The term wave it derivates from undŭla, a Latin word that refers to a “Wave of small size”. The first meaning of the concept mentioned by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) in his dictionary alludes to make waves in the hair.

Some examples

For instance: “For the New Year’s party, I’m going to dye and curl my hair”, “My mother gave me an iron that allows to straighten, wave and curl my hair”, “I don’t usually dedicate much weather to my hairstyle, although I like to wave some side locks before going out “.

Wavy hair

There are several techniques to curl hair

A wavy hairstyle presents waves, either in its entire volume or only in some parts. Many people choose to wave their hair for aesthetic reasons, for which they can use different products and devices.

It is easier to curl your hair when you have curls. If the mane is limp, the task It is a bit more complicated as it can be difficult to achieve the desired shape and then maintain it.

Ways to curl hair

When hearing about this aesthetic resource, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of irons and tongs, since they are two of the most used tools. While it is true that they offer more than proven results and in a short time, ideal for curling hair before going out, the benefits are contrasted by the hurt that causes its excessive use.

But this does not mean that there are no alternatives, both for those who want to save on beauty products and for those who want to take more care of their hair than the negative effects of excessive heat. For the former there are techniques that require the use of a dryer, a much more common and economical product; for the latter, on the other hand, there is the possibility of curling the hair making a lot of braids just after washed, so that it dries to the desired shape.

S-shaped movement

Undulate, on the other hand, can also refer to movement that performs what turns in S shape. It is common for this meaning to appear to refer to objects that they move making waves: “The breeze gently rippled the flag on the mast as it was watched by the soldiers with great emotion.”, “I never thought that such an immense bridge would undulate because of the wind, but last night I saw it with my own eyes”, “Throughout the concert, the gusts made the singer’s dress undulate several times”.

Wave bridge

United States, 1940: a strong wind caused the Tacoma Bridge to undulate until it broke

Beyond the fact that both meanings have different uses, something that can be seen with the naked eye through the example sentences, there is also a grammatical question that differentiates them: the one expressed at the beginning of this article corresponds to a transitive verb, while the latter, to one intransitive. Let us remember that verbs transitive are those that need an object beyond the subject so that the action falls on it («undulate The hair“), While intransitives have full significance (” the flag waved “).

In this case, the intransitive verb wave has a meaning similar to that of wave, since this is defined as “moving generating waves” and is applied to a body flexible. While it is true that flexibility is a requirement for an object to be able to wave, otherwise it would simply break, this does not mean that none of its parts can be rigid. In fact, if we take up the example of the bridge whose wave-shaped movement surprises the observer, we should not understand that the properties of its materials changed from one second to another, but that its different parts have a certain degree of mobility to avoid absolute stress.