The Best Wave-Making Products For Every Hair Texture
Between the thick humidity, scorching sun, and flash afternoon showers, the hair gods have it out for us Southerners—and our blowouts—during the summer months. Instead of trying to fight Mother Nature, go with the flow–quite literally–and embrace a beachier texture. Not only is it a style that’s supposed to look a little tousled (AKA no one will notice if a strand or two is out of place), but it will also trigger day dreams about your next vacation. The key to pulling off this no-fuss do: Choosing the right texturizer based off your hair type. We chatted with stylist Glenn Ellis from Andy Lecompte Salon about the products you need to make some seriously swoon-worthy waves:
For Straight Hair
For sleek strands, plump up the volume with a thickening spray. Divide semi-dry hair into four sections and apply the mist from the roots to the ends at an arm’s distance away. Then begin to blow-dry. “When you’re drying, do not use a round brush—it will pull the elasticity out of the hair, making it limp and unable hold a wave,” says Ellis. Afterwards, create soft bends with a one and a half inch curling iron, making sure to leave the ends out (this gives you a more lived-in texture). Finish with your favorite hairspray.
Buy It: TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray, $10; amazon.com
For Wavy Hair
“I only use this spray for naturally wavy hair,” explains Ellis. “It defines waves without making them look limp or dull.” On damp hair, lightly apply this delightfully-scented formula (it smells like a mix of lemon, amber and delicate white musk!) through mid-shafts to ends and let your locks air-dry.
Buy It: Ouai Wave Spray, $32; sephora.com
For Curly Hair
After gently brushing hair, scrunch in this curl-defining mousse. “It locks in moisture and never leaves the hair looking dry,” says Ellis. Since curly textures tend to get dehydrated more easily, ensure long-lasting moisture control by also using a dry oil from roots to ends.
Buy It: Aussie Sprunch Mousse + Leave In Conditioner, $8; amazon.com