24 Long Wavy Hair Ideas That Are Freaking Hot in 2018

Long wavy hair is all the rage right now, so grab your curling iron or deep waver to create some fun hairstyles 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! If you don’t have naturally curly hair, creating wavy hairstyles is easy with curling irons, flat irons and the traditional rollers.

Lovely Layered Long Wavy Hair

Lovely Layered Long Wavy Hair
Instagram @emilyfranceshair

Give your oh-so beautiful long waves more volume by adding layers. Finish with a long choppy fringe that looks best on long faces.

Long Wavy Brown Hair with Volume

Long Wavy Brown Hair with Volume
Instagram @susan.aw

Hydration is key to getting a magnificently smooth wavy hair that in turn gives you immense volume and dimension. Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous and soft hair like this that bounces with your every move?!

Gorgeous Wavy Long Hair

Gorgeous wavy long blonde hair
Instagram @nicoleblanck_hairbytonizambito

These elegant luscious blonde waves are totally do-able and looks good any season. A graceful yet flirty hairstyle that suits any hair type and face shape, added with some layers to create movement on those locks.

Radiant Long Wavy Hair with Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Alli Wilkinson
Hair Artist & Owner @ Alchemy Haus of Hair in Santa Cruz, CA

How would you describe this look?

This gorgeous girl has some of the thickest, most beautiful hair I have ever seen. And yes, that is her natural color! Because Shelby’s hair is so thick I cut it mostly with a straight blade razor while her hair is very damp and has plenty of cutting lotion on it. Natural redheads tend to have really thick cuticles so you want to be careful when using a razor, they can shred quickly if improper technique is used.

For this cut, I use mostly concave layers so it collapses on its self and she gets height in her crown. Heavy hair wants to lay flat so creating invisible layers underneath the top section is my favorite trick to getting rock and roll volume. After I’ve cut the foundation and carved out the extra weight, I blow her out and detail her hair dry.

I’m a freak about texture and a big believer in dry cutting, you get to see the hair as it lives and impart the most detail this way. In fact, pretty much the only time I cut wet is if I’m using a razor. Shelby is my 1970’s hair muse. We do lots of highly textured shags and Bridget Bardot bangs on her. She’s got the face shape for it (oval into square) and all that hair that just begs to be carved out by a razor. Plus she lets me do literally whatever I want – every creative’s dream!

Any advice for someone considering it?

It helps to have a lot of hair, or at least have some styling skill to fake it. Whether you blow-dry or air dry, finishing this style with a little wave or curl of some kind really brings out all the texture.

My favorite iron is Hot Tools 1 1/4 marcel iron, as it offers a relaxed wave instead of a tight curl and is really versatile. Alternate the direction of the curls, making sure that all the hair that lives around the face is curling away from the face, and keep those ends smooth for a lived in, rocker chic vibe.

Shelby has the kind of hair that wants lots of product but wants it in pea sizes. I start with a light blowout cream (Unite’s Smooth and Shine is one of my faves), Evo’s Salty Dog all over the roots for lift, Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray on the mids and ends, and then blow-dry with max volume techniques.

After you wave it out, spray Dry texture spray inside the hair, make sure you really get it everywhere so it supports the shapes you’ve just created. Then to finish it off piece out the ends with a light texturizer.

I really like Unite’s Second Day Haircut with a little oil or Ouai’s Finishing Cream. This is obviously a very finished style but the key to a good cut is making sure it looks good with little to no styling. I am in Santa Cruz, CA where the lifestyle is laid back, surfer/hippie chic, so its imperative my clients can wash and go and hairstyles are quick to style.

Shelby wears her hair naturally aired dried 90% of the time, with just some Salty Dog on her roots (my fave product for controlling cowlicks and bangs, no blow-dry necessary!) and some oil on her ends. Her natural wave is inconsistent so it looks incredible in this raw, lived-in cut with literally no styling required.

