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10 Great Ideas For Long Wavy Hairstyles

Wavy hair is all the rage right now, so grab your curling iron or deep waver to create some fun styles that look great for any season! Long waves can easily created by simply brushing through larger curls.

These soft tendrils of hair are very complimentary to every face shape so there is sure to be a style you can pull off and make your own. Peep these extra pretty, long wavy hairstyles for a little inspiration!

  • 1. Vivacious Volume

    Huge curls that softly swoop and swirl into blissful waves. Add some caramel highlights to the dark chocolate base color to create awesome contrasting colors.

    Long wavy hairstyles in casual

    How to Style:

    1. Start with clean dry hair and apply the appropriate heat protecting products.

    2. Section up about half of your hair (from the ears up) and secure.

    3. Use a large barrel curling iron, 1 ½ “ – 2” to take pieces of the dropped down section to curl until the entire bottom section is curly.

    4. Drop down the top section and curl pieces until the entire top section is curled.

    5. Use a flat iron to smooth over the bangs so they are nice and sleek.

    6. Spray some shine spray or hairspray and then run your fingers through your hair to break up the curls and turn them into large waves.

    Recommended Products:

    Suave Professionals’ Keratin Infusion Smooth and Shine Serum is awesome at protecting hair from the heat as well as keeping your hair looking supple and healthy. Finish your hairstyle up with a shine spray like Flash Brilliance from Prive.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All faces are complimented by waves and this deep side part and bangs compliment oval, and heart shaped faces. This style looks great on thick hair with straight to medium wavy texture.

    Tips:

    Tease the crown area for more volume and lift at the roots. This is especially helpful if you have long heavy hair and cannot create volume with your blowdry.

  • 2. Cascading Curls

    Combing a center part and curling hair away from the face creates a soft cascading feel that is really on trend right now. Platinum blonde color seems to glow with the light hitting it at different levels. Teasing the crown slightly helps add volume and shape to the style.

    long blonde wavy hairstyles

    How to Style:

    1. Part hair down the center, comb through, and apply the proper heat styling products.

    2. Section and secure the hair from the ears up on top of your head.

    3. Take a larger sized barrel curling iron and begin to curl the pieces of the dropped down section.

    4. When curling the pieces, leave the end two inches of hair out of the curling iron and do not curl. This will help keep the ends looking soft and loose – not tight and coiled. 5. Drop down the top section and continue to curl.

    5. Make sure you curl the front pieces of hair away from your face on either side to create the cascading effect.

    6. Gently tease the roots at the crown area for volume and then spritz with hair spray!

    Recommended Products:

    For protection for any hot tools opt for Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray. You can use it on dry hair before styling so it’s great for iron work on day two hair. For a good hairspray with good hold try Jonathan’s Finish Control High Shine Flexible Hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Center parts look best on round and heart shaped faces. The voluminous waves will help soften all face shapes. This particular style is best for those with thicker hair who already have a slight wave. If your hair doesn’t hold a curl well, these loose waves may fall out throughout the day.

    Tips:

    If you have bangs, consider growing them out slightly to be able to part and flip.

  • 3. Summer Locks

    I love the gorgeous color of this wavy hairstyle. Sun-kissed golden brown locks fall down into a spiraling perfection. A center part keeps the look fresh and modern.

    long wavy hairstyle with highlights

    How to Style:

    1. Part hair down the center and spray your hair with some heat protection before applying hot tools.

    2. Section out an area of hair around your neck and pin the rest of your hair up.

    3. Curl the section using about a one to one and a half inch curling iron.

    4. Drop down another section and repeat.

    5. When you drop down the top and final section start the curls right around your cheekbone. This will help keep the hair smooth on the top and then curly from the cheeks down like shown in the picture.

