Hair of the Season: The Classic Polished Wave

Timeless styles are always a good idea.

As more and more women are in search of hairstyles that complement their age, we can’t help but look to the polished wave as the go-to style. Unlike its edgier sister look, the undone wave, this polished wave is much more grown up and versatile. The classic look and feel of the polished wave works for any occasion and short-haired women are not excluded from wearing the style.

This simple wave style is perfect to add to your bank of grown-up hairstyles. Here’s how you can achieve the look:

polished wave: brunette runway
Long, sultry and polished. Photo credit:

1. The Long Wave

This wave style has been an iconic look ever since its retro heyday back in the twenties. To achieve, it’s all about using the right curling tool. Prep clean, straight hair with a serum like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum for shine and brush through to evenly distribute. Curl medium sections of hair from mid-shaft to ends using 1 ½ inch curling iron. This is the ideal curling iron for a loose, voluminous wave. Set your style with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4 to set in place.

polished wave: short hair
Works on shorter lengths too. Photo credit:

2. Short Polished Waves

The polished wave look doesn’t discriminate when it comes to length. On shorter hair types, nail this look by creating chunky finger waves like the 1920s finger wave hairstyle. Apply a quarter sized amount of Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel through your hair, then use your comb to create S-shaped waves. While this can be done at home, you can also leave it to a professional to create the sexy, polished wave you want. Finish your style with a shine spray like Bed Head By TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray to illuminate the look.

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