Keeping it Loose: 2a Hair

Finding the best routine for your specific curly hair type is an important part of making sure that your hair stays healthy and looks its best. That’s why we want to share what we know about 2a hair.

 
illustration of loose 2a waves

What to look for: wavy and loose

The most important question to answer is what does the 2a hair type look like? Well, the first part of the answer is pretty simple: if you have wavy hair, you have type 2 hair. Then we get deeper into texture; 2a wavy hair, specifically, is really loose waves. Your waves are wide S-curves that can be straightened in a flash. Your texture may be described as “tousled.” You have very little volume at your roots and you’ve probably found that some products weigh down your hair.

Struggling under weight

Typically, wavy hair types want to stay away from heavy creams. Regular stylers can feel like they’re dragging down your style. That’s why you should look for lightweight moisturizing stylers, especially stylers made specifically for wavy hair.


DevaCurl has a few stylers you can keep up your sleeve (or in your bathroom). Frizz-Fighting Volumizing Foam gives you some extra ‘oomph’ in your style and helps combat the effects of gravity trying to straighten your waves. And if you want to give your waves a boost, Wave Maker is perfect for providing consistent shape and frizz control with a no-product feel.


If you’re all about adding some extra volume and you’re able to, style and diffuse your hair upside down. If you’re unable to flip over, try gently tilting your head from side to side as you style.

 

Fight frizz

Dry waves are prone to frizz, so you’ll want to stay on top of moisturizing your hair. One Condition Delight is formulated for fine hair, curly or coily hair, so not only do you get the hydration you need, we also keep it lightweight.

 

Search for definition

Make sure you also use stylers to promote wave definition. For a soft hold try Light Defining Gel, for a strong hold try Ultra Defining Gel. Your waves can go either way depending on their preference. Waves typically do best with a stronger hold so they don't lose their shape. Play around with your routine until you get the results you’re looking for.

 
wavy girl with wind

Why we love 2a waves

Honestly, it’s not hard to find a reason to love 2a waves. They’re fairly easy to manage and versatile enough to straighten, leave natural, or encourage into defined waves. You can do it all with your hair!

 

The curly community rides the waves

A lot of celebrities are rocking 2a hair. Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried, and Rashida Jones all boast natural, loose waves that might look a little familiar if you’ve glanced in a mirror lately.


There’s plenty to love about your loose waves, especially when you know how to care for them in a way that will keep them looking healthy. While there’s never a “one size fits all” when it comes to hair, this should at least be a jumping off point when it comes to finding what works for you.