As a website focused on natural hair care, we here at My World Apart believe that you don’t need to bake your hair in order to obtain those gorgeous waves. With the right approach, even those of us who wholeheartedly believe that their hair is entirely straight, can coax a delicate, natural wave out of their locks. So how do you get natural waves from your otherwise straight hair? We’ve got you covered with four methods that are sure to bring out that texture.
Air Dry Your Hair In Buns
The ultimate lazy route to perfect waves every time: air drying in buns. When your hair is still damp after a shower, pin your hair into small buns. The longer you leave them in, the better your results will be. Ideally, leave the buns overnight, with a silk cap to protect from frizz and damage.
Braid Your Hair Before Bed
In a similar vein, braiding your hair – either in a single braid or in several smaller ones – will help your hair take on a natural wavy texture. As with the aforementioned buns, braids work best on hair that is braided wet and allowed to air dry overnight. To make extra sure that the waves set, use a diffuser to gently warm and then cool the braids before undoing them.
The gold standard of texturizing products, a sea salt spray will give your hair a natural wave without too much fuss. Sea salt sprays are widely available, and with such a wide range, not all are created equal. Some salt sprays are more natural than others, with added ingredients such as aloe vera and green tea extracts, while some contain harsher ingredients like alcohol and strong perfume. We here at My World Apart recommend sticking to the more natural sprays, as natural products are healthier for your hair.
If you’d like to commit to the naturally wavy hair look, consider adopting the CG method full time. Before making the leap into a full CG routine, make sure you have clarified your hair with a clarifying shampoo. For more information on the CG method and on how to get started, check out our curly hair care guide.