23 Long Wavy Hair Ideas That Trending Right Now

Long wavy hair ideas

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.

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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 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.

Effortlessly Long Beach Waves

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.

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 Ombre 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.

Brown 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 long wavy hair 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

Caramel Balayage Waves hairstyle
Instagram @nicole_at_kamp_hair_studio

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.

Long Beachy Waves

long hair with beach waves
Instagram @hairbyevelynm

These long beachy waves are so in vogue nowadays! You can keep them hanging on casual days, or jazz them up in an updo on a formal event. This style works on most hair colors, yet the golden and warm blonde tones make the best finish. Haircuts for long wavy hair like this also need proper care, so a frequent trim is vital to prevent split ends.

Q&A with style creator, Evelyn
Hair Stylist @ Hair by Evelyn Mattes in Santa Fe, TX

How would you describe this?

Long layers with beach waves look great on women with any length of hair. Adding baby lights brightens up hair and keeps it blended throughout the growing process.
What’s your best advice?
These beach wave curls are good for anyone on the go and take less than 10 to 15 minutes to style!

When curling the hair for beach waves, you want to curl the hair away from your face.

If you are wanting lots of volume simply alternate the curls, curl in bigger sections, leave your ends out, and pull down while curling.

After you finish let them cool, then brush the curls out with a wide-tooth comb or a vent brush.

Use a bigger 1-inch curling iron (I suggest a 1in or 1 1/2in barrel), heat protectant, and a dry texture spray such as Joico to create these loose beach waves.

Super Long Hair with Natural Waves

long hair with natural waves
Instagram @emilycooper_hair

Feeling obsessed with this look? Well, no wonder why. Whether you like it up or down, this super long hair with natural waves will still appear astonishing. It’s versatility to match with any updo and color is what will amaze you. Here’s a tip—a blonde balayage makes a stunning long and wavy hairstyle, for sure.

The Perfect Cut for Thick Wavy Hair

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. The wavy long hair 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

long cascading curls
Instagram @craftedbysoph

One of the loveliest long hairstyles for wavy hair! Bring your locks half-up, and jazz them up with these cascading curls. Teasing the crown slightly helps add volume and shape to the style. For a little brightness, painted light golden brown on your dark tresses will do you a favor.

Slightly Wavy Hair

slightly wavy long hair
Instagram @mariebrthairstylist

This slightly wavy hair is enough to accentuate your copper blonde hair color. It’s the softness of the look that suits a nice color melt. A stunning wavy hairstyle like this is what will leave people to keep on staring at you.

Textured and Wavy

textured and wavy long hair
Instagram @charlotte_edwardsandco

This textured and wavy look is a trend you mustn’t miss if you have long tresses. The tendrils create a movement that appears softer with straighter ends. Spice up this textured long wavy hair with a blonde balayage for a natural sun-kissed effect.

Big Waves

long hair with big waves
Instagram @refinedhairbyelke

Sure, you can include this look in your most favorite hairstyles for long wavy hair! Those gorgeous big waves will help you achieve a very natural finish. It’s the style that offers volume and movement without pulling your lengthy tresses up. With oil on your black hair, the result will appear shiny and healthy.

Messy Wavy Hair

messy long wavy hair
Instagram @hair.bymeggg

Now, that’s something to be obsessed with! This messy wavy hair will bring zest to your entire style. It’s looking soft and effortless, especially with that subtle brown ombre. Whenever you need to brighten up your face a little, add money piece in this messy long wavy hair and you won’t go wrong.

Long Loose Waves

Long layers and soft waves are a perfect match! These long loose waves will look even more bouncy with a mist of a flexible hold hairspray. That dramatic finish is sure to emphasize the golden brown highlights on your dark base.

Q&A with style creator, Brenda Grigorian
Owner / Cosmetologist @ Be Glamorous Beauty Salon in North Hollywood, CA

How would you describe this look?

Loose waves work for long hair and short hair, as well as lob haircuts.

Adding dimension to the natural color with foliage / Balayage highlights brings out the natural glow and enhances the overall look for any occasion.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You can use chi black seed oil or Paul Mitchell super skinny serum, Big Sexy hair texture spray, frizz-free humidity hairspray, soft spray, and/or nonsticky to achieve the results you want.

Wavy Long Blonde Hair

Turn yourself into a babe with this wavy long blonde hair! Both the dimension and movement will prevent your tresses from looking flat or dull. This long wavy blonde hair also features a shadow root, making it low-maintenance.

Q&A with style creator, Jenny Russell
Hair Stylist @ BeYoutiful Hair and Nails in Liverpool, UK

How would you describe this look?

This wavy long blonde hair has a full head of highlights and lowlights, two blonde and one caramel. Ask your stylist to cut your hair while keeping the layers long. Then, create a feathered look around your face.

This long hair is perfect for women who don’t want their wavy blonde hair too short, so they can still wear their hair up.

Blow-dry your hair smooth and use a GHD waver to create the waves. Once your hair is wanded, use a wide-tooth comb and apply hairspray.

What is your best advice?

This wavy blonde hair is really versatile as you can wear it up or down and it still looks great. Waves usually last a few days in hair.

The blonde colors are very natural looking and complement the wavy style of the long cut.