A wavy bob is a short haircut that’s given volume and texture by the use of heat styling tools. It’s timeless, chic, and effortless to wear for ladies with natural wave and curl. Depending on how it’s styled, it may evoke either a retro or modern feel.
This look may be done in a variety of ways — from cheek-grazing to shoulder-length, square to round to graduated, and then there’s the question of whether or not to have bangs. Here are useful hair tips from Holly Seidel, a razor specialist and educator from Los Angeles, CA.
💡 Key Things to Know First
- The only downside to having this short hair is that it will be impossible to put it in a ponytail or bun.
- Clips, headbands, and pins may keep hair out of the face and transform your style.
- Stylists must learn each client’s curl pattern, natural texture, and density.
- It shouldn’t be trimmed as a straight bob with simply a part. It should be cut at a position where it will naturally fall or lay.
- Do research about your potential stylist, and ask to see examples of their prior work.
Choose photos that match your hair’s thickness and texture for the best results. To assist you in making a selection, we have compiled these pictures of fashionable wavy bob hairstyles!
#1: Trendy Wavy Ear-Length Bob
This bob is easy to style because it looks good in both straight hair and curly hair. If you have very thick hair, it would be the best because you get a nice volume naturally without having to style it. Also, if your hair is fine it wouldn’t look wispy at the ends but will feel fuller. You can let it dry naturally or emphasize some wavy locks/strands with curling irons. If your hair is wavy, you can let it dry naturally and apply sea salt spray otherwise add texture spray after curling.
#2: Remarkable Chin-Length Wavy Bob
Go for a short textured bob that is also a “bedroom hair” or “bed head waves.” For this chin-length bob, its greatest strength is the interior layers that are cut with a razor to give volume and textured flair without it looking chopped, with a bunch of heavy wavy layers on the outside of your hair.
If you love a textured bob haircut, invest in a wand or curling iron. Find a stylist that can teach you how to use appropriate products for your hair type, and be willing to revisit the salon every 7-8 weeks for a haircut. It’s a styled bob, so having about 30 minutes in the morning to style it would be important. However, with some dry shampoo or dry texture sprays, you can rock this wavy layered hair for a few days.
#3: Lovable Stacked Wavy Bob
This mix of blonde tones on a textured asymmetric bob is a modern take on the classic shag. If you’re looking for easy wavy bob haircuts, this carefree, get-up-and-go style is just for you!
#4: Messy Bob for Wavier Curly Hair
To achieve a messy bob for wavier curly hair, a curly hair specialist would be an ideal stylist to try. Ask your stylist for subtle long layers and texturizing to create a tousled look. Style with Evo’s Liquid Rollers balm and diffuse with low heat. Use a 1” barrel curling iron to define the curls around your face. Finish your look with Oribe Superfine Hairspray.
#5: Tousled Lob Cut with Ombre
A tousled lob cut with an ombre balayage is the perfect trend because it’s bright and airy. A lob can be styled straight or wavy, in a half ponytail, or a down style because of the illusion that your hair is a lot longer. Wavy lobs can help your hair grow out without looking like it’s an awkward haircut.
#6: Effortless Long Blonde Wavy Bob
Wearing a long blonde wavy bob is one way to create more fullness when your tresses feel thin and stringy. The effortless waves create a nice girlish look. Try a lived-in balayage or highlights to create dimension and texture. Try Kristin Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray to add volume and hold beautiful curls.
#7: Cute Bob with Deep Side Part and Waves
If you are looking for a gorgeous blunt cut short hairstyle, just know that a bob with a deep side part and waves is best for fine-haired ladies who are tired of limp and flat locks.
Blunt cutting the bottom makes it feel fresh and thick. I added a slight angle for a face frame, giving some bounce when curled. To mimic the loose waves, I recommend using a 1″ iron, but leave out your ends. Then, apply Bedhead Afterparty for shine texture and separation.
#8: Stylish Jaw-Length Wavy Bob
Tousled waves in a short bob cut give the illusion of width which makes it perfect for long and oblong faces. A fresh blunt cut on a wavy bob hair cut would also help create a shorter face facade and give you a super stylish look.
#9: Neck-Length Bob with Messy Wavy Style
This trendy wavy bob hairstyle is ideal for ladies who have a round or oval face, as the effortless texture and waves tend to have a slimming effect. Wavy tresses flowing to your neck area are great for facial framing.
#10: Chic Blonde Lob with Wavy Hair
Try the ideal tousled beachy bob for your next cut. The babylights on buttery blonde strands give this bob the depth and texture it needs. Changing the wavy texture can create variations of a bob. The best thing about this bob is how versatile the cut can be. Curled, straight, half-up, it’s fun and flirty. Don’t be afraid of cutting your hair and rocking short bob hairstyles. Girls often hide behind their hair and don’t realize that a cute and modern shorter cut can take years off your image.
