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Dove How to repair wavy hair in 6 easy steps

How to repair wavy hair in 6 easy steps

Many of us with wavy hair love our heat styling and chemical treatments. But over time, this can lead to damaged wavy hair. With the right products, some new techniques, and a bit of patience, you can fix your damaged wavy hair and have it looking wow-worthy once more.


What does damaged wavy hair look like?
Did you know, your wavy hair has a pattern memory which means it springs back to shape as it dries? When your hair is damaged, it can forget its wave pattern. When you see frizz, straightness, or stringy ends in place of your waves; it’s time to give your hair some TLC.

What causes damage to wavy hair?
Wavy hair is naturally dryer than straight hair because the oils your scalp produces can’t travel down the hair shaft as easily. Without these oils coating the hair, it’s more prone to everyday damage.

Some of the main players involved in damaging wavy hair include:

  • Heat
  • Chemicals
  • Weather
  • Rough detangling
  • Using the wrong products
  • Product build-up
  • Mineral build-up from hard water
  • Diet

But don’t worry, with a bit of care, it’s easy to protect your damaged wavy hair from almost anything.

Is it possible to repair damaged wavy hair?
While damaged hair might not heal 100%, the good news is that taking care of wavy hair can bring your waves almost back to their former glory.

How to fix damaged wavy hair?
Here are six ways to return damaged wavy hair to its beautiful best.

1. Put your hair health first
What’s your wavy hair guilty pleasure? It might be heat, bleach, or dye. When you want to restore your wavy hair, reducing these processes from your routine is a quick and easy way to start repairing your waves. Instead, have fun experimenting with natural dyes, air drying, and no-heat styling for heat-damaged wavy hair.

Dove Woman using a hair straightner


2. Condition, condition, condition
Say hello to your new best friends: repair shampoo and conditioner. Start with our Intensive Repair Shampoo before applying Conditioner and leave on for three minutes while you shower.

Dove Amplified Textures Creme


Add to this a twice-weekly deep conditioning wavy hair treatment. Coat your hair with Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Spa Recovery Mask, pop a shower cap on, and watch an episode of your favorite box set. Gently heating your hair using your hairdryer will amp up the effects of the mask. Finish by rinsing with cool water to seal in moisture.

3. Brush this way
When it comes to washing and styling your damaged wavy locks, the goal is to avoid breaking your delicate strands as much as possible. So show your hair some love. Tease out knots gently with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers while your hair is soaked in conditioner for extra slip.

4. Protect your waves
Heat from the sun and your heat styling tools can impact your beautiful waves. Wear a hat when you’re out and about and rely on our Heat Protection Spray when waving the tongs or wand.

5. Give oils a go
Oils are a wavy woman’s secret weapon when figuring out how to repair wavy hair. They offer a double whammy effect: smoothing frizz, adding instant shine, while sealing in moisture to strengthen your waves. Try Dove Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner for your daily dose of nourishing oils.

6. Be patient
Now you’ve started your new wavy routine, you’re one day closer to healthy waves. You’ll need to be patient though. It may take a little while for your wavy, damaged hair to spring back to its wonderful wavy self. Hang in there; you’ve got this.

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