17 Hairstyles for Wavy Hair to Check Out

Show off those gorgeous natural waves. 

We think it’s safe to say that if you have natural waves, you’re pretty lucky! With hairstyles for wavy hair, you can wear your hair natural, straighten it or curl it whenever you want. While we love the styling options, it’s always awesome to better understand your hair type and texture, that, for wavy-haired gals, means you can show off your defined and bendy locks. And with wavy hair, no one’s left out of this crowd. No matter what your hair length is, everyone can experiment with bouncy and irresistible waves. From short hair to long hair, read on to learn how you can step up your wave game with these inspirational styles to achieve perfect wavy hair.

Cute Hairstyles for Wavy Hair

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This wavy style is almost too perfect. Photo credit: Farraz Essani Photography

1. Multi-Braid Half-Updo

Nothing goes together quite like natural waves and braids. We especially love this multi-braided ‘do that looks awesome on any hair length. All you need to do is braid back a small-ish section of hair from above each of your ears. When you reach the back of your head, merge the braids together to create a singular braided hairstyle. Secure your hard work in place with a hair tie and you’re ready to hit the beach.

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Perfect for the beach or the boardroom. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Sleek and Chic Waves

If you love the pin straight look, give your hair a break and smooth out your waves instead. This style is awesome because all you need to do is dry your hair. Starting with freshly washed hair, apply a dime-sized amount of the S Factor By TIGI Silky Smooth Serum. Not only does this serum nix the frizz, it also helps to smooth down unruly natural waves. Then, dry your hair with a diffuser attachment to create defined and smooth waves.

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Keep your waves out of your face in style. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

3. Romantic Wavy Half-Updo

How great is this wavy half-updo? As seen at the Charles Youssef show at NYFW, this gorgeous wavy style combines twisted coils, texture and a coiled bun. Love! Follow the steps to nail this style from Orlando Pita’s hair tutorial.

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Can we get a YES for wet wavy hair? Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Wet Hair

You can (and should!) rock that wet hair look with wavy hair. We love this style because it’s easy to create and gives your hair a break from heat styling. This is another style that starts off with freshly washed, still wet hair. Apply a good amount of the TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel all over your brushed and detangled hair. You’ll want to apply much more than you would for normal wave defining. And that’s it! The extra gel in your hair will keep your style looking wet all day.

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This complicated looking braid is the real MVP. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Funkadelic Braid

Bored of the typical three-strand braid? Then, you’ve got to try out this cool, funky braid. Start off by creating two sections of your hair from one side of your head, and one section from the other. Then, create your braid by adding new section of your hair into your braid. At the end, backcomb your hair or secure it with a hair tie for a cool asymmetrical striped braid.

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Face framing waves romanticize any style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Easy Natural Wavy-Updo

We’re mostly jealous of naturally wavy hair because of how effortlessly chic these styles look. This easy updo? It’s just a bun with a few pieces of wavy hair at the front. Gorgeous, right!

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Tough yet feminine. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

7. Tough and Textured

If pulled up hair isn’t your thing, wear your gorgeous, wavy hair down. We love to rough-up natural waves with matte textured products. Apply a little bit of theBed Head By TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream  to your thumb and index finger. Use your fingers to create matte textured pieces throughout your hair for cool, defined waves.


Chic Updos for Wavy Hair

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Minimal effort for a style that looks hella complicated. In a good way.

8. Wrap + Tuck

Looking for updos for wavy hair that you can rock at work and when you go out for cocktails? Then this one is for you! This updo is as easy as creating the classic pull-through messy bun style with just one quick bonus step. Part your hair and gather it into a low ponytail. Wrap your hair tie around the ponytail but only pull it halfway through on the last loop around. Use the excess hair that hangs out as a wrap-around component and tuck it underneath the bun and pin it into place. Carefully spread the wrapped hair apart –with your fingers– for maximum drama and add a spritz or two of the Bed Head by TIGI Full of It Volume Hairspray to keep loose pieces from poking out.

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A great option if you don’t have too much time for styling.

9. Teased Updo Hairstyles

Whether your hairstyling skills were a big focus for you in 2016 or you’re new to the styling game, you’ll be able to create this teased updo style in under five minutes. Comb your hair back away from your face and tease one section at a time until you’re all volume everywhere. You may resemble a fictional creature at this point – that means you’re doing great. Carefully and lightly comb all of the teased hair back until you are holding all of your hair in a low ponytail. Twist your hair and coil it against your head and pin it into place. Optional additional step: pull a few small strands out to frame your face.

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How to take yourself seriously 101.

10. Wavy Center Updos

Any hairstyle takes a step towards the serious side when you style it around a center part. This low bun is no exception. Ditching your usual side part and creating a classic low bun is the quickest way to make an otherwise whimsical and younger look a little more mature. Pair it with a bright lipstick and a patterned shirt full of personality to maintain some character if you’re not really aiming for that ‘climbing the corporate ladder’ look.

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How to fall in love with your natural texture.

11. Natural Texture Updos

This is ideal for those days when you need to look put together but you went to sleep on wet hair and woke up to your natural waves. The problem with wavy hair is that you can’t always predict how it will behave. Implement a permanent plan for your waves and embrace the inconsistent texture by making sea salt spray a part of your hair care routine. Spray the sea salt spray through your hair and opt for a deep side part. Gather your hair into a low messy bun for an off-duty model look that screams chic.

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Wavy pixie haircut. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

12. Wavy Pixie

Turn up the vibes on your pixie with this style. With wavy hair infused into this look, your short and cropped cut will have a fun twist, especially as you rock some bounce at the crown.

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Retro-inspired hair waves. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

13. Retro Waves

This style can be done on short, medium or long hair. Those with a longer short hair length can fake this style by pinning it up. These fun retro waves are super girly and the deep side part of this ’do adds some serious oomph.

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Sleek waves on a bob haircut.

14. Wavy Bob

Step aside from the sleek straight look for a moment and introduce waves into your pageboy. Waves add perkiness and volume. There’s enough length in the cut to achieve a tousled effect you’ll love.


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Add waves to frame your hairstyle. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

15. Face Framing Waves

Loose waves shape and frame the face with this stylish look, bonus if you already have a front fringe! This style is fun and chic, as waves give it a cheerful edge taking away too much seriousness from the style.

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Classy waves for any occasion.


16. Sophisticated Waves

Long, soft and stylish waves create this chic look. You’ll definitely want to take this style out for an enjoyable night on the town!

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Add braids to a wavy hairstyle.

17. Center Braid with Waves

What happens with you mix two trends at once? Well, you get this amazing and not overdone style. The middle braid adds a stylish, youthful touch to the overall look as the waves compliment your gorgeous texture.

Looking for more haircuts for wavy hair? Check out these feature on wavy hair with bangs.