If your hair has more bend to it than pin-straight strands, but less curve than a curl, welcome to the wavy hair club. Natural waves are as versatile as they are stunning, but depending on dozens of factors (like the weather, the season, and haircare products), styling your waves can be a daunting task. First step in embracing your waves? Nailing down your wavy haircut. We've rounded up some A-list inspiration along with tips from pro hairstylist Kourtney Scott on the best haircuts for wavy hair.
Meet the Expert
Kourtney Scott is a hair stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago specializing in precision cutting and styling.
Check out some of the best celeb-inspired haircuts for wavy hair.
Blake Lively's long tresses ooze beach vibes. The slight bend, damp ends, and unstructured part complement the long length perfectly. To get the look at home, try Drybar's Seashore Spritzer Salt-Free Wave Spray ($26).
Highlights, a pouf, and ultra-long locks? Count us in for this fun, flirty 'do. If you're starting out with sopping wet hair, use Conair's InfinitiPro Frizz Free AC Dryer ($50) for frizz-free drying. Then, follow up with a protective leave-in to keep flyaways at bay and hair shielded from damage.
The beauty of these soft waves is that they work on most hair textures—it's all about finding the right styling products to help manage the length. If your hair is looking a bit dull and weighed down, work in a shine-enhancing serum like Az Haircare's Sooth Serum ($45).
The queen of layered haircuts gives hers a little fluff with tousled ends and a blown out fringe. To prep the hair, detangle, and add shine, run the Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Miracle Nectar 10-in-1 Leave-In ($6) through damp strands before styling.
Make like Viola Davis and give your cropped cut a retro feel with these glamorous waves. Amika's High Tide Deep Wave Hair Crimper ($120) is what'll get the job done and keep the hair looking crease-free.
You'd think Zendaya's one-length bob and baby fringe would come across as timid, but paired with her auburn color and bold brows, it's anything but. Keep a color like this looking fresh with Pureology's Smooth Perfection Shampoo ($30).
Jennifer Lawrence's blonde lob with root to tip waves and feathered layers is serving up some serious hair-spiration. Philip B.'s texture-enhancing Maui Wowie Beach Mist ($28) will help you mimic the look.
Amp up your A-line bob with a bedazzled hair slide and crimped waves. This Gold Chain Link Barrette ($7) by The Hair Edit satisfies our need for accessorizing.
Long hair weighing down your look? Try NuMe's Classic Curling Wand Reverse ($99) to mimic Rosario Dawson's look—it's made with a 100 percent tourmaline ceramic barrel to deliver full-bodied waves without feeling heavy.
Could Jessica Biel look any more elegant? Her mid-length cut is complemented with face-framing layers and a long side-swept fringe. If you have fine hair, use a thickening spray to fake texture—we like Boldify's Hair Thickening Spray ($30).
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
If there ever were a time to get layer-happy, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has proven it's here and now. Rather than a thick head of hair weighing her down her look, the layers help to add balance and structure. Plus, we love that she paired her feathered ends with a simple side braid.
Jennifer Hudson is giving us some major hair envy with her voluminous natural curls. Since curly hair tends to skew dry, Scott recommends adding lots of moisture by way of Oribe's Styling Butter Curl Enhancing Crème ($46).
Vintage waves get a modern upgrade with this shoulder-length bob. The smaller the curling iron you use, the tighter the curl will be. For the perfect sized curl, use Conair's One-Inch Instant Heat Curling Iron ($7).
A messy fringe and layered shoulder-length cut is all you need to look as glamorous as Halle Berry. Work in Eva NYC's Lazy Jane Air Dry Shampoo ($12) to achieve maximum thickness and texture while air-drying.