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Product Review: Favorite Products for Wavy Fine Hair

Updated on June 5, 2013
Naturally my hair's got movement but not full-on curls. Wavy hair that is neither straight nor curly.
Naturally my hair's got movement but not full-on curls. Wavy hair that is neither straight nor curly. | Source

The Beauty of Wavy Hair

Wavy hair can be the best of two worlds. It can usually be straightened without two hours of work and a cramp in your arm. It can also be coaxed into curly form if you know the way to get it there. But if you're like many, and have spent years straightening your waves, you may not know some of the basics of wavy hair care.

Rather than view your hair as a hassle, try to see it as others do: desirable. You have options. People who have straight hair wish they could attain the volume and movement your hair naturally has. Curly haired girls, by contrast, wish their hair could calm down a bit and offer them another option without harsh chemicals or fire-y heat.

Women with wavy hair are viewed as being approachable, free spirited and creative. Embrace your natural hair texture and you might discover something new about your personality as well!

Great Products for Wavy Hair

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Lightweight, Flexible Hold Products

Gone are the days when wavy girls were restricted to having two choices: crunchy or frizzy. There are many products that control flyaway hair while leaving it touchable. You don't have to walk around with the "wet look" or hair that is frozen in place. With the popularity of beachy waves has come new products that allow hair to move and still have the definition it needs. People have different preferences, and one product will probably not be perfect for every different hair type, but if you have a bend to your hair and it tends to be fine-textured, here are a few different options you will enjoy.

Note: all the products listed here have pleasant scents that are not overwhelming to those with mild sensitivity to fragrance.


Sally Hershberger Glam Waves
Sally Hershberger Glam Waves

Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Style Shaper

The Glam Waves Style Shaper is not technically a styling product per se, but it does help other products work more effectively. You apply the foam, then wait a few minutes for it to be absorbed into hair. This also works to protect hair from the heat of subsequent styling.

Rather than being the beauty version of clear coat of paint on a car the manufacturer may or may not have applied, this Style Shaper amplifies the products that come after it. It may be that it helps ready the hair shaft to accept other products, but whatever it does, hair looks better when this is used in conjunction with other sprays, gels, or mousses. (Just as an aside, there is a shampoo and conditioner from this line which further support wave activation,)

Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Style Shaper: $13 for 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml, Ulta or online

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Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam Flexible Style

This product is a fluffy mousse consistency with a twist. Rather than making hair permanently stiff, it defines and supports waves while keeping them soft. (Of course if you use too much, your hair will feel crunchy, but with a little scrunching the crunch will be gone). Frizz is drastically reduced and waves are called out individually. This is a good option for people who like a strong approach to their hair.

Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam Flexible Style: $13 for 6.7 oz/200 ml, available at Target, Walgreens, Ulta

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Garnier Fructis Style Wonder Waves

For those who are just looking for light support, this is a great product. It claims to have waxes that are designed for wavy hair, but I think of it as an alternative light hold hairspray. It is a lightweight, watery spray that helps tame flyaways and adds slight volume. Great for days you don't want to dry your hair, Wonder Waves will help keep your hair controlled and still allow you to dash out the door quickly. It won't add a lot of definition to your curls, but it will keep things tamed.

Garnier Fructis Style Wonder Waves: $4 for 8.5 Fl oz./250 ml, available at Walmart, Target, Walgreens

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Pantene Moisture Whip

Pantene claims this provides moisture (which wavy and curly hair craves) and style, and the product lives up to the claims. This has a texture like mousse, but wetter. It comes out of the container quickly but once you control the amount you need, this gives a dose of health and styling. Hair looks fuller and frizz is contained, but if you're going for clearly defined curls, this product is too gentle for your goals.

Pantene Silky Moisture Whip: approximately $6 for 5.29 oz, available at Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Ulta

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Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

For those looking for classic beachy waves, this spray will help you attain them. Claiming to be infused with sea kelp and sea salt, this lightweight spray adds volume and bend to waves, leaving them with a soft, windblown look. It also mattifies hair, so there is no shine added with this product. They've added a fragrance that brings to mind warm days at the beach, complete with sunscreen and sandals.

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe: $6 for 8 fl oz/236 ml, Ulta, Target, Walmart

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