The great thing about straight hair is that it can be really versatile. Taking your hair from stick to wavy can be done without a ton of effort and even without heat. These are some great methods for giving your straight hair some wave.
How to Make Straight Hair Wavy
It is possible to make straight hair wavy using a variety of methods. Here are some ways to achieve wavy hair:
After washing your hair, braid it into several sections and allow it to air dry. Once your hair is dry, undo the braids and comb through your hair with your fingers to create waves.
Use a curling iron to curl your hair. To create waves, wrap sections of your hair around the curling iron, hold for a few seconds, and then release.
Twist and Pin
Divide your hair into small sections and twist each section into a coil. Pin each coil to your head using bobby pins and leave it in for a few hours. Once you remove the pins, you will have waves.
Rollers, sea salt spray, and braids are some of the best ways to make straight hair wavy
Sea Salt Spray
Apply a sea salt spray to your hair and scrunch it with your hands. The salt in the spray will create texture and waves in your hair.
Roll your hair onto large hair rollers while it's still damp. Leave the rollers in until your hair is completely dry, and then remove them to reveal wavy hair.
Curly Girl Method for Straight Hair
The Curly Girl Method is a hair care routine developed by Lorraine Massey to help people with curly or wavy hair achieve healthy, defined curls. However, some people with straight hair also follow this method to improve the health and appearance of their hair. If you want to bring out as much texture and wave pattern from your naturally straight hair, this is a great routine to follow.
Here are some tips for following the Curly Girl Method with straight hair:
- Avoid heat styling: Heat styling tools like flat irons and curling irons can damage the hair and cause breakage. Instead, opt for air-drying your hair or using a diffuser attachment on a low heat setting.
- Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle: Detangle your hair using a wide-tooth comb or your fingers instead of a brush, which can cause breakage and damage.
- Don't wash your hair too often: Washing your hair every day can strip it of its natural oils, which can cause dryness and frizz. Try to limit washing your hair to 2-3 times a week
The Kristin Ess Leave-In Conditioner is a great leave-in conditioner for straight hair that is lightweight but still pumps hair with moisture to give it more bounce
- Use a leave-in conditioner: Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair after washing to help hydrate and define your wave.
- Apply a wave or curl cream: Choose a lightweight wave or curl cream and apply to your hair while damp. Then scrunch your hair from the bottom upwards. This will help define any natural waves or curls.
- Let your waves dry: You can let air dry or use a diffuser attachment from a blow dryer. Or you can choose my favorite tip: keep you hair wrapped in a t-shirt or hair towel until almost dry. This will keep your hair scrunched and get the most wave out of your hair.
How to Make Straight Hair Wavy Overnight
If you want waves that both look and are effortless, letting your waves form overnight will get you defined texture in the morning. Here’s are some tips for how to do it:
Wash your hair, and let it air dry until it is slightly damp. Divide your hair into several sections and braid each section tightly. Secure the ends with a hair tie or clip. Leave the braids in overnight, and in the morning, undo the braids and use your fingers to comb through your hair to create waves.
Bun or Topknot
Wash your hair and let it air dry until it is slightly damp. Tie your hair into a high bun or topknot, securing it with a hair tie or clip. Leave it in overnight, and in the morning, take out the hair tie and let your hair fall down. Use your fingers to comb through your hair to create waves.
Twist and Pin
Wash your hair, and let it air dry until it is slightly damp. Divide your hair into small sections, and twist each section tightly into a coil. Secure each coil to your scalp using bobby pins. Leave them in overnight, and in the morning, remove the bobby pins and use your fingers to comb through your hair to create waves.
Start with dry hair and put on a stretchy headband. Take a section of your hair and wrap it around the headband. Keep wrapping the hair until you reach the ends and tuck them under the headband. Continue wrapping sections of your hair around the headband until all your hair is wrapped. Leave it in overnight, and in the morning, remove the headband and use your fingers to comb through your hair to create waves.
How to Make Straight Hair Wavy Conclusion
Making straight hair wavy can be more challenging than styling naturally wavy or curly hair since straight hair tends to be resistant to holding a curl or wave. This means that it may take some practice and experimentation to find the right method and products that work best for your hair.
Although making straight hair wavy may require some effort, it is certainly possible with the right tools, techniques, and products. With practice, you can achieve beautiful, effortless-looking waves in your straight hair.