Check out hundreds of different examples of women with wavy hairstyles. Examples include all colors as well as celebrity women.
Wavy hair can look very chic with the right hairstyle. Styles that add some texture and structure look especially glamorous with wavy hair.
You can adopt one of these styles even if you do not have naturally wavy hair since it is possible to create this effect with a curling iron.
Michelle Obama shows us how soft waves can look elegant and professional when done correctly. If you don’t have naturally wavy hair, this can be achieved through using rollers or a large barrel curling iron.
A young Resse Witherspoon looks absolutely adorable with soft side bangs and wavy hair at a premiere in 2009. A decade later, this hairstyle can still outshine many others because of its simplicity and chic.
Model Ashley Graham rocks a wet-lock hairdo with messy wavy hair. It’s a great style for more edgy looks and doesn’t require much effort.
Want to look like the world’s youngest billionaire? Try going for dark roots and a contrasting, lighter shade for the rest of your hair. Kylie Jenner’s waves look so classy here; we absolutely wish we could steal the look!
The actress may be known for her iconic braids on Game of Thrones but Emilia Clarke likes simpler hairstyles when she’s out of character. These loose waves have a very youthful, fresh look and add texture to her short bob.
Julia Roberts looks absolutely stunning with softer, more relaxed waves at the base of her neck. Styling waves further down your head is a great way to keep your overall look elegant and put together.
Adele’s gorgeous old-school Hollywood waves are almost as gorgeous as her voice. Pair this sophisticated look with some bright red lipstick and you’ve got a glamorous look in the bag!
Alison Eastwood shows us how carefully placing your waves at a side parting can be an effortless way to look glamorous while still maintaining composure and elegance.
FEBRUARY 01, 2014 was when Adriana Lima attended the 11th Annual ‘Leather & Laces’ Party at The Liberty Theatre wearing an edgy ensemble to match her fierce black wavy hairstyle and smoky eyes.
Adriana Lima had an effortless side-parted hairstyle that is slightly tousled during the 2015 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala held last May 21, 2015. She paired this with a black dress that elevates her elegance and sophistication.
Malin Akerman’s waves had subtle highlights as it cascades down her shoulders and were tousled to perfection at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards.
Actress Malin Akerman attended the “mother!” premiere at Radio City Music Hall last September 13, 2017, in New York City wearing a floral white dress elevated by her simple yet elegant side-parted blond bangs and wavy hairstyle.
Freida Pinto attended the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards at the Carnegie Hall last November 10, 2014 in New York. She was wearing a shiny orange dress that pairs well with her raven beach wavy hairstyle.
Freida Pinto was at the “Two Bellman Two” World Premiere last February 4, 2016 where she wore her tousled beach waves with some side-swept bangs.
Jessie J performed at the Wells Fargo Center last December 10, 2014, in Philadelphia wearing a bright orange Philly jersey and a thick messy wavy hairstyle on her shoulder-length hair.
Singer Jessie J looked beautiful and unique with her wavy and tousled hairstyle complemented with a decorative hairnet during the Film is GREAT Reception last February 24, 2017.
Mila Kunis arrived at the World Premiere of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood last April 10, 2008. Her simple gray dress was complemented by her tousled and wavy layers with highlights.
The beautiful and talented actress attended the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala with her loose, center-parted and wavy layers complemented with reddish-brown highlights last October 25, 2010.
The actress Salma Hayek was at the Stella McCartney fashion show in Paris last October 2, 2017. She was seen wearing a red velvet outfit, a confident smile and tousled wavy hair with highlights.
Miranda Kerr looking all glamorous and charming with her wavy hairstyle incorporated with subtle highlights. This was taken at Victoria’s Secret First Organic Vegan PINK Body Care Line Launch on March 10, 2009.
Paris Hilton shines in a stunning silver bodice dress paired with a matching choker along with her voluminous blonde waves cascading down her shoulders. This look was worn at the 9th Annual Streamy Awards on December 13, 2017.
During the 2012 American Music Awards, Gwen Stefani paired her gorgeous pearled outfit with her loose layered hair that has subtle waves.
The talented singer Gwen Stefani was a vision of sophistication in her white dress at the “The Bling Ring” Los Angeles 2013 Premiere. She paired this with a classic side-swept hairstyle with tousled waves.
Jeniffer Aniston is shining in a black sequined dress along with her voluminous blonde waves that are highlighted and center-parted. This look was worn at the “Dumplin’” Premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on December 6, 2018.
Alyssa Milano rocked the easy-breezy look with her big loose curls at the Los Angeles premiere of “Horrible Bosses” on June 30, 2011.
Julia Roberts looked stunning in a black off-shoulder dress along with her chestnut blonde hair arranged in loose, flowing waves. This was taken during the screening of ‘Money Monster’ at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016.
If you’re looking for an effortless, beachy look then don’t worry about keeping your waves perfectly in shape. Loose flowing waves around your face are a great hairstyle in themselves for a fun, carefree look.
Got balayge done recently? A great way to show it off is to style your hair with slightly tight waves that begin right where your color changes. It brings the attention all to the gorgeous shades in your hair and looks picture perfect.
Wavy hair doesn’t need to be synonymous with long locks! Rock your naturally wavy tresses with an angled pixie cut like the one shown here. The waves will add a beautiful texture to your hairstyle.
Here’s another example of how waves can accentuate the colors in your hair. Add a little interest in your hairstyle with a looped side twist at the back of your hair. It will only accentuate the colors.
Let your hair down and flow naturally! Wavy hair is graceful for women of all ages and can look like an elegant hairstyle even when you don’t do much with it.
