5 Wavy Hair Mistakes I Wish I Knew Sooner
1. Don't dry brush
Never dry brush wavy hair. It causes tension, which not only disrupts your wave patten but can also lead to damage such as breakages.
The best time to brush wavy hair is when it's wet with conditioner in. Start by detangling with your fingers before using a gentle hair brush or wide tooth comb.
2. Stop using a regular towel
Bad news…you may need to throw away your regular hair towel. Towel drying your hair roughens up the hair cuticle, which causes frizz and breakages.
Instead use a 100% cotton t-shirt (nice and big) or a microfibre towel.
Microfibre towels absorb water with ease. Which means you don’t need to tug and pull at your hair. The smaller fibres within the towels prevent snags and tangles, which results in less friction and breakages.
3. Using the wrong products
Your hair is only as good as the products you feed it with. If you opt for cheap shampoos and conditioners that are full of harsh ingredients, then don’t expect your waves to be incredible.
Many hair products contain sulphates. These strip your hair of its moisture and natural oils which cause dryness and breakages.
Instead opt for Merwave's high quality cleaning and styling products which are free of sulphates, silicones and parabans and created for wavy hair.
These will keep your hair nourished and frizz free. Your waves as a result will be more defined and last longer.
4. Not protecting it overnight
Wavy hair is prone to dryness. Which is the root cause of frizz. To prevent this you need to retain as much moisture within your hair as possible. The problem with regular pillowcases is that they absorb far too much moisture, hence why we often wake up in the morning with limp frizzy hair!
Instead, opt for a silk or satin pillow case. These won’t absorb the moisture from your hair as quickly and will also generate less friction when your asleep at night.
You could also use a silk hat or tie your hair in a ‘’pineapple’’ with a silk scrunchie to protect your waves.
5. Avoid heat styling
Blow drying, straightening or curling with a high heat will ruin our natural hair pattern. It’ll make our hair look dry, thin, brittle and dull. And can take a long time for the hair to recover from this damage.
If your hair is damaged, getting a cut is a great way to remove those split ends and start a fresh. Then moving forward either air dry, use a microfibre towel or use a diffuser on a low heat.
Transform your dry, frizzy hair into soft, defined beach worthy waves.