How to Get Wavy Hair: 6 Easy Ways to Do It at Home

Black woman touches her curly hair

Wavy hairstyles have always been a trend lately, as they look good on everyone. Regardless of your hair length, bouncy waves give volume and a cute, effortless hairstyle, perfect for your summer vacation or a romantic date.

Ladies with natural curlsOpens in a new tab. are blessed, but those who don’t have this hair texture shouldn’t despair, as there are several easy methods to get wavy hair. What’s even better, they don’t have to go to the hairstylist—they can get beach waves at home!

6 Best Methods to Get Wavy Hair at Home

Depending on your hair type and the hairstyle you want, you can curl your hair in different ways. With these six methods, getting wavy hair is a breeze:

  1. Use curling iron
  2. Use a flat iron
  3. Use a hair tie
  4. “Twisted Crown” technique
  5. Hairband tucking
  6. Hair scrunching

1. Use a Curling Iron

A woman using Curling iron

A curling iron is a styling tool that applies heat to your hair strands, making straight hair easier to shape. It comes in different barrel sizes and lengths so you can do any hairstyle on long and medium-length hair, from loose curls to coiled or spiral waves. 

Here’s a simple procedure to curl your hair and avoid common mistakes with this heat-styling toolOpens in a new tab.:

  1. Turn the curling iron to a low heat setting.
  2. Brush your dry hair to detangle it.
  3. Apply a heat protectant spray when using heat tools.
  4. Use a comb to separate hair into sections. Depending on how large curls you want, these can be larger or smaller strands.
  5. Secure strands with clips.
  6. Release one by one strand, wrap them around the heated barrel curling wand, and secure them with a clamp. 
  7. Make sure your hair doesn’t overlap to ensure equal heating of your strands.
  8. Use a small-barrel curling iron for shorter and thinner hair. If you have long hair, get a curling iron that’s longer than standard models.
  9. Twist the curling iron until it gets near your head (but keep it away from your face).
  10. Hold it for a couple of seconds.
  11. Open the clamp to release the strand.
  12. You can leave the waves tight or pin curls to tighten them until you finish the entire hair.
  13. Once done, apply a hair spray to tighten your beachy waves.

2. Use a Flat Iron

A lady straightening her hair with flat hair iron

Curling your hair with a flat iron is an excellent alternative to a curling iron. Yes, its primary purpose is to straighten hairOpens in a new tab., so ladies with natural curls gladly use it. But it works the other way too, so you can also use it to get beachy or loose waves if you have straight hair. 

Just follow these easy steps to turn your straight hair into natural-looking waves with a hair straightener:

  1. Use a brush to detangle your hair and apply a heat protectant.
  2. Split your hair into sections. If you have thin hair, divide it into lower and upper parts. In case you have long, thick hair, you’ll need more sections.
  3. Turn the flat iron to a low heat setting. Keep in mind that thicker strands might need more heat. Use an iron with smaller paddlers for curling.
  4. Unclamp the flat iron and wrap your hair around it, section by section.
  5. Keep your hair ends with your fingers. For even more texture, you can twist your strands first and then wrap twisted hair around the iron.
  6. Twist the iron toward your head and hold it for three to four seconds.
  7. Roll the flat iron in different directions to achieve a more natural look.
  8. Gently pull the iron down, and when it comes to the strand end, let it go.
  9. Repeat the process for every section.
  10. Apply a hair spray to keep your wavy hair in place.
  11. For more texture to your curly hair, use a sea salt spray before hairspray and gently scrunch your curls.

3. Use a Hair Tie

A lady on hair clip

It’s not always necessary to apply heat when you want a wavy hairstyle. If you have thin or fine hair, high temperatures can damage it, so you might want to curl hair the other way. These aren’t as fast as those with curling tools, but if you’re patient, the results are equally good.

This method is simple and effective, and you need nothing more than a few hair ties and bobby pins.

  1. This method works best on damp hair, so if you’ve just washed it, just remove excess moisture with a towel or a blow dryer. If it’s dry, spray hair lightly with water.
  2. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair.
  3. Pick up your hair in a bun. Use a hair tie to pull your hair back in a ponytail, then twist it around and tuck it under the hair tie.
  4. A single bun is enough if you want voluminous waves, but if you strive for curlier waves, you can create two or more smaller buns.
  5. Use bobby pins to secure your buns.
  6. Leave your buns to dry out overnight.
  7. Remove everything from your hair in the morning.
  8. Use your fingers to loosen up your wavy hair.
  9. Apply some hairspray to ensure your wavy hairstyle lasts longer.

