Found: 16 Short Wavy Bob Haircuts You Have to See

Short wavy bob haircuts for women

A short wavy bob is a women’s haircut between jaw to shoulder-length that’s styled with waves. Now that tousled strands are in for their glamorously low-upkeep requirement, everyone’s excited to jump into this immaculate hairstyle!

A-list models and fashion icons Emily Ratajkowski, Miranda Kerr, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, and Alexa Chung ditched their long locks and swore by this trendy style, and guess what?! It’s now overly possible to make their enviable thick, wavy hair your own!

Ask your trusted hairdresser about your desired length and style of waves, as these play a major role in making the cut fitting for you. Keep in mind that round, oval, and heart-shaped faces are ultimate for the wavy bob and that your hair density also determines how you’ll want those beautiful waves to lay and slay.

Check out how hairstylist and beach wave expert Sonia Élise from Malibu snips her clients into perfection with matching natural-looking highlights and impressive texture. To achieve a wavy hairstyle that’s naturally dimensional, use lightweight products such as styling mousse and texturizing balm or spray. For sure, you’ll be out and ready to seize the day in just a matter of minutes!

Check out this up-to-date gallery and find the best short wavy bob haircuts and hairstyles to bring to your next salon visit!

The Choppy Bob

Short choppy wavy bob
Instagram @shelby_lynn_hair

The uneven and choppy, short wavy bob cut doesn’t look misplaced, rather, it’s a rebellious take on your supposed normal shoulder-length hair.

Bob with Bangs

Short wavy bob with bangs
Instagram @moniqueb_mangorva

A blunt cut for your bangs is fittingly contrasted by a shaggy cut to your tips. This short wavy bob with bangs suits those with round faces as the hair feathers away to prevent flatly shaping your face.

Wavy Bob with Fringe

Short wavy bob with fringe
Instagram @_hairwitch_

The chocolate to golden brown balayage is upgraded through the addition of soft waves and a curtain fringe. If you’re looking for super cute short wavy bob hair, this is it. The hair color is perfect for those with fair skin while the fringe is for those looking to accentuate their eyes.

A-Line Bob

Short wavy a line bob
Instagram @julieramirezhair_

Bored of the typical A-line bob cut? Give it a sophisticated touch by curling loose waves that create a stylishly messy appearance that modernizes short wavy bobs.

Blonde Bob

Short wavy blonde bob
Instagram @hairby3rin

The dynamic combo of the A-line cut and short beach waves offers a refreshing short wavy bob haircut. This is even more fantastic if you’re a blonde who dreams of rich, and vibrant hair.

Graduated Bob

Short wavy graduated bob
Instagram @reflectionshairandbeauty

Longer layers are found as you go to the top, giving you this wonderful graduated bob. A rounder form is achieved due to this, with the soft curls and waves giving all the glamorous texture for all short wavy bob haircuts.

Sew In Bob

Q&A with style creator, Sunni B Lovelay
Licensed Hair Care Specialist @ Lovelay Creations in Maryland, VI

How would you describe this look?

I consider this to be a multi-purpose look. This short wavy bob hairstyle can be worn in any professional setting and also perfect for a night out. The color was from a previous appointment that I can’t reminder specifically, but the style itself was accomplished by using a flat iron curling method.

I recommend having freshly trimmed ends (layers if possible) and consistent treatments to allow longevity for this style. Also, having the right amount of heat protectant will bless the hair!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Know your hair and remember your lifestyle! The worst thing we can do is run and get a hairstyle we like but isn’t for us.

If I know I have extremely straight hair and can’t hold a curl, it may be better for me to consider getting a roller set or possibly a curly perm instead. Another example is, if my hair hasn’t been properly trained (by trained I mean treated and/or styled on a consistent basis) then it will be easy for the hair to revert back to its natural form. Also, if you’re one to work out often, this could be a no-no without properly pinning it up. Nevertheless, this style is amazing!

With that in mind, this style is ideal for someone who gets styled regularly and/or can maintain the look. This style by yours truly, @LovelayCreations, was accomplished by first giving a moisture steam treatment, followed with a medium heat round brush blow-dry and a dusting of a trim. I used a combination of thermal sprays and heated tools to finish the look. Occasionally, a small mist of shine spray can be applied.

Layered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Angela De Zwart
Hair Stylist @ Fish Hair Salon in Victoria, BC.


How would you describe this look?