    6. To loosen up the curls use your fingers or a paddle brush to break up the curls and blend them to a softer look.

    Recommended Products:

    Always protect your hair from heat! Try Nexxus Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray on wet or dry hair to really keep hair healthy. Adding shine to your finished look is key also so opt for a product like Got2b Glossy Anti-Frizz Shine Serum from Walgreens.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Center parts compliment heart and round shaped faces but since the curls are so soft this may help with square shaped faces as well. Medium to thick hair that is naturally straight or wavy is best for this hairstyle.

    Tips:

    Don’t break up your curls on the first day to wear this look. Do it on day two! You’ll get two looks out of one style if you wait to break up the curls on the second day.

  • 4. Lava Locks

    These red hot locks look like flames! Blazing waves of beautiful dimension and texture make this hairstyle a true head turner. Thick bold bangs add even more intensity and drama for an awesome all around cut and color.

    red wavy hairstyle with bangs

    How to Style:

    1. Blow dry your bangs down as soon as you get out of the shower.

    2. Use a round brush to get the bangs to roll under. This will also help them look shiny and sleek.

    3. Blow dry the rest of your hair with a paddle brush to remove all the moisture.

    4. Section up most of your hair but leave an area to curl with a one and a half inch curling iron.

    5. Curl the entire section and then drop down more layers of hair until your entire head is curled.

    6. Insert the curling iron about two to three inches away from the scalp when curling to keep the roots straighter.

    7. Use your finger and break up the curls slightly to make them look more like waves.

    Recommended Products:

    Use Kerastase’s Oleo-Relax serum before you blow dry your hair to really protect hair from the heat and to add nourishment and shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Heart and round shaped faces would look best with this style. The thicker your hair the better for this style and all hair textures can try this out.

    Tips:

    If you opt for these thick bold bangs just be warned that they are more of a commitment than side bangs. Blunt forward bangs are shorter making them more time consuming to grow out.

  • 5. Ringlet Waves

    A defined center part branches down into long and tight ringlet waves. The look is almost curls but because they have been loosened up the final effect is a tighter wave pattern.

    long dark casual wavy hairstyle

    How to Style:

    1. Use a comb to really define your center part and comb through.

    2. Take a 1” barrel curling iron and curl your entire head. Use hair clips to section to make curling easier.

    3. When your entire head is curled, spray with a shine spray or apply some serum before using a paddle brush to break up the curls.

    Recommended Products:

    Redken’s Glass is a fabulous shine serum that you can use wet and dry as a heat protection product. Use a tiny amount at a time so you don’t over oil your hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Will compliment all face shapes except oval and heart shapes. Better for square and round. Any hair types and textures can achieve this particular hairstyle.

    Tips:

    If you are absolutely in love with this look, consider getting a perm!

  • 6. Goldilocks

    This fantastic wave will make you look and feel like Taylor Swift instantly! Gorgeous tendrils that weave in and out create a beautiful statement and it’s a look that is totally on trend right now.

    cute blonde hairstyle with long fun waves

    How to Style:

    1. Start with clean dry hair and use a comb to part hair over on one side or the other.

    2. Drop down a large section of hair from the ears down and secure the rest of the hair up and out of the way.

    3. Use a large deep waver iron to grab pieces of the dropped down section and begin clamping and waving with the iron.

    4. Apply the waving iron to every piece of the dropped down section and spray with hairspray.

    5. Drop the top section down and repeat making sure you grab and iron every piece of hair.

    6. Spray with hairspray and enjoy!

    Recommended Products:

    Use Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray. It’s one of my favorite products because the hold is extremely flexible and it smells great for a hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style would look great on all face shapes and work with all hair types and textures. Try it!

    Tips:

    There are a few different sized waving irons available. Opt for a larger one that will help you create fuller and deeper waves.

  • 7. Soft Waves

    The beautiful focus on the wavy ends of this hairstyle is great!

    sleek wavy hairstyle for long hair

    How to Style:

    1. Start with clean dry hair, part to the side, and spritz with hairpsray.

    2. Grab medium sized pieces of hair, hold the tips of the hair with your fingers and wrap hair around a large sized (2”) curling iron. You only need to wrap around the bottom three fourths of the hair strand to create that soft wave you see in the picture.