4. “Twisted Crown” Technique

Twisted Crown technique

This is another method to try overnight and get wavy hair without damaging it with heat. It’s similar to the previous curling technique with hair ties, but instead of buns, you twist your hair in a crown.

The steps to follow are as follows:

  1. Spritz some texturizing spray on your wet hair.
  2. Comb your hair and separate strands to the left and right sides.
  3. Twist each section of your hair tightly.
  4. Pass the twisted strand over the head crown so that the end comes behind the ear on opposite sides of the head.
  5. Use pins to secure the strands.
  6. Go to sleep with this twisted crown on your head, or wear it for a few hours until your hair is completely dry.
  7. Unravel the hair and add more spray to keep the wavy hair texture.

5. Headband Tucking

A lady using headband and pointing

Another simple curling technique that helps you get wavy hair without heat damage is headband tucking. It’s also a good way to curl your short hair, which can be tricky with other methods.

So get your headband, and let’s start:

  1. Before you start, dampen your hair with sea salt spray.
  2. Gently brush the hair and divide it into two parts in the middle.
  3. Get your headband on so it lies over your crown; hair should be under it.
  4. Separate two to three-inch strands and tuck them around your headband.
  5. Repeat this with the other hair strands, letting them intertwine. This will give your hair even more texture.

6. Hair Scrunching

A dressed lady with scrunched hair

We saved the best for last, as this method is by far the easiest way to get wavy hair. It needs no heat-styling tools and costly hair products, and all it takes are your hands and a couple of minutes of your time. But this method might not work if your hair is too long.

Here’s how to curl hair using your hands: 

  1. Wash your hair and apply a volumizing mousse to create volume, add natural shine to your strands, and tame frizz.
  2. Use a towel to dry hair as much as possible.
  3. Tilt your head forward or to the side, whichever is easier for you, and start scrunching it.
  4. Push your hair to your scalp and squeeze it for a few seconds.
  5. Repeat the procedure every five to ten minutes until your hair is completely dry. Don’t use a hair dryer because overheating can ruin your loose waves.
  6. Apply more hair spray to ensure the best look for your new curly hairstyle.

How to Take Care of Wavy Hair

Wavy hairstyles require specialized hair products. If you want your waves to last long, you need to get those for curly hair. These shouldn’t be too heavy, nor should you overdo them. If you apply too many wavy hair products, your hair can fall flat.

Use a volumizing spray or mouse to lift your loose waves. These products contain thickening agents that make your strands look lusher. Apply them from the roots to the end before curling your hair, and you’ll be amazed with results.

Frizzing is a common problem when you curl hair, so you need something to tame your strands. Use anti-frizz hair serum on wet hair, but whenever necessary, you can use it on dry hair, too. These products contain oils that hydrate and nourish your hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Brush and Comb Wavy Hair?

Brushing is allowed, but only when curly hair is wet. Never do that on dry hair as it can lead to breakages. The same goes for combing, but if you want to make sure your waves will remain intact, just detangle your hair with your fingers.  

How to Get Wavy Hair Permanently?

To get permanently wavy hair, you have to visit your hairdresser and ask about wavy perm treatments. These require the use of chemicals that break down your strand structure and turn straight hair into wavy.

What Are the Best Hairstyles for Wavy Hair?

Although waves can be a leisure hairstyle for every occasion, you can make them look even better by styling them. If you have short hair, adding waves to your bob will make it look lush and lively. Longer hair will get volume if you add some layers to it. And if you curl long, layered hair, you can accentuate your hairstyle even more with a V-cutOpens in a new tab..

To Sum Up

Voluminous wavy hair looks great on most hair types. It’s an effortless hairstyle that doesn’t need extra styling if you don’t have time to do so. Whether you want short or long wavy hair, you can get it at home with some of the simple methods from this article. Getting wavy hair has never been easier!

Paulina Romain

Paulina Romain is an entrepreneur and artist in the beauty industry. She is the founder and owner of The Art of Ink Studio, where she provides services such as permanent cosmetics, microblading, and artistic ink, focusing on personalized body art. Additionally, she owns Mill Pond Salon, through which she aims to deliver big-city salon services in the comfort of a small town. Apart from her hands-on work in her studios, Paulina Romain is also active on social media platforms like TikTok, where she showcases her fine line and cosmetic tattoo work. Furthermore, she's been in the salon and beauty industry for over 14 years and operates Team True Beauty with Sam Romain. This platform includes a blog on various beauty-related topics and marks the opening of two beauty brands by the couple.

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