Expert tips for wavy hair

Create a flattering coiffure with these expert tips

marie claire Contributor / May 25 2017

From tousled strands to cascading waves, this texture is often heralded as the look du jour. The undone, off-duty style is a fixture on the runway, while the red carpet is privy to polished, Hollywood waves. The best bit? These looks are easy to recreate when you have naturally wavy hair. Here’s how to make the most of your hair type.  

How to cut wavy hair

“Give your hair the freedom it deserves and let it move,” advises Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe global hair ambassador Mark Hampton. “Textured chops are key for this nonchalant style, but beware of over-layering.” He recommends longer sections to increase manageability and movement, and avoiding straight lines and short fringes unless you’re prepared to straighten them daily. “The aim [of your cut] is to break up wavy tresses while working with your natural texture to encourage movement.”

How to style wavy hair

The key to making your waves look carefree and cool rather than messy lies in the prep work. To begin, apply a blow-drying lotion to damp hair before roughly drying. Lucky for you, wavy strands have natural movement, so enhance it by spritzing a sea salt spray to your lengths. Or, if you prefer a more defined look, enlist the help of a heated curling tong by carefully winding small sections around it before breaking up the style with your fingers. To keep frizz and flyaways at bay, smooth a serum or shine spray through your style, making sure you apply it sparingly to your roots.


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