12 Wavy Hair Ideas We Can’t Help But Love

If you have wavy hair, pay attention. Waves are an integral part of nature. These highways of information allow us to see, hear, taste, touch and experience sensation. The patterns expressed by air waves, sound waves and ocean waves are mimicked by S-shaped waves and  C-shaped curls.

Hair can tell a story through the rhythm and frequency of a wave design. Take a look at history and notice how distinct hair wave patterns are indicative of specific eras.

Their potent messages aptly reflect the standard of beauty for the time. Just goes to show you how a simple wavy hairstyle change can bring new life to your personal style.  Here are 12 hairstyles for wavy hair to create today.

Textured Wave

Textured Wave hairstyleInstagram @kirbyrhair

Q&A with style creator, Kirby
Melbourne/International Hairstylist @ House of Hoxton in Melbourne, AU

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

The best way to describe this look is that it’s a slight bend in the mid-section of the hair with straight ends. It is a great example of a textured wave. The variation gives the hair a less polished finish, making it great for day to day styling or a night out.

I am all about texture! My favorite thing about this look is the long lasting style. Because of the texture, it gets better with wear and tear.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Depending on your hair type, you can use a texturing product dried into the hair or a texturizing finishing product (or both!).

My favorites are:

The Ouai Wave Spray (a light spritz to dry in, great for fine hair that lacks hold)

Oribe Matte Waves (a light texture cream to dry in, great for all hair types)

R+Co Bandlands Dry Shampoo Paste (an amazing finishing paste to define all those waves)

R+Co Foil (a lightweight frizz and static control spray that will polish the wave without making it greasy)

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (my absolute FAVORITE finishing spray. It is a dry powder spray with hold that is great for that brushed out, full finish)

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this is a great look for any hair type or face shape, provided you use the right product and partline to suit you! This kind of wave looks best on hair length sitting just under the collarbone beyond. I always love this look as it ages, especially on second day hair. So if you like to style your hair and let it go wild for days, this look is for you!

Hollywood-Inspired Waves

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Caskie
Hairstylist, Colourist and Educator with Wella Professional and GHD Professional @ Amanda Lee Caskie Hair in Toronto, Ontario, Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as old Hollywood-inspired waves. My favorite thing about it is that it is glamorous yet wearable. You could wear this look at a wedding, like this lovely guest of mine was, for an evening out, for work, or for a weekend brunch. It’s versatile and timeless and looks good on many different lengths of hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Starting off with a good foundation is key. The proper cleansers, moisturizers and styling products for your hair type are important! Start with a moisturizing and light cleanser and conditioner. Make sure you add a hold product and most definitely a heat protectant to your wet hair. A heat protectant spray for dry hair will work as well. Dry the hair from wet to about 80%, then blow dry the hair with a ceramic round brush to smooth it out as much as possible.

Once dry, take a curling wand, styler, or preferred styling tool and create barrel curls. Keep the direction of curl in mind. If you want volume, lift at the root. This particular look does not have a ton of lift at the root. Pin the curls up and BE SURE TO LET THEM COOL! The cooling process is the most important. Letting the hair cool is what sets the hair and holds the curl. Once cool, brush the hair out with a natural bristle brush. Don’t be afraid here! You can’t brush out the curl as long as it has been cooled to set properly.

Voila! Finish off with a shine spray and a hold spray and you will channel glamorous old Hollywood in a new way! As an educator for both Wella Professional and GHD Professional, I highly recommend their products and tools.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look works well on shoulder length to longer hair types, so anyone in that realm could most definitely wear this look. Shorter hair can do more of a pin curl finish look with the same feel.

Different face shapes suit different cuts. This particular look is done on someone without a fringe and with longer hair. If someone has a fringe, you can incorporate it by waving it away from the face or with a gentle fall.

It’s timeless and wearable. I like to complete many of my guests with this type of look. Anyone going to an event or wishing to feel glamorous just because will love this type of look!

