Why Does My Hair Dry Wavy?

If you have ever noticed that your hair looks wavy when dry, chances are you're wondering why. Could your hair be turning wavy? Is your hair damaged? In this blog post, we will discuss some of the possible causes for why your hair may dry wavy. Then, you’ll be in a better position to do something about it if appropriate.

Your True Hair Texture is Wavy

One possibility is that your true hair texture is wavy. When your hair is wet, it gets weighed down, and your natural texture gets stretched out. So, as you wash your hair, you'll notice that it's straight and lies flat against your head. But once your hair dries, it's no longer weighed down, and your natural waves come out to play. 

You're in a Humid Environment

Our hair reacts to the world around us in various ways. If your hair dries wavy, it could have something to do with your environment. If you're in a humid place, like your bathroom after a shower or a pool area, the moisture in the air will cause your hair to frizz up and could also make your waves appear more pronounced. On the other hand, if you're in a dry environment, your hair may dry less wavy. 

The time of year can also affect how wavy your hair looks when it's dry. For example, during the rainy season or summer, the humidity in the air is usually higher, which can cause your hair to be wavier. Conversely, during winter or autumn, the air is usually drier, and your hair may look straighter as a result. 

Hormonal Changes can Influence Wave Formation

Hormones are super influential when it comes to our hair texture. During pregnancy, puberty, and menopause, some women find that their hair changes texture and becomes wavier. There’s nothing you can do about waviness stemming from normal hormonal changes. 

You Got a New Haircut

If you've recently had your hair cut or styled, that could be the reason your hair is drying wavy. If your ends were cut bluntly and in layers, it could cause your hair to have a wavier look when dry. On the other hand, if your layers were cut with a razor at an angle, it could create more of a choppy look that gives the illusion of waves.

Your Hair is Damaged

If your hair is damaged, it is more likely to dry wavy. This is because damaged hair is often drier and rougher, which can create a wavy or frizzy appearance. Also, damage is more noticeable when the hair is dry. Damaged hair can be caused by over-processing (such as with bleach or heat styling), environmental damage (such as from the sun or wind), or simply from wear and tear.

How to Keep Your Hair Straight After Washing It

If you have straight hair but notice that it dries wavy, consider using smoothing products to enhance your hair's sleekness. Look for products that contain smoothers, like aloe vera and moisturizing oils. Apply these products to damp hair and then use a brush and blow dryer to smooth out your strands.

We hope that you found this article to be helpful, having given you insight into why your hair behaves the way it does. We wish you the best!


Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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