Make wavy hair your signature look and achieve sultry style, whatever the occasion. From subtle kinks to statement ripples, crafting tousled tresses shouldn’t be a hassle. Boldly flaunt a wavy hairstyle and get effortlessly enviable locks with ghd as your styling sidekick.
Achieve hot hair status with the help of our how-to guides. Throw it back with vintage styles, exude beach babe vibes with surf-inspired kinks or go for all-out glamour with bouncy Hollywood waves.
ROOT LIFT WAVES
SOFT FOCUS WAVES
VOLUME KINKS & BENDS
BLOW-DRY BED HEAD
BOUNCY BLOW OUT
SILKY SLEEK WAVES
PERFECT PARTY GLOSSY WAVES
SOFT WAVES WITH A STRAIGHTENER
Dive in and get inspired to dare different wavy hairstyles. Whether flowing down your back, pulled up into a ponytail or twisted into a half updo, luxe wavy tresses have the power to instantly transform your look.
MESSY HAIRSTYLES FOR A TOUSLED LOOK
Join the wave obsession and get lost in a series of stunning textured hairstyles. Bold, pretty and glamorous, these looks are bound to bring your hair to life.
Which wavy hairstyles are trending in 2023?
If you’re looking for a new wavy hairstyle to try this year, you don’t have to look any further. We’ve put together a list of the top 14 trending wavy hairstyles for 2023 that you can rock confidently and easily. From root lift waves to beachy waves, volume kinks and bends to blow-dry bed heads, there is plenty of variety to choose from. Keep reading to find out more about these trendy wavy hairstyles!
Root Lift Waves
Root lift waves are perfect for women with naturally wavy hair who want a bit of extra oomph. These waves add volume and texture while still maintaining their natural look. To get this style, start by using a root-lifting spray at the crown of your head. Then use a curling wand or tong on random sections throughout your hair to create subtle waves. Finish off with a light hairspray for hold and texture.
Beach waves are always in style, and they’re one of the popular hairstyles for wavy hair in 2023. This classic look is perfect for summertime days spent lounging on the beach or sipping margaritas by the poolside. To get this look, start by applying curly hold spray all over your hair before going in with a curling iron or wand on random sections throughout your hair. Finish off with some hairspray for added hold and texture.
Soft Focus Waves
Soft focus waves give your hair an effortless yet glamorous look that will last all day long. For this style, start by using a volumising mousse at the roots of your hair before using a large, barrelled curling iron to create soft waves throughout your entire head of hair. Finish off with some light hairspray so that the curls stay soft but defined all day long.
Volume Kinks & Bends
Volume kinks and bends are perfect if you want to add some extra body and texture to your wavy hairstyle without compromising on definition or control. Start by using ghd's curly hold spray before using a curling tong or wand on various sections throughout your head of hair — make sure not to curl too tightly so that you achieve loose kinks and bends instead of tight curls! Finish off with some texturizing spray for added hold and texture.
Blow-Dry Bed Head
A blow-dry bedhead is perfect if you love the messy bedhead look but don’t want it too dishevelled! To get this style, start by blow drying your damp hair until it is almost completely dry — don’t completely dry it so that there is still some moisture left in it — then use random sections throughout your head as well as around the face area to create messy waves/curls/bends before finishing off with some texturizing spray for added hold and texture!
Flat waves are subtle and chic – perfect for when you're going for an understated yet sophisticated look. To achieve this style, use hot rollers or a hair straightener to create flat waves throughout your hair. Once finished, brush out the waves with a wide tooth comb and finish with hairspray for added hold.
If you’re looking for something short and sassy, then the wavy pixie is just what you need! This style is perfect for ladies who want to make a bold statement without having to deal with long hair. Use hot rollers or a curling wand to create loose curls throughout your pixie cut, and scrunch in some styling wax or mousse to keep it looking fresh all day long.
For those of us who want that romantic, tousled look but don't have hours of time on our hands, mermaid waves are our best friend! This gorgeous beachy style can be achieved by using an oversized curling tong or beach spray and your own two hands! Simply twist small sections of your locks around your fingers while scrunching in some sea salt spray or beach foam before allowing them to air dry into beautiful mermaid waves.
Bouncy Blow Out
The bouncy blowout is one of our favourite looks, as it adds volume and body to any length of hair. The key here is having thick enough hair so that it doesn't get weighed down by the product used during styling (e.g., mousse). To achieve this style, first use some volumising shampoo and conditioner followed by blow drying upside down with a round brush for maximum body and lift. Finish off with light hairspray for hold, and voila – beautiful bouncy waves!
Silky Sleek Waves
Silky sleek waves will give you that chic red carpet look without too much effort! To achieve this style, start off by using a heat protectant on damp hair before blow drying straight using a paddle brush. Once dried, smooth over any flyaways using some serum before adding in soft curls using hot rollers or an oval barreled curler. Finally, finish off with light hairspray and enjoy your red-carpet ready locks all night long!
