How to Moisturize Wavy Hair

2012-08-21 10:22:35

How to Moisturize Wavy Hair

Tips for moisturizing your waves in the harsh summer heat.

No matter what time of year it is, wavies need to keep their hair moisturized. However, in this sun-scorched summer heat, it's even more important. Hair dried out from the sun is not only prone to breakage, but also doesn’t look that great. Ask any wavy who has spent some time outside, only to come back inside and discover she’s got Spider Web Frizz from the heat. So is there something special you should be doing to moisturize your wavy hair during the summer?

Recently, as I was applying a touch of my leave-in conditioner to my wavy-haired daughter’s hair, she lamented how much the heat kills her hair. This is actually the reason why I was sharing my leave-in, which works nicely in my 3c and 4a hair, with her. Until now, she hasn’t needed any leave-in, but maybe it’s time. She complained that once her hair air-dries, it’s a big frizzy mess. We live in a very humid climate and humidity is no friend to curls and waves. Still, she wondered what she could do to prevent this. I told her she has got to moisturize it and then lock in the moisture with that lightweight gel I bought her (but that she refuses to use that often). Thus began a discussion about how she can moisturize her waves and here are some options I gave her.

Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning is a great way to keep your hair moisturized in between your regular conditionings. When you deep condition, you can use your usual conditioner or you can use one specially formulated for deep conditioning, such as Curl Junkie’s Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner, which gets amazing reviews from wavies, curlies and coilies.

To deep condition, shampoo your hair as usual and then apply a liberal amount of your deep conditioner to your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap and then wrap it with a towel to trap in the heat. The heat is what is going to help “activate” the conditioner (or help it penetrate the hair shaft). You can then either let it sit on your head for two to three hours, or blow-dry your toweled hair if you’re in a hurry.

Hair Masks

Like deep conditioning, hair masks aren’t something you’d do on a daily basis. However, you can do a hair mask in place of a deep conditioning treatment and benefit from them year-round! The process is similar, except that you’ll shampoo and condition afterward since, with a hair mask, you’ll be coating your hair in concoctions made from ingredients like avocadoes, pumpkins, honey or eggs. The good thing about hair masks is that you can easily make them in your own kitchen or bathroom and you probably have some ingredients already at home to whip together at least one homemade hair mask!


As the name suggests, leave-in conditioners are conditioners you don’t rinse out of your hair. These are great for boosting the moisturizing properties of your regular conditioner. Whether your hair is thick or thin, you’ll benefit from the extra conditioner and protection, especially from the summer heat, that a leave-in provides.

Not sure where to start? Try one of our Top Picks for Wavies, such as DevaCurl’s One Condition, which literally has hundreds of raving reviews. Follow up your leave-in with a lightweight gel, such as Jessicurl’s Gelebration, which is light enough for daily use and strong enough to get the job done.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to moisture, it’s easy to think of curlies and coilies needing to moisturize, but wavies aren’t completely in the clear. So, be sure to include some of these moisturizing practices in your wavy regimen to keep your waves happy and healthy!

What are some other ways you've been moisturizing your waves this summer?


Tasha Swearingen

Tasha Swearingen