Wavy Curls - Hair Type 2A, 2B, 2C

Wavy Curls - Hair Type 2A, 2B, 2C are simply beautiful - the envy of us all. They are unique and special and can be styled in so many different ways.

Whether you wear your hair loose and natural, you style it into defined curls or even soften it, wavy hair is always a head-turner.

So if you're lucky enough to have wavy hair, embrace it! Embrace your uniqueness, and enjoy all the amazing things that wavy hair has to offer.

Below we'll explain each wavy hair type in detail.

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Wavy Hair

Wavy Hair can be classified by three curl types:

2A - A slight wave to your hair.

2B - Medium Wave form in the hair.

2C - Wavy hair that starts to form ringlets, especially when hydrated (wet) and styled correctly.

What Wavy Hair Do You Have?

  • Wavy brunette curly hair

    Type 2a Hair

    2A Hair has a Slight wave to your hair strand. Your wavy hair needs help with volume at the roots and forms a subtle "S" shape when dry.

    Your wavy hair will be enhanced with our range of hair products for curling and it can also be easily straightened.

  • Wavy balayage curly hair 2b

    Type 2b Hair

    2B Hair have a good 'S' shaped wave to them and people will easily identify that you have curly hair.

    Your hair can become frizzy. Which as frustrating as this can be, will become a source of joy once you master the art of hydrating your curls with good hair product curling techniques.

    Your hair can be straightened quite easily still but will need more work put in than a 2A Curl.

  • wavy brunette curly hair type 2c

    Type 2c Hair

    2C Hair are more defined than 2A and 2B and will naturally form looser spirals.

    If your hair is prone to frizz you will most likely be in the 2C curly hair category. You will benefit from a good hydrating hair product curling routine. Once mastered you will need to put a lot less work in throughout the week.

    You could get up to five or more days between washes if you treat your curls right.

Wavy Curls, Care and Maintenance

Wavy curls are stunning! Like all hair types they need to be treated for and cared for correctly. Below are some ways to care for and protect your curly hair.

✔️ Avoid heat style your wavy strands.

✔️ Shampoo and condition with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. We recommend Nourish and Flourish Shampoo and Conditioner.

✔️ Find your styling hero product to lock in your moisture. To prevent frizzy hair and extend the length between your curly hair wash days, we recommend OomphPOW and Chutzpah.

✔️ Wear a curly hair sleep cozy when you sleep or are lounging. Your curls don't need to be rubbing against pillows and lounges all night. Friction from all of that night time action causes frizz.


10 Tips for Wavy Hair Care and Maintenance

To keep your wavy hair looking its best, here are 10 essential care and maintenance tips:

1. Hydrate Your Hair - Use deep-conditioning treatments regularly to maintain moisture.

2. Avoid Heavy Products - Opt for lightweight products that won't flatten your waves.

3. Gentle Cleansing - Choose sulphate-free shampoos that cleanse without stripping natural oils.

4. Use a Diffuser - When blow-drying, a diffuser can help to maintain your natural wave pattern without creating frizz.

5. Sleep on Silk - Silk pillowcases can reduce frizz and protect against breakage.

6. Detangle Gently - Use a flexi brush, wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle, preserving the wave structure.

7. Reduce Heat Styling - Minimise the use of straighteners and curling irons to prevent damage.

8. Refresh Between Washes - Use LOHY's Refreshing products to revitalise waves without a full wash.

9. Trim Regularly and layer up - Regular trims will keep your waves from looking weighed down and layers will accentuate the existing wavy pattern in your hair. 

10. Protect From the Elements - Use Cruise Control cream to prep your hair and protect it from harsh elements - especially over summer when you're swimming in chlorine and salt water.

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Wavy Hair Pro-Tips

For all wavy hair types, understanding how to layer products without causing buildup is crucial. 

Pro-tip: Starting with a light, moisturising base and building up to a stronger hold product can help your waves last longer. 

Techniques like 'plopping' (wrapping wet hair in a cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel) can enhance the natural wave pattern while drying.

Waves are also highly reliant on the type of haircut and style you have. Consider a haircut with layers. A layered haircut will enhance your naturally wavy pattern, rather than undermining it. 

Wavy Haircut Tips

Longer layers can help weigh down the hair slightly and stretch out the waves for a looser look, while shorter layers can add volume and bounce, giving the appearance of tighter waves.

No matter your hair type, wavy hair benefits from less manipulation. 

Over-brushing or excessive touching can lead to frizz and a loss of definition. Finger-combing and occasional use of a wide-tooth comb are generally the best ways to manage wavy hair.

Naturally wavy hair should be celebrated! You can enhance with the occasional use of a curling wand to define the natural waves, or by simply braiding the hair while damp and letting it set for waves without heat. If you choose to use heat, always use a protective cream or spray. 

Understanding your hair's unique curl pattern is key to embracing and enhancing your natural waves, leading to a routine that highlights the best of what your waves have to offer.

FAQs for Type 2 Wavy Hair

How often should I wash my wavy hair?

It varies, but 2-3 times a week is often enough to keep it clean without drying it out. Wavy hair doesn't dry out as quickly as other curly hair like type 3 Curly Hair and type 4 Afro hair.

What's the best way to dry wavy hair?

 Air drying is ideal, but if you use a hairdryer, always attach a diffuser.

Can I brush my wavy hair?

Yes. It's best to detangle when wet using a detangling brush l;ike the Flexi Brush or wide-tooth comb to prevent frizz.

How can I prevent my waves from becoming frizzy?

Use anti-frizz products and ensure your hair is well-moisturised.

Are there any hairstyles particularly good for wavy hair?

Layered cuts can enhance your natural waves, but avoid over-layering, which can cause a poufy appearance.

How can I enhance my natural waves?

Scrunch your hair with a wave-enhancing product to maximise your naturally wavy hair.

Is it okay to colour wavy hair?

Yes. But it's always best to seek out a professional and avoid cheap box dyes

Can diet affect my wavy hair?

Absolutely, a well-balanced diet plays a significant role in the health and appearance of your wavy hair. Protein, hydration, vitamins and minerals all affect the overall health of your hair.