This textured, short and wavy bob is perfectly imperfect. It has the right combination of messy, sexy, and doesn’t look overly done. I love that this style can be easily refreshed in the morning with a little texture spray and the flick of a flat iron.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love this style on any face shape that needs a little softness around their face. I love a light mousse or salt spray blow-dried in a finished with wax and shine spray or dry texture spray. Women on the go or active women will love short wavy bob hairstyles, as it looks best when tousled.

Wavy and Stacked

Wavy and Stacked
Instagram @kittyvarco_mod

Q&A with style creator, Kathleen Varco
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ Lakoet Salon in Jersey City, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a no-brainer. There is literally no work involved for the clients because the shape is built in such a way that the customer doesn’t have to think about how to style.  It’s definitely one of my favorite cuts because it looks great any day at any time on every occasion.

I would describe this cut as a natural, wavy graduated bob. I used the natural roundness of the head to create volume through the whole cut. I love the organic yet timelessness feel of this bob for short, wavy hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think this haircut looks great on all hair types, however, the most important part about maintaining this look would be finding the right product for your hair type. Because the shape is built in styling, it is very easy to manage.

Inverted Bob

Q&A with style creator, Victoria Dunn
Hair Stylist @ Illusion Unlimited Salons in Strongsville, OH


How would you describe this look?

When looking at this, I love how much the shadow root makes the amber tones pop. The wavy curls on the short inverted bob haircut show off the dimension in the color while adding some sass to a classic cut. For this picture, I used a flat iron to curl.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This short bob cut for wavy hair is great for someone who likes to have a versatile style because it also looks great straightened. Because of the length that is kept in the front, it has the ability to flatter almost all face shapes.

This look was achieved with the Surface Curls product line. Heat protectant is a must when working with flat irons and curling irons. Once the curls are set, a light-hold hair spray should be applied to help hold the curls but still have movement. Overall, this look is classy and edgy at the same time.

A Very Short Bob

A Very Short Bob
Instagram @p21joy

Q&A with style creator, Joy Ahlman
Hair Stylist @ Planet 21 Salon in Charlotte, NC


How would you describe this look?

This client had been bleaching her hair for years and needed a big chop! I love this very short wavy bob because it gave her fun, healthy hair with a bit of length to play with. This is my go-to style when a client wants shorter hair without going pixie short and has some natural body or texture in their hair!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Short bobs for wavy hair is great for clients with those natural bends and wave in their hair. Weight can be taken out under the occipital bone to keep the back from poofing out where the hair is most dense, so it works for thick hair as well. This look can be an easy, fresh style for the wash-and-go gals, using a texturizing lotion for dimension and control.

I prefer Oribe Matte Waves then partially dried or diffused. A wand or flat iron can easily give you that effortlessly wavy look if your hair doesn’t cooperate. This cut works for most face shapes. Round faces may want to leave more length in the front to elongate the look.

Cute Bob for Over 40

Cute Bob for Over 40
Instagram @themaneartist

Q&A with style creator, Victoria Harley
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ Hair by Victoria in Tampa, FL


How would you describe this look?

This bob for wavy, short hair is very versatile can be easily curled or smoothed out. It’s a classic bob and fringe with a modern twist – an effortless style that requires a quick fluff of the curl, smoothing of the fringe, and you’re ready for the day ahead! It’s a great

Any advice for someone considering it?

There’s a variation of this style that can be suited for different hair types. Fuller hair can go for a forward fringe, a curtain bangs for finer hair and a side part fringe for versatile styling.

A smoothing iron with a comb or blow dryer and a paddle brush could be used in a C formation starting at the root and pulling down towards the ends. Heat protectant is ideal for daily refreshes without damaging the shorter pieces.

If worn curly with no direct heat, twirling a few pieces in front and allowing to dry will set the fringe in place. For the more active guest, learning simple twists, braids, or even owning a few hairpin and headbands will allow for a quick sweep of hair off the face.

Flattering for Women Over 50

Q&A with style creator, Kayla Whitley
Hairstylist @ Sleek Salon & Spa in Chesapeake, VA


How would you describe this look?

I call this a hybrid look! It can be worn in many ways. You can air-dry and finger curl, blow it out straight, or curl it with a curling iron like in the photo.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I always tell my clients that inspiration photos are not exact replicas of the hair you will leave with. Pretty much anyone can wear this look with minor adjustments made for facial anatomy.

