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When it comes to having fine, wavy hair, we have to walk a delicate line between causing dry strands and greasy, weighed down ones.

There is no one magic solution for every head of hair, so sometimes we have to take a few extra steps to find that perfect deep conditioner work for us. It’s all about striking the right amount of moisture for your unique curls and your lifestyle. Follow these 5 top tips to help find the perfect balance of moisture for your waves.

1. Regular conditioner can be a deep conditioner for wavy hair

When you’re searching for a deep conditioner for your fine waves, do not look past a product that might not actually be advertised as a deep conditioner. In your case, you may not need to retain as much moisture as other curl patterns and therefore, these will work just as well.

I like using traditional conditioners to deep condition because there are more options and they can be easier to rinse out completely without having to worry about anything weighing your hair down for styling. I leave it in for about 5-10 minutes while in the shower. It leaves my waves light and bouncy, while still being well-moisturized.

If you’re on the hunt for a Holy Grail conditioner for wavy hair, here are Diane Mary’s expert picks.

If you prefer a deep conditioning formula, check out these 15 deep conditioners under $15.

2. Focus deep conditioner on the ends

When you are putting your deep conditioner in, the ends of your hair need a little more love than your scalp. If you layer too much product near your scalp, the excessive build-up may give you trouble rinsing it out, leaving you with lifeless and stringy waves.

The best way to address this is by applying a ton of conditioner at your ends, then gently running your fingers over your halo. To avoid putting conditioner directly on my scalp, I like to flip my head upside down and scrunch the deep conditioner upwards.

To avoid putting conditioner directly on my scalp, I like to flip my head upside down and scrunch the deep conditioner upwards.

3. Use a wide tooth comb

A wide-tooth comb can be your best friend while deep conditioning and is also a great time for detangling. This makes sure your product is evenly distributed, which is helpful when you have wavy-textured hair because you will not have to worry about creating a greasy spot of hair.

4. Deep condition only as needed

While it is tempting to deep condition every time you shower, this can be altogether too much moisture for fine wavy hair. I find that planning to deep condition once every two weeks is a pretty good time frame for my hair most of the time, but occasionally my hair needs to be deep conditioned once a week. Sometimes, I can even go a whole month. Depending on whether your hair is heat damaged or chemically processed or colored you may need a different schedule.

By adding too much moisture into your hair you may cause your hair to be more prone stretching or excessive elasticity, which is not good for your waves.

5. Don’t skip protein treatments

It can be easy to just focus solely on moisture for your hair, but it is equally important that you find the correct balance between moisture and strength in order to have the best hair. You can achieve this by adding in a protein-heavy conditioner to your deep conditioner rotation.

I like Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner, but you can also try your hand at a DIY treatment.

These tips work best for Type 2, wavy hair. If you’re not sure what your curl pattern is, check out this quick guide to finding your curl pattern

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