I've spent years trying to master the perfect wavy hair. Yet for years I just couldn't get it right. I ended up with a frizzy, dull mess. Damaged split ends. Spent a fortune on products that didn't work.
Eventually I cracked it.
Now, my hair is long, soft and shiny. I've got beach worthy waves all year round. The hair you get after swimming in the sea. The kinda hair that puts a smile on your face every time you look in the mirror.
In this article you'll discover the 6 game changing tips that allowed me to embrace my natural waves. Tips you can implement immediately.
Let's get into it...
Most people don’t realise the number of harmful ingredients that are in standard shampoos. Silicones are man-made polymers that create the feeling of silky soft hair but in fact, cause dryness and block beneficial ingredients from penetrating your hair.
Going natural is always best for curly and wavy hair. A silicone-free shampoo will clarify your scalp without leaving it feeling stripped, plus the formula will not cling to the outside of your hair which means your styling products will be more effective. It’s a win-win!
To restore your natural oils without weighing down your natural waves, the Merwave Cleanse shampoo is my go-to.
As a wavy girl, moisture should be your best friend. Your hair needs tons of it to thrive. Poor hydration can be the cause of many problems but injecting more moisture into your hair is a simple fix.
I use bucket loads of Merwave Repair conditioner when washing mine to ensure it stays deeply hydrated. It contains glycerin and jojoba oil which is an amazing blend that deeply nourishes wavy hair.
Another cause of frizz may be that you’re simply not applying your styling products evenly. I’ve found that having very wet hair when applying styling products can help for absorption and you can try brushing the products through. The plopping method is also a great technique to use on soaking wet hair.
Are you sealing in your hair’s moisture? Moisture retention is so important when it comes to caring for your natural waves and enhancing its definition. Most people fail to seal their moisture in which means it quickly becomes dehydrated causing frizz and tangles.
By using a good quality leave-in conditioner like Merwave’s Feed treatment, or high-quality natural oils, you can feed your hair with the nutrients it needs to stay moist. When your wavy hair is fully hydrated you’ll notice a big difference in how it looks, behaves and feels!
However, try to avoid butter and heavy oils. They can cause product build-up on the hair and weigh it down.
Keep the products light and the gels strong!
The next tip was the game changer...
This is where most wavy hair women go wrong. Cotton bedsheets and pillow cases can cause havoc with your hair. Not only do they absorb your hairs natural moisture and oils (which is needed to unleash incredible waves), they also cause friction which means our waves don't stay in shape for as long.
As soon as I started using silk pillowcases, scrunchies and hairbands my life changed!
My hair stays hydrated for longer, is stronger and less brittle. The silk locks in the hydration that's been fed from my Merwave mask and ensures my waves retain their definition and shape for longer.
Satin and silk rule number one when it comes to choosing wavy girl accessories!
There is often some confusion as to whether you should or shouldn’t brush wavy hair. If using a brush works for you then great, but choose the right one!
Use a gentle brush such as a Denman, ikoo or Tangle Teezer, as these are best for curls and waves. These brushes use a combination of long and short flexible teeth to glide through hair easily, so unnecessary tugging or pulling.
You should also brush your hair when wet instead of dry as this will limit damage and reduce the amount of hair loss when detangling.
And the last tip is...
A diffuser won’t magically make straight hair curl. But, along with a good Cast Foam and Protect Gelit will definitely help your waves hold their shape whilst they dry.
The diffuser disperses the air to reduce frizz and keep from disrupting the natural wave pattern. It’s a great tool for enhancing curls and natural waves especially if you’re in a hurry as we all know how long thick hair can take to dry!
Just be mindful of how hot the hairdryer is and always use a heat protector. Using a cool setting can still achieve great results with great definition.
There's a new way to easily awaken and embrace your natural waves. Scroll down to find out...
Like me, you're probably seeking something quick and easy. You don't have time to spend hours messing around with your hair. You don't have space for dozens of products.
Merwave is built for wavy hair. The five products include no harsh ingredients that strip away your hairs natural oils. The method is easy and simple.
You're simply left with sun drenched, beach worthy waves after 1 wash. That surfer look seen on beaches in California. Hair that puts a smile on your face.
