‘Water Waves’ Hair Trend: How-To Create The Hair Style That’s Easier Than ‘Beach’ And ‘Mermaid Waves’

In the last few years, there’s no denying that certain water-themed hairstyles have taken centre

In the last few years, there’s no denying that certain water-themed hairstyles have taken centre stage during our post-wash routine.

From mermaid waves to beachy waves, the multitude of ways to achieve sea-water inspired strands seemed never ending. And now, there’s another—much more literal—iteration to add to our lists.

Enter: Water Waves.

While mermaid waves were inspired by thicker, waist-length loosely crimped kinks, beach waves took on the look of a wind-swept, mane that’s been kissed by the salt of the sea. As for Water Waves, well, this look keeps the crown of the hair flat to emulate a ‘lived-in’ look and hair is parted down the centre à la a ’70s era Cher.

Of course, you may not have heard of the term ‘water waves’ before now, but the trend has been doing the rounds in Hollywood, spotted on the likes of Lizzo, Zendaya, Shay Mitchell and Kylie Jenner.

Even more laid back that its counterparts, Water Waves are considered a more ‘your hair but better’ variation to mermaid hair, with a soft texture that looks like you’ve risen from bed perfectly placed plaits.

And while most hair trends that look low maintenance are typically anything but, in this case, water waves may be the first of its kind that doesn’t require an intimidating looking heat tool or an intricate set of steps.

In fact, achieving the hair trend is rather simple and can be done either with a heat appliance or without—your choice.

Curious on how to master Water Waves on your own tresses? Check out how to nail the 2022 hair trend below.

Main image via @kyliejenner.

For those content with applying heat to their hair, simply grab your go-to hair straightener, a clip and a paddle brush and you’re ready to go.

First off, section your hair and clip your top section out of the way. Then, place the straightener at the top of the lower section. Taking a small selection—the smaller, the more ‘natural’ looking—and rotate the styler up and towards the head. For the next section, do the opposite, that is, rotate the styler down and away from the head. Of course, repeat these steps throughout the rest of the hair and then brush out gently with a paddle brush to finish.

If you’re stretched for time, or simply prefer to steer clear of heat, then you can just braid damp hair in several loose plaits and sleep on them. In the morning, or when dry, you can take them out or you can gently run each braid through a hair straightener before undoing.

Voilà, Water Waves a plenty, minus the 10 styling products and years off your life.

Keen to get the look? Fret not, we’ve rounded up our favourite products to perfect Water Waves below.


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