Top 26 Long Wavy Hair Ideas Trending in 2022

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Long wavy hair is attractive 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 be 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 long wavy hairstyles is easy with curling irons, flat irons, and the traditional rollers.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of long wavy hair ideas:

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Long Blonde Wavy Hair with a Center Part
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#1: Long Blonde Wavy Hair with a Center Part

Long blonde wavy hair with a center part is a modern choice for a lived-in style. One good day of prep can extend this look over the course of days while braiding at night is a great way to retain a loose wave while avoiding heat.

If creating this look with a wand, a 1 1/2″ barrel will work best. When styling, leave out 1″ at the ends for a beachy feel. Ouai “wave spray,” misted on the braids or after styling will create a lasting style.

Blonde Balayage on Long Wavy Hair
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#2: Blonde Balayage on Long Wavy Hair

One idea for long hair is a blonde balayage on long wavy hair. A rooted balayage is a low-maintenance color that is stunning on long hair. The light blonde pieces contrast against the lowlight pieces for more interest and the illusion of added density, especially when paired with soft long layers.

Gorgeous wavy long blonde hair
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#3: Gorgeous Wavy Long Hair

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

textured and wavy long hair
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#4: Textured and Wavy

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.

lovely layered long wavy hair
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#5: Lovely Layered Long Wavy Hair

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

Long shaggy waves
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#6: Shaggy Waves

Flowing shaggy waves benefit thicker, coarser hair types as the layering helps remove the weight from long hair. Not only will your hair feel lighter, but the movement will be a little more disheveled. It’ll be suitable for women with even a loose wave.

Long Hair with Beach Waves
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#7: Effortlessly Long Beach Waves

I love these long and wavy styles 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. 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.

To achieve this look, use a larger curling wand and slightly leaving the ends out to see the true length of the hair. Curling away from the face is 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.

long wavy brown hair with volume
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#8: Long Wavy Brown Hair with Volume

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

#9: Radiant Long Wavy Hair with Bangs

Hair artist and owner of Alchemy Haus of Hair in Santa Cruz, CA, Alli Wilkinson, created this radient long wavy hair with bangs.

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.

Alli’s 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,” she says. 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.

Alli states, “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.”

tousled smooth curly waves
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#10: Tousled Smooth Curly Waves

Opt for a tousled smooth wave hairstyle in an ash blonde. It can be created with Pravana styling products (Full Volume Foam and Invisible Control Spray). Smooth the roots and rotate the flat iron to create the curl then straighten out the ends.

The advice given to a woman who wants these hairstyles is to use products that aren’t oil-based and that give texture and volume. All women could pull off these highly textured waves, but smoothing out the strands prior (blow-drying or straightening) would be based in part on the texture of hair.

Even though a straightener was used to style initially, try a wand and go over the hair with a straightener on low heat to slightly smooth out the curls.

natural tousled waves for long wavy hair
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#11: Natural Tousled Waves

These natural tousled waves are a style 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 long, naturally wavy hair, and smooth down flyaways. It has 230 degrees of heat protection which is important when it comes to 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.

romantic s-shaped waves
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#12: Romantic S-Shaped Waves

The soft, “S”-shaped waves give this look an old Hollywood glam feel.

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.

Shiny Hollywood Waves hairstyle
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#13: Shiny Hollywood Waves

“This look is called Hollywood Waves or Bridal Waves,” says owner and hair designer Liezel Asi of Bay Area, CA. “My favorite thing about this look is how classic, clean, smooth, sleek, and shiny it is.”

“My advice to women that want this look is to have long hair,” says Asi. “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 full-bodied waves hairstyle.”

The products used to accomplish this look were Sebastian Fierce Hairspray and Kenra Ultimate Hold.

Dimensional Copper Waves hairstyle
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#14: Dimensional Copper Color Waves

These copper waves were created by hairstylist Nycole Navarro of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. “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,” she adds.

As far as the beach waves go, anyone can wear this look with the right products and tools. Navarro explains, “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 hairstyle
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#15: Melted Ombre Auburn Waves

“I would describe this look as a melted auburn balayage on soft waves,” says style creator Coleen Figiel of Tannersville, NY. “My favorite thing about these long, ombre waves are the subtle transition of colors. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where each color ends and the new one begins.”

balayage lived-in waves
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#16: Balayage Lived-In Waves

These lived-in waves have tousled curls and the curls complement the lived-in balayage.”

Consider this long wavy hair because it can suit any woman 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!

When styling, use products that have some hold. Two of the best products are Sculpting Foam and Super Skinny from Paul Mitchell.

Caramel Balayage Waves hairstyle
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#17: Caramel Balayage Waves

This is a balayage with a natural dark base and a caramel balayage. It was created by hairstylist and color specialist Nicole Bovard of Tustin, CA.

“My best advice would be if you are trying to achieve these curls, curl each piece the opposite way you did the last curl,” says Bovard. “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.”

long beachy waves
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#18: Long Beachy Waves

These long beachy waves are so in vogue nowadays! You can keep them hanging on casual days, or jazz them up in an updo for a formal event such as a wedding. Haircuts for long wavy hair like this also need proper care, so a frequent trim is vital to prevent split ends.

Long layers with beach waves look great on women with a long length of hair. These beach wave curls are good for women on the go and take less than 10 to 15 minutes to style!

Just remember these styling tips Evelyn has:

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  (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
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#19: Super Long Hair with Natural Waves

Feeling obsessed with this natural hair? 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
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#20: The Perfect Cut for Thick Wavy Hair

Go for thick wavy hair. Wavy long hair can be worn with jeans and a cute top, or more formally for a night out.

The best three go-to products for this look after a nice shampoo are Kerastase Nectar Thermique (protects hair up to 450 degrees) to create a barrier between the hair and the blow dryer and curling iron. Use two pumps of Essence Absolue from Shu Umera through the ends on damp hair, too.

After you’ve curled all of your sections, set the curls with Caviar Working Spray. It’s light and can be layered to your liking. Tip your head back, run your hands through your thick hair, and spray again.

long cascading curls
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#21: Long Cascading Curls

While this might be on the curlier side of wavy hair, it’s definitely 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 long blonde hair
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#22: Slightly Wavy Hair

This slightly wavy hair is enough to accentuate your 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.

long hair with big waves
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#23: Long Hair with Big Waves

Sure, you can include this big hair in your 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 long hairstyle
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#24: Messy Wavy Hair

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 blonde and brown ombre. Whenever you need to brighten up your face a little, add a money piece to this messy long wavy hair and you won’t go wrong.

Long Loose Waves
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#25: 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 silver highlights on your dark base.

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

For styling, 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.

👉 See more long layered haircuts and hairstyles.

wavy long blonde hairstyle
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#26: 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.

This wavy long blonde hair has a full head of blonde 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.

For styling, 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.

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.