Youthful Waves

Youthful Waves hairstyleInstagram @aim_em

Q&A with style creator, Ana Carvajal
Hairstylist @ Progressions Salon Spa in Rockville, MD


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a casual, young and easy look that is perfect for everyday wear. The soft waves around the face are going backward/away from the face. In the back, I alternate the waves just to create more texture.

My favorite thing about this look is how fun and easy it is. It’s makes the person look young, stylish and fun.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Product selection depends on the texture of the hair. Here I used one of my favorite products, Kerastase L’incroyable Blowdryanti-frizz, to blow dry. It is a heat protectant and reshapable lotion. I created the wave and let it set for a couple of minutes, then used a wax pomade to break it apart, followed by Oribe Dry texture spray to create more texture and definition. To seal it all, I used Kerastase Laque Dentelle to help maintain the look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for mid-length to long hair. This look is perfect for teens, young ladies, and I love it the most on young moms.

This look is good for anyone with light to medium-heavy density or straight to curly texture. Blow drying first is recommended for best results on curly hair. Since it’s a wavy look, I feel confident that anyone with any face shape can rock it as you can control how much wave or texture to put on it.

This look is perfect for people on the go or for those that do not like to spend to much time styling their hair as it only takes five to 15 minutes to create the waves, depending on the density. My client is a young mom of two toddler boys that is short on time.

Again, this is the perfect look for those beautiful ladies that are always on the go but still care to look presentable, stylish, young and fun!

Hollywood Glam Waves

Q&A with style creator, Ann Marie
Hairstylist @ Hair Salon M in Brooklyn, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

These are soft, “Hollywood Glam” waves.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend using Sebastian Volupt Spray on damp hair for volume at the root, then spray throughout mid length and ends of hair. Air dry or blow dry depending on texture of hair. Next, use Sebastian hairspray to spray and curl the hair. Pin the hair into place then open each curl methodically.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look can work on all textures and densities. It’s easier to curl and style the hair on someone that has straight hair because it’s such a drastic change. However, a texture client can have fun with this style as well. It’s a bit more work because you might have to blow dry to straighten the hair a bit before curling. I love to embrace all hair types!

Cool Waves

Q&A with style creator, Konstantinos Mantziokas
Hair Artist / Waves Specialist / Colourist @ Samantha Cusick London in Notting Hill, London


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

There are only two words to describe this look beachy waves! This is the coolest look ever! I just love this look because it is easy to recreate, it matches every single person, the hair looks cool and natural, andyou can wear this look from morning to night.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

From my experience, you don’t need lots of products to create this look. First, you need a good tools. I used a GHD Straightener to create the waves, Davines Oi Oil to give a bit of shine, and Davines Medium Hairspray for finishing. The the Ouai Wave Spray works amazing as well!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to most of my clients. As I said before, this look matches to every single person with any type of hair and any style. Only very thin hair may have trouble recreating this look because it drops very easily.

6. SATIN SWIRLS

Tame long hair with sleek, shiny waves.

Satin Swirls - Long Wavy Highlighted Hairstyle

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Brush hair to smooth and eliminate any tangles. Create a slight center part.

3. Use a large-barrel curling iron and wind large sections of hair – in a vertical fashion – starting from the ends up to the mid- shaft.. Continue this pattern working your way around the head. Allow 10 minutes for waves to cool and set.

4. Brush hair with a paddle brush to soften wave pattern.

5. Finish with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Add a trendy headband for a boho-inspired look.

 

7. PLAYFUL PRIMP

Layered haircuts offer the perfect foundation for fun, flirty waves.

Playful Primp - Fun Wavy Hairstyle

Playful Primp - Fun Wavy Hairstyle Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Create a side part and section hair from ear to ear. Begin your curls in the area below the ear. Curl hair in a vertical fashion using a medium-size barrel curling iron. Alternate direction of curls for body and fullness. Continue this process working up toward the shorter layers.

3. Allow hair to cool and set. Brush hair using a vent brush to separate curls.

4. Set this look with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UN.DRESSED for a loose, undone, natural look with matte texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, heart or oval-shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Style hair into a relaxed ponytail with a few strands falling softly against the face.

