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How to Take Care of 2C Wavy Hair

Everything you need to know about the 2C hair type
Not quite curly, but not totally wavy, yep, that’s what the 2C hair type looks like. It’s almost as if you took a curling wand to your hair and created perfect, defined waves from root to tip each and every day. Type 2C curly hair is that gorgeous.

If this sounds like your curl type, we’re here to give you the scoop on how to take care of it. From reducing frizz to allowing your natural texture to do its thang, keep reading to learn how to take care of 2C hair.

How do I know if I have 2C hair?

Like mentioned above, 2C hair is mainly wavy, with a hint of curliness. Sure, if you have 2C hair, you have a very visible S-shaped wave pattern throughout your hair, but because it starts at the root and goes all the way to the ends, it can easily look like curls at first glance. There’s no question whether or not you have textured hair — the 2C curl pattern is very defined. This curl type, though prominent, doesn’t have the corkscrew shape of type 3 hair, thus making it wavy in the end.

Even though this wavy hair pattern doesn’t have the same concerns as type 3 and type 4 curls and coils, there are still some challenges to overcome to have your best S-shaped waves yet (more below).

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What are some tips for how to take care of curly 2C hair?

So you wash your strands and you have the easily recognizable S-shape pattern, but what now? Here are a few tips and tricks on how to care for 2C waves, including the best curly hair routine and hair products to use for picture-perfect finger waves every single time.

Keep a balance with shampooing

No, shampooing isn’t a bad thing, but you don’t necessarily need to shampoo your type 2C waves every other day. Overwashing your hair will not only dry it out, it can cause major frizz since it strips the hair of its natural oils. Reach for a sulfate-free, gentle cleanser that will get rid of product gunk without making your hair squeaky clean. Our favorite for 2C waves is the Goddess Strength Fortifying Sulfate-Free Shampoo. It fights against damage and is chock-full of powerhouse ingredients that nourish the hair.

Combat frizz when you can

One of the top concerns for 2C hair is the appearance of frizz. Let us start by saying, frizz ain’t a bad thing. But if you want to keep it at bay, here’s how: use lightweight products that keep hair moisturized and tame flyaways. The Goddess Strength Divine Strength Leave-In Milk is great for this and even helps to melt away tangles and knots in the process. The other trick to keeping frizz at bay is using a product with hold. A lightweight gel will melt into the hair and gives a natural and soft hold to strands without making them crunchy or weighed down.

Add volume, if you need it

If your waves are falling limp, there’s a cure for that. A texturizing spray helps add a natural-looking body without making strands look greasy or wirey. Add a few spritzes to your roots, rub it in and scrunch, and you’ll have those perfectly tousled waves in minutes.

Schedule deep treatments

Hair masks really help to keep our fragile strands in tip-top shape. Doing a weekly deep treatment with a hair mask will not only give your mane a little TLC, it will keep those waves soft, hydrated and glossy with minimal effort. The Goddess Strength Cocoon Hydrating Mask helps fight against daily damage, and it smells heavenly, too.

Protect your hair while you snooze

Sleeping with your hair unprotected only adds to the frizz factor, and it can cause unwanted breakage. Do yourself a favor and grab a silk or satin pillowcase to keep friction to a minimum while you get your beauty sleep. Not to mention, it makes styling the next morning a whole lot easier.

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