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Keeping it Loose: 2a Hair

Welcome wavies! Getting the best treatment for your specific 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 straighten in a flash. Your texture may be described as “tousled.” You have very little volume at your roots and you’ve probably despaired more than once over products that have weighed down your hair.

Struggling under weight

When it comes to wavy hair types, there’s no bigger foe than heavy products. Regular stylers and even care products can feel like they’re dragging your style down. That’s why you should look for light, airy stylers, especially stylers made specifically for wavy hair.


DevaCurl has a few stylers you can keep up your sleeve (or in your bathroom). Frizz-Free 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 add a little drama to your waves, Wave Maker is perfect for enhancing what you have so you feel like a wave maven. 


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 wavy 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. Apply Ultra Defining Gel through very wet hair in the shower and scrunch in, starting at the ends and squishing it up towards your scalp. This strong hold gel is great for enhancing definition--even more so if you diffuse. Definition can be challenging for 2a hair, given how loose the waves are, so just play around with your routine until you get the results you’re looking for.

 
wavy redhead girl in shower

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

Plus, plenty 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.