing, you should soak up any excess water with a towel, work the product of your choice into the hair, then leave it to itself. "It's always nice to give your hair a break from heat styling," he says.
Because we live in an imperfect world, sometimes the waves don't fall exactly the way we'd like them to. That is why it is worthwhile to familiarize yourself with a curling iron or straightening iron. Use them to turn hair into tousled beach waves or twist tighter curls that you can gently brush out later. The S-wave is also a great technique for tousled hair. Simply shape the hair left and right (in an S shape) and heat each bend with a straightening iron.