While the braids and wet-look slicks and quirky up-dos are the ones that stick in our minds after we leave a fashion show, it’s the most effortless of styles that we turn to day to day. And whether your hair is chin-length, waist-length or in-between, there’s nothing quite so simple yet effective than some soft, easy, waves.

As we count the spring 2014 hair trends that stem from both the runways and the streets, we’d be amiss not to mention the number of variations on flowing waves. And while it’s easily argued that such a hairstyle is a mainstay that never really goes out of style, the question then is which variations have captured the eye of the fashion world for the season.

After the break, a look at the soft waved hairstyles spotted on the runway for spring / summer 2014.

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Soft waved hairstyles: what’s in for spring.

While there were plenty of waved hairstyles to draw inspiration from – from ultra-textured and grungy to the perfectly polished Hollywood starlet waves – if we had to narrow the trend for spring 2014 down we could sum it up thus: the trend lies in between. Most of the runway styles didn’t look like they’d just rolled out of bed, nor did they look like they’d taken hours to create. The key for spring / summer 2014 is effortlessness.

Textured soft waves.

Soft yet undone, this variation of the soft waves hairstyle incorporates some of that bed hair tousle and beachy texture. This hairstyle is relaxed yet still flirty, with that little bit of an edge, making it very natural looking and perfect for spring.

At Jonathan Saunders, the hairstyle had the appearance of gentle waves that had dropped out – almost like beach hair that had been slept on, or hair after being kept in a braid for a while and then let down. None too deliberate, opt for this take on days when you want nothing other than effortlessness.

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Beachy textured soft waves at Jonathan Saunders S/S ’14.

Angelo Marani’s spring hairstyle was a little bit textured but with more defined curl to it. Easy to create using a curling wand or even a straightening iron, leave the top section straight and curl just the mids to ends to get this relaxed waved effect. Leave a little tousle and texture for this variation.

Angelo Marani soft waves
The “out-of-bed” messy soft waves at Angelo Marani S/S ’14.

Soft waved hair with a side part.

The deep side part was another standard on the spring 2014 runways, with various styles opting to go side over center. It’s not surprising that the softly waved hairstyles were also spotted on runways coupled with side parts.

Ruffian’s side parted waves had a glamorous, classic look. For more of that old Hollywood feel, the waves should start at or above the brow so they fall over one eye.

Ruffian soft waves
Ruffian spring / summer 2014 soft waves.

Valentin Yudashkin waves were subtle and natural looking. For this look, keep the parting clean and tuck the hair behind one ear to show off some statement earrings.

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Natural looking soft waves with a side part at Valentin Yudashkin.

For an entirely different interpretation, look to Pucci for inspiration. Rather than a clean part, Pucci’s style was more of a flick over to one side, a little bit grungier and messier than other side parted styles.

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Pucci’s messy soft waves with side part, S/S ’14.

Polished soft waves.

This type of the soft wave hairstyle requires a little bit more work. This look requires less texture and more smoothness – plus a little extra hair product to add shine. Though still effortless and not ultra-sleek or impeccably waved, this variation is more polished which makes it perfect for night time or a more sophisticated daytime look.

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Less textured soft waves at Lacoste, S/S ’13.

Diane Von Furstenberg’s interpretation took hair away from the face for a look that was a little bit ’70s glamour-inspired. These kind of soft waves have a lightly retro, jet-setting appeal.

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Diane Von Furstenberg’s glammed up soft waves.

A barrel curling wand was used backstage at Krizia to create these soft yet polished waves. This kind of style leans more to the old Hollywood style, still without feeling too fussy.

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Polished soft waves at Krizia S/S ’14.

If keeping it effortless is key to a beautiful and on-trend softly waved hairstyle in the coming spring / summer season, then the runways were filled with plenty of inspiration. We’ll have more tutorials for creating the above look soon, so do keep an eye on our spring 2014 hairstyles page at that link for more trends and how-to guides.

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