When I style this particular client, I use a root lifter and a 12-hour humidity defense to keep her look from becoming frizzy in Virginia’s humid climate. Most likely, a person with minimal experience will be able to style this look in about 30 mins blow-drying and curling included.

Pixie Bob

Now you can enjoy a short chop with long locks! Trimming the layers underneath much shorter would provide the shape for the cut. This also leaves the top layers in longer waves and provides the texture and attitude of this awesome wavy bob for short hair.

Q&A with style creator, Carmen Middleton
Journeyman Red Seal Hairstylist / Salon Owner / Keune Educator @ Bombshell Hairstyling in Alberta, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is an undercut bob with a very dark brown base and a subtle caramel balayage. This is a versatile haircut that you can style waved, straight, pinned up, parted to either side, or combed forward or back. Balayage added into any hair color gives it a subtle to dramatic change, depending on what the desired lightness is on the ends.

For this client, I used Keune Tinta Color Level 3 on her roots and did Keune’s V+W balayage technique with Keune Freedom Blonde Clay Lightener + Keune Bond Fusion added in. Then, I toned with Keune Semi Line (Demi permanent). This was the second application of balayage on this client, so we started with a Level 1 base.

I always consult beforehand with clients who want balayage to explain that these techniques can take multiple appointments to achieve the level of lightness they are after. Once you are at the desired level of lightness, then it can be low maintenance from that point.

You don’t need appointments every 4-6 weeks with balayage techniques unlike traditional foil highlighting.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Undercut bobs are great for thick/coarse hair, as it gets rid of excess bulk and still looks full. If you have medium to fine hair, this cut can work for you too. People generally have more hair in the nape versus the sides and top. My client in this picture has coarse thick hair with a slight natural wave.

I used Keune Care Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream and Keune Care  Keratin Smooth Smoothing serum to blow-dry, then waved with a flat iron, and used Keune Blend Sea Salt Spray to finish.

If you have finer hair, I’d recommend using volumizing products like Keune Style Blowout Gelee or Keune Style Thickening Cream to blow dry and Keune Style Sea Salt Mist to finish.

Undercut bobs are very versatile for almost any face shape, as you can go extremely short on top or keep it longer to mid-neck in length. Your undercut can just be in the nape area, or nape and above ears, or just a side shave. It has endless combinations of lengths and styles.

The Blunt Bob

Cutting the ends straight gives an edgy look, helpful for people with a rounder jawline and chubbier cheeks. For those with a more defined bone structure, you can still enjoy this marvelous blunt, short wavy bob if you add some soft waves to the style.

Q&A with style creator, Júnior Estevam
Hair Creator @ Studio Sacha Bourget in Paraná, BR


How would you describe this look?

In all my haircuts, I try to deliver something that the customer really identifies as made for her. In this blunt bob, I wanted to show lightness and texture, valuing the type of hair and curvature of the client’s hair. It’s something I call an urban cut. For this, I have developed a cutting technique meeting the need of each type and style of hair of each client, because nowadays it is not only about cutting hair but also delivering style and texture.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For all my haircuts I usually encourage each customer to use appropriate products for each type of hair. It’s just as all creations of colors and cuts are made taking into consideration the psychological profile of each client’s physical. Thus, you have a final result that describes what exactly each client is living in their current state of life.

Asymmetrical Bob

Q&A with style creator, Jonathan Steward
Hair Stylist @ Muse Salon & Spa in Johns Creek, GA


How would you describe this look?

This is a texturized asymmetrical bob cut, accentuating the jawline as well as elongating her face shape. Her medium texture hair was ideal to style with soft waves to create volume and to give a more lived-in textured look.

I just love how her balayage accentuated both angles purposely – one side was to highlight her jawline and the other side created an illusion of more hair to draw your eyes downward.

Any advice for someone considering it?

With this take on the asymmetrical bob, think of texturizing weight out more than heavy layering. I find fine to medium texture more ideal to create soft texture curls with rather than thick to coarse hair that I find will create bigger structured curls.

Materialist made by Kerastase is an awesome thickening spray gel you can spray into your hands for great distribution before your blowout for added texture and grip. Finishing it off with a 1 1/2-inch curling iron just polishes the look.

The best part about this cut with the right textured hair is you can go days with dry shampoo, and it will still look great. It is perfect for moms or busy professionals who want to keep a stylish look without having to work so hard to achieve it.