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Updated on April 20, 2021
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Everyone likes nice wavy hair in summer once in a while, and some of us want it all the time. A nonchalant effortless look as if you are spending all summer by the beach is so tempting. Well, to make it look really nice, you’ll still need to put some effort into your wavy hairstyle.

How to Make Your Hair Wavy?

Here are the most popular solutions for hair waving from a curling iron to the headband method. View them right now not to miss something useful!

1. Spiral Waves

For this style, use a large barrel curling iron. Wrap medium sections one by one around the barrel. Pull the curling iron up and outward to release a spiral curl. Then, finger comb wherever you want to make it looser. This is a great way to get some bouncy waves that look like overnight curls.

2. Easy Beach Waves

Never underestimate the power of a setting spray when it comes to easy beach waves! Spray down straight hair with some product and then use a medium or small barrel curling iron to wrap hair sections away from the face. Loosen with fingers and spray again to finish.

3. Triple Heating Iron Waves

Wondering how to get wavy hair that lasts? Try a triple heating iron that provides a beautiful, natural-looking “kink” of curl for any hair texture. This also looks great on short hair – wavy is for everybody!

4. Curling with a Ponytail

While some wish to curl hair without heat, you can find a healthy compromise by using quite a bit less. If your hair is long, you may curl it mid-shaft to ends. Make a ponytail. Style ringlets with a curling iron. Remove the elastic to release the curls. Brush through the ringlets to make them loose and natural-looking.

A full tutorial here.

5. Waves with a Flat Iron

Curling irons can be expensive and temperamental – plus there are so many to choose from. Keep life simpler by curling your hair with a flat iron instead. You can get big wavy hair simply by wrapping a strand around the iron panels and curling as you normally would. The smaller the flat iron, the tighter the curl.

Watch a tutorial.

6. Adding Bounce and Volume

Curling your hair with a curling iron (or a flat iron) and then backcombing each curl with a brush can add more body and bounce that would otherwise not come out naturally. If you are hoping for voluminous wavy hair without a ton of effort, follow this simple wavy hair tutorial.

Video tutorial here.

7. Flat Iron for Curling

Did you know you can purchase an iron that works as both a curler and a straightener? They do make a world of difference on stubborn hair. You can curl your locks with a straightener simply by wrapping hair around just as you would do with a curler. Change up your look by switching your hair part.

Watch a tutorial here.

8. Flat Iron Twists

The most popular curls right now come in the form of long, loose and beach blown waves. If you don’t live near the ocean or don’t naturally have beautiful wavy hair, you can use your straightener as a curler for double functionality. Twist sections of hair – as thick or thin as you want the curl to be – and then release after ironing top to bottom.

The process of creating these waves is shown here.

9. From Braids to Waves

Want to curl hair without a curling iron? You can learn how to get wavy hair simply by braiding it and then ironing the braids with your straightener. This works on all hair types, but holds best if you add some product before you start braiding.

Watch a step-by-step tutorial.

10. Curl Hair with Straws (or a Pencil)

Long hair will shrink in length after you curl it with one of these methods, but you’ll get some adorable small ringlets, so it’s worthwhile. Divide your hair into sections. Take a small strand and curl it around a straw, secure with 1-2 elastics. Leave for 4 hours or overnight. Cut elastics to release the curls. The same curls you can get with the help of a pencil. Curl a strand around a pencil and then wrap your curl into a piece of foil. Use a flat iron to press the curl. Release the curl.

Check out the tutorial on Elisa Bei’s Youtube Channel.

11. Relaxed Curls

Get pretty curls by braiding your hair and leaving braids to air-dry for a couple of hours. Master two simple boxer (Dutch) braids. After the braids have been in place for a bit, unbraid your hair, and waves will be left behind. You may use a hair-dryer to speed up the process, or leave braids overnight, it`s up to you.

A full tutorial here.

12. Curls Without Heat

You can learn how to curl hair without using any sort of iron. Instead, section off clean, dry hair and wrap it around clips, foil strips or even some pencils. Spray with setting product, allow to dry and release a few hours later. This trick will work with thin hair as well as with thick locks.