#11: Fun Medium Layered A-Line Bob with Waves
Go for a fun layered wavy bob! that is perfect if you want something with movement and texture, and without having too many layers. This razor cut, medium-length A-line bob is just the thing. A beach wave bob cut looks great under a hat, pulled back at the fringe and sides for a workout, or done up for a summer wedding.
#12: Fantastic Long Bob with Natural-Looking Waves
A lived-in chic bob is structured and modern, yet very effortless looking with the soft wavy locks. Do not overthink wavy textured bob cuts like this. Some simple waves mixed in with your natural texture make this quick and easy to style. The haircut itself should do the work for you.
#13: Jaw-Length Short Blonde Bob with Beachy Waves
Don’t you love the versatility of this bob hairstyle? You can wear it straight or wavy, and the highlights are done with a shadow root so the grow-out is blended and natural.
When it comes to styling, have fun with it! You can add a little side braid or pull the top up into a little top knot! Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you can’t add some fun personality to your hair! Wavy bobs can give more visual appeal! If you have some natural wave to your hair, it would be great for summer. Summer and wavy hair pair perfectly together. Just add some product and let it air dry.
#14: Casual Wavy Layered Bob Haircut
A casual wavy layered bob haircut can work for a woman with fine to thick hair. Your tousled bob can be layered in several ways to enhance volume and movement. It may also decrease weight in your hair to boost a wavy texture, maximizing your hair for the perfect wavy bob cut.
#15: Feminine Shaggy Wavy Bob Haircut
This is a one-length shaggy bob with internal texture to enhance the natural movement of wavy hair. Women with natural movement or wave, who want a change from long hair to short, should think about this shaggy wavy bob haircut. It’s easily styled and the fringe thickness can be altered to suit your face shape. A product to style this type of bob is Orbie Curl Gloss hydration and hold. It can be dried naturally or heat styled into your hair. For a more polished style, it can be heat styled with a tong or styling iron.
#16: Popular Blonde Short Wavy Bob
This short wavy bob hair is dimensional and full of body. It’s a graduated, versatile cut. You can wear it with your natural texture or in an effortless wavy style. This wavy blonde bob is truly flattering on all women! For waves, use a 1-inch curling iron. Begin curling in the middle of the section, passing through each section quickly and avoiding the ends. Run your fingers through to soften the curls, then spray to finish.
#17: Mature Medium Wavy Bob with Beach Waves
Try a bob haircut that features wavy tresses. The best thing about this medium wavy bob hairstyle is that it’s versatile. You can wear it smooth and sleek or messy and boho. The length can vary as well. If you’re considering a bob with waves, go to a salon for a consultation so your stylist can suggest the proper length for your lifestyle. If you want to style it often, getting the right products is important. For example, you would want a quality texture spray to create a messier boho look. If you have straight hair, you’ll want to know how to create loose waves with a styling tool.
#18: Messy Piece-y Wavy Bob with Magenta Highlights
This textured asymmetrical bob with a natural texture is super trendy right now. For women considering a bob or variation of this style, you should know it’s a cut that needs styling. Make sure you know not only how to style a wavy bob, but also what products your should be using. You want to be able to recreate this bob at home and be comfortable and confident doing so.
Morrocan Oil is a wonderful heat protectant and also gives your hair great shine. A mousse or root lifter is excellent for finer hair types. Use Amika’s Body Whipped Mousse because it’s lightweight. Puff.Me Volumizing Cloud Mist will also give tons of texture and lift. Finishing products are key for messy wavy bob hairstyles! My go-to products are Amikas Touchable Hairspray and Kenra’s Texture Taffy for those detail pieces.
#19: Trendy Shoulder-Length Wavy Bob
A bob haircut for wavy hair is versatile and low-maintenance. The great thing about this shoulder-length bob is that it can be customized to your face shape, hair texture, and lifestyle.
Styling-wise, you can wear it straight, pull it up off your neck, or with a loose textured wave as pictured here. Want to know how to style a wavy bob? Simply use a texture spray before blow-drying and finish it off with loose waves created with your flat iron. Then, finish with a light-hold hairspray.
#20: Galactic Wavy Stacked Bob
This stacked bob style is galactic with fluttering wavy hair! Cut and style-wise, an angled bob is ideal for women who want to get the feel for short haircuts like this, but still have the length to pull up the sides or curl.
#21: Sophisticated Wavy Bob with Bangs
Try a super sultry wavy bob with bangs to take your tousled hair to another level! Bangs on a bob for wavy hair work best on looser curl patterns. They look great when feathered, too. Curving down towards the outer eye area to emphasize these features and improve the movement in this messy bob.
