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What to do with wavy

If you have wavy hair, you already know that there are days when having naturally wavy hair seems easy, other days not so much. Those tough days mean relying on a straightening iron, hair dryer, or curling wand if you want guaranteed results.  If hours in front of the mirror aren’t really your thing, however, and you are looking for easy ways to style your wavy hair, embracing its natural texture is really the only way to go. 

To find out how, we went straight to master stylist Eric Barras, texture specialist and salon owner, to get his take on the secrets for perfect waves without the fuss. Read on for details.

Top 5 tips for embracing naturally wavy hair:

1. Step away from the shampoo.

According to Eric,  “If you have long, short, or medium hair that is wavy in its texture – not quite a curl, not quite straight – the first step is not over washing. Allowing your hair to be a few days old will get you the most from your texture.”  Before following his advice, invest in DRY SHAMPOO. It’s your new #1 necessity.

2. Don’t over do it.

Less is more. DON’T overuse products.  Let a little go a long way! To bring out some natural bounce, Eric adds SEVEN haircare’s light STYLE cream to towel dried hair, layering in spritzes of BEACH spray for extra texture. Lightly scrunch and diffuse with the cuticle, not against it.

3. Give it a boost.

Try an easy braid to emphasize the curl when you release it. Or, Eric says to use classic hot rollers for “an interior boost to your waves.” Take random sections and roll from the root halfway out towards the ends, going with the natural direction of the wave. Let it sit until cool. Take out, and tousle into place with your fingers.

4. Coax it to curl.

If your hair is on the short side, Eric suggests combing the waves into place while your hair is damp. “Let it get 80% dry and then apply your styling cream or whatever hair product that you want to use for separation and definition, and fluff and finger shape into place.

5. Don’t forget the hold.

Perfect waves ebb and flow. You’ll need just a little hold to remind them to stay perfect.  Try working in a cocktail of DIAMOND for sunshine sparkle mixed with a dab of PUTTY to increase and hold the created texture.

Want more? If you’ve got tighter curls, head here for the top 5 ways to embrace your coil. For naturally straight hair, go here. The experts have plenty to say!

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