How to Style Wavy Hair Without Heat

Endless frizz? Definition in one place but not so much in another? — Sounding familiar, Wavy? Trust us, we know wavy hair isn’t as easy to handle as it makes itself out to be.

It’s tempting to reach for the curling iron or straightener or throw it up in a bun and call it a day (we don’t blame you — sometimes we just don’t have the patience or time).

Now hear us out, as we’ve got three great methods that can help you get the best out of your waves without the need for heat.


Say Hello to Scrunching

A popular and simple styling method for added definition is scrunching. This method allows for maximum moisture and product absorption and enhanced definition. To scrunch, distribute your choice of styling product throughout your hair, and then gently cup and scrunch to encourage the definition of your waves. Our ReFlex Curl Styling Serum is a favorite for scrunching! This lightweight styler will provide a flexible hold to your waves and aid with definition. ReFlex is also great for smoothing down frizz and adding shine to your waves.


Plop Your Way Into Paradise

To plop, start by distributing product through your hair and then gently cupping and scrunching your waves to encourage definition. Then, take a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel (these materials are gentler on your curls and help eliminate frizz), flip your hair over, and place it into the middle of the towel or t-shirt.

Finally, fold the towel or t-shirt over toward the back of your head, and secure it in place. Plopping will help to enhance the definition of your waves and soak up excess water and product, which helps improve drying time.

Our Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer Styling Gel is a great styling option for plopping as it provides DAYS of definition and maintains moisture. It’s specially formulated with lightweight oils, so it does not weigh down your waves.

We recommend you apply a pea sized amount to soaking wet hair and making sure to emulsify it in your hands with water before applying for best results. Once applied, go ahead and plop those waves!

Let's Hear it for Overnight Braids

(Your busy, sleepy morning self will thank you!)

Now, if you’re looking for a more defined “just got back from the beach” wave look, you might want to try this overnight styling method. For overnight braids, first apply your favorite leave-in and/or styling product to your hair. Our Untie the Knot Nourishing Leave-in Conditioner and Curl Supreme 4-in-1 Hydrating Crème are two perfect options! Untie the Knot is lightweight and leaves your hair manageable and ready for styling. Curl Supreme is perfect for wavies that are looking for extra moisture and will not weigh your waves down (when used in moderation).

For best results, apply your leave-in and/or styling product while your hair is soaking wet but wait until your hair is almost dry to braid. Once your hair is almost dry, section it off and braid. The bigger the sections are, the looser the waves will be and vice versa. Leave the braids in for a few hours or sleep in them overnight.

In the morning, or a few hours later, take the braids out and run your fingers through your hair to separate the sections. And there you have it — effortless beachy waves!

Ready to put down the heat styling tools now?

We hope these tips have encouraged you to rock those waves this new year!

Make sure to share your favorite heatless ways to style your waves in the comments!
Jan 06, 2023

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