41 Most Popular Short Wavy Hairstyles & Haircuts Right Now

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Short wavy hairstyles in 2021 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 wavy 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 no matter your hair type.

Are you ready to be inspired? Good!

If you’re looking for the best short wavy hair ideas, then check out these photos before your next hair appointment!

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Short Wavy Haircut with Texture

The best short wavy haircut with texture
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The best short wavy haircut has texture and highlights. This combination creates a ton of dimension like you see in this photo. The texture in their hair allows the depth to pop-in without being too dominant. As your stylist to use the blending texture technique. To style, add a smoothing cream before you curly the ends and then add in some dry texture spray to give that wavy look.

Beachy Waves in Short Hair

Beachy Waves in Short Hair
Instagram @holliegarritysalon

Beachy waves in short hair create texture and body even if the hair is naturally pin-straight and fine. To achieve wavy haircuts for short hair, be sure to use the right tools when styling. You may opt not to add waves on the bottom section of the hair at the back as it tends to create unwanted volume.

Middle Part Hairstyle for Short Wavy Hair

Middle Part Hairstyle for Short Wavy Hair
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Middle part hairstyle for short wavy hair is a classic look that complements most face structures, except a round face shape. Part the hair right into the middle using a pintail comb, then wave each side with thongs, twisting away from the face and going in the same direction until you reach the back of the head. Let the waves cool down, spray with a soft hair spray, then brush out with a Manta hairbrush.

The Razor Cut for Short Wavy Hair

The Razor Cut for Short Wavy Hair
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The razor cut for short wavy hair is a perfect option if you want more body and texture. A razor is a tool preferred by many stylists to execute haircuts for short wavy hair. It also seamlessly removes weight and bulk from the hair when opted for ladies with thick hair. When styling, use a dime-size drop of Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame.

Sassy Wavy Cut for Women Over 70

Sassy Wavy Cut for Women Over 70 with short hair
Instagram @aoki_hair

A sassy wavy cut for women over 70 gives off a youthful-looking radiance while requiring low maintenance for women with wavy tresses. A bob for wavy hair is a great choice, as it makes the curls bounce up, creating the perfect shape.

Wavy Pixie Haircut

Wavy Pixie Haircut for short hair
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A wavy pixie haircut has tons of volume and texture. It is quick and easy to style. A wavy hairstyle for short hair is great when some asymmetry and a deep side part are added into the cut.

Retro Short Hairstyle with Waves

Retro Short Hairstyle with Waves
Instagram @rubylane_thevintagestylist

Retro short hairstyle with waves is the perfect updo for a night out or a special event. This bob haircut works best with styles for short wavy hair. To get this style, ask your stylist for retro Hollywood waves.

Blonde Short Hair with Waves

Blonde Short Hair with Waves
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Blonde short hair with waves shows off the beautiful pops and lowlights of the hair hue. The short wavy blonde bob is a classic hairstyle that is suitable for women of all ages. To get this look, ask your hairstylist for buttery highlights and a straight bob with beach waves.

Face-Framing Curtain Bangs for Women Over 60

Face-Framing Curtain Bangs for Women Over 60 with short wavy hair
Instagram @sassybiene

Face-framing curtain bangs on short hair for women over 60 is a great way to flaunt your quirky sides and give women a fresh new look. In styling this cut, do a soft part in the middle and flip outwards for a feathered finish.

The Wavy Pixie Bob

The Wavy Pixie Bob Haircut
Instagram @modllavaneres

The wavy pixie bob is a fun mix between a bob and a pixie cut. It’s a good look for women growing out their pixies or for someone who isn’t quite ready for a pixie cut. Use a ½” to a 1” barrel curling iron to create gorgeous waves.

Wavy Short Hair for Women Over 30

Wavy Short Hair for Women Over 30
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Wavy short hair for women over 30 is a flattering style that can suit various face shapes. Be sure to request a length that will allow the hair to swing above the collar, allowing movement and versatility when styling. Consider a short haircut with waves to compliment an easy yet multi-faceted lifestyle!

Short French Bob for Thick Wavy Hair

Short french bob for thick wavy hair
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A french bob is a perfect cut for thick, wavy hair that needs taming. This hairstyle is best styled loose with natural waves and curls to create a beachy vibe.

Easy to Style for Women Over 50

Easy to style wavy short haircut for women over 50
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Women over 50 typically want a short haircut that’s easy to style. This wavy look has layers and it’s styled in an easy, carefree way. This style would work well on women in their fifties because it will keep their hair looking healthy and youthful.

