How to Make Straight Hair Wavy for Guys

How to Make Straight Hair Wavy for Guys

When the topic of hair care or hair styling comes up, women are usually the first people to come to mind as hair is a vital part of a woman’s appearance and general outlook. What many people don’t seem to realize, however, is how essential hair styling is to men as well. Similar to ladies, a man’s hair is a big part of his appearance, and a lot of men give priority to making sure their hair looks neat and fresh at all times.

In this post, I’ve decided to answer a common question concerning male hair styling: How to make straight hair wavy for guys. Getting your hair to look naturally wavy is anything but straightforward; most guys don’t have long hair like ladies which renders curling irons ineffective and most guys also aren’t willing to spend several hours of their time at a hairdressing salon, preferring the simple, effective methods.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to make your hair wavy irrespective of its length without having to see a professional. There are easy methods for near-instant curls and techniques that require a little more patience but has long-lasting effects. This tutorial is a step by step guide for making your straight hair wavy.

METHOD 1: Rinse and Weave (Waves last for 15-24 hours)

This method is the quickest and cheapest way for guys to achieve waves and can be done in less than an hour.

You will need:

  • Brush/Comb
  • Soap/Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Hair clippers
  • Heat Protectant Spray
  • Sea salt spray

STEP 1: Prepare Your Hair

  • Brush/Comb Your Hair

Brushing your hair before washing helps it get bodied and attain lightness.

Run a brush or comb gently through your hair to keep your hair from tangling and matting as well as giving it body and lightness afterward. You can also use best hair clippers to cut off unwanted hair

  • Wash Your Hair

Your hair is easier to style when damp and conditioners and sea salt sprays work best on damp locks.

Wash your hair thoroughly for 6-8 minutes with an oil-rich soap or shampoo, then rinse and dry with a towel, but ensure your hair remains damp.

STEP 2: Condition Your Hair

  • Apply Little Amount of Hair Conditioning

Use hair conditioning sparingly as this method relies on your hair being firm and excess oil could prevent your hair from waving correctly.

Apply any hair conditioning product of your choice sparingly and evenly across your hair.

  • Apply Heat Protectant

Heat protectant helps retain moisture on the scalp and protect your hair from heat damage all day long.

Spray 10-15 pumps of heat protectant evenly across your hair. Do this after you apply hair condition as the heat protectant helps keep the moisture from the conditioning on your scalp all day.

  • Spritz Sea Salt Spray on Your Hair

Sea salt spray helps give your hair some added texture, making it firm and able to create and maintain waves.

Spritz a generous amount of sea salt spray on your hair while working your fingers through gently through it. Ensure the sea salt is evenly distributed and keep working your fingers through your hair as you spray. Continue this for 5-7 minutes, and you should notice your hair start to wave.

STEP 3: Finishing Touches

  • Dry Your Hair

Blow drying your hair with sea salt on it will give it a crisp texture that will ensure your waves look natural and last for at least a day.

Use your blow dryer to slowly dry your hair while using your fingers to scrunch the heating parts of your hair to make waves more visible. You can spray areas that are not wavy with sea salt again and blow dry them as needed. Once your waves have formed and are visible, spray down your hair with 5-7 pumps of sea salt again and leave to dry naturally.

METHOD 2: Braiding (Waves last for at least 48 hours, For guys with medium to long hair only)

This method is an option for straight-haired guys who wish to have their waves last a little longer than in method 1. It is highly effective and would only work for guys with hair long enough to be braided.

You will need:

  • Rubber Bands
  • Towel
  • Wide-tooth Comb
  • Sea salt spray

STEP 1: Prepare Your Hair

  • Wash Your Hair

The downside to this method is that although its relatively quick and easy, the curls don’t last longer than a couple of days at most. Braiding your hair while it’s damp, however, might leave it curled for a few more hours.

Wash your hair with soap and water thoroughly for 6-8 minutes. Rinse and gently dry by dabbing with a towel or cotton shirt, ensuring it remains a little damp. Skip the conditioner and any hair moisturizer as silky hair might have a hard time maintaining a curl from braiding.

  • Comb Your Hair and Apply Sea Salt Spray (optional)

Sea salt gives your hair extra texture and holding power which makes your waves last a little bit longer and look all the more natural.

