First made popular by Janet Jackson and Jody Watley in the ‘80s, the big, bodacious, body wave is officially back! The great thing about this sexy style? Soft, rippling waves flatter all hair lengths from Rihanna-esque crops to long locks, a’la Joy Bryant. And the look is super-easy to create at home: Simply separate hair into sections (small if you want tight waves, bigger if you want a looser texture), and then wrap around the barrel of a one inch curling iron, keeping the barrel closed. Voila, instant ooh-la-la! Ned inspiration? Check out our gallery of wavy-haired Hollywood hotties.
Kerry Washington parts her waves down the middle for a soft, romantic look.
At the BET Awards, Holly Robinson Peete debuted this sexy style: Rumpled auburn waves with slightly teased bangs. So fresh for summer!
Nia Long put a glamorous spin on the body wave style by sweeping the top half back and securing with bobby pins.
Rihanna proved how versatile her trendsetting crop was when she debuted these tousled, artfully disheveled waves.
Taraji P. Henson added some oomph to her chin-length bob with these vintage-y, 1930s-style waves.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s tightly wound ringlets look super-glam with her bare shoulders and jeweled drop-earrings.
A few copper-kissed highlights give Laila Ali’s shoulder-length waves a dose of dimension and drama.
Joy Bryant gives a hippie chic edge to her long, loose waves by pinning back two front pieces.