11 Of The Hottest Short Wavy Hairstyles Ever

Long haired girls don’t get to have all the fun! Here are 11 short wavy hairstyles that are truly riding the wave craze. They’re sexy, fun and free. These styles are low maintenance and perfect for hot summer nights.

One of the best things about these adorable looks is that you can wear them on day old hair. So peep these wondrous waved beauties and get wavy hair-inspired!

Metallic Pixie

Metallic Pixie hairstyleInstagram @oliviammay

Q&A with style creator, Olivia
Hair Painter / Makeup Artist / Tape In Extensions Specialist @ Studio No.9 in Houston, TX

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I really love my girls with pixies! I love how the color is so rich with smoky metallics it really accentuates her cut and her light brown eye color. I used Guy Tang Mydentity 8ss+8vm Demi.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain a color and style like this, I would first start off with a good color care shampoo (sulphate and alcohol free) avoid washing every day.

To create her waves, I applied a drop of Kenra Curl Cream on damp hair and round brushed her locks with a 1-inch barrel Olivia Garden brush to gave her a nice curl. If you have really stubborn straght hair, you can take a flat iron and manipulate one-inch sections, rotating the iron to create a soft curl and alternating each piece. Once all curled, I took Lanza Healing Hair Care Beach Spray and scrunched her waves, breaking apart the hair with my fingers.

The trick to the perfect waves is to realize it’s ok to be imperfect with the technique. You want your mane to look beautifully messy. If it’s a humid day, you can finish the look off with Redken’s Wax Blast. It adds more grit to the undone texture and leaves a satin-matte finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for someone who has a square or elongated face shape. Also, this style in particular is good for my ladies who are constantly on the go. Just scrunch and spray and you have a great style that will last until the next day!

Lower Maintenance Bob

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Williams
Owner @ Meraki Salon in Buford, GA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a lower maintenance bob. My favorite thing about it is that it’s so versatile. When wearing straight, it’s not a look that needs to be round brushed to a “T” to lay perfectly. When wearing it curly, it won’t take longer that about 15 minutes to do. Since the back is shorter, it eliminates the tedious parts of styling your hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I recommend for this look are first and foremost a heat protectant. I always start with my Kenra Blow Dry Spray. It speeds up blow drying time while protecting the integrity of the hair. Hardly anyone has the time or patience to blow dry for 45 minutes! While the hair is still wet, I also spray a little bit of Kenra’s Boosting Spray throughout the top and Kenra’s Texturizing Mist throughout the ends.

After getting it all blow dried and smoothed out, I sprayed a minimal amount of Kenras Dry Texture Spray and used a wand to create this look. The wand always seems to create curls that hold for a few extra days. Lastly, I break up the curls a tiny bit with my fingers. Messy is in, so embrace it! I set everything with Kenra’s Working Spray because it’s lightweight and won’t weigh down the hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The client I would recommend the cut to is a client with thicker hair. Cutting the layers with texture the way I did here allows her to have body and movement throughout the look. Most thick haired clients always feel like they have no body and that shouldn’t be the case.

Face shape-wise, anyone can have this style. You simply leave more or less length around the face depending on the face shape. My client has awesome cheekbone and face structure, so we chose to keep the length on her jawline to create attention toward it.

Lifestyle-wise I think the look is great for anyone. As you can tell in my previous answer, I try and cut time down as much as possible while still looking flawless when it comes to clients styling at home. If you go to the gym, leave the front longer to pull out of your face and the back is already off your neck. If you’re a stay at home mom, the option of doing your hair once every few days is right up your alley!

Textured Pixie Cut

Q&A with style creator, Natashia
Hairstylist / Blonde Specialist / Owner @ Bristle & Bones Hair Studio in Camp Hill, QLD


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a textured pixie cut. My favorite thing about it is its versatility. You can style it so many different ways!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend Sachajuan Ocean Mist for styling. It can be used in wet or dry hair and gives great texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for someone wanting to try short hair. It’s still really feminine with the length through the front and it works with almost any face shape. This look does require some styling, so it’s not suitable for someone who likes to just wash and wear. It will need some light blowdrying and possibly hot tool styling, depending on your natural hair texture.

Textured A-Line Bob

Q&A with style creator, Jennica Johnson
Stylist @ Salon O in Issaquah, WA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love the texture in this A-line bob and that it can be worn multiple ways. She has naturally wavy hair which is perfect to be able to wash, scrunch and go. It can also be curled as seen here, or straightened for a more polished look.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look at home, I recommend Kuene Blend Prep Spray to be used anytime a hot tool will be involved. It protects the hair while providing nourishment and giving longevity to your style. Keune Blend Sea Salt Mousse is made with actual sea salt, which creates tons of beachy texture without drying out your hair. Finish this look with a light hold hairspray such as Big Sexy’s Get Layered. It’s workable and protects against humidity.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would recommend this look to clients with a longer face shape. To create more of an illusion of width at the sides, use curls and waves with minimal volume at the roots. Her balayage highlights also help draw attention to all the right places.

Lived-In Waves

Lived-In Waves hairstyleInstagram @hollydecastri

Q&A with style creator, Holly DeCastri
Independent Stylist @ Imago Hair Studio in Wilmington, NC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look features a lived-in color, meaning it’s low maintenance with soft blended tones. The cut is short and sassy! It is a very versatile length to wear curly or straight.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a good smoothing cream like Aveda’s Nourishing Styling Cream for softness, shine and humidity protection! Apply it to wet hair and dry. After drying, I recommend a heat protector like Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid. Take big sections and put a slight bend in the hair with a wand or curling iron. Set that baby with a movable hairspray like Aveda’s Air Control.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone who wants easy styling and a low maintenance color! The length is perfect for someone who has an oval or round face. The length is on the shoulder so it wouldn’t accentuate any roundness or elongation of he face. It is perfect for almost anyone who isn’t afraid of shorter hair!

