Lady smiling with her back turned to us and looking back while washing her hair

As a 2c wavy, I have discovered over the past year how important it is for me to cleanse my waves. My hair is extremely prone to frizz and buildup because of my need to use some heavier products in the summer. In my attempt to fight frizz, I have discovered some methods that work best to control my frizz as well as cleanse my hair.

1. Co-wash

Co-wash frequently. The amount of co-washing needed will vary because not everyone washes their hair every day, or even every other day. Your wavy hair type will also factor into the “official” amount needed. I typically co-wash my hair three times a week, but I’m also getting it wet six days a week because that's what my current workout routine is. The other three days of the week when I am working out, I wash it with a clarifying shampoo one of those days, or just get it wet and do a water wash. Co-washing will help prevent frizz and the dryness that can cause it.

2. Clarify

Although I gave it away in the first method, use clarifying shampoos. Natural oils produced by your scalp as well as product buildup can be distributed more easily through wavy hair compared to curls that are tighter. Clarifying shampoos are a great way to gently remove those oils and buildup on days when you need a break from conditioner. My favorite clarifying shampoo is the Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint shampoo. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also leaves my hair feeling great without seeming dry. I use the clarifying shampoo about two to three times a month, but of course the amount of products you use on your hair on a daily basis will determine how often you need to use a clarifier.

3. Clean your scalp

Pay attention to how you wash your hair. That might not sound like a technical method, but it will make a world of difference. If you have wavy hair and co-wash more frequently than not, your hair can look dirty and feel heavy if you don't rinse the conditioner out of your hair completely. Another way to help your cleansing process is by concentrating on the scalp. It's so easy to put shampoo or conditioner in, scrub for a second and then rinse. Instead, focus on using your cleansing product directly on the scalp and massaging the product in with your fingertips to loosen dirt and buildup. Make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly and you'll be on your way to enjoying cleaner and healthier hair.

If you have any other tips for cleansing your waves, please leave a comment below and share the knowledge. Figuring out something that seems as simple as cleansing your hair can actually be tough, so the more ideas and product suggestions the better!