Natural wavy hair is one of the most desirable hair types around. After all, waking up with a head full of waves is a fabulous way to stay ahead of the texture game. However, there’s nothing wrong with exploring your options for chic wavy hairstyle looks. It’s a fabulous chance to steer away from letting your locks just hang free. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can take your hair-styling game to the next level. You can choose from a range of wavy bob hairstyles or experiment with braids and other trendy looks. In other words, the possibilities are vast and seriously fashionable.
If you’re ready to make a big impact on the hair-styling front, we’re here to help. Follow along as we share 41 of the best wavy hairstyles to help you show off your gorgeous texture.
#1: BEACHY WAVES
Why we love them: This wavy hairstyle is an all-around classic, and for a good reason. It makes it oh-so-easy to flaunt waves without the long styling process.
How to get the look: Start your journey to beach waves with the help of our article, 9 Ways To Get Perfect Beach Waves.
#2: FEATHERED HAIRSTYLE
Why we love it: It’s one of our favorite medium wavy hairstyles that allows you to flaunt soft layers for plenty of dimension. We also appreciate that it offers a retro vibe.
How to get the look: Bring a feathered masterpiece to life with our article, Feathered Hairstyles are The Next Big Thing.
#3: FRENCH BRAID
Why we love it: This braided ‘do allows you to rock a beautifully woven pattern while helping you create gorgeous waves. It’s also a fabulous option for wavy hairstyles for long hair since it can keep your strands tucked away.
How to get the look: Check out our article, Braiding Basics: How To French Braid Your Hair, for the full scoop.
#4: CROWN BRAID
Why we love it: It’s another braided look that allows you to keep your hair away from your face. Plus, it works in your favor to put your features on full display.
How to get the look: For a step-by-step tutorial, here’s How To Create a Beautiful Crown Braid.
#5: MESSY HALF-UP PONY
Why we love it: A messy half-up pony serves up childhood nostalgia with a laidback and carefree spin. This look also comes in handy to help you flaunt your true length and an updo all at once.
How to DIY the look: Start by washing your hair with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Next, apply a generous amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to damp strands. Scrunch and let air-dry. Once your hair is dry, use your fingers to horizontally part your hair just above your ears to create your half-up look. Secure your half-up pony right at the crown of your head to give the appearance of full, bouncy tresses.
#6: WATERFALL BRAID
Why we love it: A waterfall braid combines the look of a woven pattern with cascading waves for a romantic vibe. And with your naturally wavy mane, you won’t even have to reach for a curling iron.
How to get the look: Visit our article, How To Do a Beautiful Waterfall Braid, for inspiration.
#7: HALF-UP BRAIDED TOP KNOT
Why we love it: It’s the happy medium wavy hairstyle for days when you can’t decide between wearing your hair down or in an updo. Plus, you don’t have to worry about styling the length of your mane.
How to get the look: Follow our step-by-step tutorial on How To Weave a Half-Up Braided Top Knot.
#8: 4-STRAND BRAID
Why we love it: A 4-strand braid makes for a gorgeous change of pace from the classic three-strand hairstyle.
#9: WAVY SIDE FISHTAIL BRAID
Why we love it: This classic and intricate style turns heads with ease. Not to mention, it makes the perfect pairing for wavy hairstyles for long hair.
How to DIY the look: Start by spritzing your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray. Gather all of your hair into a ponytail on one side of your head. Divide the pony into two even sections. Take a small section of hair from one large area of your side pony and add cross it over to the other. Repeat this process, going back and forth between sides to watch your fishtail come to life. Once you reach the ends, secure your braid with a mini clear elastic. Then, gently tug at your braid to loosen it without actually unweaving it, and untuck a few strands around your face.
Why we love it: You can count on this hairstyle to keep your strands longer at the front and shorter in the back to play with length.
How to get the look: Since this haircut is all about working different angles, it’s best to leave the chop to your stylist. Once you achieve the perfect look, add a healthy amount of curl mousse and air-dry.
#11: DEEP SIDE PART
Why we love it: Adding a deep side part into the mix helps to up the look of volume in your mane. It’s also a gorgeous style that can be pulled together in little to no time.
How to DIY the look: Using a rattail comb, create a deep side part on either side of your head. Then, fluff your waves.
#12: DISHEVELED PONYTAIL
Why we love it: A minimalist hairstyle never disappoints, and the disheveled ponytail is no exception. And since wavy hairstyles for long hair can easily step into bedhead territory, you’ll be able to flaunt an on-trend look.
How to DIY the look: Kick things off by spritzing your strands with hair texturizing spray. Finger-comb all of your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a clear elastic. Pull out a small wave on each side of your face to lighten your look.
#13: MIX AND MATCH PONYTAIL
Why we love it: This ponytail involves multiple braiding techniques for a unique and eye-catching look. The mix and match ponytail also help to rev up the texture.
