Everything You Need to Know About Wavy Hair

Here’s everything you need to know about your wavy hair—from the category you belong in, to how to take care of it, plus tips and tricks that you might find useful!

Just like how curly hair, wavy hair or type 2 hair falls under different categories. Most of us don’t usually go technical when we talk about hair, but it’s worth knowing your hair type so you can find the right products, treatments, and styles for you.

To get you started, we put together this guide that has everything you need to know about your waves—from the different categories of type 2 hair, to the best products and styles for each of them!

1. Type 2A

type 2a wavy hair
Wavy hair: Type 2A. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Look closely at your strands. If they are fine and have a loose “S” shaped pattern, you have type 2A hair. This hair type often lacks definition or volume, so you have to choose hairstyles and haircuts that make it appear fuller.

Ideal hairstyles for type 2a hair: Wearing your hair too long may weigh your hair down and make it look even flatter, so shoulder-length cuts are winners.

Top product picks: Dove Oxygen Nourishment Shampoo and Dove Oxygen Nourishment Conditioner are great at nourishing your hair and leaving it bouncy and full of natural volume.

2. Type 2B

type 2b wavy hair
Wavy hair: Type 2B. Credit: Shutterstock

This type has a more prominent “S” shape. Think loose beachy waves with curls that don’t bounce up. Type 2B waves have more definition; however, it tends to frizz often.

Ideal hairstyles for type 2B hair: Be a mermaid and wear your waves long—they really go well with length. You can also pull off boho-chic hairstyles effortlessly with this hair type.

Top product picks: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner. This pair would take care of the frizz and give you smoother, more manageable locks.

3. Type 2C

type 2c wavy hair
Wavy hair: Type 2C.

Type 2C is borderline curly with strands forming loose spiral curls. This type is thicker, coarser, and more challenging to style. If you’re a type 2C, chances are, you deal with frizziness a lot.

Ideal hairstyles for type 2C hair: Go for long to medium styles as these lengths would give you more control over your wavy-curly strands. Try braided or cute half-up half-down hairstyles to keep it from going all over the place.

Top product picks: The dryer your hair gets, the more frizzy it becomes. Keep it moisturized with Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo and Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner. This duo has Advanced Nutri-Oils that tame unruly hair without weighing it down.

1. Long and Layered

Haircuts for wavy hair: Asian woman with long black wavy hair wearing a white shirt against a pink background
Layers and waves make for a chic hair combo. Credit Shutterstock

Wavy hair is prone to frizz, flyaways, and unwanted volume, especially with the humidity that’s ever-present in our atmosphere. A haircut that is just a few inches down your shoulders may do your waves good. Layers can also help tone down the volume so your hair gets just the right amount of bounce.

2. Shoulder-Length Hair

Haircuts for wavy hair: Closeup of Asian woman with black wavy hair in front of a teal door
Finger-combing is enough to put your waves in place. Credit: Shutterstock

To keep your hair from getting frizzy at this length, stay away from your hair brush. Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to detangle and style your hair. Then, enhance your waves with sea salt spray to give that beach-y vibe. Then, maintain your hair by using an anti-frizz shampoo.

3. Wavy Medium Bob

Haircuts for wavy hair: Closeup shot of woman with short wavy hair wearing a white sleeveless blouse outdoors
Look chic at work or in school with a wavy medium bob. Credit: Shutterstock

Wanna go shorter? Of course, you can. You can try a medium bob especially if you have thin, wavy hair. This way, your thin hair doesn’t get dragged down by weight. Getting a medium bob is also a good way to refresh your look if you’ve had long hair for so long. Just ask your stylist to make the tips layered; a blunt, wavy haircut is prone to flyaways and mushrooming.

4. Long and Thick Waves

Haircuts for wavy hair: Woman with long dark brown hair wearing a floral top and black shorts outdoors
Show off your beautiful waves in a long down ‘do. Credit: Shutterstock

If you have Type 2B hair, leave it down and show it off! Pull off this hairstyle by making sure that your hair is soft, manageable, and frizz-free. Tame your tutsang and tikwas with a drop of leave-on cream, and you have nothing to worry about.

5. Pixie cut

Haircuts for wavy hair: Closeup shot of a woman with brown pixie cut wearing a black jacket outdoors
Yup, wavy-haired women can rock a pixie cut. Credit: Shutterstock

Yes, you can get a pixie cut even if you have wavy hair. With layers in all the right places, you’ll get a chic, bouncy pixie cut. If you want an edgy and high-fashioned look, you can try pixie cut with short bangs. Meanwhile, a pixie cut with long bangs or side-swept bangs makes for a chic and wearable ‘do.

6. Messy and Tousled Short Wavy Hair

Short wavy hair ideas: Woman with short brown wavy tousled hair
Scrunch your wavy hair after styling for that messy-chic look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

The tried and tested way of styling your short wavy hair is by giving it a messy yet structured tousled look. This trendy hairstyle makes you look as though you’ve just woken up but in a very chic way.

7. Dip-Dyed Waves

Short wavy hair ideas: Woman with short wavy dip-dyed blonde hair
If you love beautiful contrasts, go for dip-dyed hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Getting dip-dyed hair can be flattering and effortlessly stylish. It would look even better with layered waves, giving the color more depth and volume. You can also go for ombre hair if you want a subtle transition from dark to light colors. 

Editor’s tip: Maintain your vibrant hair color by using Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner. This product also keeps your hair from drying out, so you can rock any hair color along with beautiful hair! 

8. Wavy Chin-Length Bob

Short wavy hair ideas: Woman with black wavy bob wearing an off-shoulder blouse
Gotta love those bouncy waves! Credit: Shutterstock

Rock short waves together with a classic haircut like the bob. Get a chin-length bob with slightly longer layers at the back to prevent flyaways while maintaining bounce and volume.

9. Wavy Bob with Side Part

Short wavy hair ideas: Asian woman with wavy bob smiling
A deep side part can give you an instant mini-makeover. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Even as simple as changing the parting of your hair can make a great difference in your whole look. Create a side part if you want a more posh vibe. This hair hack can also make your hair look thicker. 

10. One-Sided Clip

Paris Fashion Week 2019: Woman wearing a thin-strapped top and skirt outdoors with dark brown lob with hair clip
Feeling girly? Make some waves, adorn your hair with a hair clip, and look oh-so-pretty. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Barrettes and hair clips are all the rage these days. If you’re finding it hard to keep your wavy hair in place, you can go for a cute barrette and clip one side of your hair for a quick but stylish fix!

These hairstyles and haircuts for wavy hair show that you can experiment with different looks when you have natural waves. Pick the one that best suits your personality, and have fun with your hair.