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The 5 Best Hairstyles for Wavy Hair

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The 5 Best Hairstyles for Wavy Hair The 5 Best Hairstyles for Wavy Hair The 5 Best Hairstyles for Wavy Hair

Naturally wavy hair is one of the most enviable hair types around. After all, who doesn’t want to wake up with a head full of beachy waves that require little to no effort? While those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have natural mermaid manes sit dreaming of loose curls, oftentimes girls with wavy hair find that the struggle is too real when it comes to styling their coveted locks. Sound familiar? Before you resort to straightening your hair yet again, remember that this hair type is one of the most wanted looks in the beauty world. From enhancing your natural texture with hair spray to showing off your hair in a pretty fishtail braid or ponytail, you have so many options to choose from when it comes to wavy hairstyles. So, it’s time to check out our top five favorite hairstyles for wavy hair. Rock your gorgeous hair type with pride!   

Wavy hairstyle #1: BEACHy WAVES

This wavy hairstyle is an all-around classic, and for good reason. While naturally wavy-haired girls pretty much have this style down pat as soon as they roll out of bed, there are a few steps you can follow to make the most of your hair pattern. Trust us, your waves will look fresh in no time!

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Shampoo

L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Conditioner

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray

Curling wand

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with clean hair. A great place to begin this hairstyle is in the shower. There you will be able to create defined waves by using a shampoo and conditioner combo for curls.

Step 2: Use a wave-enhancing hair spray. After you get out of the shower, towel dry your hair—pat, don’t rub—and spritz on a wave-enhancing hair spray from roots to ends. Be sure to spray between layers as you use your fingers to help create more of a wave.

Step 3: Let your hair air dry. All you have to do is go about your morning routine and let your wavy hairstyle come to life. For more defined waves, feel free to braid your hair. The bigger the braid (or braids) you create, the looser the waves will be, while the smaller the braids you create, the tighter your waves will be.

Step 4: Add more waves. Once your hair has fully dried, take inventory of how your waves look. If you want to give your natural-looking ‘do a bit more definition, just grab a curling wand and add a few twists and turns between the layers of your hair. After you finish curling, flip your head over and shake it out for a flawless, beachy finish.

wavy hairstyle #2: MESSY HALF-UP PONY

Some of Hollywood’s hottest stars are rocking ‘90s-inspired super-high half-up ponies like never before. And we’ve gotta admit: We’re loving it! And, guess who wears this look best of all? You guessed it—girls with wavy hair.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse

Hair elastic

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with clean hair. You can totally rock this look with day-old hair, but we find it especially pretty with freshly-washed locks. So, hop in the shower and shampoo and condition before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Use hair mousse. After you’ve showered, flip your towel-dried hair over and evenly distribute a palm’s worth of hair mousse from roots to ends. Be sure to rub even amounts of hair mousse on the underside and top layers of hair in order to give your waves optimal volume. Before letting your hair air dry, spin pieces of hair around your fingers to helps define your waves.

Step 3: Create your half-up look. Once your waves have fully dried, use your fingers to horizontally part your hair just above your ears to create your half-up look. Remember to secure your half-up pony right at the crown of your head with an elastic to give the appearance of full, bouncy tresses. Gorgeous, darling!

wavy hairstyle #3: WAVY SIDE FISHTAIL BRAID

Whether you wear it around the house with sweats, in a bikini at the beach, or to a fancy gala, you’ll look effortlessly beautiful from every angle in a wavy side fishtail braid. Sound like your kind of hairstyle? It’s super-simple—and we bet it will soon become your go-to!

What you’ll need:

Hair texturizer

Mini clear elastic

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with hair texturizer. Instead of starting with squeaky-clean hair, give your hair some grip to work with. All you have to do is reach for a can of hair texturizer and spritz it through your strands.

Step 2: Pull your hair into a low side ponytail. Next, gather all of your hair onto one side of your head and divide it into two even sections.

Step 3: Create a fishtail. Take a small section of hair from one large section of your side pony and add it to the other. Repeat this process 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 and you’re almost good to go.

Step 4: Get a little messy. All that’s left is to make it just a bit undone. So, gently pull apart (a.k.a. pancake) your braid without actually unweaving it and untuck a few strands around your face to give a whimsical air to your super-simple, totally gorgeous look.

wavy hairstyle #4: DISHEVELED PONYtail

Forget about the messy bun—a messy pony is the way to showcase your gorgeous waves in laidback fashion. And since bedhead hairstyles are having a serious moment, now is as good a time as any to learn how to nail the look.

What you’ll need:

Hair texturizer

Hair-colored hair tie

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with day-old hair. Hair texturizer is about to become your best friend. In addition to added texture, it will help to provide some grip to your strands before you get to work on this style.

Step 2: Create a high pony. Finger-comb all of your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair-colored hair tie. Don’t focus on everything being smooth because the whole point of this look is for it to be slightly undone.

Step 2: Pull out face-framing strands. Right in front of your ears at your temples, pull out a small wave on each side of your face to lighten your look. Voila! Isn’t this the easiest, prettiest ponytail you’ve ever worn?

wavy hairstyle #5: TWISTED HEADBAND UPDO

In need of something a tad more formal? This five-step wavy hairstyle will have you looking like a beauty guru despite it being one of the simplest hairstyles around.

What you’ll need:

Hair texturizer

Elastic headband

Rat tail comb

Bobby pins

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Start with day-old hair Generously spritz hair texturizer through your locks. Make sure to spray a bit extra around your crown since it will be most visible in this look.

Step 2: Pick a circular headband. Find your favorite elastic headband and place it on top of your hair just above your ears and a couple inches back from your hairline. It doesn’t matter what color the headband is because in the end you won’t even be able to see it!

Step 3: Wrap your hair. Starting at the front of your head, take one- to two-inch sections and gently wrap them over top of your headband as you work towards 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, too.

Step 4: Loosen it up. There’s a good chance that some pieces are a bit more tightly tucked than others, so grab a rat tail comb, insert it into the loop of hair that’s tucked up and gently pull down to create a more voluminous updo. Once you’re happy with the final look, use a few bobby pins on each side from above and below the wrapped headband to tuck it in place.

Step 5: Lock in your look. We don’t know about you, but we’re in love with this look! And with a hair-made headband that pretty, you want to make sure it lasts all day long. So, grab a can of strong hold hair spray and give your hair one final boost of staying power.

With these five hairstyles added into your wavy hair repertoire, you’ll be able to kiss your straightener goodbye—at least sometimes, anyway. For more hairstyle inpo, check out our article, 12 Hairstyles That Are Perfect for Lazy Girls, next.