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Get The Look: Textured Waves For Stunning Hairstyles!

Having beautiful waves are a popular trend to get your hair looking voluminous and give it some personality! There are so many different types of waves and methods to help you get excellent results. The great thing about getting these looks is that you can find a way that works for you.

If you want to learn about different types of waves, then keep reading! I am about to give you all the information to produce the right look for you and have your hair looking stunning.

5 Different Types Of Waves

The great thing about deciding to rock waves is that it is possible with any hair. Whether it is your natural hair, human hair, or heat-friendly synthetic hair you can get the look! If you are getting a little bored with your straight hair look or maybe want to make your hair more exciting and switch it up a bit, there are a lot of different wave styles you can choose.

Here are different types of waves and how to get the look. I have also included the no-heat alternative to those trying to avoid excess heat damage. Find the style that best suits you!

hollywood waves

Old Hollywood Waves

Hollywood waves are a very classy sleek look that can be worn to go to any formal event and will have you looking flawless. This look is great because it is very polished and elegant which makes it different from the other wave styles I’ll be sharing.

This look will have jaws dropping. It is also very retro! Who wouldn’t you want to give it a try? Although it may look complicated to attain, it is straightforward if you follow these steps.

How To Get The Look

Before you begin curling your hair, you need to straighten your hair to achieve a polished look. Usually, people create this look with a deep side part, but a middle part can work as well. You will then use a curling iron or curling wand and start taking sections of hair and curling it. Depending on how tight you want the curls to be chose large or small sections of hair. For tighter curls use smaller sections and for larger curls use larger sections.

The trick to getting this look is to curl each strand in the same direction to create a finger wave effect. Creating uniform curls is a crucial step to get the waves to look smooth once you finish curling.

After curling, it is important to slowly brush out your hair to get a more wavy look instead of curly. Use either hairspray or pomade to set the look, and that’s it! It is effortless to achieve as long as you take your time to get the curls in the right direction. A great tip to have your waves popping is to bobby pin each layer, spray it with hairspray, and keep it like that for a few hours to define your waves.

old hollywood waves
old hollywood waves

Heat-free Method

Do not worry my heat free lovers you can still rock this look too! If your hair is not already straight there are several straightening methods that you can use. There are various straightening shampoos, conditioners and hair masques that help prevent your hair from curling up. There are also several techniques, such as stretching your hair with hair ties, that help get your hair straight enough to produce this look.

To create this look, the easiest method to get waves is to use rollers in your hair. You may want to apply some hair oil before you put the rollers to help define the waves once you take them out of the rollers. Once that is done, you can finish the rest of the steps by brushing out your hair and setting it to get this vintage style.

An important thing to note is that it may not look like everything you hoped for the first time you try it, but you will get better with practice! Just be patient and work with your hair and you will produce the results you so desire.

Beach Waves

Beach waves are fantastic because they just scream summer! It’s a charming and carefree style to rock to the beach or even a relaxing day by the pool.

This style of waves differs from many types of wave patterns because they start halfway down your hair making it a unique look to try if you have never tried it before.

How To Get The Look

The great thing about this look is that there are several simple methods to get it done that work well for different hair types! If your hair is curly or more thick and coarse, the easiest way to achieve this look is to attempt it right after you wash your hair. While your hair is still wet, create two buns at the nape of your neck and let them air dry.

Once your hair is dry, remove the buns and you’ll have quick and easy beach waves! If you have more fine or straight hair, you can achieve this look by using a curling iron or wand to curl the bottom half of your hair. You can then just use a simple brush to make it look disheveled.

beach waves
beach waves

No Heat Method

Luckily for my curly haired girl’s heat is not necessarily needed for this look. The two buns method works great because it stretches out your hair at the top to give it a straighter look while the bottom half of your hair remains nice and wavy.

For those with straighter hair, if you do not want to use heat, you can also use the two buns method. Another efficient way to get this look is to braid the bottom half of your hair. It is best to wet your hair and wait for it to dry to get more defined waves. And it’s as simple as that!

Messy Waves

If you are looking for a very relaxed and casual look, messy waves are perfect for you! This effortless look is great because there is no right or wrong way to achieve it! Messy waves are great for a lazy day or if you want to do some quick shopping. The best part is it is effortless to produce.

How To Get The Look

Unlike the old Hollywood waves, you don’t want your waves to look uniform. You purposefully want to use a curling iron and curl your hair in random directions so that your hair does not look too neat.

After curling each strand, you want to make sure that you tug the hair a little just to make sure it isn’t too curly. Once you are finished curling tease and fluff your hair up to get the messy look. A great tip to consider when trying this hairstyle is to not curl your hair all the way to your ends so that it looks more spontaneous.

messy waves
messy waves

No Heat Method

The no heat method for this style is very straightforward. The simplest way to get messy waves is to get your hair a little wet and cornrow it. More than two cornrows are not necessary to produce beautiful waves. However, you can put more than two cornrows into your hair if you prefer tighter waves.

