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.
Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2005 with long flowy waves cascading down her shoulders.
Blake Lively’s stunning smokey eyes paired well with her tousled side-swept beach waves as well as her sexy sequined dress at the 2016 ‘Cafe Society’ premiere in Cannes, France.
The singer-songwriter styled her blonde locks with tousled highlighted waves and long side-swept bangs. This look was worn at The Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards 2012 held on March 14th.
Britney Spears contrasted her blonde wavy hair with a one-shoulder black dress that was worn at the 2013 Wango Tango concert produced by KIIS-FM on May 11, 2013.
Gigi Hadid walked the runway at the Anna Sui Fall Winter 2017 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 15, 2017. She wore a detailed dress to go with her half-up hairstyle that has two small buns to imitate cat ears.
Model Gigi Hadid was dressed in a green outfit with her wavy highlighted hair when she walked the runway during the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 10, 2015, in New York City.
Alexandra Daddario at the CFDA Variety and WWD Runway to Red Carpet at Chateau Marmont Hotel on February 20, 2018, in West Hollywood, CA.
A fabulous-looking Kelly Osbourne with her gorgeous hairstyle and color, perfectly paired with her white dress. Photo was taken on January 11, 2012.
Emilia Clarke with medium-length wavy hair at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. She looks very dazzling and classy in her white printed dress.
The singer looking all gorgeous and charming in a sequined tube dress complemented with her long wavy hair at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards Arrivals held on May 22, 2011.
Miley Cyrus attended the “Kids Day 2006” presented by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society at Hollywood and Highland on August 02, 2006 in Hollywood, CA. She paired her sweet purple blouse with a long wavy and layered hairstyle.
Katy Perry showcased her voluminous center-parted curly hair that’s paired with a statement necklace during the Launch of Purr Fragrance by Katy Perry for Nordstrom Pop-Up NYC Event on November 16, 2010.
On January 06, 2019, Emma Stone attended the 2019 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She wore an elegant blush dress with silver details to pair with her highlighted and layered wavy hairstyle.
Emma Watson was at the World premiere of ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ held at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood on December 7, 2008. She looked quite lovely in her blue sheer dress that complemented her layered shoulder-length hair with a vintage look.
Kim Kardashian at an in-store appearance for Kim Kardashian Fragrance Launch on February 4, 2010, flaunting her voluminous side-parted waves paired with a red dress.
Scarlett Johansson kept it simple and lovely with the casual striped blouse that she paired with her long and layered wavy hairstyle that has a sandy blond tone at the ‘ Under the skin ‘ premiere during the 70th Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2013, in Venice.
Jennifer Lawrence’s long, layered and highlighted sandy blond hair was complemented with wispy bangs and a white strapless dress at the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2010, in Beverly Hills, CA.
Beyonce styled her brown highlighted hair with glamorous waves at a Launch Event for Beyonce Special Edition B’Phone by Samsung held on October 11, 2007.
Rihanna stunned everyone with her sheer red dress that she paired with her long and wavy highlighted hair resting on her shoulders when she attended the Grammy Awards 2013 on February 10, 2013, in Los Angeles, CA.
Angelina Jolie wore a black velvet dress that totally went well with her bold red lips and side-swept long tousled hairstyle with a brown tone and curls at the tips at the 84th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Theatre, Hollywood on February 26, 2012.
Kristen Bell made an appearance at the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront on May 15, 2017, sporting her short blonde spiral waves with a middle parting.
Natalie Portman was at the Los Angeles Premiere of “No Strings Attached” held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, USA on January 11, 2011. Her simple yet lovely black dress went quite well with her long and wavy dark brown hairstyle loose on her shoulders.
Natalie Dormer with her flowing blonde waves at the Los Angeles premiere of her movie “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One” held on November 17, 2014.
Margot Robbie in a black floral dress during the AMPAS 9th Annual Governors Awards at Dolby Ballroom on November 11, 2017. She paired it with a center-parted wavy hairstyle that’s defined with blonde highlights.
On November 1, 2014, Kate Hudson was like a goddess in her sheer dress and tousled wavy blond hairstyle that has a metallic sheen to it at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Amanda Seyfried flaunted her sexy dark lips that went quite well with her simple black dress and wavy layered sandy blond hairstyle loose on her shoulders at the “Twin Peaks” Premiere Screening at The Theater at Ace Hotel on May 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA.
Demi Lovato was at the 29Rooms West Coast Debut presented by Refinery29 at the ROW DTLA on December 6, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. She came wearing a snakeskin outfit with her long and loose raven hairstyle loose on her shoulders with waves and layers.
Reese Witherspoon was quite charming in her red sequined dress and side-swept wavy blond hairstyle that has highlights and layers at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ held at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, USA on February 26, 2018.
Jessica Alba was at the Bosch Season 2 Premiere Screening at the Silver Screen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on March 3, 2016, in West Hollywood, CA. She was charming in her white dress and matching medium-length side-swept curly brown hairstyle.
