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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 all too real when it comes to finding the perfect wavy hairstyles. Sound familiar? Before you resort to straightening your hair yet again, remember that this hair type is one of the most sought-after looks in the beauty world. From enhancing your natural texture with hair spray (a perfect short wavy hairstyle!) to showing off your hair in a pretty fishtail braid or ponytail, you have so many options to choose from when it comes to hairstyles for wavy hair. So, it’s time to check out our top 15 hairstyles for wavy hair. Rock that gorgeous texture with pride!
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 and defined in no time!
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Get the look by following these simple steps:
A great place to begin this hairstyle is in the shower. There you will be able to give your hair plenty of shape by using a shampoo and conditioner combo meant for curls.
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.
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 and only undo the braids once your hair has dried. The bigger the braid (or braids) you create, the looser the waves will be, while if you create smaller braids, you’ll have tighter waves.
After 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.
Looking for a wavy haircut that will perfectly accentuate your hair texture? Look no further than a feathered hairstyle, which features soft, feathery layers. This layered haircut will add dimension to your wavy mane while allowing you to get in on one of the year’s top hair trends. Want to learn more? Read our article, Feathered Hairstyles are the Next Big Thing.
Editor’s note: Just a little pointer, this is another one of our favorite short wavy hairstyles!
When it comes to wavy hair, you can’t go wrong with a braided hairstyle! At the end of the day, take your braid out to reveal even more defined waves. What’s not to love? For a classic braid option, consider putting your mane into a French braid.
Want to put your hair up? Use your wavy strands to your advantage with a crown braid hairstyle. Your waves will add beautiful, natural texture to the look. For a step-by-step tutorial, here’s How to Create a Beautiful Crown Braid.
Some of Hollywood’s hottest stars are rocking ‘90s-inspired super-high half-up ponies. And we’ve gotta admit: We’re loving it! But guess who wears this look best of all? You guessed it—girls with wavy hair.
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You can totally rock this look with second-day 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.
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 help define your waves.
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 to give the appearance of full, bouncy tresses. Gorgeous, darling!
A waterfall braid is an Instagram-worthy hairstyle that’s likely popped up on your social media feeds again and again—and with good reason. There’s just something about waves cascading from a braid that’s undeniably romantic. What’s more? With your naturally wavy mane, you don’t even have to reach for a curling iron. Get to braiding for the perfect long wavy hairstyle!
Can’t decide between wearing your hair down or in an updo? Try putting your hair into a half-up braided top knot. Your ‘do will certainly catch some looks, and the best part is you won’t have to style the length of your mane. Here’s How to Weave a Half-Up Braided Top Knot.
What’s better than a three-strand braid? A four-strand braid! This hairstyle will leave your friends thoroughly impressed with your braiding skills. Pull a few face-framing strands loose for a wavy, wispy look.
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 if you wear a wavy side fishtail braid. Sound like your kind of hairstyle? It’s super-simple—and we're betting it won't be long before it becomes your go-to look!
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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.
Next, gather all of your hair into a ponytail on one side of your head and divide the pony into two even sections.
Take a small section of hair from one large section 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 and you’re almost good to go.
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 totally stunning style.
Can’t decide between short or long locks? Consider getting a lob haircut. Longer in the front and short in the back, this hairstyle is particularly flattering on a textured, wavy head of hair.
Super simple but also super chic, your part can actually be a hairstyle in and of itself. Give your wavy mane more volume with a deep side part!
A messy pony is the perfect way to showcase your gorgeous waves in a 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.
Hair texturizer is about to become your best friend. In addition to added texture, it will help provide some grip to your strands before you get to work on this style.
Finger-comb all of your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a clear elastic. Don’t focus on everything being smooth because the whole point of this look is for it to be slightly undone.
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 ever?
Another ponytail we love for wavy hair? A mix and match ponytail! It’s all about the texture with this hairstyle as it involves multiple braiding techniques. Learn how to get the look in our article, How to Perfect a Mix and Match Ponytail Braid.
Feeling lazy? Toss your waves into a messy bun! Your wavy mane will add plenty of dimension to this carefree hairstyle. The best part? It takes less than five minutes to recreate—the messier the better!
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 easiest hairstyles around.
Rat tail comb
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Generously spritz hair texturizer through your locks. Make sure to spray a bit extra around your crown since it will be extra visible in this look.
Find your favorite elastic headband and place it on top of your hair just above your ears and a couple of 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!
Starting at the front of your head, take one- to two-inch sections of hair and gently wrap them over top of your headband 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, too.
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 secure it in place.
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 15 hairstyles added into your wavy hair repertoire, you’ll be loving your wavy hair more than ever. For more hairstyle inspo, check out our article, 8 Business Casual Hairstyles to Upgrade Your Office Beauty Look, next.
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