If you have thick, wavy hair…
Lucky for you, wavy hair requires slightly less heat than curls, but you’ll still need a top-notch iron to keep hair healthy in the process. Koye suggests Chi’s Onyx Euroshine 1” Flat Iron, which is lined with ceramic ion plates with a sloped edge. The beveled shape and extended plates leave even the thickest hair straight and polished in a pinch, he says. But the best part: It suggests a temperature based on your hair type and texture, so you never have to worry about overheating your strands.
If you’re hoping to go the permanent route, Thompson recommends a hair relaxer. “It’s much more mild and just relaxes the wave or curl while also managing frizz,” she says. One great option for wavy ladies is keratin smoothing, a service that can last up to six months. “It strengthens the hair while smoothing out frizz and softening the wave or curl pattern without getting rid of your texture,” explains Thompson. It will, however, make hair much easier to manage on your own.