Women with naturally wavy hair often seem to run out of hairstyling options and resort to flat ironing their tresses to make their mane look good, trendy and manageable. Ladies, your natural hair texture is a great asset and there are many ways to style it too! In fact, most women with straight hair add waves to their tresses to perk up their flat hairstyles.
Ranging from fresh-off-the-runway styles to vintage hairdos, these gorgeous hairstyles for wavy hair will surely help you leverage your hair's natural texture and pull off awe-inspiring hairstyles every day, everywhere!
1. Barely There Waves
If you have a short bob, simply blow-dry your damp hair and scrunch your tresses gently with your fingers as you go to create subtle, barely there waves. If you have thick hair, subtle waves help to cut down on volume and reduce the bulk in your hair, making your mane look light and airy. Don't forget to spritz your hair with a heat protectant spray before blow-drying and with a fine control hairspray after you're done styling your hair!
2. Wavy Bob
Those of you with long bobs can create more pronounced waves and make your hair look textured and voluminous. Wear your wavy bob brushed back or pair it with a side part to create a chic look. Wavy bobs look super trendy, suit all women and can be sported just about anywhere!
Shoulder-Length Hairstyles for Wavy Hair
3. Half-up Tousled Hair
Want to keep your hair off the face and wear it in a beautiful style? Half-up tousled hair will meet your hairstyling requirements perfectly! This gorgeous hairstyle is ideal to wear to work, to a party or to a date!
If you have naturally wavy hair, just create a middle part and make two baby braids on either side of the part. Secure the braids at the back of your head using bobby pins and finish off with a generous spritz of hairspray to set the style for longer wear!
4. Side Swept Wavy Hair
Side sweeps suit all face shapes – round, oval, square and long. To create a gorgeous side swept hairstyle, mist your lovely locks with heat protectant spray and wrap small hair sections around a small-barreled curling iron. For a more natural looking finish, curl the sections in opposite direction.
Once you're done curling all your hair, spritz some tousle waves hairspray all over your tresses and give them a good scrunch with your fingers to define the wavy texture. Make a side part and set your hair with a generous spritz of fine hold hairspray!
5. Grunge Waves
To create a fashionably unkempt hairstyle, work in a small quantity of deconstruction gum through the lengths of your hair and scrunch individual hair pieces using your fingers to define their wavy texture. When you're happy with the messy look, spritz some fine control hairspray to set the hairstyle for longer wear!
6. Half-up with Wet Look Twist
With the wet look becoming more and more popular these days, there is no reason why you shouldn't give it a try! After all, you have the advantage of wavy texture and can create interesting variations that do not look flat and uninteresting.
To create a party-ready half-up hairstyle with a wet look twist, spritz some tousle waves hairspray on your tresses and scrunch individual sections with your fingers to define their wavy texture. Next, create a sharp side part and work in a tiny amount of styling gel on the section closest to your hairline. Twist the slick section opposite the part and secure it at the back of your head using a bobby pin (please refer to the image above). Tuck the other section behind your ear and spritz some hairspray to tame flyways and seal your party 'do!
7. Half-up Braid
Braided hairstyles are very popular these days and for all the right reasons. They are super versatile, look good on every woman irrespective of her face shape, can be matched with any kind of outfit and worn just about anywhere!
Creating a half-up braid with wavy hair is super easy! Just create a middle part and make two baby braids along your hairline. Pull both the braids to the back of your head and secure them with bobby pins. If you're looking for a well-defined wavy texture, you can work in a small amount of deconstruction gum through your tresses. However, do not use a lot of product as it will weigh your hair down. Remember, less is always more when it comes to dabbing products on your tresses.
8. Half-up Bouffant
With a number of retro hairstyles making a comeback this season, it seems like a perfect opportunity to try out all those gorgeous hairstyles of yore that we've always wanted to sport! A half-up bouffant is one such elegant and easy-to-do vintage hairstyle.
