How to Care for Type 2 Wavy Hair

Lorie Knickle July 01, 2021

Curly hair ranges in texture, from barely there waves to tight coils. Different curl types need different care, depending on where they fall within the spectrum. If your hair is in the wavy range you'll need a bit lighter care than you would for a tighter curl.

Do you know where your texture falls on the curl meter? 

Wavy hair chart

Wavy hair can be identified by bendable S-curves that tend to lay closer to the head. They range from barely-there bends to almost-curls, the difference being that the S-shape doesn’t form springs. 

2a: barely-there waves that tend to fall flat at the root and lack volume. 

2b: hair is straighter at the root with defined S-waves that start mid-length. 

2c: well-defined S-waves that begin at the root and go all the way down the hair. 

If your hair has similar characteristics, read on for styling tips and care! If you think you might fall under a different curl type, click here.

Caring for Wavy Hair

With the goal of keeping hair hydrated without weighing down waves, look for lightweight moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. If you feel like your hair is in a bit of a dry spell and needs a boost, apply a mask for a more intense burst of moisture. 

Ones to try:


Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo

Shampoo for wavy hair

Zero-sulfate shampoo that gently cleanses hair without fading colour.


Pureology Hydrate Sheer Conditioner

conditioner for wavy hair

Provides a lightweight dose of moisture, to hydrate without weighing down waves.


Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask

Moroccanoil Mask for Wavy Hair

Argan oil stars in this ultra-lightweight treatment. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse for beautifully hydrated strands.

Styling Naturally Wavy Hair

Depending on the look you want to achieve, there are a lot of styling options. We are focusing on a natural wavy look, to keep your waves soft, touchable and frizz-free throughout the day. Look for lightweight options that keep your hair hydrated while adding volume.

When your hair is freshly washed and still damp, apply a lightweight leave-in conditioner which will help detangle, hydrate and fight frizz. Add in some light control to help define waves and add a bit of hold, without adding crunch or weight.

Ones to try:


AG Hair Beach Bomb 

naturally wavy hair styling 

Keratin protein, silk amino acids and AG's own Curl Creating Complex work together to help keep waves healthy and frizz-free. Apply to wet hair and diffuse for ultimate results.


DevaCurl Frizz-Fighting Volumizing Foam

volume mousse for wavy hair

Give fine waves, that tend to fall flat at the root, a boost with this frizz-fighter from DevaCurl. Best applied to wet hair prior to blow-drying. Blow-dry in the opposite direction your hair falls for optimal volume.


Unite 7Seconds Leave-in Conditioner

Leave in Conditioner for wavy hair

Detangle, hydrate and nourish with Unite's lightweight leave-in. This multi-benefit spray also protects hair from heat styling, UV rays and humidity.

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