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'Tis the season for waves, but as much as we try to hone in on the "perfect" look, the truth is there's no such thing. That's right—there's an entire spectrum of waves to choose from, whether you're going for perfectly undone or more tightly-wound coils. To ensure you've got every kind of 'do on your radar for summer, we've compiled the styles that are making big waves in Hollywood. (Pun fully intended.)
No one does mermaid lengths and soft waves like Ciara.
Proof that all-over spirals can look super pretty on a shorter cut.
Sunkissed highlights and beachy waves are the ideal summer look.
Barrel curls are not what we've come to expect from Aniston, but her signature layers (opens in new tab) make for a waterfall effect of waves.
Adding lustrous color and shine to your waves will only make them pop more.
Collins turns up the Old Hollywood glamour with some Jean Harlow (opens in new tab) waves.
Pro tip for platinum blondes: tousled strands and a red lip = red carpet gold.
Some quality time (and practice) with a mid-sized barrel curling iron and you could nab soft-to-the-touch ringlets like Saldana's.
Lively's spritzed and scrunched her waves at the roots to achieve this sexy bedhead volume.
Here, Chung shows how to salvage a tough hair situation: Add some piece-y waves to a boring center-part lob, and voilà.
We vote sun-kissed curls and a mini bouquet of flowers as the ideal evening look for this summer.
The queen of Never Boring Red Carpet Moments nails her look with flowing asymmetrical locks that expertly contrast her lime-green gown.
J.Lo accentuates her honey golden highlights with some swooshing S-waves.
Hadid shows us how supermodel strands are done at Coachella with a head full of just-right beachy waves.
Moore's natural texture plays the starring role in this subtle, tousled look.
Stewart plays up her multi-tonal strands with a swooping wing of waves by her forehead.
Knightley opts for a middle part and face-framing strands that offset her impressive ear candy.
RiRi proves that slightly mussed-up waves are decidedly cool for the red carpet.
The keys to Muse's signature bob are lived-in texture and subtle highlights at the tips.
Greene goes the romantic route with a half-updo that focuses on the soft waves spilling onto her shoulders.
Deschanel perfects this lazy girl red carpet style by pulling her naturally wavy hair into a messy bun, flyaways and all.
Biel plays with her ombré texture by mixing medium-barrel waves with straight, piece-y strands.
Cruz serves up a retro look with a deep side-part and loose S-waves.
Campbell ditches the pin-straight look for long, mermaid waves that have us itching for more length.
Olsen perfects the all-natural, wavy look by enhancing her blessed-with-it beachy texture with some sea salt spray (we can only assume).
Dunn subtly incorporates waves into her look by only twisting the front pieces.
Swift adds dimension to her sandy lob with quasi-bedhead waves.
We call this Day #2 of the Kim Kardashian 5-Day Hair Plan (opens in new tab). It's a game-changer, trust.
J-Law frames her face with artfully-curled pieces that are never too perfect.
The queen of sun-kissed waves. We don't pretend to know her secrets, but we do think her A-grade genetics are huge part of it.
In favor of her signature pixie cut, she sports an undone chic lob with loose-wavy ends.
Waterhouse accentuates her choppy cut with messy and glossy bedhead waves.
The British beauty epitomizes windswept with her gravity-defying bob.
Aldridge gets everything right with this easy, tousled look.
Bey goes the perfectly-coiled route on her ends and the results are '20s lob-meets-today.
The supermodel streamlines her waves for a look that's equal parts au naturale and refined.
Bilson embraces her slightly wavy texture with an easy middle part and slight ombré.
Gomez lets a curling wand perfect '70s-inspired, fanned-out waves on her mane.
Sometimes the best waves just are—and Alves is proof of just that.
Scarjo quite literally takes waves to new heights with her edgy pompadour cut.
Washington proves voluminous waves can be utterly romantic with this half-up, half down 'do.
Barrymore is the ultimate I-woke-up-like-this beach babe with her salt-sprayed strands.
You'll have to know your way around a curling iron to achieve these picture-perfect coils, but it's well worth the effort.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Even with her signature waves, Parker's mane is still impressively lengthy.
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