#22: Textured Short Bob with Middle Part
It’s a textured bob and it’s versatile. It can be worn straight, but it’s best to style it with a soft wave. When styling a textured wavy bob, always start with a leave-in heat protectant like UNITE’s 7 Seconds. Then follow up with a blowout lotion. The biggest key to recreating these messy waves though is a dry texture spray. UNITE has one called Texturiza which is amazing. For shorter hair, stick to a 1-inch barrel curling iron. Bobs are all about sass and look good on ladies of all ages. To be recreated at home, you must be committed to curling it on a regular basis. And just remember, shorter hair is not always faster to style.
#23: Auburn Sexy Soft Waves on a Medium Bob
It’s not quite a curl, but a little more than a beach wave. The soft waves provide movement in your hair. Because it’s a little tighter than a beach wave, you also get more longevity out of it because as it falls out it transforms into a beach wave.
Try Kerastase Creme de la Creme for hold, along with their Nectar Thermique for added heat protection. To finish, try Aveda Air Control hairspray. If you’re looking to add more body and texture, use Aveda Dry Shampoo all over the roots. The wave adds a beautiful bounce to medium-haired women, bringing fullness and life to their hair that they sometimes feel is lacking.
#24: Slightly Inverted Bob with Waves and Curtain Bangs
A super cute slightly inverted bob with waves and bangs is so on-trend. The long curtain bangs will graze your cheekbones for a lifted feel. The elongated length will slim down any concerning width. Enhance your bob hairstyle with waves using a curling wand and dry shampoo for texture.
#25: Textured Long Wavy Inverted Bob with Layers
This is a long inverted bob with long layers in the front that is very stacked in the back. The best thing about this wavy inverted bob with layers is that there is a texture without it looking like a choppy bob.
Use a blow dry lotion-like Kenra’s Perfect Blowout and a dry texture spray to finish off your choppy bob hairstyles. This wavy bob crop is ideal for women with thick or medium textured hair. Plus, it’s ideal for wavy hair that can be air styled or straight hair that can be blown out with volume.
#26: Youthful Wavy Angled Bob
This wavy angled bob is known for its versatility! It can be styled with textured waves for an effortless, modern vibe, or styled straight for a sleek, classic feel. It’s flattering for so many hair types and face shapes. To create these waves, perform tousle drying with a medium hold mousse. Then curl loosely and finish off with a texture spray, sea salt spray, or texturizing paste.
This bob cut is great for a variety of hair types. It can be a wavy bob for fine hair with fewer layers to give a stronger weight line. For thick wavy hair, adding more layers and texturizing the cut will lighten up any heaviness. This is a great wash-and-wear style for women with naturally wavy hair but also takes very little time to achieve if you have to blow dry and style it.
#27: Textured Bob with Layered Waves for Fine Hair
If your locks are fine and smooth, don’t miss the chance to wear this look! To flaunt a more textured style, these are the layered waves for your fine hair. Now, cut your brunette hair to where it stops at your neckline, incorporate some waves, and you’ll be gold!
Layered waves for fine hair are trendy and playful. When it comes to lobs, you can get many different looks just by how you style them. Don’t you love lobs waved out with texture? With every cut comes how you style your hair every day. Lobs are great because they can be messy. Literally, wake up and go! Or take a few minutes and throw some waves in there or texture cream and go.
#28: Modern Long Wavy Bob
Thanks to the voluminous waves in these dense tresses, this long bob turn out is so captivating! The dimensional bronde shade in this modern long wavy bob could add a glow to your entire appearance. I firmly believe a wavy lob is a really easy style to do once you get the hang of it. If you use a good shampoo, conditioner, and products, you should be able to get around 3-4 days of use. This cut isn’t for women who have to wear their hair back for most of the day unless you don’t mind wearing it half up.
#29: Light Bob for Thick Wavy Hair
I couldn’t be more thrilled to see how gorgeous these light waves turn out! Achieve a light bob for thick wavy hair by incorporating bright blonde on your dark root. Though you wear a neck-length chop, beach waves will still do wonders to your charming style.
#30: Beautiful Medium-Length Wavy Bob
This is the beautiful medium-length wavy bob for your bronde color melt! Beach waves that focus on the lower half of your locks will look extra amazing with a bit of texture.
#31: Cool Ash Blonde Asymmetrical Wavy Bob
Working well with fine tresses, this ash blonde asymmetrical bob is worth trying! Its cool tone is sure to match your fair skin complexion. Short wavy hairstyles are perfect to play with some colors, indeed! Style your layers with beach waves for added movement.
#32: Neck-Length Waves on a Blonde Balayage Bob
Another inspirational trend to unveil your dimension in a flirty, chic way! These neck-length waves create a shape and movement for extra style. The blonde balayage bob doesn’t only add vivacity to your look but also offers to frame your pretty face.