Tousled Smooth Wave

Tousled Smooth Wave hairstyle
Instagram @nblondey

Q&A with style creator, Nicolle krasnansky
Multicultural Hairstylist @ DiverseStyle Salon in Lawrenceville, NJ


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a tousled smooth wave. I created this look with Pravana styling products (Full Volume Foam and Invisible Control Spray). I smoothed the roots and rotated the flat iron to create the curl then straighten out the ends.

I love this style because it’s a universal everyday look. It is also elegant so it’s appropriate for any occasion or occupation.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The advice I would give to a person who wants these hairstyles is to use products that aren’t oil-based and that give texture and volume. I think anyone could pull off this look, but smoothing out the hair prior (blow drying or straightening) would be based on the texture of hair.

Even though I used a straightener initially, I would suggest using a wand and going over the hair with a straightener on low heat to slightly smooth out the curls.

Natural Tousled Waves

Q&A with style creator, Ngareta Copeland
Platinum Hair Stylist @ ENVY Salon in Tauranga, New Zealand


How would you describe this look?

The best way to describe this look would be natural tousled waves. My favorite thing about it would be the way it creates movement to show off all aspects of the color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is for any hair type and any length (that can get a straightening iron in it). Starting with clean hair, use the Elixir Ultime serum by Kerastase to nourish the hair and smooth down flyaways. It has 230 degrees of heat protection which is important when it comes using heat tools!

Superdust by L’Oreal will create instant root lift on dry hair, followed by Infinium Pure hairspray by L’Oreal to hold the style throughout the day.

It’s easier to curl the hair if you have straightened it first to make sure you are working with a smooth canvas to curl on. Holding your irons vertically and curling the hair in vertical sections away from the face will allow the hair to frame your face.

These hairstyles are suitable for every lifestyle. Once the technique is mastered, it will take you under ten minutes to achieve. Just remember, practice makes perfect!

Romantic Haircut S-Shaped Waves

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Ramsay
Hairstylist @ Shampoo Hair Bar in Victoria, BC


How would you describe this look?

The soft, “S”-shaped waves give this look an old Hollywood glam feel. It’s a look that’s been around for a long time because it is beautiful and timeless.

I love how the hair curves around the face to highlight features like the eyes and cheekbones. It’s a great look for someone who doesn’t like wearing their hair up but wants a polished look. It’s soft and romantic.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The great thing about this look is its versatility. Virtually any length of hair can be set this way. For example, curling the hair in the front to sit on the face could highlight certain features such as cheekbones.

Giving the hair a good base with products and letting the curls set and cool in the position you want will give you the best longevity. Blow drying a mousse or a styling spray in before curling the hair will help the curls stay and not flatten out. After curling each section, you can lightly brush the curls into place and use a medium hairspray to define the bends in the hair.

For anyone looking for formal hairstyles, this is definitely a fantastic option.

Shiny Hollywood Waves

Shiny Hollywood Waves hairstyle
Instagram @liezelstyles

Q&A with style creator, Liezel Asi
Owner / Hair Designer / Braider @ Liezel Styles in Bay Area, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is called Hollywood Waves or Bridal Waves. My favorite thing about this look is how classic, clean, smooth, sleek, and shiny it is.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to a client that wants this look is to have long hair! Take very good care of your hair so it can be long and full, or purchase good quality hair extensions. All face shapes look fabulous with this hairstyle.

If you are a bride looking for a clean and classic look, this is for you! The products I used to accomplish this look were Sebastian Fierce Hairspray and Kenra Ultimate Hold.

Effortless Beachy Feel

Effortless Beachy Feel hairstyle
Instagram @wildvinebeauty

Q&A with style creator, Teanna Twining
Owner / Master Stylist @ Wild Vine Beauty in Oshawa, ON


How would you describe this look?
I love these hairstyles for their effortless, beachy feel. This style is very versatile and looks great for a day at work or a night out.

