Wavy Hair Tips and Styling Hacks: Your Guide to “Effortless” Waves

We've got the 411 on taming and styling your hair for full-on, luscious waves.

A quick scroll of your Insta feed should confirm that wavy locks are so in right now. With that in mind, we’ve compiled an in-depth guide to answer all your curly hair maintenance and styling questions. Plus, give you the 411 on our failsafe wavy hair tips and tricks.

Wavy hair is so appealing because it can be achieved in with different techniques and looks great on all styles, lengths and textures.

Whether your wavy locks are au naturel or courtesy of a curling wand, it’s important to get to grips with the best tips, tricks, and techniques for messy, wavy hair. Read on:

wavy hair tips use the right products
One of the best wavy hair tips? Use the right products.

Wavy hair styling products

No matter what finish you’re looking for, the key to creating waves that last throughout the day is to start with the right products. When you wash your hair, use moisturizing formulas to keep it from looking frizzy or dry.

We suggest trying TRESemmé Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with Vitamin E, this combo won’t weigh hair down, giving your waves extra body and bounce.

Post-styling, keep your tresses in place with Suave Professionals Natural Hold Micro Mist Hairspray. Mist it over just-waved hair if you’re using a heated curling tool or spray it onto naturally wavy hair and scrunch with your hands. This will add definition to the waves and, most, importantly, ensure that they stay in place from a.m. to p.m.

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Want waves in a flash? We don’t blame you.

How do you make hair wavy?

If you weren’t born with natural waves, you can always achieve the look with the help of a curling wand or straightener. Simply section and loosely curl the hair from front to back, comb through with your fingers and add a texturizing spray to finish. Check out our tutorial on how to get waves to see this simple process in more detail.

Starting with wet hair? No problem. Use a hairdryer to create loose waves by curling and pinning sections of the hair up as you go. This technique will not only help set your waves in place, but it will also give you that voluminous just-out-the-salon touch.

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No heat? No problem!

How to style wavy hair without heat

Don’t have a curling wand handy? Don’t sweat it! There are still plenty of ways to create no-heat waves, here are 3 of our top wavy hair tips:

1. Sock curls are by far one of the easiest methods to create no-heat waves. Simply cut the toe off a clean sock and roll it into a hair donut. Tuck your hair around the donut and leave it in overnight to form messy, undone waves.

2. An overnight braid will let you catch some zzz’s while your plaits do all the work. Divide and weave the hair into as many small braids as you would like and unravel them in the morning. The smaller you make them, the tighter your waves will be.

3. A twisted bun is a great multi-tasking option for day-to-night styling. Twist the hair into an updo during the day, then unravel the style at night and finger comb your hair to release the waves.

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Fight the frizz! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

How to style wavy hair without the frizz

While undone, model-off-duty waves are always a style we’re trying to emulate, frizzy locks are most definitely not. The battle against unwanted texture starts with your styling products. Try periodically using a moisturizing mask like Bed Head by TIGI Resurrection Treatment Mask to keep hair healthy and nourished. The appearance of dryness can lead to frizz, so the healthier your hair, the less surface texture it will have.

Post-styling, if you want to tame any loose flyaways or add more shine to the hair’s surface, use a few drops of a nourishing oil like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum. Place a small amount of the product in your palm and gently finger comb through your waves to add shine and give you a smooth finish.

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Own your curls and give them definition. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

How to make curls more defined for wavy hair

When it comes to wavy hair, curl definition is often a top priority. You can easily create a more ‘done’ finish to your waves by using a curling wand. There’s no need to divide the hair into sections as you go; simply pick a few pieces at random to curl. These perfectly-formed spirals will add the appearance of volume to the hair and leave you with a more finessed finish.

For naturally wavy hair, you can also try using the hair plopping technique to create more precise waves. This method keeps the hair compressed to the top of the head while it air dries. Giving loose curls more of a refined look than simply letting them dry loosely.

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To brush, or not to brush?

Do you brush wavy hair?

Depending on your hair type, thickness and grooming routine, you might need to brush through your curled or natural waves to style them. Before you do, it’s important to take into account whether you have fine or thick hair, and what your styling needs are when choosing your hairbrush.

Whatever tool works for your hair, it’s important to follow one golden rule when brushing wavy hair: Be gentle! As curls and waves are manipulated by the brush, it’s important not to be too rough, as this can cause damage to the surface of the hair, leading to frizz.

Looking for a little hair-spiration? Here are four easy wavy hair tips and looks that work with all hair types:

Everyone will think you’ve stepped off the red carpet with this look.

1. Sleek and Chic

As the perfect finishing touch to literally any outfit, polished waves make a statement all on their own. The go-to ‘do for many women as glamorous, soft curls look sophisticated and go with any look, day or night.

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Boho beautiful. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Boho Vibes

Take a walk on the wild side of wavy hair trends by sporting voluminous, untamed curls. Add an extra woke up like this touch to the look by backcombing your roots and mid-sections of the hair. Pair the look with a mixture of braids and hair accessories for instant festival-worthy appeal.

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Wavy hair, don’t care. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Teased and Untamed

Back-from-the-beach hair will always be a winner in our books, no matter what the weather dictates. If you prefer to keep your wave more low-key, one of our pro wavy hair tips is to style the look with Bed Head By TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray. This will give you a natural-looking, messy mane.

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Retro waves amp up any look.

4. Romantic Retro Waves

This retro hairstyle adds loads of texture and body to your look while staying loose and carefree. Bring your waves to the next level by adding in a bold middle part to bring the attention directly to your face. This style is great for date nights and special events.