Gently brush out your hair with a wide-tooth comb. Once there are no more tangles, spray sea salt evenly throughout your hair. No worries if you don’t have sea salt spray as sugar spray, mousse, and styling spray are all adequate alternatives. You can also skip this step entirely if none of these products are available as this method still creates gorgeous waves without any spray or mousse. Comb your hair and move on!

STEP 2: Braid Your Hair

  • Partition Your Hair into Sections

You will need to separate your hair into two or more sections to make braiding easier.

Divide your hair into sections depending on how thick or thin your hair is. Thin hair may require only two or three sections while thick, dense hair may require 4-6 sections to ensure the hair is braided properly.

  • Braid Each Section

Use a clip or rubber band to hold down the hair you are not currently braiding.

Rub some olive oil or hair moisturizer on your hands before creating your braids. Loosely braid each section of your hair separately. Your hair’s wave pattern depends on the kind of braids you use, extra-tight braids will give a bit of a cramped or rumpled look, so braid your hair loosely for soft waves.

  • Tie & Secure Your Braids

You have to tie each section separately for 4+ hours to allow the waves form.

Use rubber bands to hold the end of each braided section together firmly. If you plan to braid your hair overnight, ensure the braids are tied firmly enough that it holds in case you toss and turn at night, but not too tight, so it doesn’t give your hair a rumpled look. Secure your hair with a hair net for the next for the next few hours to ensure it all stays in place till your hair is ready to be loosed.

STEP 3: Loosen and Stylize Your Hair

Feel your braids to ensure they are firm and dry before loosening. Braids should be left to dry and form waves for 4 hours at least, leave the braids until they are dry or use a hairdryer to remove excess moisture from your scalp. 

Remove your hairnet and the bonds holding the braids, then gently run your fingers through your hair to fay the sections and smoothen the waves (don’t comb or brush your hair). Spritz your hair with hairspray to give it a shiny, attractive look.

METHOD 3: Using Hair Products (Waves last for months)

You will need:

  • Shampoo
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Towel/Hairdryer
  • Argan Oil
  • Mousse

Unlike the other two methods, hair products and conditioners are more of a long-term fix and require a bit more patience. Using hair products for an extended period will train your hair to have natural-looking waves at all times. Hair products might take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to take permanent effect depending on the length of hair and frequency of use.

STEP 1: Prepare Your Hair

  • Wash Your Hair

Stick with a sulfate-free shampoo and one with natural oils and moisturizers as harsh shampoos might make hair frizzy and counter-act the effects of the hair conditioner and Argo oil.

Thoroughly wash your hair with shampoo for 6-8 minutes. Run your fingers through your hair regularly to prevent tangling.

  • Dry Your Hair

You can use a towel or a hairdryer.

Dab your hair gently to remove excess moisture from your scalp. Do not rub your hair with the towel as it makes your hair frizzy and may delay the effects of the conditioner. You can also use a hairdryer, but ensure your hair remains a little damp after drying.

STEP 2: Condition Your Hair

  • Apply Hair Conditioner

Do not brush your hair before or after using conditioners as it may affect your hairs wavy look for that day at least. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb if necessary to get rid of tangles.

Gently apply a light hair product evenly across your scalp. Your conditioner should not be too heavy or thick as excess oil can prevent hair from waving properly. A conditioner with medium consistency is perfect for giving your hair the ideal shine without weighing down the waves. A Conditioner explicitly designed for wavy hair would be suitable as it would have the typical ingredients you need to train your hair to wave.

  • Apply Argan Oil or Hair Serum (optional)

For those who often deal with dry scalps and dandruff, a little quantity of Argan Oil or any other hair serum per day will be ideal.

Apply two tablespoons of Argan Oil evenly across your hair. Ensure you don’t overuse hair serum as the excess oil from another product might counter-act the conditioner and delay your hair from developing long-lasting waves. You can also apply mousse or sea salt spray in small quantities daily to give your hair some added texture.

STEP 3: Rinse and Repeat

Hair conditioners will give you natural-looking waves, but unlike the other two methods, it takes a lot of time and devotion from you as consistency is key in ensuring your straight hair becomes wavy as soon and as long as possible. If you can diligently use your hair conditioner appropriately daily, your hair should begin to wave after 2-3 weeks, and waves can remain for months if you stop using conditioner.


All three methods listed above are all tried and tested ways for straight-haired guys to add some much-needed waves to their locks. Method three is my preferred option as even though it requires more patience than the first two, it is a long-lasting solution and you won’t have to worry about waves or curls for a long time.




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