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.
Laverne Cox's long bob is in company with long layers and soft curls. Scott says that this is a great universal cut for both fine and thick hair, and is both low-maintenance and youthful.
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 lived-in feel with tousled ends and beachy waves. To prep hair, detangle, and add shine, run the Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Miracle Nectar 10-in-1 Leave-In ($11) through damp strands before styling.
Make like Viola Davis and give your cropped cut a retro feel with these glamorous waves. Amika High Tide Deep Wave Hair Crimper ($120) is what'll get the job done and keep hair looking crease-free.
We can't get enough of layered bobs and neither can Drew Barrymore. Scott touts this style as being great for medium to thick hair types. To ensure your layers are well-blended with the rest of your mane, add a slight curl to the top sections.
Thanks to Rachel McAdams, it doesn't take much convincing to chop your hair into a classic A-line bob. "This is a great style for medium to fine hair with straight or light texture," notes Scott.
Looking to own that model-off-duty cut? Take a cue from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who styles her full-length lob with tousled waves and a messy tuck behind the ear.
If you're all about the length, take a page out of Queen Bey's book and give it some personality with a barely-there wave. It's effortless, easy to achieve, and flattering on all face shapes.
Give your lob an unexpected twist with a slightly asymmetrical cut. Paired with tousled strands and a bold brow, the look is statement-making all around.
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.
We're all about hairstyles that suit all hair types, and this long-layered soft curls look donned by Iman fits the bill. Scott says to use a thermal protectant whenever applying heat to protect your color (and your tresses).
Look closely and you'll see that RiRi's slight lift at the roots adds height to her lob and middle-parted fringe. Plus, her wet-looking curls are so red carpet.
We can't tell you if blondes have more fun than brunettes, but Jessica Alba's chic ombré may be able to. Her shoulder-length cut won't weigh down finer hair textures, and the mid-shaft waves will fake volume in all the right places.
Looking for some short bob inspo? Janet Jackson plays up hers with warm caramel color. Scott recommends using a smoothing blow out cream before styling with a molding paste for hold, definition, and texture.
We can't tell what's hotter: Sofia Vergara's hot pink lip or her swift layered haircut. Her bangs hit right at the chin, making a center-part, side-part, or sleek pull-back all options.
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.
Laura Harrier 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).
Hats off to Adele for taking our breath away with both her voice and her red-carpet beauty looks. Here she's sporting long layers and a medium-length with tons of volume and a bold flip-out at the ends.
Vintage waves get a modern makeover with this shoulder-length bob. The smaller the curling iron you use, the tighter the curl will be. To replicate Jessica Chastain's waves, use Conair One-Inch Instant Heat Curling Iron ($7).
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson takes her shoulder-length lob to the next level with this fiery red hue. We're totally digging the straight-back part and perfectly-coiled bends all throughout.