How to Maintain a Wave Nouveau

Wave nouveas can give you that naturally curly look for the big day.

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The wave nouveau might be a perm, but the process is done differently than your average curl-and-heat perm. Instead of heat, a wave nouveau uses specialized chemicals, known as thio, plus cool air to give you soft, wavy and luscious curls. Once you get that new wave you have to maintain it, since a wave nouveau takes it personally by falling out quickly with improper hair care.


Keep up the hydration in your hair by using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner each time you wash it. Try to limit your hair washing to as-needed, which for most women is once per week. And make sure you don’t wash your hair for at least 48 hours after leaving the salon – unless you want to wash that wave right out.


Skip the blow dryer as much as possible. If you can, let your hair air dry. This will prevent that frizzy, unmanageable hair that wave nouveaus can cause.


Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair a few times per week, and especially after washing. According to the experts at Soft Sheen Carson, a leave-in conditioner designed specifically for a wave nouveau is best.


Add some moisturizing and styling gel to those waves each time you style – since any curly hair is prone to flyaways and uncontrollable frizz.


Hit the sack with a silk scarf wrapped around your hair. This will prevent your hair from rubbing against your pillow at night, which would create those nasty frizzies come morning. The scarf will also prevent your pillowcase from drying out your curly locks.


Brush your hair using a wide-tooth comb. Avoid a narrow-tooth comb, which will lessen your curls and cause breakage when pulling them apart. Avoid brushing while your hair is wet, since wave nouveau hair tends to break easily.


Get your curls on by using a curling iron -- but not just any curling iron. Make sure to use a ceramic iron on its lowest heat setting.

Things You'll Need


1.Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

3.Styling gel

5.Wide-tooth comb

2.Leave-in conditioner

4.Silk scarf

6.Ceramic curling iron


Tips & Tricks


Use a diffuser on your blow dryer on the lowest setting if you're short on time and don't want to leave the house with wet locks. This will give you dry hair without the unmanageable frizz.


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