If you have a thick head of hair, a good way to keep it managed is to part it to the side and lay your waves on top of each other for a thick, textured hairstyle that is hassle-free, but looks incredibly poised!
If you want something that is not quite as carefree as waves left untouched, consider a hairstyle like this where your waves are all flowing in one direction. Twist them inwards or outwards for a symmetrical, pleasing effect.
If you want more volume to your hair, you can always use a curling iron to add bigger curls towards the top of your head. Alternatively, using styling mousse or gels can give a voluminous, glamorous touch to your hair.
Another way to add some volume is to backcomb your hair at the crown. This gives the effect of a thicker head of hair while your waves flow down your shoulder for the ultimate glam look!
For a classic beach-wave look, leave your hair alone. By that we mean don’t try to tame the frizz or manage the waves – just let it be. It’ll give that classic, tousled ‘just left the beach’ effect.
If you want to keep your hair out of your face without tying it up completely, consider a stylish side parting that you clip away. It won’t take away from the texture of your hair, but actually just add some volume!
If you want tons of volume, consider getting short layers. When the hair is wavy and cut into shorter layers piled together, it will give a beautiful, voluminous effect and will require no extra effort to look gorgeous.
Take it from the supermodel herself – soft waves are a beautiful option for a hairdo any day! To keep the look polished, make sure your waves are not too tousled but curl gently once or twice for a gentle finish.
Add some interest to your hair by wearing a bandana. It will tighten the hair at the crown of your head, giving it a little extra lift. It also gives a beautiful contrast when the straight line of the bandana is broken by the waves in the hair.
Strategic backcombing at the crown and side of your head can make a regular wavy hairstyle look instantly glamorous. The trick is all in knowing how to style it!
If you’re worried the only way to style wavy hair is to leave it open, think again! Try a wavy, textured braid loosely pulled back for a beautiful, ethereal finish.
Why not try multiple braids? Play around with different side braids and waterfall braids to add some texture and design to wavy hair. This is a great hairstyle for a cute, bohemian look.
Wavy hair can look absolutely stunning in a thick, lifted ponytail. Add a fishtail braid to the crown of your head and leave a few locks streaming down your face for a feminine touch. This is not your classic ponytail – it’ll be sure to turn heads everywhere you go!
If you’re looking for something more elaborate, the trick with wavy hair is to leave the bottom half flowing gracefully while you add volume and height to the top half. Choose thick braids and backcomb gently before intertwining them. The final effect will be breathtaking!
If you have an angled bob and want to add some extra oomph, consider a soft outward wave at the end for some interesting character to a classic hairstyle.
A middle parting can be a great option for wavy hair that curls from the top of the head. It gives a great face-framing effect to slightly rounder faces.
A swooping waterfall twist can be a beautiful addition to hair that is wavy throughout. It’s a hairstyle that makes it feel like your hair is flowing from the twisting strand of hair and will definitely be a hairstyle to stand out in the crowd.
Because of the natural texture of wavy hair, it is the best hair type to use hair accessories with. Flower crowns especially have a very ethereal look and sit beautifully on top of a head of gorgeous waves.
A good floppy hat can take a regular head of waves and make it look super glamorous. Add a bright pop of lipstick and you’ve got yourself a classic street style look!
For a dramatic hairstyle, start with a center parting and carefully backcomb either side of the hair at your temples. Spray with some hairspray and carefully pin them back. It’s going to add height and volume to your hair and make your hairstyle look much fancier than it is!
Wavy hair looks absolutely stunning with the right highlights. A steely platinum gray with darker streaks will make the curve of your wavy locks stand out even more and makes for a great, edgy look.
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Taking Care of Your Wavy Hair
If you have naturally wavy hair, you need to start using a shampoo made for your hair type and texture. Find a conditioner that matches your hair type as well and consider using a leave-in conditioner. If you have finer wavy hair that tends to look flat, use a volumizing spray at the top. If you are dealing with dry or fragile hair, look for hydrating creams or hair masks. Dry hair oil can also do wonders if you want to get rid of frizz.
Master the Beach Wave
The beach wave is the ultimate wavy hairstyle. If you already have wavy hair, you won’t have much to do to achieve the perfect beach wave. If you do not have naturally wavy or curly hair, you will need to use a curling iron to get some waves. This is a fun and versatile style that looks good with layers, but you can create a great beach wave even if you don’t have any layers.
Consider A Shorter Cut
A shorter style will look great with your wavy hair. You can easily create the perfect bedhead look whenever you don’t feel like spending a lot of time on styling your hair. A short shaggy bob will look very modern and elegant. A short style will add some volume to your hair and require less maintenance for your wavy hair!
Add Some Color
Wavy hair can look really fun with a splash of color. There are different ways to make your hairstyle more colorful. You can opt for a balayage or ombre to add some color to the lower portions of the waves, or color different strands. This second look is particularly interesting because using several hues will draw attention to how the waves naturally intertwined with each other.
Create A Stylish Look with A Side-Braid
Side-braids are surprisingly easy to do. This is a quick and easy way to style your hair when you can’t get your curls and waves to look just right. You can also create a smaller side-braids and do the rest of your hair up in a ponytail. This simple but classy look will allow you to display the natural waves in your hair and the braid will add some structure.
Use A Diffuser with Your Blow Dryer
The great thing about waves is that your hair naturally has volume. You can emphasize this with a blow dryer and effortlessly create a glamorous wavy women hairstyle. Attach a diffuser to your blow dryer. This will allow your hair to dry without losing its natural shape. You can then wear your hair down, part it on the side or create a simple twist in the back.