Wavy hair is all the rage these days; from celebs like Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively to your next-door neighbor, everyone is going in for tousled, carefree ripples in their hairstyles. And whether this texture is yours by nature, or achieved through wavy extensions or wigs, we’ve got some great style ideas for you!
Braids and twists
Punch up your style by adding small braids or twists, strategically placed to frame your face, pull hair back from your crown area, or just add a bit of extra texture drama in the midst of otherwise smoother locks.
Experiment with parts
No, not acting. Switch up the depth, direction, and even very existence of your hair partings for different looks. Tip: Deep side parts give off a fresh-from-the-beach, California-Girl vibe, while center parts are great for almost any look, from office to after-party. For a sexy, nonchalant style, do away with the part completely, and just sweep the hair back like Megan Fox.
No matter if you’re sporting long, short, or medium hairstyles, layers will give your waves movement and body, making your tresses truly live up to their name. Be aware, though, that the shorter the cut, the straighter your hair will appear—so if you want to keep your wavy look, stick with medium hairstyles, and don’t go too short.
Mix high-contrast colors (bright reds are especially favorable) for more depth and versatility. Lowlights, if you already have light-colored hair, achieve the same effect of making it seem like the light is dancing on your sun-kissed wavy hairstyles.
Create a curl
Surprisingly, Type 2 hair is much like Type 4 hair, in that it often needs a bit of coaxing to take on a different texture or shape. Try setting your hair with braids, twists, Bantu Knots, or just plain rollers for bigger, bouncier curls. Use setting lotion, hairspray, mousse, or
gel for hold, then release and enjoy the curliness. The Scarlet O’Hara. For the daring, playful, or nostalgic and definitely for those with curlier waves, or Type 2c hair—try asking your stylist to update this classic 19th-century style. Curlier on the bottom and swept back at the top, this style can work well for special occasions like weddings and formal dances, and only needs a few rollers and hairpins to pull off, at its simplest. (And if you like this kind of retro look, watch out for our upcoming “Timeline Tuesday” series, profiling style icons of the past to emulate.)
Anyway you slice it, though, you have a buffet of options for wavy hairstyles. So go out and enjoy them! And if you're not sure about your hair type, don't worry, we've created a handy hair texture guide that can help you!
The Best Celebrity Hairstyles for Wavy Hair
Wavy hair is the perfect balance between straight and curly! It’s so versatile that you can create just about any style with wavy hair. It works well with short and long hair and can be styled to create an elegant look or totally casual. It’s also incredibly easy to take care of as it doesn’t require much maintenance at all! Still don’t know what to do with your wavy locks? Get inspired with some of our favorite celebrity hairstyles!
Old Hollywood Waves
Nothing is more chic than turning back time to Old Hollywood. These waves actress Megan Fox is sporting are a timeless classic for any occasion.. Start off by parting your hair with a deep side part. This will give your hairline a slight bouffant which is reminiscent of the era. Depending on your wave pattern, you may be able to achieve this look naturally -try it with our wavy virgin weaves - or get this look by using a curling iron. Really set the waves by clipping them in place and spraying them with hairspray. You’ll be the talk of the town!
Nothing is more simple or easily achievable than tousled hair. These beachy waves give model Shay Mitchell a casual yet sultry look. Get perfectly tousled hair by spritzing a little texturizing or sea salt spray to create a stylishly disheveled look. Refresh your waves using a flat iron or curling wand on our one of our looser steam permed textures for added drama. This hairstyle is great for everyday wear!
Wavy textured hair is perfect for a short razor cut! Actress Jenna Dewan's waves give her hair the perfect amount of added volume and the texture really complements the blunt cut and shape. Recreate this look using our wavy swiss lace closure and a couple of our wavy weave bundles.
Wavy hairstyles are as easy breezy as their texture! Comment below which celebrity style you’ll be wearing next!