The 9 Best Wavy Hair Products for Healthy, Defined Curls
Having wavy hair is a bit of an aesthetic identity crisis: Some days you’re blessed with effortless S-shaped cascades, while other days it’s somehow frizzy and flat at the same time. We tapped our wavy-haired friends and scoured reviews to find the best products for getting your not-quite-curly, not-quite-straight strands to look their best, no matter what.
1. Best for heat-free styling: Ouai Air Dry Foam
Celeb stylist Jen Atkin knows her way around red carpet-worthy waves, and her wave-centric product doesn’t disappoint. It’s meant to be applied both on damp hair (just scrunch and go) and dry (apply mid-lengths to ends for a soft, non-crunchy pick-me-up).
2. Best for volume: IGK Beach Club Texture Spray
If you find that standard salt sprays tend to dry your hair out, try this lightweight aerosol texturizer: The salt-free formula helps add volume to fine roots (to balance out more voluminous ends) and adds definition without stickiness.
3. Best for extending time between washes: Verb Sea Texture Spray
Another spray that earned high marks, Verb’s offering includes seaweed extract to absorb oils (it doubles as a dry shampoo), quinoa protein to repair damage and sunflower extract for natural UV protection.
4. Best wave booster: TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier
Even if your “wave” is really more a handful of seemingly random bends, this concentrated cream works to enhance whatever natural texture you have, while taming frizz and adding definition. Pro tip: Apply with a light hand—a little goes a long way.
5. Best for adding shine: Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray
Some days we’re feeling that matte, just-went-surfing look, but when we want something a little more polished, this oil-enriched mist adds moisture and gloss without weighing strands down. (If the price gives you sticker shock, we also love this spray from Kristin Ess.)
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6. Best multitasker: Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam
This longtime cult-fave product is more lightweight than standard mousse, which can be a little too stiff if you have a less-defined curl pattern. And it works equally well for air-drying and blowouts.
7. Best for coarse hair: Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner
Devotees swear by this ultra-moisturizing (and color-safe) line, which brings dull, dry hair back to springy life. And it still cleanses thoroughly enough that you can skip a day or two without worry.
8. Best for fine hair: Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Shampoo and Conditioner
For fine hair, it’s hard to find that magical balance between oil control and hydration, but this sulfate-free combo nails it. The formulas contain maltodextrin, a natural sugar starch that binds to strands to create fullness without a sticky residue.
9. Best for speeding up your routine: Aquis Waffle Luxe Hair Turban
Whether you diffuse or air-dry, getting quickly from the sopping phase to the damp phase is key for minimizing potential frizz. This top-rated towel is gentler on cuticles thanks to ultra-fine fibers finer than silk, and works especially well when combined with the “plopping” method (basically, piling your hair in upside down to scrunch while drying).