Over 4000 women have used the same products and process to unleash their natural waves.
Watch the 30 second demo below to see how the Merwave kit brought out my wavy hair after one wash.
Scroll to see their results
''I'm simply amazed. Usually sceptical about trying new brands but the Merwave system is quick and easy. My hair's light, bouncy and feels amazing''.
''The conditioner is out of this world! It detangled my hair just with a single application. The gel made my clumps so juicy. I'm in love''.
''I love my waves. The products are great and the process is so easy and simple to follow. Very happy''.
''The conditioner and mask combo are incredible. My hair is so much more hydrated and frizz free. The cast mousse and hold gel really locks in your waves. So happy''.
''Nearly gave up after following the CGM as it was too strict. Started using Merwave and the results are incredible. The system is so simple and easy to follow and the products are high quality''.
''I love how easy the 5 step system is to follow. I literally feel like a mermaid and can’t wait to use these products in the summer and on holidays instead of battling with the heat of appliances and fighting frizz.''
''Trying the Merwave products may well have just changed my hair. The products do what they say they do. They really do unleash your natural wavy hair without any heat or causing damage''
''Over the years I’d tried to scrunch my hair to see if it would be wavy but it just turned into a mess. Merwave is a simple process and better and easier than I thought. Every wash I’m seeing an improvement and my hair is looking and feeling healthier and wavier! Can’t believe I’ve been hiding my waves all this time''
''I am in love with these products. My hair either feels limp with no shape, or it feels too "producty". I was so impressed when I used these products as my hair felt so soft and conditioned but also kept a beautiful wavy shape. The whole process was so easy''.
''The days have long gone when I have the time (and patience!) to spend hours styling my hair. Merwave sounded like the perfect solution to try to bring some life to my hair. Having used the Merwave products following the 5 steps my hair feels like it has volume and lovely soft waves.''
''Such a simple process and the products are incredible. After one round of the Merwave process my natural waves came out. Will be sticking to it moving forward. Highly recommend''
''Fab set of products. Does exactly what it says it will - reactivates and enhances waves. My hair is wavy from the roots again, rather than just at the ends and it’s nice and soft. The tutorial is excellent and I’ve had fab service from Abi.''.
''I have spent years looking for a really effective system to make the most of my hair without the rigidity of the Curly Girl method. The products all feel lovely, are really quick and easy to use and the results are amazing''.
''This is the BEST range I’ve ever used with the most consistent results too. On wash day and for refresh - which I have never got to work before. I still need to clarify weekly and protect my curls at night but it’s such a relief to finally find a system that gives me the look I want''.
''I have tried so many products but nothing has ever helped with the frizz until now! I have used Merwave for the second time today and oh my gosh wow! Perfect waves and curls with no frizz I didn’t realise but I have the hair I have always wanted!''.
''This picture is after the first use. I followed the easy tutorial videos, wrapped in a t-shirt for about 30 mins whilst getting dressed etc then diffused on low heat and low speed. Really, really pleased''.
''My hair gets weighed down easily by products but not anymore my hair was amazing after the products had great gold and definition and smelled great, its definitely worth the money.''
''So happy that I've finally found something that tames my birds nest underneath/straight but frizzy on top hair! It smells so good too 😊
My hair is like I've just had a swim in the sea, without the salty feeling and sand!.''.
''These products are SO easy to use and the results are instant and amazing! My hair looks curly, defined and in waves not clumps and without a hint of frizz. I am so pleased. The results stayed in for about 2-3 days, I didn’t wake up with a frizzy mess, I just finger-combed my hair on days two and three and bingo - good to go!''.
''I knew I had naturally wavy hair but I’ve spent money here, there any everywhere trying to tame my frizzy mess and nothing ever really seemed to work for me. Even trying some of the CGM tricks just left me with a crispy, bedraggled mess. Refreshing my waves is also so simple and works! I now have beautiful, soft, wavy hair that’s so easy to achieve!''.
''I have spent years and years and many hours trying to straighten and smooth them out rather than embrace them! I have tried LOADS of products in the past and they haven't given me the result I wanted. I have to say I am AMAZED at the results (after one use) that merwave have given me! Even after sleeping on my new curls they look amazing''.