For S'Wavy & Wavy Curls


For S'Wavy & Wavy Curls

1. Step under the shower’s running water and cup your hair with your hands so the water pressure does not disrupt your waves. (If the water pressure is very high, try to lower it on the shower nozzle.) If you have extra delicate baby-fine waves, put on a hairnet before you go under the water. The net allows water to flow through and lets you cleanse hair with your fingers while helping to contain your hair’s wave structure. This is a “cleansing” version of the plopping method to prevent the water pressure from loosening your delicate waves.

2. Cup one hand and apply a water soluble sulfate free cleanser to the pads of your fingers. Evenly distribute the cleanser to the fingertips of the other hand.

3. Starting at the temples, use firm, circular motions of your fingertips to rub your scalp gently down the sides. Then move to the top of your head, massaging toward the crown. Finally, move down the back of your head, finishing up at the nape.

4. Let the gentle shower spray rinse through your hair. Cup your hair in your hands as you rinse and squeeze upward at the same time so you hear a squishy sound.


For S'Wavy & Wavy Curls

5. Take a shallow palmful of water soluble, silicone-free conditioner and apply it from the midsection of your hair to the ends. Applying it to the roots can make hair too limp. The only exception is if you tend to have a higher frizz factor. In that case, put a small amount of conditioner on your fingertips and graze it lightly over the canopy of the hair. Low frizz-factor wavy hair or baby-fine shorter hair may not always need conditioning after cleansing. It may make your hair too soft and reduce its body. Experiment with both methods. And if your hair feels well hydrated after cleansing, skip the conditioner and go to the styling section.

6. From the roots to the ends, comb conditioner through the hair with your fingers to smooth the cuticle and gather any loose hairs. Then take those same sections and scrunch upward. This opposite motion after finger combing will nurture and encourage your hair’s wave pattern.

7. Cup your hair in your hands while standing under the water stream and rinse the hair thoroughly. Wavy types should thoroughly rinse so the weight of the conditioner doesn’t leave wavy strands flat.


For S'Wavy & Wavy Curls

8. Lean over at the waist and tilt your head forward. Cup your hair loosely with a bamboo towel, paper towel, or an old cotton T-shirt and scrunch-squeeze as much water out of your hair as possible.

9. In the same tilted position, evenly distribute a shallow palmful of gel to both hands and coat your hair with the gel, using the scrunch squeeze method.

10. For a subtle lift at the crown, clip hair at the roots before diffusing. To give the waves on the top of your head a little volume, you need to lift the hair at the roots. Our Pik Me Up Volumizing Piks are designed specifically to support this step. This method releases the top layer of hair from its own weight, allowing it to dry faster and in an even wave pattern from roots to ends. Don’t interrupt the waves while they’re drying or you will disturb them.

11. You have options for encouraging your waves. You may want to experiment to see which gives you the waves you crave, or use them at different times to achieve a variety of looks. For more defined waves, bring your head upright and gently shake waves into their natural position and let them air dry with Pik Me Ups in place. For a quicker option with more volume, keep your head tilted over and use a diffuser on a low to medium setting, or sit under a hooded dryer. Both are good techniques for s’wavy and wavy hair because it dries the hair faster and locks in the gel, helping the waves form with definition and hold. It also prevents the water and gel from weighing down the waves. if you’re on the go, just put the heater on in your car. This creates the same kind of drying microclimate that you’d get from a hooded dryer.

12. If you are weaning yourself off of a flat iron or straightening habit that has left your hair straighter at the ends, try the pin curl method if you desire a more continuous curl. Starting at the crown, spray a section of hair with water and wrap a section of hair around your finger, slide your finger out, hold the coil with your other hand, and insert a clip at a right angle. (The pin curls should stand out from your head, not lie flat.) After the hair is dry, gently remove the clips by holding the hair with one hand and opening the clip with the other.