4 Bollywood-approved wavy hairstyles and how to get them at home


When it comes to wavy hairstyles, you’re forgiven for playing favourites. While some prefer the undone finish of piecey, textured chunks, others pledge their allegiance to perfectly feathered waves with nary a flyaway in sight. With the party season upon us, it’s time to pick a side. The good news is that there’s something for everyone, regardless of whether your hair is straight, curly or hovering uncertainly somewhere in between. From Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s curly makeover to Tara Sutaria’s high-shine blowouts, allow the best dressed names in the biz to demonstrate all that’s possible with the help of the right hair tools.

Barely there waves

This didn’t-try-too-hard hairstyle makes for an easy candidate for the upcoming wedding season. For further pointers, look no further than Katrina Kaif, who invited that fresh poolside tousle to her festive repertoire by teaming her pink Anita Dongre lehenga with loose, voluminous waves.

If you’re looking for a contemporary take on this classic staple, follow Alia Bhatt’s lead and opt for wispy edges for a natural, lived-in finish.

When working with freshly washed hair, allow your tresses to air-dry and use a lightweight mousse to keep frizz at bay. Divide your hair into one-inch sections and wrap it around the barrel of a curling iron, taking care to leave out the ends for a wispy finish. Smooth finishing cream on the edges, and spray the rest of your hair with a medium-hold hairspray to encourage your mane to follow its natural kinks and curls as the day goes on.

Tight curls

As the humidity inches lower, the time is right to embrace the big hair aesthetic with spiralling curls. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja clearly approves, and has taken a tightly coiled mane everywhere from the airport to Notting Hill for a quickie holiday.

Ananya Panday swapped her signature loose waves in favour of voluminous curls, which she left straightened at the ends for an undone feel.

If you’re hoping to cop the look for the winter, apply a curl-enhancing cream on damp hair after stepping out of the shower. Distribute it evenly from the roots to the tips with a wide-toothed comb. Those with curly hair can simply apply the diffuser on the hairdryer, and blast it through to ensure that your strands retain their texture and none of the frizziness. If you have straight or wavy hair, twist your mane around a flat iron to add definition. It pays to alternate the direction you’re twisting hair in for a natural finish.


With its roots credited to old Hollywood, this glamorous hairstyle has found many starry patrons down the years, including Karisma Kapoor who opted for this timeless classic for an event.

Deepika Padukone, meanwhile, gave this hairdo a red carpet update with a slicked-back hairdo, paired with a statement coral gown by Jean Louis Sabaji.

Get this red carpet-ready hairstyle at home by applying a smoothing balm on your hair. Divide your hair into finger-length section and wrap it around the rod of a curling iron. Gently roll the section up to the scalp and secure it with a clip to allow the waves to set in place. When done, roll it out and gently comb it through once, before spritzing your go-to hairspray with long hold.

Defined waves

There’s no denying the versatility of smoothly sculpted waves, making the transition from the boardroom to the bar with enviable ease. Anushka Sharma styled her shorter lob in a shaped waves with a side-swept fringe for a little retro appeal.

Tara Sutaria opted for face-framing wisps to go with an all-black Punit Balana lehenga—you might want to break out your old hair rollers for this one.

For a polished look, apply heat protecting spray on freshly washed or day-old hair. Opt for a large-barrelled curling iron, and twist sections of your hair around the wand. For a voluminous finish, curl right down to the ends of the hair for that perfect S-shape. When done, comb through lightly and finish with a quick spritz of hairspray with long-lasting hold.

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