How to get the look: Learn how to get the ‘do in our article, How To Perfect a Mix and Match Braided Ponytail.
#14: LOW PONYTAIL
Why we love it: Low ponytails are perfect for days when you’re pressed for time. You can also rock this look for any event and make a gorgeous statement.
How to DIY the look: Apply a dollop of hair mousse to damp strands, scrunch, and let air-dry. Once your locks are dry, gather your strands at the nape of your neck. Fasten your mane into a ponytail. Fluff the length of your hair.
#15: MESSY BUN
Why we love it: A messy bun is the chic-meets-playful wavy hairstyle that can transition from day to night with ease.
How to get the look: See what all the hype is about with our article, How To Create a Messy Bun.
#16: TWISTED HEADBAND UPDO
Why we love it: It’s an easy wavy hairstyle that can complement your formal occasions perfectly. So, there’s no need to worry about spending too much time in the mirror.
How to DIY the look: Generously spritz hair texturizer through your locks. Place a headband on top of your hair, just above your ears, and a couple of inches from your hairline. Take one- to two-inch sections of hair at the front of your head and gently wrap them over top of your headband. Repeat as you work toward the crown of your head. Once you’ve completed the sides, take the remaining hair at the back of your head and tuck that into the headband. Use a few bobby pins on each side from above and below the wrapped headband to secure it in place.
#17: BANTU KNOTS
Why we love them: Bantu knots are a natural hairstyle that allows you to define your wavy texture. They’re also a foolproof method for achieving waves sans the heat.
How to get the look: Check out our article, How To Do Bantu Knots, for some pointers.
Why we love it: There’s almost no better way to let your wavy texture hang free than with an afro. You don’t have to rely on tons of products to bring your waves to life.
How to DIY the look: Start by washing your strands with the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner. Saturate your strands with curl mousse, scrunch, and let air dry.
#19: TOUSLED WAVES
Why we love them: Tousled waves bring on a sexy-meets-sultry vibe that’s ideal for just about any event.
How to DIY the look: Mist your entire mane with hair texturizing spray. Reach for a hair pomade or paste, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Putty. Take a small amount of the hair putty and work it through your mane, making sure to shape your strands in different directions.
#20: PIN CURLS
Why we love them: You’ll be able to step into the world of retro styling. Pin curls work to add definition to wavy hair for a fresh-out-of-the-salon look.
How to DIY the look: Starting on damp hair, create sections that are about an inch in size. Take the end of one of the sections and tuck your hair around one of your fingers. Roll up until you reach the roots. Secure with a sparkly bobby pin. Repeat the process until you have a head full of pin curls. When your hair is dry, you can unravel them or keep them in place.
#21: SLICKED BACK
Why we love it: Slicked back hair adds an edgy yet feminine touch to your look. It also helps to frame your face for a flattering look.
How to DIY the look: Apply curl mousse to damp hair to enhance your texture. Apply a hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel, to your roots and brush your strands toward the back of your head. Give your waves a nice fluff.
Why we love it: A bob is another wavy hairstyle that adds personality and edge to your beauty look. It also keeps your strands on the shorter side for easy manageability.
How to get the look: There’s a specific level of expertise needed to achieve a bob hairstyle. Play it safe and book an appointment with your stylist.
#23. SIDE-SWEPT WAVY BOB
Why we love it: Side-swept hair looks good from all angles. It is also easy to style and manage, which is something we can get behind.
How to get the look: Just like the classic bob, you’ll need to consult with a hairdresser to bring this angled masterpiece to life.
#24. SIDE BRAID WITH WAVES
Why we love them: Braids are always on-trend, and adding waves into the mix makes things even better.
How to DIY the look: Set the stage by applying a healthy amount of curl mousse to damp strands and let your hair dry. Split your hair with a middle part, making sure both sections are equal in size. Clip either section out of the way. Part each section into a top and bottom half and secure the lower section. Create a one-inch part and clip the rest of your strands away. Gather three equally-sized pieces at your hairline, and weave a Dutch braid. Once you reach the end of the section, secure the braid with a hair elastic. Repeat until the side of your head is weaved with braids. Release all clipped sections of hair and fluff your curls.
#25. TEXTURED BUN
Why we love it: This wavy hairstyle helps you flaunt your natural texture while securing your strands in an updo. It’s also another wavy hairstyle that can save the day when you need a simple and polished ‘do.
How to DIY the look: Start by working a curl mousse evenly through your strands, making sure to scrunch each section to build your curls, then let your hair air dry. Once fully dry, gather your strands into a ponytail. Next, wrap the length of the ponytail around its base to form a bun and secure with bobby pins.
#26. LOW BRAIDED BUN
Why we love it: A low braided bun adds pizzazz and style to your mane. It’s a chic way to steer away from classic bun hairstyles.
