Hair trends come and go, but waves never go out of style. There is no one way to wear your hair wavy—you can opt for loose, beachy texture, tighter curls, or big, barrel waves courtesy of your curling iron. How to achieve the look will depend on several factors, such as your natural hair (is it super curly or pin-straight?), whether you like to use heat styling tools, your favorite method for styling... the list goes on. Long strands provide the perfect opportunity to really play with the texture. So, keep on scrolling for 40 long, wavy hairstyles you'll want to try immediately.
This gorgeous head of wavy hair on Sofia Reyes looks like it just came from the beach. Find out how to get beachy waves and mimic this classic look for long hair.
We love waves paired with balayage highlights, which give the appearance of layers and thickness, while keeping the color looking totally natural.
Big, Bouncy Curls
To get Amber Heard's big, bouncy curls, wash your hair, spritz with volumizing spray, and then blow dry hair straight. Spray hair with a heat-protecting spray and separate into two or three sections. Starting with one section, curl hair with a large-barrel curling iron. Let curls cool, then finger comb them into place and finish with a spritz of hairspray.
Most of us have some natural waves in our hair. To play them up, let hair air dry, scrunching hair into the palms of hands as hair dries. You can also wind and secure towel-dried hair into a loose bun to get the same effects. Once hair is dry, you can wrap a few sections a large, 2-inch or 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron to play up more waves. Be sure to leave the ends out so it looks more natural (don't clamp in the hair, simply wrap it around the barrel). For a mussy look, bend over at the waist with your head down and give hair a good shake.
Gorgeous Old Hollywood Waves
This wavy Old Hollywood hairstyle on Stephanie Jacobsen is ultra-covetable and truly timeless. The pushed-back part really accentuates her face shape, drawing attention to her high cheekbones. Find out what cut works best on your hair before heading to the salon.
Iman's luscious curls get even more depth with the help of well-placed caramel highlights and loads of shine. To mimc her healthy strands, add a dollop of a shine serum like Ouidad Shine Glaze Serum ($20) to damp hair.
Wet Look Waves
The wet look is a fresh take on waves, as demonstrated by Tracee Ellis Ross. Get cozy with the hair gel in order to emulate.
Wavy High Ponytail
Rihanna has insanely gorgeous lush waves here, aided by the addition of extensions and a super high ponytail that adds tons of volume. You can easily add clip-on extensions to your natural hair, and brands like Insert Name Here even sell pre-made ponytails.