Short hair can get a real styling boost from adding waves, as this great 'do from Keyshia Cole shows. The textured touch to her feminine crop really gives her hairstyle a great finish. Rihanna's short wavy look, on the other hand, lacks definition in the waves and comes off looking like a puffy mess.
When it comes to dressing up medium length hair, waves that are bouncy and added to hair that is full of shine, like this hairstyle from Carla Gugino, creates a spectacular look. Matt looking waves and a flat looking top section, à la this look from Jennifer Lopez, just isn't on the same level.
Waves were made for long hair, as this beautiful hairstyle from Jamie King proves! Her carefully defined waves bring her blonde locks to life and gives new meaning to healthy looking hair. As for the waves in America Ferrera's lengthy locks, there's just a little too much frizz to do her big waves justice.
Wavy updos are perfect for adding softness to your face and can really make or break your outfit. Just ensure that your waves are styled softly, defined nicely, and free of hair frizz to avoid an updo disaster like Chantelle Houghton, and enjoy a stunning style along the lines of this elegant updo from Anne Hathaway.
Adding a touch of style to your wavy hair with the help of a half up half down hairstyle can be a really great look, as Paris Hilton demonstrates. Teaming a half up half down hairstyle with stringy waves and hair color re-growth, in the style of Hilary Duff, is not.
Turning your waves into a retro hairstyle that looks fabulous is a cinch if you follow Scarlett Johansson's lead. And while we applaud Ellen Pompeo for trying the look, her retro wavy hairstyle just doesn't have the same glamorous appeal.
In you're lucky enough to have natural waves, scrunching your hair could give you wavy locks as nice as Jessica Biel's look. Natural waves can tend to get a little out of control, however, and frizz and dehydrated strands can leave you with a wavy hairstyle reminiscent of this messy 'do from Rene Russo.
If the only way for you to get waves is with the help of your curling iron or hot hair rollers then try to aim for soft, subtle waves like this great hairstyle from Sarah Roemer. Jessica Simpson does try a similar look, but her dry, damaged hair ruins the finish.
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