This look is perfect for everyday wear and gives off a relaxed vibe. To achieve this look, use your curling tong or wand to create loose curls throughout your hair. Then use your fingers to gently brush out the curls to create tousled waves. Finish by applying a light hairspray to keep the waves in place all day long.
Glossy waves are perfect for those special occasions when you want to look polished yet still have fun with your hair! Start with a blow dryer with a nozzle attachment, and then use a large round brush to create soft curves in the hair as you dry it completely. Once finished blow drying, take small sections of your hair and wrap them around a curling iron barrel from root to tip before running some serum through the ends of the curls for added shine.
The wavy bob is a classic look that never goes out of style. It’s perfect for busy women who don’t have time to fuss with their hair all day long. To achieve this curly bob, use a curling wand and add some curl-defining cream or gel. This style works best on medium-length hair and layered haircut. Also, this can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.
Tight Corkscrew Curls
Tight corkscrew curls are sure to turn heads wherever you go! For this look, use our thin wand and focus on wrapping small sections of your hair around it in tight spirals while holding each curl in place for several seconds before releasing it. You can also add some styling mousse or gel for added definition and shine.
Wavy hairstyle styling tips
Whether your hair is long, short, thick, thin or naturally curly, you’ll be able to achieve this timeless look with ease with these styling tips. Get ready to wow everyone at your next event!
For Long Hair
If you have long hair, creating a beautiful wavy style is easy.
Start by sectioning off your hair and spraying it with a bodyguard heat protect spray. Then curl each section of your hair using a curling wand or hair straightener.
Hold the wand for about 10 seconds for each curl until it cools down and sets in place.
Finally, brush through the curls using a detangling comb
Spritz GHD PERFECT ENDING - final fix hair spray to hold your long wavy hair all in place.
For Shoulder-Length Hair
For shoulder-length cuts, start by blow drying your hair while brushing it with a paddle brush so that your strands are smooth and straight.
Once it’s dry, use a curling wand or tong to create large waves throughout your entire head.
You can also twist pieces away from your face for added texture and dimension.
Finish off by spraying GHD PERFECT ENDING - final fix hair spray on top of the waves for added volume and texture.
For Short Hair
If you have short locks, don’t worry; wavy locks still work for you!
Start by drying your hair with a GHD HELIOS™ PROFESSIONAL HAIR DRYER but leave some natural texture in it; don't make it too sleek.
Then create natural waves with a small barrel curling wand by wrapping small sections around the barrel without letting them stay too long on the heat, or else they will become too tight and crunchy looking.
Finally, use GHD PERFECT ENDING - final fix hair spray to hold your short curly hair in place.
For Thick Hair
If you have thick hair, start by using a detangling comb to detangle any knots in your hair while it is still wet. Make sure to use the bodyguard heat protect spray before styling.
Then blow dry your hair with a GHD CERAMIC VENTED RADIAL BRUSH SIZE 2 and apply BODY GOALS - TOTAL VOLUME FOAM throughout the length of your locks.
Take one-inch sections of your hair and curl them away from your face with a curling wand.
Once you’re done curling all of your sections, take an extra-large bristle brush and lightly brush through the curls for more volume.
Finish off with GHD PERFECT ENDING - final fix hair spray to hold your thick wavy hair.
For Thin Hair
Start by applying BODY GOALS - TOTAL VOLUME FOAM throughout your fine hair before blow drying with a round brush.
To create waves, use a curling wand or tong and wrap one-inch sections around it in alternating directions.
Run through the finished curls with a light hairspray and finish off with volumising powder at the roots for extra lift.
For Naturally Curly Hair
If you have naturally curly hair, start by washing it and conditioning it as usual but leave some moisture in before styling.
Apply curl cream throughout damp hair and then separate it into four sections – two on each side of the head – for easier styling.
Starting at the nape of your neck, run through each section with a diffuser attached to a blow dryer until each section is completely dry.
Switch off the nozzle when diffusing so that no heat is coming out; this will prevent frizz while still locking in moisture.
Finally, use your fingers or an extra-large bristle brush to create loose waves instead of tight ringlets.
For Straight Hair
Start by using a shampoo designed specifically for straightening or smoothing since this will help keep down flyaways during the styling process.
Then apply a STRAIGHT ON - STRAIGHT & SMOOTH SPRAY before using either a hair straightener or hot rollers (depending on which method you prefer).
Use a hair straightener if you want smaller waves, while roller sets are best if you want bigger waves or curls.
Always work small sections at once until all of your wavy strands are curled away from the face itself.
Finish off with hairspray for hold.
No matter how long or short, or thick or thin, your hair texture may be—you can rock the wavy hairstyle look like a pro! With these styling tips tailored just for you, get ready to turn heads at any event you attend this season! So, grab that curling wand and let's get styling, ladies; those waves won't create themselves!