When it comes to styling men’s hair, another tool to add to your arsenal is texture. We’re not talking about the texture trend that is oh so hot right now. We’re talking about the natural texture your were born with – straight, wavy, and curly hair.
It is common for guys with wavy or curly hair to straighten it to achieve specific looks. Today we’re going in the opposite direction and adding waves to straight hair.
Here are 3 different ways to get wavy hair for men. The product method works best for hair that has some natural wave to it. The blow-dry method works best for very straight and shorter hair. The braid method is best for medium to long hair. Here’s the tutorial for each way to make straight hair wavy.
1. Add Hair Product
If your straight hair starts to frizz and/or curl in humidity, it has a degree of waviness. The goal here is to boost and hold that texture. There are a few types of products designed to enhance curl but they are all applied the same way. Here’s how to make straight hair wavy without using heat.
Out of the shower, gently towel dry hair. While it is damp-dry, work product through with fingers. Let hair air dry. That’s it. The real secret is the product.
Salt Spray – When you think of surfer hair, it is always wavy. Recreate the look at home with a salt spray. This product is available in a wide range of price points or you can even make it yourself,.
Salt spray does more than add waves. It can also be used as a pre-styler along with other hair products or to help hair appear thicker.
Salt can dry out hair so don’t forget the conditioner.
Mousse – Mousse is another product that can be used on its own or with other hair products. Similar to salt spray, mousse can be used to enhance texture, boost volume, and thicken hair.
Mousse is a lightweight foam that is easy to work through hair. Look for a formula with words curl enhancing or curl defining.
2. Blow Dry
For ultra-straight hair or the longest-lasting waves, add some heat. Start with a pre-styler like a heat-protectant, salt spray, or mousse. Starting with damp hair, add the pre-styler and comb it through hair until it is evenly distributed.
Next it’s time for a product with some more hold, a hair cream. Work it through hair and then roughly style your look by adding a part and/or comb hair into place.
Blow dryers set hair in the position it is in so now it’s time to create that wave. Twist hair into small sections all over the head. The curl cream keeps the twists in place while hot air is going to create wave and volume.
You can also twist sections while blow drying. Do whatever works for you.
Now it’s finally time to blow dry. If you have a diffuser attachment, use it. It spreads air out to boost curl and minimize frizz. If you don’t have one, keep the blow dryer farther away than usual.
While blow-drying, gently scrunch the twists. Keep going until hair is completely dry. Push hair into place with fingers and set with hair spray or more salt spray.
And there you have it. Volume, texture, and above all, waves.
This last way to make straight hair wavy is the easiest but also requires the longest hair. Just apply salt spray or curl cream to damp hair, braid it, and let it air dry. This can be over night or whenever the mood strikes.
For men with really long hair, you can braid hair in a ponytail. For medium hair, try making a number of plaits around the head to capture the most hair.