16 Best Wavy Hairstyles and How to Get Them

Hunting for hairstyles for naturally wavy hair? Of course, you are...  

Love wavy hair as much as we do? Since these looks have a year-round and universal appeal, we thought we’d put together our favourite hairstyles for wavy hair, so you can rock chic waves every day of the week.

But that’s not even the best part: we’ve also enlisted the help of Maria Kovacs, TIGI European Session Director to show you the right way to get the wavy hairdo of your dreams.

16 wonderful hairstyles for wavy hair

front view of woman with very long blonde hair styled with soft waves in studio
Hollywood waves are a staple look for any glam goddess. Credit: Verity Jane Smith.

1. Loose waves

Ah, soft, undulating waves. They’re one of our favourite hairstyles for wavy hair, mostly because they’re as effortless to create as they look.

“When blow-drying your hair, always put the product into damp hair first because it’s easier to distribute. Mousse is the one that will hold wavy hairstyles the most. I usually spray the mousse on a big, wide-tooth comb, then brush it through the hair. If you do it with your fingers, it may start to snag when it’s dried.” says Maria Kovacs

As the waves are loose, they’re more likely to drop quicker than super tight curls. But don’t fret: there is something you can do to help your subtle waves stay in place all day long, and it involves TIGI Catwalk Strong Hold Mousse.

It’s a must-have for creating long-lasting, defined curls and also has moisturising properties in it, too — bonus!

hairstyles for wavy hair: side view of woman with dark brown hair styled with soft waves in studio
Soft and subtle retro waves won’t let you down. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Vintage-inspired waves

Vintage waves or finger waves remind us of the roaring ’20s. And if you’ve ever wanted to look like you’ve stepped straight off the set of The Great Gatsby, then you’ll need to practice pinning up your curls. This will ensure that you and your waves are ready for the big screen.

“Always clip your curls towards your face because then you can brush them out in every direction. If you do it away from the face, then it’ll generally just give you that Charlie’s Angels look.” says Maria Kovacs.

Next read: How to get pin curls.

woman with brown medium length hair styled with big loose waves in studio
Add a tousled touch to voluminous waves. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Voluminous waves

Sultry, voluminous waves are always in style. And right now, we’re crushing hard on hair that’s kept bouncy at the bottom!

“When you have a middle parting, the hair is distributed evenly, so it can look flatter at the top.” says Maria Kovacs. To counter this, apply the TONI&GUY 3D Volumiser Spray on the mid-section to ends of your strands for added volume. Because if the top section of your hair looks flatter, it’ll trick the eye into thinking that the bottom section is fuller. Smart, eh?

hairstyles for wavy hair: back view of woman with pastel coloured hair and a half up bow made from hair
Accessorise with your hair? Yes, please!. Credit: Instagram.com/nealmhair.

4. The half-up hair bow

Want to upgrade your fail-safe, half-up bun hairstyle? Then give this romantic pastel hair bow a go.

We know it looks a little complicated, but the good news is, it’s actually quite easy to master. To learn how to get it for yourself, check out our step-by-step guideCredit: @nealmhair

hairstyles for wavy hair: blonde model on runway with large bouncy wavy hair wearing strapless wedding dress
Loose, glossy waves work for any event. Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Loose, glossy waves

Loose, glossy waves look are the perfect evening hairstyle. Oozing with elegance, they’ll instantly make you feel glamorous — especially if you pair them with a set of swanky earrings.

Editor’s tip: Haircuts for wavy hair, like this one, look their best with a touch of shine. To achieve a glossy, frizz-free finish, finish off your look with a spritz of VO5 Tame & Shine Spray.

hairstyles for wavy hair: kirsten dunst blonde medium length hair styles in a way hair rope side braid
Talk about #hairgoals! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Rope braid

Looking for hairstyles for naturally wavy hair? Then we suggest you give this lovely rope braid hairstyle a try, which has a seal of approval from the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Shay Mitchell.

hairstyles for wavy hair: model with light golden brown medium length hair with soft waves through the ends wearing a white lace dress
Wavy ends for the win. Credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Wavy ends

Thought haircuts for wavy hair were all about big, blown out styles? Creating soft waves on the ends of your tresses can be just as effective. By focusing on the tips of your hair, you’ll be able to achieve effortless waves in a matter of minutes.

back view woman with blonde hair and a set of fishtail braids and waves
Game of Thrones fans, this one is for you… Credit: Instagram.com/oliviachristensensalon

8. Half-up fishtail braid

If we’ve learnt anything from Game of Thrones and Vikings, it’s that there’s a tonne of hairstyles for wavy, thick hair waiting for you to try.