Long wavy hairstyles can lose their texture My favorite thing about this style is that it lasts for days! A little brushing and some dry shampoo after a night’s sleep will bring the bounce right back, giving this look an “I woke up this way”, low maintenance feel.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To achieve this look, I love using a larger curling wand and slightly leaving the ends out to see the true length of the hair. I find curling away from the face most flattering on all face shapes, while alternating throughout creates a fun, messy beach wave. The bigger the section, the looser the wave will be. If you use smaller sections, your wave will be tighter but will last longer. Using a curling wand is great for those who aren’t comfortable with hot tools. You do not have to turn it like you would a flat iron or curling iron. Simply wrap your hair around the barrel, wait about 10-15 seconds, and release. If it’s not as tight as you were hoping, do it again.

I used Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity which helps produce bigger and thicker hair. It has certified organic lavender in it, which smells amazing and helps produce volume while soaking up natural oils for a longer lasting style. I finished with Bedroom.Hair by Kevin Murphy, which is a flexible finishing spray for the perfectly imperfect hair. It can be used on day-two hair as well because it’s that flexible and lightweight!

This look fits any lifestyle. You can quickly throw it up in a high pony for a yoga class, or half up if you just need to get the hair off your face. It certainly suits all hair types, lengths and textures, making it the perfect universal look for anyone.

Effortless Beach Waves

Effortless Beach Waves hairstyle
Instagram @hairbydianaa

Q&A with style creator, Diana Arakelyan
Hairstylist / Make-up Artist @ Lilit’s Make Up Studio in Sherman Oaks, CA


How would you describe this look?

What l love about this look is that it’s so effortless yet so beautiful on almost anyone. I love the fact that the curls are in different directions and that’s what gives the hair so much body.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I always like to ask the client what they are wearing and how they like to part their hair because you can wear this style in many ways. This style works for all hair types. I love using just light a hairspray and texture spray after I comb the hair in order to give the hair more body.

Dimensional Copper Waves

Dimensional Copper Waves hairstyle
Instagram @_nycole_t

Q&A with style creator, Nycole Navarro
Hairstylist @ Salon Tribeca in Rancho Cucamonga, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this haircut as a fun and dimensional red/copper color. The beach waves give it the effortless beauty for everyday wear and the red color gives it the shine and sassiness that a lot of girls want.

My favorite thing about it would be the different dimensions you get from the different tones of red and copper that I added. I also love the shine and richness this color brings to the hair!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This color is a little more high maintenance and may not be ideal for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time or money, but the longer layers are great for anyone that wants to have straight or curled hair.

As far as the beach waves go, anyone can wear this look with the right products and tools. I used a 1 1/4-inch barrel curling iron and my favorite Bumble and bumble products (Hairdresser Oil for shine and Spray De Mode for hold) to create these waves.

Melted Auburn Waves

Melted Auburn Waves hairstyle
Instagram @colorbycoco

Q&A with style creator, Coleen Figiel
Balayage & Blonde Specialist / Owner @ Thairapy Hair Salon in Tannersville, NY


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a melted auburn balayage on soft waves. My favorite thing about this look is the subtle transition of colors. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where each color ends and the new one begins.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My best advice for someone considering this look is to really think it through before deciding on this color. Reds are generally the fastest color to fade and the hardest to get rid of, so the client has to be ready to regularly visit the salon for toning sessions. They also need to be using a sulfate-free shampoo to keep the color from fading as much as possible and not washing every day.

This color also looks best on people who style their hair every day with curls or who already have wavy hair as it helps to blur the transition of each color even better.

Lived-In Waves

Lived-In Waves hairstyle
Instagram @mattryanphin

Q&A with style creator, Matthew Phinney
Senior Stylist @ Chaos Studio Salon in Mount Clemens, MI


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as very beachy and very lived-in look. I love how tousled the curls are and how the curls complement the lived-in balayage. This look is also super easy for the client to recreate at home!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love this look because it can suit any client whether the hair is short or long. Depending on what the face shape is, you may want some of the curls to fold toward the face or away.

