18 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

Textured A-Line Bob hairstyleInstagram @jennica_salonchictc

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!

Wavy A-Line Bob

Wavy A-Line Bob hairstyleInstagram @hairbykristel

Q&A with style creator, Kristel Roosimagi
Hairstylist @ Hair and Beauty Touch in Ripponlea, Melbourne


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

This bob haircut is a classic low maintenance style to have. It has a beautiful a-line with soft layers at the back to add volume and texture.

My absolute favorite thing about this style is that you can wear it straight, wavy or natural and it always looks good. This haircut can be styled in different ways for a variety of looks. It doesn’t matter what type of hair you have, you can make it work!

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

For this curly style, I used Schwartzkopf Undercoat for taming and smoothing the hair effortlessly, as well as providing a high shine, glossy finish. I used a flat iron to curl the hair and brushed the curls out to achieve the look in the photo. I finished off with some light/medium hairspray to hold the style in place.

Using the right styling product is key for this style. Using the wrong product or too much product can easily destroy your enjoyment of this amazing haircut. Ask your hairstylist for a recommendation as every hair texture, length, and look needs different products. Thin or thick, curly or straight there is a suitable product for you!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is great for almost everyone. It works with any face shape or age just by doing some adjustments with cutting angles, length and fringe. It’s a classic cut for the professional world, or you can style it funky for a more creative look.

Depending on your hair texture, the bob haircut has a lot to offer texture, volume, quick styling and versatility.

This style is good for people who don’t want to go for too short of a cut, but wants to have something in between. Cutting it shorter at the back and leaving it longer at front makes clients feel like they still have long hair as they see themselves with longer hair looking into the mirror.

Seamlessly Intertwined

Q&A with style creator, Serah Shirley
Hairstylist/ Vivid Specialist @ Phillip William Salon in Salt Lake City, UT


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

This look was inspired by the cooler weather we’ve been having. My guest usually is brighter. We wanted to keep her vivid, just tone it down a bit for the fall season. My favorite part about this color and cut is how seamlessly they intertwine. It’s so soft and pretty.

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

I always use Pulp Riot Hair for my lightening and coloring needs. I retouched her roots using Pulp Riot Lightener w/20vol, then applied Noir+Lava at the base and Smoke+Lava on the ends. We curled with a flat iron and set the style with with Design.ME Puff.ME Powder Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I believe anyone could pull this color off because it’s soft and classic. This haircut is best suited for oval, square and round face shapes. It elongates the neck and slims the face.

Undercut Wavy Bob

Undercut Wavy Bob hairstyleInstagram @sarahsaks

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Clarke-Lees
Principal Stylist @ Saks Lytham in Lytham, Lancashire


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

I would describe this look as fresh and clean. We have taken some time to get to know this client and created her perfect shade of blonde in salon at Saks Lytham. This shade includes a subtle violet tone that gives it the clean silvery look.

There is an undercut which isn’t visible in the picture, but has taken the weight out from the back. We styled it with waves to give texture to the blunt finish of the haircut. This makes it swing but keeps a full, thick finish to the ends. I love the texture created. While it looks smart, it also looks playful!

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

Working for Saks as a member of their fantastic art team, we have strong links with L’Oréal Professional. I love love love the products available to help me create this color professionally in the salon and for my clients to use for at home care.

There is silver shampoo and color correction conditioner for blondes that helps maintain the silver tones of the color. For styling, we have used L’Oréal Tech Ni Art Pli, a versatile blow dry lotion that is really easy to use and activated by heat. I recommend the GHD Curve Classic wave wand which, unlike normal wands, is oval so it creates a soft wave rather than a set-looking circular curl.

I always finish my looks with L’Oréal Tech Ni Art Fix Anti Frizz which is a hairspray that holds and protects from humidity, leaving it frizz-free for longer.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look works on hair of all textures, but can really help to add movement to fine hair that has had a blunt finish on the cut to maintain weight. You definitely need to style the hair for this look. zit isn’t a wash-and-go style, however the GHD Curves are easy to use. When teamed with the right products, you can easily create this style in less than 10-15 mins

It is a perfect go-to for all occasions that is quick enough to do before work, and stylish enough to wear for date night. It gives a relaxed but styled look to the modern bob. The texture shows off your playful you!

Textured Curly Pixie

Textured Curly Pixie hairstyleInstagram @john_manol

Q&A with style creator, John Manol
Professional Hairdresser @ Blue Tit London in London, UK


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

This textured and curly pixie look is a perfect balance of hard and soft lines, creating a finish that represents each woman’s strong personality, but at the same time features their feminine side.

My favorite thing about this curly pixie look is that you can focus your eyes on the face it is framing and that your are especially drawn to the lovely smile. The finish embodies the uniqueness and stylishness that makes it remarkable.