Carrie Underwood arrived for the “American Idol” 2012 Finale on May 23, 2012, in a navy sequined dress and layered blonde curls.
Jennifer Lopez slicked back her long blonde waves at the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards held on January 12, 2020.
Michelle Rodriguez overflowed with posh and class in a silky dress paired with her loose waves that are center-parted at the De Grisogono Party during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2018.
Mel B is ravishing in a yellow sequined dress along with her brown highlighted curls that she wore during the “America’s Got Talent” Live Show Red Carpet on September 4, 2018.
Rachel Weisz shines in a finger wave updo during the 79th Annual Academy Awards held on February 26, 2007.
Sienna Miller looks sensational wearing her silky monochrome dress and her blonde waves were styled in a loose side-part with one side pinned up as she attends the Live By Night European film premiere on January 11, 2017.
Ariana Grande pulled back her long, wavy hair into a high ponytail during the 2011 Kids Choice Awards held on April 2, 2011.
Penelope Cruz looks ravishing in a red halter dress paired with her glamorous waves that are pinned to emphasize her features. This look was worn at New York Premiere of Nine on December 15, 2009.
Keira Knightley wore a lovely dress by Alexander McQueen to the screening of her movie Colette at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on September 13,208. She paired her dress with a long and wavy side-swept hairstyle with subtle highlights.
Ashley Benson was at the Rolling Stone Pre-Oscar Bash 2011 at W Hotel on February 26, 2011, in Hollywood, CA. She wore a smart casual outfit and a black jacket to pair with her long, wavy and layered sandy blonde hairstyle with highlights and a tousle.
Victoria Justice attended the 2012 MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios, Hollywood on June 4, 2012. She came in a stunning white dress that she paired with her long, wavy, layered, and loose hairstyle with a slight tousle.
Chloe Grace Moretz was at the “Suspiria” Premiere at the ArcLight Theaters on October 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. She wore an edgy sexy dress to go with her platinum blonde highlighted and wavy side-swept hairstyle.
Sarah Hyland was at the 2011 Critics’ Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 20, 2011. She paired her smart casual outfit with a long and wavy brunette hairstyle with layers and long side-swept bangs.
Lily James attended the ‘Cinderella’ premiere during the 65th Berlinale Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 13, 2015, in Berlin, Germany. She wore a charming strapless dress to pair with her long and wavy sandy blonde hairstyle loose and tousled on her back.
Rose Byrne was at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles on January 27, 2013. She wore a peach floral dress with her dark wavy shoulder-length hairstyle with side-swept bangs.
Milla Jovovich was at the 84th Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA. She was lovely in a white dress, red lips, and tousled chin-length hairstyle with side-swept wavy bangs.
Christina Ricci attended the Speed Racer Premiere at the Closing Night of Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, BMCC TPAC in New York, NY on May 03, 2008. She wore a strapless black dress with her long and curly sandy blonde hairstyle with a slight tousle and blunt bangs.
Shailene Woodley was at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 7, 2012, in Palm Springs, CA. She paired her patterned dress with an elegant long side-swept brunette hairstyle with a curly finish.
Aubrey Plaza attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013, in West Hollywood, California. Her strapless dress was paired with a long loose and tousled dark hairstyle that has curls at the tips.
Brittany Snow attended the “Pitch Perfect 2” World Premiere at the Nokia Theater on May 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. She was seen wearing a lovely red dress to pair with her long and tousled sandy-blonde hairstyle with long side-swept bangs.
Emily Browning attended the 2019 Starz Winter TCA Event at the 71Above on February 12, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA. She was charming in a red sheer dress that pairs well with her medium-length tousled and layered brunette hairstyle.
Jennifer Hudson attended the 2007 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles on June 26, 2007. She was charming in a strapless dress that she paired with a long and curly raven hairstyle with a slight tousle and side-swept bangs.
On September 20, 2015, Emma Roberts was at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live. She came wearing a beige dress to pair with her long sandy blonde side-swept hairstyle with waves.
Zooey Deschanel was at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood on August 7, 2011, in Los Angeles, CA. She wore a floral dress to pair with her long and tousled wavy dark half-up hairstyle with bangs.
On February 24, 2019, Amy Adams attended the 91st Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre. She paired her shimmery dress with a long and wavy brunette hairstyle that is loose and tousled.
Jennifer Connelly attended the World premiere of ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on February 2, 2009. She was seen wearing a green dress with her long and wavy side-swept dark hairstyle with a slight tousle.
Shay Mitchell attended the 2012 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on July 22, 2012. She wore a yellow bodice dress along with her long, highlighted waves.
Jennifer Garner showcases her dark, center-parted waves at the Hollywood Film Awards that was held on November 3, 2019.
Her loose big side-parted curled locks were insanely sexy as she poses for the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014.
Got balayage 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 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.
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.
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.
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.