How to DIY the look: Create a middle part from ear to ear and clip the bottom layer of hair out of the way. Split the top layer into three equally-sized sections and weave a braid to your ends. Secure with a hair elastic. Release the bottom section of hair and gather it into a low ponytail. Wrap the length of your ponytail around its base to form a bun and secure with a hair elastic. Wrap the length of the braid around your bun and hold it in place with bobby pins.
#27. PRETZEL BUN
Why we love it: Aside from giving us a salty craving, this hairstyle adds twists to the equation for a trendy look. Plus, it’s a suitable option for medium wavy hairstyles.
How to get the look: Gather your strands into a high ponytail. Twist the length of your ponytail until it’s fully twisted. Wrap the twisted length around the base of the ponytail to form a bun. Secure with bobby pins.
#28. HALF-UP BOUFFANT
Why we love it: Bouffants are a style that serves up ‘60s flair with a voluminous touch. They’re perfect for any black-tie soirees on your agenda.
How to DIY the look: Create a horizontal part in the center of your head. Make sure that the top half is significantly smaller than the bottom. Clip the lower half out of the way. Tease the top layer and smooth the hair back. Secure with bobby pins. Release the bottom half and fluff your locks.
#29. FAUX HAWK
Why we love it: It’s a low maintenance style that can be pulled together in a matter of minutes. And you can define your natural texture, which is always a win.
How to DIY the look: Smooth the sides of your mane toward the top of your head with hair gel and pin your hair in place. Use a hair putty to add definition to your waves.
#30. SHAG WITH MESSY LAYERS
Why we love it: This haircut is full of layers and works as a fashionable alternative to wavy bob hairstyles. It also adds volume and dimension to your hair.
How to get the look: As we mentioned, shags are all about flaunting various layers. So, you’ll want to rely on a stylist to transform your locks.
#31. SIDE-SWEPT WAVES
Why we love them: They liven up the look of long hair with a simplistic touch. And it’s a great way to take style cues from your favorite A-listers.
How to DIY the look: Apply a hair mousse like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to damp strands before letting them air dry. Once complete, create a deep side part and apply a bit of hair gel to the roots. Brush through for a sleek finish.
#32. UNDERCUT WITH WAVES
Why we love it: You can step outside-of-the-box with edge and unique flair. We also dig that this look allows you to play with length and explore your creativity.
How to get the look: Since this look requires cutting one or both sides of your head, it’s best to head to a hairdresser.
#33. PINNED BACK WAVES
Why we love them: They’re a minimalist look that doesn’t skimp on style. These waves also take seconds to create, which can pare down your beauty routine.
How to DIY the look: Brush your strands back and place a few bobby pins at the back of your head to keep your strands out of your face. Mist your locks with hairspray.
#34. DUTCH PIGTAILS
Why we love them: Dutch pigtails give your mane a playful vibe with a fluffed-up look that’s anything but child-like.
How to DIY the look: Part your hair down the middle with a center part. Clip either side out of the way, then fasten them into pigtails. Split your hair into three strands and braid them with an underhand. Repeat on the other side. Gently tug at your braids to give your pigtails a lived-in look.
#35. BUBBLE PONYTAIL
Why we love it: A bubble ponytail adds detail and personality to your strands without the labor-intensive styling session. This hairstyle also adds volume to your locks.
How to get the look: Click through to our article, How To Create The Perfect Bubble Ponytail, for the ultimate hair makeover.
#36. SPACE BUNS
Why we love them: They come in handy to double the fun of the traditional bun hairstyle. This look adds a fun and playful element that sets the tone for an out-of-this-world look.
How to get the look: Check out our article, How To Do Space Buns, to master the trend.
Why we love it: The pineapple works double-duty as a hairstyle and hair-care trend. You’ll be able to keep your waves in shape without the fuss.
How to DIY the look: Pull all of your hair up toward the front of your head and secure with a hair scrunchie or hair tie. Fluff your locks.
#38. CRISS-CROSS PONYTAIL
Why we love it: This style adds an elegant and fashionable twist to your beauty look. It sounds a bit intricate, but it’s a breeze to style.
How to get the look: Visit our article, How To Create a Criss-Cross Ponytail Hairstyle, for all the deets.
#39. BRAIDED PONYTAIL
Why we love it: This ponytail gives your mane a stylish upgrade by helping you flaunt your length and a woven pattern in one look.
How to DIY the look: Fasten your hair into a ponytail. Split the length of your locks into three equally-sized strands and weave a plait. Once you reach the ends, secure it with a hair tie.
#40. MIDDLE PART
Why we love it: Middle parts make a stunning complement to wavy hair. Plus, this simple yet fashionable look helps to frame your face and accentuate your features.
How to DIY the look: Use a rattail comb and create a straight middle part. Mist your locks with hairspray to keep your strands in place.
#41. TWIST OUT
Why we love it: This hairstyle is another natural beauty staple that defines your texture with gorgeous waves sans the heat.
How to get the look: Check out our article, How To Do a Twist Out On Natural Hair, for the full scoop.