10 Techniques To Get Chic Wavy Hair

Written by Arshiya Syeda

What comes to mind when I say ‘beach bum’? A beautiful sun kissed girl with gorgeous wavy hair as a result of the sea salt laden air. Who hasn’t dreamt of having relaxed looking hair like that? I sure have! But the thought of going at my hair with a curling iron to create a style that is supposed to look effortless seemed too weird to me. So I scoured the interwebz to look for ways to get those gorgeous waves in my hair in the most effortless way possible. And, as always, the Internet did not fail to deliver. So here I bring to you the 10 easiest techniques to get gloriously wavy hair!

How To Get Wavy Hair – 10 Easy Techniques

1. Princess Leia Buns Technique

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The force will surely be with you when you embark on this journey to get wavy hair. All you need to do is roll up your hair into 2 buns (a la Princess Leia) and you will end up with the hair of your dreams the next morning!

What You Need
  • Hair brush
  • Anti-frizz serum
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your hair while it is still damp.
  2. Apply anti-frizz serum to your hair to prevent it from frizzing up as it dries.
  3. Part your hair down the middle.
  4. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from right near the left side of your parting.
  5. Start twisting it while adding more and more hair to it from both sides.
  6. Once this twisted section of hair has gone past your ear, twist the hair the rest of the way down until the very end.
  7. Roll this twisted hair into a bun and pin it down behind your ear. You could also use some hair elastics to further secure it in place.
  8. Repeat the same process on the right side.
  9. Sleep with these twisted buns in your hair overnight.
  10. Next morning, open up your buns and shake your hair out.
  11. Rub a little bit of Argan oil all over your wavy hair to give it some shine.

2. The Hair Knotting Technique

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I love it when I find a completely new hairstyling technique. And this particular one is so ingenious that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. Like, seriously, whoever thought of knotting their hair to curl it is a genius.

What You Need
  • Hair brush
  • Claw clips or double prong clips
  • Hairspray
How To Style
  1. Brush out all knots and tangles from your damp hair.
  2. Grab a 3 inch section of hair from the front and create a loop with it near the roots.
  3. Pull the tail end of the hair through the loop, but not all the way through.
  4. Clip this knotted section of hair to your head.
  5. Create such knots with all your hair.
  6. Leave the knots in for a few hours until your hair dries.
  7. Spritz on some hairspray before opening the knots.
  8. Brush out your hair to give your waves a softer look.

3. Twisted Crown Technique

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Girl, you are a queen, and anything you do needs to be fit for royalty. This twisted hair technique will make your hair look like a crown sitting atop your head while you snooze. Unravel the crown and you end up with amazingly wavy hair.

What You Need
  • Bobby pins
  • U-pins
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Part your damp hair down the middle and divide it into 2 sections, one on each side.
  2. Simply twist the hair on your left, right until the very ends.
  3. Place this twisted hair across the crown of your head and pin it behind your right ear.
  4. Insert more bobby pins and U-pins to further secure it in place.
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 on the right side.
  6. Keep these crown twist in your hair overnight.
  7. Spritz on some light hold hairspray over your hair before unraveling it and shaking out the waves.

4. The Scarf Technique

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Now here’s a style you can sport while still creating waves with it. This scarf hairdo makes for an adorable pin-up style, and once you open it, your hair will be its best wavy self.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • A scarf
  • Hair elastic
How To Style

1. Spritz on texturizing spray all over your damp hair.
2. Tie a hair elastic just a couple of inches above the ends of your hair.
3. Tie a knot at the center point of your scarf.
4. Hold your scarf behind your head and flip the end of your ponytail over it.
5. Start rolling the scarf towards your head while wrapping your hair around it.
6. When you have reached the roots of your hair, tie the end of the scarf at the top of your head.
7. Sleep with this wrapped up hair overnight and remove it in the morning to get gorgeous wavy hair.

5. The Straightened Braids Technique

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Now here’s an innovative way to get that wavy hair in a jiffy. This technique requires some straightening, but gives some well-defined waves and oodles of oomph to your hair.

What You Need
  • Hair elastics
  • Straightening iron
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Starting out with dry hair, tie all your hair into several braids, depending on how thick and long your hair is.
  2. Loosen your braids to make them as flat as possible.
  3. Clamp down your straightening iron at the very top of your first braids and hold it there for a few seconds.
  4. Then move down your braid a little, clamp your iron down again, and hold it there for a few seconds.
  5. Keep repeating this until you’ve reached the end of your braid.
  6. Repeat this procedure with all your braids.
  7. Spray on some light hold hairspray before opening your braids.
  8. Shake out your hair to create more volume in your waves.