#33: Polished Braided Bob with Wavy Texture
If you wish to flaunt your honey blonde with a gorgeous edge, check this one out! Get your locks braided with a wavy texture, and start to make an exceptional impression. It works on most haircuts, so it’ll be stunning on your length that sits right on your shoulders. The wavy style can be adapted to all face shapes with a bit of backcombing and tweaking here and there.
Make sure the hair is not too clean, as both beachy waves and braids work best in hair that has been lived in for a day or two. Almost every hair type and face shape can wear this modern wavy bob. If you have a round face, add some height with backcombing at the crown. If you have a long face then leave out the backcombing and add some width at the sides by really pulling out the braids and not pulling them back.
#34: Eye-Catching Choppy Bob with Waves
Opt for a choppy bob with waves that doesn’t go beyond your shoulders. That’s how you keep the flow of your blonde locks looking eye-catching and easy to maintain. Don’t forget to use hairspray for a voluminous look that lasts a day long.
#35: Shoulder-Length Wavy Locks on Brown Bob Cut
Pops of brunette brown in these shoulder-length wavy bob locks give your look a classy finish. They also add more movement and texture to your natural dark tresses.
#36: Cute Short Wavy Bob with Bangs
Opt for this cute short wavy bob with bangs if you have fine, thin tresses. This wavy bob for thin hair will match your dark-rooted blonde locks to freshen up your chop. The layers may appear dry when styled with texture, so moisturize them using a hair mask.
#37: Glamorous Wavy Bob with Side Bangs
This neck-length wavy bob with side bangs is both about glamour and cuteness. If you got dense hair, you better opt for this angled haircut and recreate the movement. Pops of blonde and deep red shades on your dark hair can create a much more gorgeous effect.
#38: Glam Sew-in Black Bob with Waves
Now’s the time to rock dashing wavy hair that grazes your neck! Give this sew-in black bob a chance, and it’ll add glam to your look. Whether you want to pin some of your locks to one side or leave them wavy and bouncy, it doesn’t matter. You’ll still appear graceful in this one!
#39: Chin-Length Textured Bob for Wavy Fine Hair
I love tightening up the underneath, but leaving the layers on top piece-y and long! The shape of this bob plus the angles of waves are on point. Don’t miss the dark-rooted blonde balayage in this chin-length wavy bob as that’s what makes it a total eye-catcher!
Related: Best chin-length wavy hairstyle ideas.
#40: Dimensional Beachy Wavy Bob
Whether you got an event to attend or none, a beachy wavy bob is here to save your day! With a rich blonde shade on your dark root, a soft dimension will be evident. It’s the color and the style that makes this neck-length haircut look beautiful.
#41: Voluminous Wavy Pixie Bob
Pull off a voluminous wavy hairstyle even when you have a shorter hair length. Take this wavy pixie bob as your inspiration. Style your blonde tresses with a sea salt spray for an added body, enhancing your natural texture.
#42: Dramatic Wavy Bob for Thick Hair
Doesn’t this inspire you to get a short hairstyle right now? Here comes the perfect neck-length wavy bob for your thick hair. Waves on dark tresses are a great idea to bring out a dramatic volume and shape in your hair.
#43: Trendsetting Wavy Brunette Bob Cut
Here’s a trend that never goes out of style! This wavy brunette bob cut offers stylishness that matches your chicness and enhances your natural brown hair. The natural weave added an all-over sparkle of lightness to the rich brunette color.
#44: The Perfect Bob with Waves and Curls
Pull off your dark-rooted, dimensional blonde even better by matching it with a short chop. One of the best illustrations is this neck-grazing bob with waves and curls. Both movement and texture show the contrasting tones of your shade with perfection.
#45: Ravishing Blonde Textured Bob with Waves
Need inspiration for your next hair transformation? Get a fresh mid-length chop, and go for this ravishing blonde textured bob with waves. It features a dark root to let your natural dark tresses blend in when they grow out.
#46: Lived-In Pixie Bob Undercut with Wavy Texture
Definitely, a lived-in hair goal! Give this stunning pixie bob undercut a touch of chicness with added waves. An unconventional cut to be paired with a dimensional ash blonde is a total trendsetter. A common misconception about short wavy hair is that it can only have one style, wrong! A short wavy bob haircut can be very versatile. This wavy hair bob can go from unconventional and playful with a hard side part to show off a high disconnected undercut or parted down the middle for a more conservative yet sharp bob.
When considering a pixie bob like this, be prepared to style and use product! If you naturally have wavy or curly hair, a product is necessary to enhance and maintain your style. If you have straight hair, braids overnight or hot tools will be needed as well as texturizing pastes and/or sprays. Shorter haircuts require less styling time but need to be styled! Face shape is also something to consider. Almost every face shape can be complemented by the right short haircut. Be sure to have a thorough consultation with your stylist to be sure this style is for you.