The Best Hair Products to Create Wedding-Day Waves
Who doesn't love an effortless wavy hairstyle? The ironic part of this now-ubiquitous phrase, of course, is that waves aren't always effortless—a great deal of time, dedication, and product are often needed to get just the right amount of perfect, undone texture. But if you're lucky enough to be able to get a good wave going, chances are it looks amazing—waves are one hairstyle that's universally flattering!
That's why it should come as very little surprise that waves are becoming an incredibly popular hairstyle, especially when it comes to weddings. We love the look of a gorgeous, polished wedding dress offset with a hairstyle that's beachy and low-key. (It's all about balance!) Luckily, whether or not you were born with natural waves in your hair, there are lots of products that can help you either enhance what you already have, or create a bit of texture where it's not there (even without the help of hairspray and a curling iron).
It all starts in the shower with shampoo, as there are texture- and wave-promoting ingredients that shampoos are now filled with. (When we use texture-creating shampoos, we hardly need to use any other styling product. But experiment for yourself—everyone's hair is different, of course.) Sea salt sprays are the OG beach-wave maker, and they're now even better than before, as many won't make your hair as crunchy as they did when they first came out. Texture powders, wave sprays, creams, and mousses are also all widely available, so whatever your product preference, there's something on the market for you.
Here, we've rounded up some of the best wave-making products, so that you can create the perfect waves for your wedding day.
Sea Salt Spray
Sea salt isn't the main ingredient in this one. Instead, rice protein creates perfectly undone texture (making it safe for color-treated hair!).
Ouai Wave Spray, $26, sephora.com.
Whether you're on vacation or at the office, this spray—enriched with coconut, sea salt, and aloe—will make you feel like you've just taken a dip in the sea.
Herbivore Sea Mist, $20, herbivorebotanicals.com.
Tousle a bit of this into towel-dried hair and you'll have defined, soft waves thanks to moringa seed and passion flower extracts.
DevaCurl Wave Maker Touchable Texture Whip, $26, ulta.com.
Surf Foam Shampoo
If you want to create waves, texture, and volume in the shower, look no further than this shampoo. It adds everything you need for voluminous, beachy waves.
Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, $26, sephora.com.
This is another shampoo that adds instant texture—we don't even have to add product afterward, but just let our hair air dry, and it's instantly wavier and denser.
R+ Co Cactus Texturizing Shampoo, $26, randco.com.
We love all of this brand's natural hair products, and this dry texture spray is no different. It's especially great for those who have an oily scalp, as it can be used as a refresher during the day to soak up oil and add volume.
Verb Sea Texture Spray, $16, verbproducts.com.
Beach Wave Spray
Like all of this brand's products, this one is pretty much magic. It contains aloe extract to hydrate and prevent frizz, and sugar extract to add volume and waves while still feeling soft and glossy.
Kerastase Aura Botanica Beach Wave Texture Spray, $28, sephora.com.
Add lift, volume, and texture with this mousse, which adds weightless volume without the crunch.
Rossano Ferretti Parma Favoloso 18 Natural Defining Mousse, $46, rossanoferretti.com.
This smells like roses! While it provides a great deal of volume, what we really notice when using this shampoo is that our waves are naturally bouncier and more defined.
Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extracts, $38, skinstore.com.
A bit of this powder applied on your roots and hair instantly adds lift, volume, texture, and grip. It's insanely good.
Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, $42, net-a-porter.com.