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

To create this look, I put This Is Volume Boosting Mousse by Davines in while the hair was still wet, then blow dried it into wavy shape. I finished the look with Your Hair Assistant Definition Mist by Davines to separate the layers.

To maintain the look and create a piecey, defined texture and hold, you can use a This Is A Dry Texturizer by Davines that can give the hair an instant full-bodied and tousled look without weighing it down.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is ideal for curly or wavy textured hair and can work with many different face shapes. However, you should determine the appropriate length from looking at the face shape itself. I highly recommend it for women who have an active lifestyle that want an easy, low maintenance, wash-and-go look, but at the same time want to look elegant.

Textured Bob With Soft Sideburn

Textured Bob With Soft Sideburn hairstyleInstagram @briasalvador

Q&A with style creator, Bria Salvador
Cutter/Educator @ Smith & Davis Salon in Chicago, IL


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

This is a textured bob with a piecey short fringe with a bit of a soft sideburn added.

The baby hair sideburn is my favorite part. It adds an element of interest and edge without backing the wearer into a corner aestheically. This is a great option for someone with a lot of baby hair growth at the hairline as it’s an easy way to take control of them and make them look “intentional”.

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

This was diffuse dried to her natural texture. I recommend a good sea salt texture spray (my personal favorite is Ocean Mist by Sachajuan) and a light cream or wax for definition on dry hair. In this case, I used Moulding Spray by Sachajuan. It’s a microfine wax mist that gives an incredible languid, perfectly dirty, lived-in look. Just spray or apply into the ends by scrunching and twisting, not combing through or raking. You want to keep the texture!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This shape is perfect for anyone with fine to medium textured hair that is thin to thick density. A little wave certainly helps, but with some coaxing, straight hair can get this texture too. Kinky curly hair might want to shy away from this one.

It’s perfect for a wash-and-go kind of gal. A little bit of scrunching and twisting is all you need to set this up to air dry. It can be suitable for any face shape with some tweaks to the shape and width of the fringe. It’s pretty universally flattering, in my opinion.

Stacked Lob

Q&A with style creator, Julie Holbrook
Stylist @ Ave Salon Fashion & Bridal in Ogden, UT


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

This is a lob haircut with a small stack in the back and no layers on top. It has tons of interior layers so that when straight it lays smooth and when curly it has tons of texture.

What I love most about this look is that it is a versatile haircut. It’s classy but sassy. It works great on straight hair as well as someone with natural curl.

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

I’m a huge Kevin Murphy lover. Apply the Antigravity.Spray in the roots and mist into ends. Apply Smoothout to ends if you have a frizzy texture, otherwise add Antigravity cream to ends. Curl with a Hot Tools 1-inch iron in small sections, then apply the Bedroom.Hair spray wax to get the messy look and finish with the Shimmer.Shine shine spray!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut works for most everyone. It works well on fine thin hair as well as thick coarse hair. Just know you will get a slightly different look depending on your thickness and texture.

For thin hair, it may not look as voluminous or messy and with thick/coarse hair, you may need lots of texturizing to get that smooth look!

Natural Body

Natural Body hairstyleInstagram @mayaa_dlf

Q&A with style creator, Maya De La Fuente
Cosmetologist @ The Waverly Salon in Scottsdale, AZ


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

My favorite thing about this style is the minimal effort it takes to style it. The back is cut at an angle that allows the top to easily stack and build natural body.

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

Hairspray and a dry texture spray are definitely going to keep the style going. Both can make it a two to three-day look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Fine to medium textured hair works best for this look. You have to be willing to do a little work in order to get the curls in there, but once you master it, it’s a fun cut that can rock a few different styles.

Softened Up Bob

Softened Up Bob hairstyleInstagram @_lizloveshair

Q&A with style creator, Elisabeth Simpson
Advanced Stylist & Educator @ Stephen and Burns Salon and Spa in Burlington, VT


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

This guest came in with a blunt, heavy bob that wasn’t very flattering or manageable for her lifestyle. For this look, I used a razor to soften it up and added disconnection in the layering for more movement. I love this look because it’s full of texture and contrast with her existing color.

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

I used Aveda’s Phomollient styling foam and Texture Tonic together to create a beachier, undone style. I styled the waves with a flat iron for a softer look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is flattering for most guests, but may work better on fine hair or hair that has existing wavy texture. The nice thing about this shape is that it can be molded to almost any guest’s preferences and can be worn multiple ways.

Diagonal Forward Asymmetrical Bob

Diagonal Forward Asymmetrical Bob hairstyleInstagram @racheltjaster

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Jaster
Hairstylist @ Salon Blunt in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


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

I love this textured bob. This particular client has such a fun style and personality, and she needed a hairstyle to complement that and complete her look. She had been talking about a big change and was so cool when I asked if she would be okay with me doing a razor cut and letting me do my thing.

