Looking to Achieve Natural-Looking Waves? These Tools Make It Seriously Easy

For so long, hair tools have offered us more or less two standard results: sleek and straight or bouncy and curly. And sure, they're great at what they do within those limits, however, trying to achieve any sort of style between the two requires the hands of an expert.

One of the hairstyles that an average straightener or curling tong struggles to achieve is laid-back, effortless waves. Trying to nail the perfect balance between undone curl and frizzy mess is a challenging task, even when using the most impressive of hair tools. That's why when we first discovered that an array of tools that specifically cater to those on the neverending quest for the perfect waves exist, we jumped at the chance to give them all go.


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Whether you want blow-dry–esque volume or a perfectly sculpted crimp, there's a waving wand for everyone. Keep scrolling to see what happened when we tested out the very best hair wavers out there.

Best for Beach Waves


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Best for Short Hair


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Best for Undone Curls


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Best for Crimped Waves


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Best for Volume


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Best for Casual Waves


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"After recently going for a pretty dramatic hair chop, I wouldn't think to use such a hefty hair tool with my newly short hair. I was pleasantly surprised by the waves it gave, however, and it only took a short time to get an all-over effect. The exaggerated waves also resulted in lots of volume that I won't ever say no to." — Emily Dawes, freelance branded content editor

Next up, the 12 Best Curling Irons, Tongs, and Wands for Easy Styling

Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous.

Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics.

While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best.

When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.