21 Hottest Short Wavy Hairstyles Ever!

Short wavy hair

Short wavy hairstyles in 2020 are still as popular as last year. These wavy cuts and styles are sexy, fun and free. Whether you have naturally wavy hair and not, you can still rock one of these styles with a simple curling iron and texture spray.

One of the best things about these cute short wavy haircuts is that you can wear them on 1 to 2 day-old hair. So if you don’t have the time, this really is one of the greatest low maintenance looks.

Are you ready to be inspired? Good!

Here are this year’s best short hairstyles for wavy hair!

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Blonde Short Wavy Hair

blonde short wavy hair
Instagram @chrisjones_hair

This short, buttery-blonde hairstyle by Chris Jones is incredible. The middle part with layers that reach the chin-line gives this short, wavy hair a cool beachy look.

Wavy Stacked Bob

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

How would you describe this?

This short, stacked bob with wavy hair has 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. It’s classy but sassy.

What’s your best advice for it?

For styling, 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!

Textured hairstyles for short wavy hair are perfect for women with 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!

Short and Wavy With Natural Roots

Short and wavy haircut with natural roots
Instagram @lynzstyles

This is a gorgeous wavy LOB with texture! The blonde balayage blends perfectly in with the natural roots.

Short Wavy Copper Red

short wavy haircut with copper red hair
Instagram @vero_benwell

Try pairing a beautiful short & wavy bob cut with a copper red color using the balayage coloring technique. It’s a great way to add more color to your life!

Metallic Wavy Pixie for Short Hair

Metallic Pixie for short hair
Instagram @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?

Pixies are the perfect haircut for short wavy hair. Adding a metallic color is so rich with smoky metallics. It can really accentuate your cut and light brown eye color.

What’s your best advice for it?

The trick to the perfect short wavy haircuts is to realize it’s ok to be imperfect with the technique. You want your mane to look beautifully messy.

This wavy style is perfect for women with a square or elongated face shape. It’s also great for ladies who are constantly on the go. Just scrunch and spray to create the wavy texture and you have a great style that will last until the next day!

To style short wavy hair:

– Apply a drop of Kenra Curl Cream on damp hair
– Round brushed your locks with a 1-inch barrel Olivia Garden brush to give a nice curl.
– If you have really stubborn straight 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, take Lanza Healing Hair Care Beach Spray and scrunched your waves, breaking apart the hair with your fingers.

Chin-Length Bob Waves

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


How would you describe this?

When it comes to short wavy hairstyles, bobs can definitely work for any woman. This lower maintenance bob is 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 than about 15 minutes to do. Since the back is shorter, it eliminates the tedious parts of styling your hair.

What’s your best advice?

This is a great wavy bob for women with thicker hair. Cutting the layers with the texture allows you to have body and movement throughout the look.

Short wavy hair is great for any girl to pull off. 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!

How to Style:

– Start with my Kenra Blow Dry Spray. It speeds up blow drying time while protecting the integrity of the hair.
– While the hair is still wet, 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, spray a minimal amount of Kenras Dry Texture Spray and use a wand to create this look. The wand always seems to create curls that hold for a few extra days.
– Lastly, break up the curls a tiny bit with your fingers.

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?

This short, wavy haircut is a textured pixie cut that can be styled in so many different ways!

What’s your best advice?

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

This is the perfect hairstyle for women wanting to try short wavy 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 girls who like 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 Curls

Textured A-Line Bob Curls
Instagram @jennica_salonchictc

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


How would you describe this?

This textured, short, A-line bob can be worn multiple ways for women with naturally wavy hair. It’s perfect to be able to wash, scrunch and go.

This haircut is perfect for women 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.

What’s your best advice?

To recreate this short wavy style 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.

Lived-In Short Sassy Waves

Lived-In Short Sassy Waves
Instagram @hollydecastri

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


How would you describe this?

This cut is short and wavy and is very versatile in the length to wear curly or straight.

What’s your best advice for it?

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.

I recommend wavy short haircuts for any woman who wants easy styling and low maintenance!

The short length cut is perfect for women who have an oval or round face.

Textured Undercut for Short Wavy Hair

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


How would you describe this?

Low-maintenance short haircuts for wavy hair are easier to manage and style when given a textured undercut.

What’s your best advice for it?

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. These products help short wavy hairstyles keep that bounce.

Wavy A-Line Cut

short Wavy A-Line Bob hairstyle
Instagram @hairbykristel

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


How would you describe this?

This wavy 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.

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’s your best advice for it?

Using the right styling product is key for short wavy hair. Using the wrong product or too much product can easily destroy your enjoyment of this amazing haircut.

This short haircut will work on 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 wavy bob haircut has a lot to offer texture, volume, quick styling and versatility.

This wavy 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 the front makes you feel like you still have longer hair.

How to Style:

– Use Schwartzkopf Undercoat for taming and smoothing the hair effortlessly, as well as providing a high shine, glossy finish.
– Flat iron to wave the short hair.
– Brushed the waves out to achieve the look in the photo.
– Finish off with some light/medium hairspray to hold the style in place.

