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Body waves jazz up a medium-length haircut. They're a type of perm that gives you big waves rather than curls. This makes hair super easy to style, because the hair naturally falls into a wave pattern -- no curlers required. Though body waves usually add wave to straight hair, they can also relax super curly hair into a softer wave.
Body waves look especially chic with long layers. Shaggy cuts won't show off the sleek, sculpted wave as well. Plus, shaggy hairdos tend to pick up wave on their own. Waves that drape over your shoulders look particularly elegant. Whether you opt for bangs or not is your call -- a side-swept fringe looks lovely with a soft wave.
To make sure your perm gives you the look you want, tell your stylist exactly how you envision your hair. The body wave might make your hair move in a new pattern than it did before. If you love how your ends curl under, tell your stylist. Similarly, if you mainly want either curl or volume, let her know. Your stylist can use a variety of roller sizes and rolling patterns to create the best look for you. Once your style is completely set, try styling your body wave in different ways. Scrunch and air dry it after combing it smooth, or use a curling iron after it's dry to add extra curl.
Hair combs are the perfect accessory for medium (or longer) wavy hair, letting you show off that gorgeous wave in an elegant style, while keeping strands from straying. A wavy half pony has a really sweet look, too. For more casual style, accessorize with your favorite headband. Steer clear of ponytails if you can, since your hair isn't long enough to show off the wave when in a pony.
If you don't want a chemical treatment, style your own body wave. Big hot rollers work well, locking in the style as they cool. Spritz them lightly with hairspray while they're still warm to really seal your style. You'll be the picture of elegance with a deep side part and your gorgeous new wave. Unless you have an experienced friend helping you, don't try a chemical perm at home.