Our current fave? This fierce half-up, half-down fishtail braid, of course, which will show off your tresses in a practical way. Credit: @oliviachristensensalon

Editor’s tip: Struggle with braiding your hair? To give your hair added grip and make it easier to plait, spritz your tresses with TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray.

hairstyles for wavy hair : anne-marie brit awards long silver wavy hair styled with cornrow braids at the top
Anne-Marie serves up one hot wavy hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Cornrows

Teaming her long waves with cornrow braids, singer Anne-Marie went for this braided half-up, half-down hairstyle, which we think makes for a great festival look.

So, if you’re looking for party-ready hairstyles for wavy hair, you need to put this one on your hair radar, stat.

hairstyles for wavy hair: long dark hair with big hollywood waves
Glam it up with this ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/mauriestradamua.

10. Hollywood glamour

When we think of the best haircuts for wavy hair, one of the first images that springs to mind that of Hollywood waves. Whether you have naturally wavy hair or not, sporting this timeless ‘do is sure to get you all the likes. Credit: @mauriestradamua

Next read: How to create Hollywood waves.

model on runway with golden brown dark blonde long wavy hair styled in a retro finger wave finish
Go for a 2-in-1 look. Credit: indigitalimages.com

11. Wavy ponytail

Are you having difficulty deciding between hairstyles for wavy hair? Why choose when you can have more than one? This runway look incorporates retro finger waves at the front and a wavy ponytail at the back, allowing you to channel two trends at the same time.

hairstyles for wavy hair: woman with blonde ombre hair and casual waves
Everyone loves a the beach. Credit: Instagram.com/mariannesicari.

12. Lived-in waves

Heading to the beach? Or maybe you just want that lived-in style that’s so hot right now? Well, you won’t even need to set foot in the ocean to get this cool beach-perfect hairstyle.

Inspired by the sea itself, this long wavy ‘do is the ideal choice for casual gatherings, but can be worn for any occasion. Remember: a good texturising spray or salt spray will be your new BFF for this look. Credit:@mariannesicari

hairstyles for wavy hair: kate beckinsale on red carpet with dark golden brown wavy hair styled in a low undone bun
When it comes to easy hairstyles for wavy hair, this bun is our fave. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

13. Undone bun

Never underestimate the power of an undone bun (Just ask Meghan Markle!). You can wear them for any occasion, dress them up with hair accessories or leave them be, either way you’ll look stylish.

Style tip: Easy hairstyles for wavy hair, like this, look their best with some romantic tendrils left out at the front.

hairstyles for wavy hair: model backstage with long blonde wavy hair
Model hair, don’t care! Credit: indigitalimages.com

14. Barely-there waves

Love the look of barely-there waves rocked by your favourite models?

Just simply let your mane dry naturally before using a large-barrelled curling iron to create your waves, rolling your hair away from your face. Once your curls have cooled, simply run your finger through them in order to achieve that off-duty vibe.

woman with long red dyed hair with waves and two briads
Waves and braids make the ideal combo. Credit: Instagram.com/ellaschair

15. Braided half-crown

Looking for hairstyles for naturally wavy hair that will enhance your texture? Say no more. Opt for full-on curls at the ends of your hair and weave in a couple of braids at the back of your crown. This will show off your incredible locks as well as your styling prowess. Credit: @ellaschair

street style image of ciara with very long brown blonde ombre wavy layered hair
Layers, layers and more layers. Credit: indigitalimages.com

16. Natural, layered waves

If you’re wondering what the best haircut for wavy hair is, we’ve got the answer: layers.

If your hair boasts a natural kink or waves, and you like wearing it long, try adding soft, subtle layers to achieve a polished everyday look, all with minimal styling effort. Now press that snooze button one more time.




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