    3. Keep grabbing pieces of hair with your fingers and wrap them around the curling iron until your entire head is nice and wavy.

    4. If you want you can do this with your longer bangs too, just wrap them away from your face for a nice natural look.

    Recommended Products:

    Use a light heat protectant spray like Prive’s Flash Brilliance. Just one spray goes a long way so make sure you don’t overuse.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is universal and will work for all face shapes. If you have really curly or kinky hair this look will be really hard to create.

    Tips:

    Try some hot rollers for waves that will last for days!

  • 8. Exotic Waves

    Dark black hair is always mysterious and exotic. Add a touch of spice with some warm highlights to add even more intensity to your look. Sexy side bangs blend in beautifully to thick softening waves.

    dark brunette wavy hairstyle

    How to Style:

    1. Part your hair to the side and curl the bangs up and back away form your face with a one and a half inch curling iron.

    2. Section the hair from the ears up onto the top of the head so you can begin curling the underneath area of your hair.

    3. When you have completed curling the bottom, drop down the top section of hair and curl.

    4. Spray your hair with a shine spray and then scrunch up the curls with your hands to help loosen them up a little.

    Recommended Products:

    Abba Thermal Protect Spray provides heat protection with light hold when blow drying or flat ironing. Kenra Shine Serum gives your hair a luxurious long lasting shine while also making it silky and smooth. Lightweight and humidity resistant, Kenra Shine Serum is great for taming flyaways and frizz in any style.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style would compliment square, round, and heart shaped faces. The thicker your hair the fuller it will look with these curls.

    Tips:

    Remember that healthy hair starts with good products. Make sure you are using quality products in and out of the shower to have locks that really shine.

  • 9. Auburn Ambition

    Deep auburn color is highlighted with pops of bright copper that make a stunning statement. Add sweeping long layers with soft waves and you’ve got a star.

    How to Style:

    1. Take pieces of your hair and curl with a one and half inch curling iron.

    2. Section up areas of hair to help you reach and curl the underneath of your hair.

    3. Keep the top section smooth at the roots and curled at the bottom.

    4. Use your fingers to run through and scrunch the curls to turn them into soft waves.

    Recommended Products:

    As a big fan of Redken, I love their Smooth Down Heat Glide Protective Smoother. It’s great for thicker textured hair but is fabulous at keeping sleek strands from getting fried.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    If you have straight or wavy hair you can attempt these waves with ease. This style will compliment all face shapes.

    Tips:

    If you’re a redhead, instead of asking for blonde highlights the next time you’re at the salon, take a different route and spice things up by adding a pop of contrasting red. Staying in the same color family will make your base color look richer than ever.

  • 10. Beach Breeze

    Combed out spirals look effortless and breezy in this long wavy hairstyle. This particular color is showing off a beautiful blonde ombre – a fading color technique that goes from dark to light throughout the lengths of the hair.

    blonde casual long wavy hair

    How to Style:

    1. Plug in a one and a half inch curling iron and apply heat protection products to your hair.

    2. Grab vertical sections of hair, starting in the front by the face, and curl them away from the face on either side.

    3. Curl your entire head with big vertical sections and then run your fingers through your hair to break them up when you are done.

    Recommended Products:

    Use Citre Shine’s Shine Miracle Aerosol Serum to protect your hair from the hot iron. Because it’s a spray serum it’s awesome for fine haired clients. The product will give you the protection and shine you need without weighing your hair down.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All faces shapes can try out this style and it’s great for most hair types and textures, too. If your hair is overly curly you may have to flat iron first.

    Tips:

    Sleep with your hair in a bun to try and create this look the lazy way.

    Looser curls are the key to creating long flowing waves that are sure to make you stand out in a crowd. Don’t forget the proper heat protection when using hot tools so that your healthy hair can truly shine.

    These classic wavy hairstyles are the perfect look for summer so now that you’ve been inspired, take your long wavy hair out on the town!