This is a diagonal forward asymmetrical bob with a long side fringe. My favorite thing about this look is the texture, She has very fine hair and this razor cut gives life and movement to her hair. I feel this cut really draws attention to her fresh fall color.

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

To maintain and recreate this look, begin with Kevin Murphy Angel Wash and Rinse for fine colored hair. Then, apply Kevin Murphy Body.Builder mousee by rubbing it into damp roots and scrunching through the ends to achieve flexible fullness and hold. The mousse doubles as a heat protectant with its tangerine essential oils and vitamin B5 that bind moisture onto the hair. Who doesn’t love a multi-use product?!

Now flip your head and do a wild blow dry. Never blow dry the hair down or flat unless you are wanting to create a sleek look. Once 100%, dry flip back up and use a 2-inch curling iron to bend random sections of hair, starting at the midshaft and always leaving the ends out to avoid creating a perfect curl. Let the hair cool, then finish with Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair flexible texturizing hairspray to add shine and encourage the disheveled, lived-in look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut and style is perfect for anyone with thin fine hair who wants a look that is easy to maintain and quick to style, who loves a beautiful growout, and enjoys expressing themselves with fun, “look at me” hair.

This look is ideal for round, oval and heart shaped faces. This cut is perfect for fine hair because the length and textured cut create body and fullness. This client is a low maintenance girl and will often air dry and still have body and texture without doing anything but scrunching and spraying a little Bedroom.Hair into her gorgeous and fun textured razor cut.

Perfectly Undone Bob

Perfectly Undone Bob hairstyleInstagram @uniondurham

Q&A with style creator, Kara Pezzimenti
Owner / Master Stylist / Colorist @ Union Hair Studio in Durham, NC


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

This look is a modern take on a classic bob. I love that it’s current, effortless and perfectly undone. The soft bits of texture and shattered edges give this shape interest and versatility.

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

This is a low maintenance style and to recreate it, I recommend using a combination of my three favorite Kevin Murphy styling products for lift, wave and lived-in texture. On damp hair, spray Anti.Gravity weightless volume spray and layer it with a drop of Motion.Lotion curl creme. Blow dry or hand style the hair, twisting sections to enhance and polish the waves. Finish with Bedroom.Hair, a flexible texturizing hairspray, then shake it out with your hands and go!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle can work for anyone who owns it! The length hits softly at the collarbone making it suitable for all face shapes and keeps it easy for the stylish, active woman to wear up. The seamless texture allows this style to work for all hair types and it can be worn wavy or straight. For this specific look and the least amount of effort, a natural wave is best!

Wavy Layered A-Line Bob

Q&A with style creator, Danielle DeRose
Hair Designer @ Artiste Salon in Lebanon, NJ


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

This is a wavy, layered, a-line bob that is cut above the shoulder and just below the chin. My favorite thing about this style is how versatile it is. It can be blown out straight and flat ironed for a sleek look. It can be styled with a medium-sized round brush and large barrel curling iron as pictured here. Or for the client who doesn’t like to fuss, you could towel dry, add some product, and embrace your natural texture!

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

Products would vary according to the client’s hair texture. Begin with your favorite styling product cocktailed with an anti-frizz serum or oil. For this look, I used Goldwell Flat Marvel Straightening Balm and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum before blowdrying with a medium-sized round brush.

It is important to prep the hair before any iron work with a thermal protectant such as Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray. To complete the look, I reccommend a texture creme or paste to create the piecey waves that bring this style to life. One of my favorites is KMS Hairplay Messing Creme, which also provides enough hold to support the style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is ideal for the stylish woman on the go who enjoys wearing her hair in a variety of ways. It can be adjusted to work on just about any hair type. For the client with fine hair, this haircut will add a nice amount of volume. Medium texture hair with a natural wave, as pictured here, allows for the most style options.

This look is wearable for just about any age ranging from tweens to the mature woman, and works with a variety of face shapes depending on how it is styled.

Short Texturized Bob

Short Texturized Bob hairstyle Instagram @kxthrynrxsehair

Q&A with style creator, Kate McBride
Senior Stylist and Colorist @ Capelli Salon and Spa Boutique in Warwick, NY


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

This is a short texturized bob with a short fringe or baby bang. It is totally on trend right now!

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

My favorite product to create these messy, undone waves is a dry texture spray. My favorite is Macadamia Tousled Texture finishing spray. To style the bangs, I teach my clients to use a flat paddle brush (like a wet brush) to smooth the bang without any lift.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for clients looking for a classic shape with a little edge.