10 Easy Ways To Get Wavy Hair At Home

You will be surprised at the simple techniques you can use to get this dreamy hairdo.

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When you plan to go to the beach, you picture yourself lying on the sand, soaking in the sun as the rays reflect off your perfect beach wavy hair. But when most of us try adding waves to our tresses, it either becomes too curly or not wavy enough. So, here it is – the perfect guide on how to get wavy hair effortlessly! Sometimes hair curling irons and other hair styling tools may not give you the natural-looking wavy or curly tresses you crave.

We searched far and wide on the web and found 10 easy techniques you can use to make your hair naturally wavy. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down, pick your favorite technique and get to waving those amazing tresses!

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • Wavy hair looks excellent on a triangle face shape as it shifts the focus away from the jawline.
  • If you have a round face, waves can make your hair look thicker and your face leaner.
  • Avoid overwashing your hair in order to retain the wavy hair texture for a longer period of time. You can use a dry shampoo to avoid a greasy look.
  • Sleep on a satin pillowcase to prevent the waviness from getting disrupted and to prevent frizz.

How To Get Wavy Hair – 10 Easy Techniques

Using a diffuser is a great way to get natural-looking curls and wavy hair. Celebrity Stylist Nick Arrojo says, “The diffuser takes away all the air of a blow dryer but keeps all the heat, which encourages curl expansion. It will dry curly hair without blowing on it, using heat to lock the curl in place. If you have some wave or curl in your hair (most of us do!) and want to accentuate this look, a diffuser is a great way to go.”

Apart from using a diffuser, you can also try different techniques to get beautiful beachy waves. Scroll down to learn more.

1. Princess Leia Buns Technique

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

Get wavy hair using 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

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

Get wavy hair using 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.

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You can rely on your trusted hot rollers and spoolies. If the hair takes a more curly texture, all you have to do is tousle them with your fingers till you get the desired look.

5. The Straightened Braids Technique

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
  • Hair straightener
  • 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 hair 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

Get wavy hair using 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

Get wavy hair using 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

Get wavy hair using 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

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

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.
protip_icon Quick Tip
Gently pull the flat iron away from your face as you twirl it around each section. This will add more volume to your waves. And do not forget to use heat protectant before using heat on your hair.

Infographic: Wavy Hairstyles To Try

The above points prove that it is easy to create waves for your locks. Wavy hair not only looks elegant, but it is also easy to carry. Now that you know how to get wavy hair, you need some hairstyles to flaunt those waves better.

Check out our infographic below to discover all the amazing hairstyles you can try.

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Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Summer calls for perfectly tousled wavy hair. From light waves to messy waves, each of these tutorials shows you how to get wavy hair. Waves not only make your hair look voluminous, but they can also be used to add texture to unwashed hair. Make sure you read each tutorial carefully as some of them require keeping the hairstyles in overnight to style your hair in flawless waves. You can also use these tutorials to accentuate your naturally wavy hair. Remember to use hair products like a holding spray, gel, or hair mousse to maintain the waves for a long time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes wavy hair naturally?

Natural wavy hair is caused by multiple factors such as genetics, humidity, pregnancy hormones, menopause, or puberty.

How do you make wet hair curly?

You cannot make wet hair permanently curly as it may damage your strands. You can braid or twist damp, detangled hair and leave it overnight to achieve a naturally loose curl look.

Does salt make hair wavy?

Yes, both normal salt and sea salt can make hair wavy. The water molecules from damp hair get attracted to salt compounds that shrinks hair strands to make it more naturally wavy.

Is there a way to get wavy hair permanently?

Yes, you can try a wavy perm treatment that uses a chemical solution to break down your natural hair structure and make it wavy.

Key Takeaways

  • Using a diffuser is one of the simplest ways to get natural-looking waves.
  • You can use different techniques such as the Princess Leia bun, hair knotting, and twisted crown to get waves.
  • You may use a flat iron along with dry shampoo, sea salt spray, and light-hold spray to achieve natural-looking waves in minutes.
  • Hairstyles such as long layers and feather cut can help you flaunt your waves proudly.
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Say goodbye to heat damage and hello to effortlessly chic waves! Check out this video to unlock the secrets to achieving gorgeous heatless wavy hair.

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Nick Arrojo
Nick ArrojoHair Stylist
Nick Arrojo is a celebrity stylist, author, and the owner of one of America's biggest indie beauty brands. He is the inventor and pioneer of a creative, precision-based razor-cutting method that shapes fashionable, beautiful, and wearable cuts while offering creative freedom and versatility to stylists.

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Asmita De is an associate editor with over three years of experience. She graduated in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. She has collaborated with several digital companies and reputed publishing houses as an editor.

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Joyce Joyson is a beauty and lifestyle writer with over a year of experience crafting short-form content for the beauty, fashion, and lifestyle niches. She has a triple majors bachelor’s degree in History, Political Science, and Geography from IIS University and a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kristu Jayanti College.

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