 

8. DISCO DIVA

A great look for working the runway or the dance floor.

Disco Diva Long Wavy Hairstyle How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray. Section fringe area away and keep smooth.

2. Accent and define hair texture by using a crimping iron all over working from roots to ends.

3. Allow hair to cool and set the brush with a vent brush or wide-tooth comb. Smooth the fringe area over to one side.

4. Take a large section from the left side and create a large braid. Secure end with a rubber band then wrap along forehead and secure into place with bobby pins.

5. Set this look with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for massive big hair!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Add small accent braids throughout the long layers.

 

9. MODEL CALL

Get ready for your close-up with touchable waves.

Model Call Loose Tousled Blonde Wavy Style with Center Part

Model Call Loose Tousled Blonde Wavy Style with Center Part - Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Create a soft center part and section off top crown area. Begin working with loose hair and create soft spiral curls from mid-shaft to ends in alternating directions. Release top crown area and spiral curl small 1″ strands back and away from face.

3. Rake fingers through hair for a relaxed finish.

4. Set this look with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Moroccan Oil Gold Glimmer Shine Spray for long lasting – unparalleled shine – while protecting hair from the effects of UV light and free radicals.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or heart-shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Create glamour girl waves by smoothing hair with a paddle brush.

 

10. PUMPKIN PASSION

Full waves add grace and elegance to this medium-length style.

Pumpkin Passion - Loose Auburn Wavy Hairstyle with Long Layers

Pumpkin Passion - Loose Auburn Wavy Hairstyle with Long Layers - Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Section off the top crown and fringe area for now.  Start on the right side and create two large offset curls. Move to the left side and repeat this process. Be sure to curl hair back and away from the face. Move to the back area and create three large alternating curls.

3. Release the crown area but keep the fringe area separated. Allow hair to fall into a soft side part. Start on the right side by curling two to three 2″ wide sections back and away from face. Repeat this process on the left side and in the back crown area.. Release fringe and allow it to naturally fall into place.  Shape the fringe ends by lightly curling.

4. Allow hair to cool and set.  Create natural movement by shaking head from side-to-side.  Create light separation using your fingertips.

5. Set this look with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Pin the sides behind the ear for a delicate look.

 

11. TEXTURE HEAVEN

This multi-textured ‘do offers many ready-to-wear styling options.

Fun Textured Blonde Style with Tapered Layers

Fun Textured Blonde Style with Tapered Layers - Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Begin in the back crown area. Use a large-barrel curling iron to create horizontal (off-base) curls. Continue this process working from the crown area down to ear level. Keep nape are smooth and straight. Move over to the right side and create a few curls as desired. Repeat this on the left side.  Once set, brush out curls using a teasing brush. Smooth out crown layers and shape face-framing layers to fall softly.

3. Add movement and definition by lightly massaging your head using your fingertips.

4. Set this look with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for long, oval or square-shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Twist ends and coil into small textured buns.

 

12. BOMBSHELL LOCKS

Gorgeous, thick hair gets a bit twisted with these relaxed, loose waves.

Long Loose Brunette Wavy Hairstyle

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Brush hair smooth then create a deep side-part. Create loose, soft waves by wrapping large 2″ wide strands around a large-barrel curling iron or a curling wand. Begin this process on the left side and work your way to the right side. Continue until hair has been loosely curled. Allow curls to set and cool.

3. Let fringe fall softly to one side. Take a small curl on the left side and pin behind the ear to secure. Rake fingers through ends for light separation.

4. Set this look with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try TIGI Bedhead HEADRUSH Shine Spray for a high-gloss shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

For an extra boost, backcomb the base and interior of hair to create a bouffant hairdo.

Now you know how easy it can be to create versatile looks through the art of waving. Start off by choosing a look that expresses your personal style and best suits your hair type. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adapting a wildly different hairstyle to suit your hair. Experiment with styles and discover what messages your waves send.