To create this gorgeous hairdo, spritz the roots around the crown of your head with high lift creation spray. This product will give your hair a good boost and prep it for styling. Next, tease your hair in this area by back brushing and create some height for the bouffant. Mist the teased section with bold control hairspray and set it for longer wear. Smooth over your front hair over the bouffant and pin it at the back of your head using bobby pins. Spritz some more hairspray to make your retro hairstyle stay put for longer hours.
You can create several other interesting variations of this retro hairstyle. Pair your wavy bouffant with sleek side swept hair to create contrasting textures. Or wear your half-up bouffant hairstyle with eyebrow-skimming bangs!
9. Medium-Length Waves with Bangs
If intricate updos are not your thing, utilize the natural wavy texture of your hair to create a quick and easy loose hairstyle. Spritz some tousle waves hairspray on your tresses and scrunch them with your fingers to give added definition to your wavy hair. This natural hairstyle looks super cute on medium length hair with bangs.
10. Tousled Ponytail
Give your regular pony a chic upgrade by creating a voluminous, tousled ponytail. While sleek ponytails look polished and lend us a serious, sophisticated appeal, tousled ponytails show our fun side and make us look more approachable!
To make a tousled ponytail with your wavy hair, work in a small amount of volume inject mousse through your tresses and comb your hair to spread the product evenly throughout your mane. Divide your hair into 6-8 vertical sections and mist them with a heat protectant hairspray. Wrap each section around a medium-barreled curling iron to create loose waves. Gather all your hair at the nape of your neck and secure it with an elastic. And voilà – your tousled pony is ready!
Rock this wavy ponytail at work, a party, a wedding or even a red carpet event!
11. Hollywood Waves
Whether you're going to a wedding, on a date or simply attending an office party, wear your long, wavy hair in beautiful Hollywood waves and amp up your glamour quotient. Inspired by A-list Hollywood celebrities, this sleek hairstyle will surely make you the center of attraction at any party and make heads turn wherever you go!
Sweep your Hollywood waves over one shoulder or pin up one side with bobby pins or a floral corsage – there are a couple of interesting ways to make your hairstyle stand out. For best results, mist your hair with some strand smoother serum spray to detangle knots and lend a soft shine to your tresses before styling them.
12. Long Princess Waves
You can wear your cascading waves loose or create a pretty half-up hairstyle by pulling the sides of your face-framing hair back and securing them with a barrette clip. This simple hairstyle is very easy to create and ideal for those who don't want to wear their long hair in an updo. You can customize this hairstyle for formal as well as casual occasions. Wear it to a date or a wedding; add a sleek headband to glamorize the 'do or tuck in small ornate pins to create a gorgeous flower girl hairstyle for a beach wedding!
13. Tousled Braid
Wavy hair is perfect for making chunky braids. The curvy texture of your hair makes it easier to plait voluminous, tousled braids that are perfect for work as well as party! If you don't like sleek hairstyles and don't want to stress and strain your strands with heat styling, tousled braids may be a perfect option for you.
Create a tousled braid at the nape of your neck or on the side and, with or without a hair part. If you want to make your wavy hair look more pronounced, spritz your roots with some high lift creation hairspray to give your strands a boost and make your mane look fuller. Gently tug your braid at places to create a disheveled look or mist your hair with some tousle waves hairspray before creating a scrunched beachy braid.
14. Braided Crown
A braided crown is one of the most glamorous updos that you can create with your wavy hair. Depending on the length of your hair, you can make a single side braid and wrap it around your head like a headband or make two baby braids across your hairline and pin them at the back of your head using bobby pins or an ornate barrette clip.
Since you're styling wavy hair, it's best to go for a slightly disheveled finish and leave a couple of loose strands to add a romantic feel to the updo.
15. Romantic Chignon
If you're making a chignon for office, stick to the classic look and create an understated bun that keeps your hair in control throughout the day. Transform the low bun into a pretty date night hairstyle by wearing it at the side of your neck and tucking in a fresh flower to lend it a romantic appeal. If you want to wear a chignon to a wedding or a cocktail party, work in a small amount of volume inject mousse through your wavy hair before sculpting it into a voluminous updo.
No matter how you want to wear your romantic chignon, always spritz it generously with a fine control hairspray to set the style for longer wear!