How to take care of wavy hair

Even though wavy hair may seem to be low maintenance, there’s still plenty that goes into keeping a  glorious mane of waves. Like all hair types, wavy hair has special care and attention needs. If you’re looking into how to maintain wavy hair, first you need to understand what makes your waves special.


The nature of waves

Let's discuss how to tackle issues that wavy textures, whether they're fine, medium or coarse may face. If your hair tends towards looser, gentler curves, you may have concerns with weighed-down waves. A curly-leaning wave type might have the dryness and frizz common to any curly. Finer waves are prone to more grease and oil, with loose S-curves allowing the grease to make it all the way to the ends of your hair. Plus, any wavy-haired friend going out for a night on the town can tell you about styling and feeling like every added product only leaves their ‘do feeling flat.

woman with dark brown wavy hair

A new care routine for your waves

Balance is key for maintaining wavy hair. There are elements that you’ll have in common with curly or straight hair care, but there are some elements that are just for you!


Figure out your wash day particulars

Hair care tips for wavy hair (and any style of curl!) should always break down what wash day should look like. For wavies, grab a cleanser that can get rid of product buildup without damaging your gentle waves. Buildup Buster is a non-stripping cleanser with the Clarifying Complex helps remove product buildup on all curl types. It gently removes product and hard water buildup to help set your waves up for styling success! Use it once a week or as needed to give waves a quick reboot.

For fine waves use Low-Poo Delight® and One Condition Delight®.

For medium waves to coarse waves use No-Poo® Original and One Condition® Original.

For coarse waves use No-Poo Decadence® and One Condition Decadence®.


clump, scrunch, and squish to condish

What on earth do these weird words mean for you and your waves? They’re actually a set of rules on how to treat wavy hair for the best results when you wash.

After you wash your hair, add in your conditioner by flipping your hair upside down and squishing your hair upwards in cupped palms towards your scalp. Be careful not to squeeze all the water out of your hair; We always say the wetter the better - this is because DevaCurl products work best in tandem with water. So be careful not to squeeze all the water out of your hair when scrunching. Pay attention to your hair: add more water or squeeze some out if your waves feel too dry or slick.

When you get out of the shower, you should start to notice your hair forming clumps. This is just what you want! Clumps form more defined waves and curls rather than individual strands working on their own. Add in your favorite products while your hair is still wet. Wave Maker™, Ultra Defining Gel, and Frizz-Fighting Volumizing Foam are all perfect for adding definition and life to waves.

This is where scrunching comes in. Flip your hair upside down or tilt your head side to apply your product. Next, use your palms and fingers to gently lift and squeeze your hair towards your scalp as you “scrunch” the product in. After your hair dries, scrunch it again to release the cast and reveal your soft, defined waves!


heat vs air drying

Like those with curls or coils, when you have waves, you should try to avoid excessive heat styling to help prevent frizz and help protect their hair from damage. However, a diffuser is a great investment for quick drying that won’t damage carefully sculpted waves. Air-drying will still produce some of the best natural-looking waves, but nothing beats dry hair on a cold winter morning.

DevaCurl Wave Maker


When it comes to styling wavy hair, there are plenty of ways to make your waves look like their best.


Make flat roots work for you

When you have fine waves, roots often lie flat and straight for inches before starting to curve. While it might feel like you’ll never get the height you want, there are plenty of ways to get volume in at the roots, including clipping. While your hair is still damp, clip individual clumps or waves at the root so they’re standing straight up. When your hair is completely dry, take out the clips for easy volume!


Product overload: keep it simple

Fine waves can easily be weighed down. Look for styling products that are light and made for wavy hair, and try not to use too many, as tempting as it is. Instead, look for products like Wave Maker™ that enhance natural waves. Skip the brush and head straight for a wide tooth comb or fingers to detangle wet hair.

For a helping hand, use DevaCurl's hand-shaped universal diffuser. The DevaFuser® helps dry your waves with gorgeous shape, definition, and touchable volume. The innovative 360-degree airflow surrounds curls and gets right to the roots (where it takes the longest to dry) for a speedier drying time than traditional diffusers. And the ceramic inner core helps preserve moisture to reduce frizz and enhance shine.