Blue Metallic Wavy Hair

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


How would you describe this?

This short, wavy hairstyle is so soft, pretty, and wavy like the ocean.

What’s your best advice for it?

Add the waves with a flat iron and set the style with Design.ME Puff.ME Powder Spray.

Any woman can pull off this wavy hairstyle and color because it’s soft and classic.

This short 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 hairstyle
Instagram @sarahsaks

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


How would you describe this?

A short wavy bob with an undercut is fresh and clean. Styling it with waves will give texture to the blunt finish of the haircut. This makes it swing but keeps a full, thick finish to the ends.

What’s your best advice for it?

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.

Finish the look 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.

This short cut can help 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. It 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 with wavy locks in less than 10-15 mins

Textured Very Short Wavy Hair

Textured Wave Pixie hairstyle
Instagram @john_manol

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


How would you describe this?

Texturized, very short wavy hair is the 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.

What’s your best advice for it?

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 short hair an instant full-bodied and tousled look without weighing it down.

For short hair, wavy styles are great for women who have an active lifestyle that wants easy, low maintenance, wash-and-go look.

To create this short, wavy style:

– Put in This Is Volume Boosting Mousse by Davines in while the hair was still wet.
– Blow dry it into a wavy shape.
– Finish the look with Your Hair Assistant Definition Mist by Davines to separate the layers.

Textured Cut With Choppy Bangs

Textured Cut With Choppy Bangs
Instagram @briasalvador

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


How would you describe this?

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

The baby sideburns add an element of interest and edge without backing the wearer into a corner aesthetically.

Short wavy hair with bangs is a great option for women 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’s your best advice for it?

This was diffused 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. Use Moulding Spray by Sachajuan. It’s a microfine wax mist that gives an incredibly 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!

This shape is perfect for any girl with fine to medium textured hair that is thin to thick density..

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.

Rooted Angled Bob

Rooted Angled Bob
Instagram @mayaa_dlf

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


How would you describe this?

Getting a wavy, angled bob allows the top to easily stack and build a natural body in your short hair.

Angled wavy hairstyles for short hair take minimal effort to style it.

What’s your best advice for it?

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

Fine to medium textured hair works best for this short haircut. 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.

Golden Wavy Cut

Golden Neck-Length Wavy Cut
Instagram @_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?

To soften up a short wavy hairstyle, as your stylist to use a razor and add disconnection in the layering for more movement.

What’s your best advice for it?

To styles, a short haircut for wavy hair, use Aveda’s Phomollient styling foam and Texture Tonic together to create a beachier, undone style. Style the waves with a flat iron for a softer look.

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

Diagonal Asymmetrical Bob with Waves

Diagonal Asymmetrical Bob with Waves
Instagram @racheltjaster

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


How would you describe this?

This is such fun short hair for wavy hair for women with a personality that matches.

What’s your best advice for it?

Ask your stylist to use the razor cut technique to create a diagonal forward asymmetrical bob with a long side fringe.

If you have very fine hair, then this razor cut gives life and movement to it This short hairstyle is ideal for round, oval and heart-shaped faces.

How to Style:

– Begin with Kevin Murphy Angel Wash and Rinse for fine colored hair.
– Apply Kevin Murphy Body.Builder mouse 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.
– 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.

Wavy Neck-Length Hairstyle

Wavy Neck-Length Hairstyle
Instagram @uniondurham

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


How would you describe this?

This short hairstyle with wavy hair is a modern take on a classic bob. It’s current, effortless and perfectly undone.

The soft bits of texture and shattered edges give this shape interest and versatility.

The seamless texture allows this style to work for all hair types!

What’s your best advice for it?

This is a low maintenance style and to recreate it, I recommend using a combination of three great 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!

Wavy Layered A-Line Bob

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


How would you describe this?

This is gorgeous wavy, layered, A-line bob that is cut short just below the chin. It’s a great hairstyle for the stylish woman on the go who enjoys wearing her short wavy hair in a variety of ways.

What’s your best advice for it?

This hairstyle 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, if you don’t like to fuss, you could towel dry, add some product, and embrace your natural wavy texture!

Begin with your favorite styling product cocktailed with an anti-frizz serum or oil. For this hairstyle, use Goldwell Flat Marvel Straightening Balm and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum before blowdrying with a medium-sized round brush.

It is important to prep your short hair before any ironwork with a thermal protectant such as Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray.

To complete the look, I recommend 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.

Short Texturized Waves

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


How would you describe this?

A texturized wavy short hair with short bangs is totally on-trend right now!

What’s your best advice for it?

The best product to create these messy, undone waves is a dry texture spray. Macadamia Tousled Texture finishing spray is great.

To style the bangs, use a flat paddle brush (like a wet brush) to smooth the bang without any lift.

This short wavy hair is perfect for women looking for a classic shape with a little edge.