Wavy Hairstyles

Get the Messy Wavy Hairstyles that Street Style Stars Love

Curated By
Eunice Lucero

a.k.a. Blogger hair, in a nutshell.

For the past two years, we’ve seen the lob revolutionize the way we all thought about medium-length hair; no longer was it merely a no-man’s land between a short bob and long, mermaid hair. Elevated from being just a humble in-between filler or simply a means to an end, the lob, especially with inclusion in the hottest messy wavy hairstyles loved by both influencers and style stars, has become a definite It girl staple.

For this post, we deconstruct how to achieve messy wavy hairstyles such as the chunky lob in just a few steps. Read on and see how you, too, can work this look like a bonafide fashionista:

Messy Wavy Hairstyles: the Blogger Lob

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A great balayage also highlights the details of this wavy ‘do. Photo credit: Nick Urteaga

Step 1: Wash your hair with a wave-enhancing system.

Hair aficionados worth their salt know that any long-lasting style usually starts in the shower. A shampoo and conditioner that has lightweight moisturizers, like TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Shampoo and TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Conditioner with Sea Kelp Extract helps create a base for effortless-looking waves. Rinse well.

Step 2: Towel-dry and follow with a salt spray.

Blot hair with a towel, and then lightly spritz on a salt spray, such as Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, for texture and edgier waves. Mist hair all over, and then rough-dry with a blowdryer.

Step 3: Give yourself a blowout—no, really.

As TRESemmé Lead Stylist Jeanie Syfu mentioned, “a good foundation is key for [waves and curls] to work,” and, as counterintuitive as it sounds, this is usually done via a proper blowout. No need to stress about it: Just go in with a flat brush or a paddle brush to ensure kinks are straightened out before you curl.

Step 4: Use a bigger curling iron barrel.

The smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl. So for this lob, or if you want messy wavy hairstyles with a chunkier bend, a 1 1/2” curling iron is best. First divide hair into top and bottom sections, then further divide into left, middle and right. Twirl each section around the barrel (holding it horizontally gives a softer, structured wave, vertically gives beachier waves), hold for around five to eight seconds, then release. Curl the fringe area last.

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Vertical waves give a beachier, more tousled feel. Photo credit: Nick Urteaga

Step 5: Mess it up.

Gently brush out your curls with a paddle brush (we like Nexxus Ibiza CX2 Paddle Hair Brush), scrunching from the ends up to give it more of a tousled feel. Finish with an anti-frizz hairspray, like Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Hairspray, to set. You’re done!

Want more inspiration for messy wavy hairstyles? Check out the best wavy looks we’ve spotted this season.

Eunice Lucero
Peace and hair grease, Eunice
13 March 2017