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12 Wavy Hairstyles 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.

1. BOUNCY BOB

Amp up that retro bob with a voluminous finger-wave pattern accented by pretty pin curls.

Bouncy Bob Wavy Hairstyles

Bouncy Bob Wavy Hairstyles Side View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, damp hair with a light-hold wet gel.

2. Create a deep side part and begin your ‘S-shaped’ finger wave pattern along the top, working down toward the right side of the head using a fine tooth comb. Continue the finger wave pattern along the back and left side. Use duckbill clips (on the right and left sides only) to secure and set the wave shape.

3. Move back to the right side and begin creating a few flat pin curls just below the cheekbone. Be sure to pin curl toward the face and secure with single-prong pin curl clips.  Repeat this process on the left side.

4. Allow hair to air dry or use a hooded dryer on low heat.

5. Once hair has completely dried and cooled, release the duckbill and pin curl clips. Brush hair out using a paddle brush to create this voluminous shape.  Slightly backcomb base for extra volume. Reshape the pin curls to frame the face.

6. Finish with a hard-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Davines Defining Invisible Honey Gel for strong, natural control and long-lasting wet styles

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add a jeweled barrette or feather fascinator for a glamorous evening look.

 

2. PUNKY POP

This teased-out ‘do goes wild with a vibrant shock of color.

Funky Blonde Sideswept Wavy Hairstyle

Funky Blonde Sideswept Wavy Hairstyle 2

How To Style:

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

2. Create a side part and backcomb base of hair all over. Sweep hair lightly over to one side. Using a medium-barrel curling iron, take 1″ strands and wrap hair (from mid-shaft to the ends) around the iron to create loose spiral waves.

3. Sweep hair up on the right side and accent with a flower barrette or hair comb.

4. Rake fingers through ends to separate curls for added fullness.

5. Finish with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Sebastian Whipped Creme for delicious curls and perfect waves.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Gather hair into a low, side ponytail or textured bun.

 

3. TOUSLED GRACE

Fine hair gets a volume boost with tousled waves.

Tousled Grace - Medium Wavy Look

How To Style:

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

2. Use a large-barrel curling iron and create loose, soft waves by curling hair from the mid-shaft to the ends.

3. Allow curls to cool and set.  Brush hair through using a paddle brush.  Backcomb the top crown area for maximum fullness and height.

4. Sweep the fringe area up and the sides back and away from face. Rake fingers through ends to separate waves.

5. Finish with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Oribe Apres Beach for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Sweep hair up into a messy top-knot for a casual look.

 

4. BRAIDED BEAUTY

Setting your hair in braids allows you to create a style with rhythmic harmony.

Braided Beauty Medium Wavy Hairstyle Look

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, damp hair with a light-hold wet gel.

2. Create three sections: Right, Left and Back  – for ease and control. Start on the right section and create medium-size, three-strand braids. Secure the ends with small rubber bands. Continue this process on the left side, then move to the back area until all hair is braided.

3. Allow hair to air dry or use a hooded dryer on low heat.

4. Once hair is completely dried and cool, remove rubber bands and brush hair with a paddle brush

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

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT Spray for added texture with great hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Gather hair into a french twist for a chic, textured style.

 

5. BASKETWEAVE BOB

This unique textured style looks complex but is quite easy to achieve with a large crimping iron.

Red Crimped Short Wavy Hair Style

Red Crimped Short Wavy Hair Style - Side View

How To Style:

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

2. Create a side part. Section the top crown, left, right and back for control. To achieve the ‘basketweave’ effect when crimping, be sure to alternate crimping pattern or simply leave 1″ spaces un-crimped as your work through the hair.

Begin crimping in the back area working from the nape up toward the crown. Move to the left side and continue the crimping process. Move to the right side and repeat. Then, move to the top crown area.  You may find this section easier to crimp by holding section up and away from head.

3. Allow hair to cool then spray with a light-hold hairspray.Pin left side behind the ear then gather ends and tuck under to create this faux-bob hairstyle..

4. Finish with a hard-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try TIGI Bed Head HARD HEAD Hair Spray for superior hold and high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Have long hair? Try adding a textured side braid.

 

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.