Textured Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Beth Noel
Stylist @ Cut-Splice in Boston, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a fun textured undercut that is very versatile. My favorite thing is how undercutting the hair gives my wavy haired clients less hair to manage, making it easier to style at home.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I would use Killer.Curls and/or Hair.Resort Spray by Kevin Murphy when wearing it natural. For the curlier hair textures, the curl cream will keep the hair moisturized and the curls defined. The Hair.Resort Spray will give wavy haired girls that beachy texture with some hold.

When I styled this look, I used Smooth.Again by Kevin Murphy and blew it out straight to show my client what it looks like straight. I then styled it with a wand for some texture and finished with Hair.Resort Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this style works on just about everyone. My client was inspired by a look she saw on Instagram of someone with fine, straight hair. My client’s hair is thick and wavy. We made some adjustments to the cut and I love the way it turned out. She can smooth it out a lot faster and easier, or just wear it curly for a more effortless look!

7. Leisure Locks

Here’s another fuss-free style! Who says you have to have long hair to rock the beachy waves? This adorable style is proof that you don’t.

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How to Style:

1. Apply a curl enhancer to clean, damp hair.

2. Either let hair dry naturally or dry using your fingers on a low setting.

3. Once hair is completely dry, take a medium-sized iron and randomly enhance some of the waves you have.

4. Use a lightweight wax to give definition and shine.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell’s Round Trip is an excellent lightweight cream that enhances waves and curls. Paul Mitchell’s Spray Wax is awesome. You literally spray it on like a hairspray. It gives hold, texture, shine, strand separation….it’s genius!

Best Face Shapes and Hair Texture:

This style looks great on all face shapes and fine to medium hair textures.

Tip:

Make sure to have product on your fingers or in your hair when you are touching it. The more you touch your hair without anything in it, the frizzier it will become.

8. Pixie Perfection

You will see so many people wearing this short wavy pixie. It’s fun, sexy and oozes confidence. Plus, it’s super easy to style!

Pixie Perfection Cute Short Wavy Hairstyle Pixie Perfection Cute Wavy Over The Forehead Look Side View

How to Style:

1. Apply a medium weight gel to clean, damp hair.

2. Using a small round brush, dry hair thoroughly. Use the round brush to build volume in the crown and smooth the fringe forward.

3. Take a small curling wand and wrap medium pieces around the wand. This will give you “wave” and not a full “curl”.

4. Emulsify a dime-sized amount of pomade/wax into your fingers and lightly break the set by running your fingers through your hair.

5. Finish with a lightweight hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Kenra Styling Gel is ideal for this style. Kenra’s Creme Paste is great pomade to use. It has a flexible hold and a matte finish.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval and round faces look best with this style and fine to medium hair textures will work well.

Tip:

Remember to start out with a small amount of paste, wax or pomade so as not to make your hair look greasy. Add more if needed.

9. Curl Crush

These tousled, textured waves are to die for. Simple yet super sassy!

Curl Crush Short Tousled Blonde Waves Curl Crush Short Tousled Blonde Waves Back View

How to Style:

1. Apply a thickening gel to clean, damp hair.

2. Blow dry using fingers.

3. Once hair is completely dry, take a large barrel iron and randomly bump ends under.

4. For the fringe area, take the iron and roll hair back.

5. Take a dime-sized amount of wax and run fingers through hair. Softly pull the fringe down and over.

6. Finish with a lightweight hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Pravana’s Bold Defiant Design Gel is amazing as well as their Detail and Shine Polish to give lightweight strand separation.

Best Face Shape and Hair Texture:

This style would work best on oval and round face shapes and medium to thick hair textures.

Tip:

Start with a small amount of wax. I know I keep saying this but sometimes we don’t realize how much a little bit goes a long way with these products!

10. Pretty Simple

You can practically wash and go with this style. Add little bit of product and you are out the door!

Pretty Simple Short Wavy Hairstyle Pretty Simple Short Wavy Hairstyle Side View

How to Style:

1. Apply a firm hold gel to clean, damp hair.

2. Run your fingers through your hair to the desired shape and style.

3. Let hair air dry.

Recommended Products:

Aquage’s Mega Molding Gel…you won’t be disappointed!

Best Face Shapes and Hair Textures:

This style works best with round and oval shaped faces and any hair texture.

Tip:

This really is a wash and go style. If you don’t want the wet look, just run a little bit of pomade through hair once it’s dry.

11. Stacks of Waves

Even if you have your hair stacked up in the back, or an inverted bob, you can wear these beautiful waves. This is another great style that just goes to show that you don’t have to have long hair to flaunt waves.

Stacks of Waves Cute Auburn Look Stacks of Waves Cute Auburn Look Side View

How to Style:

1. Apply a curl enhancer to clean, damp hair.

2. Diffuse hair until it is about 80% dry. Let it air dry the rest of the way.

3. Once hair is dry, add some shine serum to break the waves up and give your hair a nice luster.

Recommended  Products:

Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave is a great texture enhancer. If your hair is thick, use the Silkening Oil by Aquage. If you have fine to medium hair, try Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum.

Best Face Shape and Hair Textures:

This style works well for all face shapes because it can really be customized to compliment any shape. Also, all hair textures are great for this cut/style because it can make fine hair look fuller and thick hair look less bulky.

The thing I love about these sultry waves is that they are so low maintenance. I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot and humid out, flat ironing my hair is the last thing I want to do! Mainly because the minute I step outside it curls right back up. Embrace your wavy hair texture. It’s much easier than fighting it!