Once your hair is dry, you can then take them out. If you cannot cornrow, putting buns in your hair can produce excellent results as well. The most important part is to tease your hair to create the messy look and you’re ready to go!

Wet Waves

This recent trend has become all the rage with celebrities. It is a great look because you can wear it casually and rock this look on the red carpet as well as we have seen a lot of celebrities, such as Kim K, pull of fabulously. The great thing about this look is that it works great in the summer due to al the heat and humidity! It does not frizz and needs no heat to create it which is a huge plus.

How To Get The Look

The key to understanding this look is knowing how to keep your hair looking wet even when it is dry. The first step is to dampen your hair with water. It is not necessary to make your hair too watery but just damp enough, so it is easy to style and get the look.

Once it is moist, to get the wet and wavy look, you want to add a lot of hair product such as mousse or eco styler gel and scrunch up your hair with your hands. A great tip for people with straight hair is to clip the hair up, and hairspray it. Keep it in for a few hours then let it down to keep the waves intact. It isn’t necessary to have waves you can still slay with a straight wet hair look!

beyonce wet look
wet hair

Finger Waves

To all my girls with short hair this is the perfect look for you! It is so simple to create and requires no heat, just a lot of gel and mousse. This look is super sleek and perfect for any occasion. `

How To Get The Look

For this look, you will need hair gel or mousse to keep your hair down and style your waves. This look is super quick and easy. You will need to create a deep side part and gel the sides and back of your hair down. Using either a small comb or styling brush, you then need to develop swoops to get the wavy look and brush the back of your hair down.

Creating waves in the back is optional but not necessary because the primary focus will be the front of your hair and those beautiful swoops! Once you finish gelling and styling, you want to set your hair for a couple of hours by wrapping it with a scarf to get it together. It is as simple as that, and you are ready to go!

justine skye finger waves
finger waves

More Wave Styles Without Using Heat

There are so many ways to create simple waves in your hair without much effort. There are several methods you can use to produce perfect waves without having to use heat on your hair. You just have to get creative! I am about to give you a few more simple ways to get your waves on fleek.

Rollers and flexi rods – Using rollers and flexi rods is a standard way to get waves in your hair. You can achieve casual and formal styles. There are so many types of roller sizes that give many different curl patterns which are perfect for getting different waves looks every time.

Twists and Braids – Twisting or braiding your hair will also give you wave results. It may be harder to get a polished look, however. A great tip is to use this method when your hair is wet to get high definition.

Ribbon curlers – Using these are also a great way to get waves while your hair is wet.

Pins – You can pin up strands of your hair while it is wet and create a natural looking wave pattern once it is dry.

There are so many more hair hacks such as using scarves and socks to get your hair wavy without using heat. Creativity is key to creating an effortless but cute style every time.

Which one will you rock next?

braid out
twisting hair

There are so many ways to spice up your hair by adding a little curl to it. Keep in mind that these looks are possible for natural hair and all wigs and weaves as long as the hair works with heat.

What is excellent about waves is that there are so many simple methods to get them into your hair. If you need assistance there are resources such as videos and people, that can help you create the perfect look.

Which one caught your eye? There are so many hairstyles that are great for your next event. Do not be afraid to try new methods and go through trial and error to get your ideal wave look!

About Maira Tarawallie

I am a student at the Ohio State University. International relations major and aspiring MUA. I love anything that has to do with hair and beauty!

4 thoughts on “Get The Look: Textured Waves For Stunning Hairstyles!

  1. lsimpson6402 says:

    Great styling tips while keeping the hair healthy!!!

  2. Raquellwashington says:

    Deep waves are my favorite look. I like to do them with the same no heat method that was mentioned.

  3. Sha'Keisha says:

    I’ve always been a body wave, straight hair type of girl. I’ve never really worn curls simply because for 1. I didn’t have all of the styling tools needed to achieve the look and 2. I didn’t know then what I know now. Every since I’ve transitioned to natural, I have been really involved with the whole hair thing. I’ve learned that you can achieve all types of curls, WITHOUT heat. The same tools I can use on my natural hair, I can also use them on my extensions. Experiment, broaden your horizon. You can achieve curls using straws, flexi rods, perm rods, curl formers, by creating Bantu knots, 2 strand twists, braids, buns, pin curls, etc. The list goes on !! Great article.

  4. Chevyree Akridge says:

    To me nothing gets me like those old Hollywood waves, when I leave the salon I feel like a million bucks! I don’t even like taking pics but those selfies be popping! I’ve never been a loose wave type of person but some people can pull them off like yessss darling I’m here for it!!! I like to see the short finger ways but I’ve always thought my head was too fat and round to pull that look off but those girls look like they need to be on someone 60’s pinup shoot!! Makes me want to watch Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge movies… I think that’s the move for tonight good hair, good food and some black and white movies to inspire your girl!! Thanks for this one.

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