Ruffle waves are the romantic, loose style that maximises pretty texture
Short haircuts have headlined the past couple of years; bobs, lobs, crops, pixie cuts; but longer lengths are stealing back the spotlight and ruffle waves are a major player that we love to see.
With hair lengths dropping their hemline, it leaves more room to experiment with texture, whether it’s celebrating your God-given waves, curls and kinks, or getting back into the flow of things with styling tools. Lately we’ve seen mermaid waves, crimping and blow-dries blowing up on TikTok, but ruffle waves offer something a little less stylised and prescriptive and they celebrate au naturale hair in all its glory.
Hair stylist Tom Smith highlighted the re-emergence of longer length waves over fashion week, dubbing them “Botticelli waves”, or “long, unstructured, fluffy, textured waves or curls.”
“Named after the renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli these waves were seen on many of the subjects of his work. Long, loose and unstructured with fluffy edges and a stretched out shape,” says Tom.
If you’re #blessed with beautiful fluffy texture already, the XXL lengths we’re seeing help to give the waves the space they deserve to shine.
If not, or your hair needs a little extra natural encouragement, “these can be achieved by braiding your hair 2-4 times in a middle or side parting and leaving overnight or heating with a hairdryer until the wave is set,” says Tom. “Styling powders and texurising sprays are your best friend for the aerated fluffy finish,” adds Tom who recommends Evo Hair’s Haze Powder.
9 of our favourite pretty Ruffle Waves…
Braided and brushed out
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