There are so many variations that you can achieve with long wavy hairstyles. It never has to be perfect. The messier the better!

I definitely recommend products that have some hold. Two of my go-to products are Sculpting Foam and Super Skinny from Paul Mitchell.

Caramel Balayage Waves

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Bovard
Hairstylist / Color Specialist @ Hair by Nicole in Tustin, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a balayage with a natural dark base and a caramel balayage. My favorite thing about this look is that it is great for anyone with dark hair who doesn’t want to be to light or blonde. I also like how the colors work together and just blend.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My best advice would be if you are trying to achieve these curls, curl each piece the opposite way you did the last curl. Also, wait a while to brush out the curls and let them cool down. I used Elevate mousse by Unite while the hair was wet to give volume, and Texturiza spray from Unite after all was cooled.

This color is good for any lifestyle. It is a great option if you are looking for a change but nothing too light, or if you are a blonde looking to go darker but don’t want to go completely solid.

This look works well for people with this length of hair or a little shorter.

Dimensional Haircut Long Beachy Waves

Q&A with style creator, Anna Harward
Licensed Cosmetologist / Owner @ Captivating Image in Riverton, UT


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

I love hairstyles with long beachy waves with added dimension created by color!

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

I used Redken Align 12 pre-blow dry for smoothing and heat protection. To recreate the beach waves, I recommend using the Babyliss Pro 1 1/4-inch Nano Titanium curling iron. Finish the look off with your favorite finishing spray and Marrakesh Oil to add shine to finished look!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client has very long, fine/thin hair and the beach waves add a lot of body to her hair. This look is great on ANY face shape and on pretty much any thickness of hair. It’s a very simple and polished look to acquire!

Chic Waves

Chic Waves hairstyle
Instagram @bhana_fades

Q&A with style creator, Japheth Bhana
Master Stylist / Owner @ Studio 505 Hair Salon in Toronto, ON, Canada


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

This is a chic wavy look, the look that most girls want. It’s a look that can go with any style or predicament, and that’s what I love most about it.

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

I created this look with a flat iron. I used Revlon Uniq One after I washed the hair, power-dried the hair, then created waves with the flat iron. I would use a LIGHT hairspray to maintain this look and for some hold.

Be careful not to use too much on the humid days on your hairstyles as the humidity can soften the hairspray and weigh the hair down.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look will work for basically any client. Someone with a round face would need height in the crown to balance the look..

Sexy & Undone

Sexy & Undone hairstyle
Instagram @hayjay90

Q&A with style creator, Heather Jordan
Level 4 Stylist @ Tease Hair Boutique in Norwell, MA


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

I would describe this look as being sexy and undone, which is undeniably trending right now. It can be worn with jeans and a cute top, or more formally for a night out.

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

I have three go-to products for this look after a nice shampoo. First I start with Kerastase Nectar Thermique (protects hair up to 450 degrees) to create a barrier between the hair and the blow dryer and curling iron. I used two pumps of Essence Absolue from Shu Umera through the ends on damp hair.

After drying and styling around the face to smooth out cowlicks and frizzies, rough dry the back to create and preserve volume. I used a 1 1/2-inch barrel iron for this look because my guest’s hair was long enough, but for shorter looks a smaller barrel may be ideal. Section your hair in three horizontal sections and use the iron to curl two-inch subsections. Be sure to leave the ends out for a more modern, undone look.

After you’ve curled all of your sections, set the curls with Caviar Working Spray. I love this one because it’s light and can be layered to your liking. Tip your head back, run your hands through (little Victoria’s Secret moment), spray again and voila!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for almost any hair type so long as you’re protecting your hair with the right products. They do half of the work! Most of the time this look can easily be worn on day two and three, too! Gotta love longevity!

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.

Summer Long Wavy Hairstyles

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.

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 hair 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!