Sitting nicely between straight and curly hair, wavy hair is a versatile texture that can be worn in multiple ways. As stunning as the style is, it can also be quite temperamental.
Finding the right combination of products that enhance your waves without weighing them down in bulky hair products can take a bit of trial and error, but why put yourself to the test when you can get top-notch recommendations from the share of renowned hairdressers?
Luckily, Shop TODAY spoke to several hair experts in the industry so you can get your wavy locks in shape ASAP. Here are some of their favorites!
The Best Shampoos, Conditioners, and Masks for Wavy Hair, According to Experts
Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
The journey to great waves starts in the shower, and celebrity hairstylist Michelle Cleveland told Shop TODAY that she loves this wave-boosting shampoo from Olaplex. “It’s very hydrating, leaves hair shinier and healthier, and enhances the natural wave pattern,” she said.
Allure Best of Beauty award winner is safe to use on color-treated hair and is also known to reduce breakage while giving your waves some TLC. Plus, as a bonus, it tackles frizz and flyaways like a pro and even tackles split ends and damaged strands.
Maria Nila Really Soft Hair Mask
“Keeping your hair in great condition is key to amazing waves that look bouncy and fresh every day,” celebrity hairstylist Matilde Campos explained. The stylist believes in the power of hair masks to help maintain your mane and swears by this one from Maria Nila which is formulated with softening Argan Oil and Color Guard Complex which keeps your color strong.
“It gives your hair what it needs from the inside. If you feel your hair is getting heavy and dry and unmanageable, revive it with a moisturizing mask that will bring your hair back to life,” he said. she stated.
Island Formula Shampoo
When shopping for shampoos for wavy hair, Holly Dear of House of Dear hair salon in Dallas thinks it’s important to look for formulas that go beyond just cleansing. “You want a product that cleans while keeping the hair’s pH balance in mind,” she told us.
Bianca Hillier, colorist at Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles, agreed and listed this sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo as one of her go-tos. “It helps nourish the hair and provide a good pH level while improving the health and shape of the hair strands,” she explained.
Shu Uemura Urban Moisture Deep Moisture Shampoo
Drugstore shampoos are quite effective, but sometimes you need ultra luxurious support to reverse dull waves. That’s when Hillier opted for this Shu Uemura shampoo. “It’s super hydrating but doesn’t weigh hair down,” she said.
This hair product uses moringa and red algae extracts to cleanse, hydrate and smooth strands. These star ingredients also help protect strands from pollutants and promote hair cell regeneration, so it’s more like using an intensive treatment than a cleansing shampoo.
The Best Leave-in Products for Wavy Hair, According to Experts
Aussie Instant Freeze Styling Gel
Sometimes the best wavy hair products can be found at your local drugstore, and celebrity hairstylist Sophia Porter couldn’t help but rave about Aussie’s affordable hair gel that offers 20-hour wear. “I love using it heavily diluted with water to give wavy hair a light hold,” she said.
The product has a delicious citrus scent and is also packed with nourishing ingredients. “The gel is enriched with jojoba oil, which most closely resembles the oil produced by our skin, so it’s great at locking in moisture while fighting frizz and providing hold,” Porter revealed.
Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse
Want a lighter and softer outfit? Porter digs in this hair mousse that hydrates while enhancing waves. “It’s perfect for those who prefer a mousse or mousse for definition and it’s ideal for fine, wavy hair types. This product is versatile and you can also use it for sleek styles (like ponytails tight) to fight frizz and provide hold,” she mentioned.
The mousse dries quickly without flaking and also gives the strands a radiant shine. Plus, it’s formulated with almond and avocado oils and wheat protein, which helps promote strong, healthy hair.
Rusk PUREMIX Native Fig Replenishing 3 in 1 without rinsing
Campos likes the lightness of this leave-in conditioner and the fact that it works well for both fine and thick locks. “It fights frizz while adding softness and shine and will become your detangling miracle and the BFF of your wavy hair,” she told us.
The multitasker works overtime to hydrate, soften, and add shine to strands, and it’s even safe for color-treated strands. It gets the job done with several cruelty-free ingredients, such as strengthening refined oats, color-protecting quinoa protein, and hydrating vitamins C and E.
Yeah Wave Spray
We asked Cleveland to talk to us and share her tips for improving natural waves, and she was kind enough to oblige. “It’s about finding the perfect balance between keeping it hydrated like a full curl, but also not weighing it down too much to avoid straightening out the wave pattern,” she revealed.
The highlight specialist recommended this lightweight wave spray from Ouai and said it’s perfect for all hair types. It’s basically like a day at the beach in a bottle and is infused with rice protein, an ingredient that’s safe to use with color-treated hair.
Davines it’s a sea salt spray
Beach waves are the definition of #hairgoals and a sea salt spray can help you master the style. For an extra fabulous look, celebrity hairstylist Marilee Albin recommends spraying this one from Davines after using a curl cream for a polished, matte finish. “It will help you get more texture from the natural waves,” she said.
The stylist admitted that this technique will create a bit of frizz at first, but said it can help you achieve more overall volume. “I think a bit of frizz and flyaways fuel this whole French girl vibe that I’m obsessed with,” she said.
Virtue Correct The Polish anti-frizz cream
Campos likes to call Virtue’s leave-in creme a “miracle product” and says it’s great for unruly waves. “This hidden gem fights frizz, conditions and smoothes your hair, and keeps it looking amazing all day. Your hair will be obsessed with the brand’s secret ingredient – Alpha Keratin 60 ku Protein,” she said.
The patented ingredient helps straighten wavy hair so it looks polished and smooth, and it works with other powerful ingredients like nutrient-rich Pink Pomelo and frizz-fighting phospholipids.
Kevin Murphy Killer Curl Cream
If you have natural waves, finding a product that helps enhance them can be difficult. Luckily, Campos was kind enough to share the name of this Kevin Murphy anti-frizz cream that she loves.
“It’s perfect for those with thicker hair. Be sure to use it when your hair is damp to work it through all of your strands. It defines, fights frizz, and gives your waves a nice shine” , she said.
Shu Uemura Kaze Wave Hair Mousse Defining Curls and Waves
Hillier has wavy hair and says it’s the only styling product she’ll use. “It’s great for damp or dry hair, doesn’t weigh hair down, and gives extreme bohemian texture,” she told us.
Shu Uemura’s sulfate-free mousse works equally well for all textured hair types and it’s a triple threat as it defines waves, fights frizz and protects strands while styling with heated tools.
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