Whether you’ve always known that you have naturally wavy hair, or whether you spent most of your life thinking it was straight and have just found out…you may find great value in joining a wavy hair community.
For many of us who are choosing to embrace our naturally wavy hair, it becomes more of a hobby than just part of our beauty or hygiene routine.
When I thought my hair was straight, I spent little time on it, and little time thinking about it. Once I started the curly girl method, I found myself thinking about my hair everyday and giving it more of my time (And money!).
The thing is, I don’t have anyone close to me with naturally wavy hair who follows the curly girl method. I know some people with curly hair, but they aren’t into the curly girl method. Their hair is more of just a hygiene thing for them.
So, I found myself thinking about my hair all the time, googling all I could about wavy hair, and I had nobody to talk to about it! If you feel the same way, here are some places where you can join wavy hair communities!
Wavy Hair Communities
- /r/wavyhair and /r/curlyhair on Reddit.
- Facebook groups such as Wavy Girl (Method)- Wavy Hair Don’t Care
- Curl talk forums on Naturallycurly.com
More details about each below!
Reddit’s wavy and curly hair subreddits.
The /r/curlyhair subreddit is extremely active. The last couple of months, /r/wavyhair has really picked up traction as well. I subscribe to both and interact on both. However, I am particularly fond of the wavy hair forum. I think it’s easy for people with wavy hair to feel like waves are somehow lesser than curls. Or that they should be able to turn their waves into curls.
Hanging around curly hair communities can sort of contributing to comparing and getting insecure. While hair pattern isn’t often a huge factor in what products work well for your hair, there are some general correlations. For example, most wavies will be weighed down by products that are really heavy in shea butter or oils.
Wavies are more likely to have low porosity hair than those with tighter curl patterns. So, in a loose way, following recommendations can be helpful. Mostly though, I think it’s great to just support other wavies, see others with beautiful wavy hair, to help you appreciate your own instead of comparing to curls.
Search Facebook for wavy hair groups and you’ll find several. There are lots of curly girl method specific groups, and there are groups that are open to members who do not follow the curly girl method as well. I know for many who don’t follow the curly girl method, they feel frustrated with how the curly girl method is SO prominent online.
It can feel like everyone expects you to follow the curly girl method if you are wavy. So, if you don’t follow the curly girl method, those Facebook groups that specifically say they are open to those who don’t follow the curly girl method can be a great resource. I personally love the Wavy Girl (method) Wavy Hair Don’t Care group. They are very accepting of those who don’t follow the strict CGM.
Instagram is a really popular place for people to share pictures of their wavy hair and post their routines regularly. The community on Instagram is huge! I am on there as @WavyHairCareBlog if you want to follow me.
Instagram is a place where a lot of people basically share photo diaries of their hair. They post pictures daily, or a few times a week sharing what’s new with their hair. If you like following people’s hair journey step by step, it’s a great place to be. There are a lot of wavy Instagram accounts that share really gorgeous “magazine perfect” photos.
I personally am not great with photography, and I almost never wear make up. So, my photos are quite similar to the ones I share here on my blog. Just very ordinary, simple selfies showing my hair. I’ve found other accounts that are sharing their journey in much the same way. While I enjoy following the really pretty picture accounts for inspiration, I really like finding ‘everyday’ people with ordinary selfies to follow.
So, don’t feel like you have to be an influencer, blogger or youtube to make your own Instagram for your wavy hair journey. People like me would be happy to follow you!
Common Wavy Hair Instagram Hashtags:
Curl Talk Forums
The curl talk forums at NaturallyWavy.com are another forum option where you can talk about your wavy hair. They have a forum section that is specific to type 2 hair which means wavy hair. They have lots of other sections that cater to specific topics. For example, they have a section for chatting about caring for children who have wavy or curly hair.
There are lots of wavy haired YouTubers, too! While it’s unlikely that you’re ready to start up your own youtube channel, there is the comment section. In most cases, it’s unlikely that you’ll hear back from the original creator, but you can chat with other readers. I often see people commenting with their experiences or questions in the comments on YouTube videos, and interacting with others that way.
What wavy hair communities are best?
It really depends on what you’re looking for! I personally prefer the Reddit forums above the others. My second favorite is Facebook groups. I love how active they are, and how responsive they are if you make your own posts. You can’t really have that kind of feedback on places like youtube comment sections.
While Instagram is extremely active, it also doesn’t really have the same back and forth that Reddit has. I also find myself feeling more self-conscious about my own hair after spending a lot of time on Instagram. The ratio of ‘perfect’ photos on there just messes with my head a little bit, I think.
Where on Reddit and Facebook groups, there are still lots of photo sharing, and lots of people with absolutely gorgeous waves. Yet they’re more ‘real life’ photos, I suppose? So, I just don’t find that they mess with my head the same way that Instagram tends to. With Instagram, I’m trying to be conscious of who I follow, to make sure it’s not all magazine-perfect photos on my dash over there.
Feel free to leave a comment sharing what YOUR favorite wavy hair community is. Do you participate in any that I missed? I’d love to find out about more!
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