6. The Hair Scrunching Technique

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Looking for a sexy way to sport wavy hair? Hair scrunching is what you need to do! And the best part? No comb, no brush, no clips. Your hands are all you need!

What You Need
  • Volumizing mousse
  • Towel
How To Style
  1. Apply a dollop of volumizing mousse to your hair right after you step out of the shower.
  2. Towel dry your hair as much as possible.
  3. Bend your head forward so that your hair falls in front of you.
  4. Now start scrunching your hair from the ends by balling it up in your hands and squeezing it for a few seconds.
  5. Keep doing this every 10 minutes until your hair dries completely.

7. The Snake Braiding Technique

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OK, ladies. Get your nimble fingers ready for this insane braiding technique. This Dutch braid that snakes around your head makes for a really cool hairstyle all by itself before it is opened to unravel your wavy hair.

What You Need
  • Hair elastic
  • Light hold hairspray
  • Hair brush
How To Style
  1. Brush out your damp hair to remove all knots and tangles.
  2. Flip all your hair forward, in front of your head.
  3. From near your left ear, at the nape of your neck, start Dutch braiding your hair in a horizontal manner.
  4. To do so, pick up a 2 inch section of hair and divide it into 3 strands.
  5. Braid this hair by flipping the side strands under the middle strand and adding more hair to the braid with each subsequent strand.
  6. Once your Dutch braid has reached near your right ear, change your pattern and continue braiding in the opposite direction.
  7. Keep braiding this way so that all your hair is braided in a ‘snake’ pattern.
  8. Once you’ve run out of hair to add to the braid, simple braid the rest of the hair down. Pin this tail of your braid to your head.
  9. Leave this ‘snake’ braid in until your hair is dry.
  10. Spritz on some hairspray before opening your braid.
  11. Brush out your hair to reveal gorgeous, wavy hair.

8. The Fishtail Braid Technique

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Perhaps the easiest style out here, the fishtail braid technique gives the chicest waves in the simplest way possible. What do you need to do? Just fishtail braid your hair. That’s it.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastic
How To Style
  1. Spray texturizing spray all over your almost-dry hair.
  2. Split your hair into 2 sections.
  3. Take a thin section of hair from the outer side of your left section and add it to the inner side of your right section.
  4. Take a thin section of hair from the outer side of your right section and add it to the inner side of your left section.
  5.  Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 alternately until you reach the end of your braid, then secure it with a hair elastic.
  6. Sleep in with this braid overnight.
  7. Next morning, open your braid and shake out your hair to unravel your waves.

9. The Friar Tuck Technique

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You would be surprised how many ways an elasticated headband can come in handy. One great use for it is to create super defined waves in your hair. Another is to use it as a slingshot to attack your enemies.

What You Need
  • Hair brush
  • Sea salt spray
  • Elasticated headband
  • Silk scarf
  • Dry shampoo
How To Style
  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your dry hair.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Dampen your hair by spritzing on sea salt spray over it.
  4. Put on your headband in such a way that it lies across your forehead, and all your hair lies under it.
  5. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from your left side, flip it up and tuck it under the headband.
  6. Now add more hair to that section and flip and tuck it the same way.
  7. Keep repeating steps 5 and 6 until your reach the back of your head.
  8. Then repeat the whole tucking procedure on the right side.
  9. Tie a silk scarf around your hair to prevent it from frizzing and leave it on overnight.
  10. Next morning, remove all your hair from the headband and brush out your tangles.
  11. Finish off by spritzing on some dry shampoo to give your waves more hold.

10. The Flat Iron Technique

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I get it. Sometimes you make your hair decisions at the very last minute. This wavy hair technique is for one of those days. Because you can’t possible wait a few hours to style your hair into waves, this flat iron technique will give you results in just minutes!

What You Need
  • Dry shampoo
  • 1.5 inch flat iron
  • Sea salt spray
  • Light hold hairspray
How To Style
  1. Start off by spraying dry shampoo at the roots of your hair.
  2. Section off the top half of your hair.
  3. With a flat iron, curl the lower half of the loose hair at the bottom.
  4. Unclip the hair on top and repeat the previous step.
  5. Spritz on some sea salt spray and scrunch your hair with your hands to give your waves some more texture.
  6. Finish off with some hairspray to prevent your waves from unraveling through the day.

Well, there you have it! Our picks of the most effective ways to get wavy hair. Now that you know how to get wavy hair, what are you waiting for? Comment below to let us know which wavy hair techniques worked best for you.

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).