We’ve definitely noticed hair trends turning up the glam with glossier, uber polished, ultra shiny strands…and waterfall waves are the latest hair trend to tap up the elevated aesthetic we’ve been seeing so much of recently.
Undeniably, it’s a departure from the messy “I woke up like this” texture that was previously dominating. Once upon a time looking too “try hard” was the ultimate ick, but the takeaway from the past few years has been that getting ready to go out is a gift, and we should luxuriate in the process (and the glow-up by the end of it) as much as we possibly can.
Which brings us back to waterfall waves; a name coined by top celebrity hair stylist, Christian Wood, who counts Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gemma Chan, Emily Ratajkowski and Sophie Turner as clients.
What are waterfall waves?
The trend sees ultra sleek, liquid strands precisely waved into polished ripples that resemble a waterfall – like an elevated, elongated crimp. “Waterfall waves scream opulence and are great for those with long hair who want a glamorous, glossy and luxe vibe,” explains Christian.
How to get waterfall waves?
For luxurious-looking hair, you need to ensure it’s healthy first. “To achieve shiny, frizz-free polished waves, use a good hair mask before styling to add shine and softness – it’s a must-have,” insists Christian. Next, “use plenty of shine spry and a gentle brush [Christian loves Mason Pearson] for brushing out the waves to achieve a glossy almost water-like effect,” he says.
How to wear waterfall waves?
As for inspo, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite ways to wear the trend.
Halo moneypiece waterfall waves
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s halo face-framing highlights help to spotlight the pretty texture even further
Elbow length waterfall waves
Simone Ashley’s XXL length allows her waterfall waves to keep flowing.