13. Twisted Knots

There are a few smart ways to curl your hair without heat. You can curl with a headband or use this creative twist-and-tie method. Use a styling product to enhance the hold.

Video tutorial here.

14. Curling Through Styling

If you have a curl-worthy event coming up but don’t want to deal with rollers, braid your hair the day before. Use either regular or fishtail braids, sleep in with the chosen hairstyle and then unravel the braids in the morning for cute second-day waves.

Watch a tutorial here.

15. Overnight Twists

Want to know how to curl your hair wavy without using an expensive and damaging iron? Simply twist or braid your hair and secure the ends. Release your twists/braids in the morning. This technique works with layered hair and can really accentuate a pretty cut.

Find out how to create these waves on Vivian V’s Youtube Channel!

16. A Headband with a Twist

You can curl hair with a wand, or you can protect your tresses from heat damage by twisting them around a headband. Make loops completely around the band so it’s covered. You can use this trick for thick hair that is stubborn with an iron. Leave it in overnight and enjoy your natural beauty the next day!

Get the tutorial from Luxy Hair!

17. Bobby Pin Curls

From blonde to black hair, curls are so gorgeous and easy to obtain. Roll your hair into spiraled bundles and use some bobby pins to secure the bundles flatly. Take the bobby pins out after your hair has dried.

18. How to Make Your Hair Wavy with a Bun

Instead of using a heat tool that can stress out your hair, keep things harmless with wavy hair products and the beauty of time. Place clean hair into a high ponytail, divide it into sections and wrap each section around a jumbo size donut 2-3 times, depending on your length, secure with bobby pins and leave overnight. Take the pony apart in the morning and enjoy your curls!

The process of creating these waves is shown here.

19. Old-Fashioned Rollers

You can also purchase the bendy rollers your mom used. These are still around today because they work – so give them a shot. Twist a strand around a roller (you may bend the ends together to fasten the curl in place), repeat for all strands. Leave in overnight or spray hair and blowdry before unrolling.

A full tutorial here.

20. Natural Curlers with a Kick

Flexi rods are curlers that look like bendable sticks. You can twist them any way you want. When learning how to curl your hair, you might want to try out different shapes and levels of tightness until you find what works the most beautifully for you.

Watch a step-by-step tutorial.

21. Peaceful Beach Waves

These waves are made on the centre parts of the locks, not touching the roots and the ends. Rub any water-based pomade into the roots to provide better definition for separate locks that you are going to curl. Use 1-inch barrel curling iron. If you have a similar length, you’ll need to wrap each lock around the barrel 3 times.

22. Perfectly Imperfect Waves for a Shag Cut

Use a curling iron to curl vertically the front tresses framing the face towards it. Curl the following lock away from the face and continue doing alternating curling, holding the curling iron vertically and keeping in your mind that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Flip the bangs up at an angle.

23. Natural-Like Wave

Wash your hair, dry it with a towel but do not comb. Apply a curl enhancer to your locks, not touching the roots. Blow dry your mane with a diffuser. Use a 1-inch curling iron to curl separate strands, wrapping them around the barrel, not clamping, for a looser curl. Gently brush through your curls with a wide-tooth comb.

24. Heatless Waves

Use a headband and twist for a heat-free curling technique. You are going to get gorgeous loose waves without any risks of overprocessing or split ends. This method works for medium and long hair. And if you are also interested in short wavy hairstyles, please, check this page.

25. Encouraging Your Natural Curls

Beach waves without a curling iron can be encouraged with an Epsom salt solution. Prepare a solution from ½ tablespoon of your regular hair conditioner, 1 tablespoon of dissolved lavender Epsom salt and ½ tablespoon of dissolved salt. Apply to damp hair and let it air dry.

We know you are looking for an easy, quick and harmless method of creating cute waves. Try these and, we’re sure, you’ll find it. By the way, the Wavy Hairstyles Section offers tons of nice ideas on how to style your wavy hair.

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