Hair Care Tips for Men with Wavy Hair 

Hair Care Tips and Hairstyle Guide for Men With Wavy Hair

If you’re like most men, your goal in the morning is to get up, get ready, and get out the door as fast as possible. Wavy hair tends to slow that process. In fact, many of the wavy haired men we run into at Goodman’s Barber Lounge would rather get a buzz cut, or straighten their hair than put in the effort to care for their curls. These hair care tips and style guide for men with wavy hair has everything you need to keep your locks looking fresh. 

How Do Guys Take Care Of Wavy Hair

First things first. If you want wavy hair like Kit Harrington or Nick Jonas, you need to put in the work, but all too often we hear guys with wavy hair say stuff like, 

  • “Dude, that routine would take up half my morning.”
  • “Why would I buy another hair product? I already have shampoo.”
  • “Are you nuts? I’m not going to do this every day?” 

Here’s the thing. There are no excuses with wavy hair. You either care for your hair and look sharp, or you don’t care for your wavy hair and nothing changes. Either way, this nonsense about hair care consuming your entire morning routine needs to go. Caring for your wavy hair is not nearly as time consuming or tedious as you think. 

Hair Care Tips for Wavy-Haired Guys

Just like your physique, the best way to ensure your wavy hair looks its best is to care for it with a daily routine. The products used here are meant to clean, hydrate, and nourish your hair, rather than style and control it

Wavy Hair Care Tip #1: Shampoo Your Hair Every Third Day

We advise our wavy haired clients to wash and condition their hair every third day to minimize the number of days they suffer through the dry puffiness caused by shampoo. When it’s time to shampoo, be sure to use a shampoo, THEN a conditioner. Don’t use them together. 

Once out of the shower, use a leave-in cream conditioner. For really dry or frizzy hair, use a hair-mask treatment once per week after the shower to deep-condition your hair and pump it full of nutrients. 

Pro Tip: Detangle your hair when you’re in the shower. It cooperates better when wet and will be less likely to tear and break. If you try to detangle it dry, be sure to use a comb, which will prevent breakage. Just don’t force it. 

Wavy Hair Care Tip #2: Establish a Good Hair Routine

Now that you’re out of the shower, it’s time to style those wavy locks. Just remember that the better you care for your wavy hair, the easier it will be to style. 

Wavy Hair Care Tip #3: Style Wavy Hair with Your Fingers or a Wide Tooth Comb

Use your fingers or a high-quality wide-tooth comb to style your wavy hair. Ideally, use the wide-tooth comb to simply set the curls on your head, then use your fingers to do the shaping and styling. 

For goodness sake, do not pull your hair, or you’ll end up looking like Justin Timberlake in the 90s, and no one wants that.

Wavy hair care tips: Don't pull your hair when styling


If you prefer to tie your hair with an elastic band, be sure to release some tension from the tied hair by pulling slightly in the opposite direction of the tension. Lastly, avoid any hairstyles where the hair is forced to lay down, or flat such as a side swept hairstyle or classic slicked back look. These flat hair styles are hard to manage with wavy hair unless you style them with styling products and your fingers.  

Style Guide for Men With Wavy Hair

When styling your hair, remember that wavy hair dries out easily. That’s why you need moisturising products. These may come in the form of shampoos and conditioners, specially formulated serums or even your chosen styling product. 

Speaking of which, it’s also a good idea to invest in a styling product that provides a slightly glossy or wet finish such as a pomade, gel or wax, like those found here. Once you have the product you need, you can go about using it to form the below hairstyles. 

Wavy Fringe

A pronounced swoop and a tousled head of hair make fringe hairstyles stand out from the rest. The curls take center stage, flowing downward to give this style a sense of motion.

Men's Wavy Hair Style: Wavy Fringe


Help your bangs into shape by encouraging the curls to sit where you want them. When your hair is wet, use some curl cream or gel to twist them around your finger into the shape you like.

Long Wavy Style

The long wavy hairstyle accentuates the natural corkscrew nature of wavy hair and lets it loose. Fluff up your hair and grow it long for this daring look.

Men's Wavy Hair Style: Long Wavy


If you opt for this cut, keep the styling relaxed and completely natural. Spritz a spray or leave-in conditioner into damp, freshly washed hair, then let it dry naturally and fall into place.

Wavy Side Parting

Did you know you can pull off the Ivy League look with wavy hair. The short back and sides take some of the bulk away, while the length left on top showcases the best of your waves.

Ask your barber to taper the back and sides, while leaving enough on top to wear in a parting. Then, when it comes to styling, apply a good amount of pomade from root to tip, then use a comb and/or your fingers to work it into place.

Visit a Barber

If you’ve followed all of our hair care tips, and you’re still struggling to get your hair to cooperate, you might just need to visit the barber. A lot of men think they hate their wavy hair, but they really just hate their hair cut. A barber will help you texture and layer the hair so that it sits better, responds to your commands, and poofs out less.

If you want to manage that wavy mane of yours, drop by Goodman’s Barber Lounge in Chicago’s own River North neighborhood for full straight razor shaves, pedicures, manicures, facials, shoe shines and more.