Loose waves are the perfect hair style when you want to look polished but not overdone. They look great for any situation whether it’s work, getting coffee with a friend, or even a first date and they’re incredibly easy to style. With the right products and some spare time, you’ll have a hairstyle that’ll last you a few days.

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To achieve the perfect loose waves, follow these steps:

1. Style the day after you’ve washed your hair. This will ensure you’ll get the most out of your hairstyle as clean hair doesn’t hold a wave as well.

2. Part your hair. Wherever you naturally part your hair will do but try a side part if you want to change up your look.

3. Section off the top half. This will make things easier when curling your hair.

4. Curl out. Take a piece of hair starting from midway and curl your hair away from your face. This will make for more effortless curls. For extra hold, add a bit of mouse before curling.

5. Brush the curls. Once they’ve cooled completely, brush the curls with a brush to loosen them up. This will make them look more like waves rather than curls.

And that’s it! Getting those perfect waves has never been easier. Watch the video for a tutorial on styling wavy hair.