Cute Curtain Fringe

Short wavy hairstyle with curtain fringe
Instagram @hollygirldoeshair

Short wavy hairstyles with a curtain fringe is a popular combination right now. Ask your stylist about using the razor cutting technique to bring out your natural wave and volume. Use R E V E R I E Milk for separation and moisture on ends. Try Mare Salt spray for volume and texture.

Cute, Short Wavy Hair Style with Highlights

bob short wavy hair
Instagram @zinnia_hair

A stunning bob, short wavy hair that you must try! It comes with a better result on a natural wavy texture. This style features golden blonde highlights to flatter olive or fair skin complexion. All in all, it makes such a beautiful go-to look!

This bob short wavy hair style creates a soft, beachy feel. It was created by stylist Maisy Maxwell of Natick, MA. “The cut gives body and definition to women with a natural wave. Use heat styling or a curl cream and allow your hair to air dry,” explains Maxwell.

Women who have naturally curly hair or natural wavy hair that lacks body, a texturized bob is a great haircut shape. Ask your stylist to angle it slightly longer in the front. This will encourage your hair to fall forward and create a frame around your face.

Wavy Short Bob Ombre for a Chubby Face

Wavy short bob ombre for a chubby face
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Try a wavy short bob ombre for a chubby face, and create an illusion of a slender face shape. The bob’s movement sits against the sides of the face that ultimately skims the face to appear slimmer. Keep the hair one length to maximize its shape and if you have side bangs, then keep them on the longer side. Add an ombre to create a shadowing effect.

Short Curly Hair Bob with Bangs

Short curly hair bob with bangs
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Wear a short curly hair bob with bangs to freshen up your style. Curly hair can get weighed down with a longer length. To add some bounce, liven it up with a bob. If your hair is a 2C curl or below, the bangs will look fantastic with a blunt cut. It’ll naturally be defined with its own texture.

Short Messy Waves for Women Over 40

Short messy wavy haircut for women over 40
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This is one of the best ways to style short haircuts for wavy hair if you’re over 40. One way is with messy waves that add volume and texture, perfect for women who want something fresh.

Blonde Short Wavy Bob with Layers

blonde short wavy bob
Instagram @chrisjones_hair

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

Messy Wavy Stacked Bob with Long Bangs

This short, stacked bob with wavy hair has a small stack in the back, but no layers on top. It’s one of the hottest short hairstyles for wavy hair right now. It has tons of interior layers so when straight it lays smooth and when curly it has texture. It’s classy but sassy. Julie Holbrook, a hairstylist in Ogden, UT created these soft waves.

For styling, Holbrook says to use Antigravity in your roots and your ends while you still have damp hair. “Smoothout is a great option for women with a frizzy texture. Use a 1-inch curling iron in small sections. Bedroom Hair spray wax gives you that messy look. Finally, finish your wavy short hair with long bangs off with Shimmer Shine spray,” she adds.

Textured hairstyles for short wavy hair are perfect for women with fine thin hair as well as thick coarse hair. You will produce a slightly different look depending on your thickness, frizz, and texture.

For thin hair, a short bob may not look as voluminous or messy. For short thick wavy hair, you may need lots of texturizing to get that smooth feel!

Side Parted Wavy Short Hairstyle

side parted wavy short hairstyle
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Lovin’ a side-parted wavy short hairstyle like this? A lot of movement is going on, adding some spice to the entire side part style. Hints of dark red hue can make the tresses quite brighter, enough to get a dimensional effect.

Short and Wavy Haircut With Natural Roots

Hair that’s short and wavy with natural roots can be women’s go-to hairstyle. It has both casual and sexy vibes, perfect for any occasion. The dark roots make the added hue, such as blonde, pop even brighter. Brunettes will love how low-maintenance this hair idea is!

This short and wavy with natural roots cut is a chin length, textured, blunt bob. It was created by hairstylist Corri Dockum in Pittsburgh, PA. “This cut is optimal on oval or heart shaped faces, but all women can pull off this classic wavy style. This cut is great on all hair textures. The texture and thickness of the hair will give a variation to the look of this cut,” says Dockum.

This wavy bob cut is for women who have a moderate amount of time to style and maintain their hair. To finish this style, use a lightweight paste, sea salt spray, or pomade to add shine and texture to the hair.

Short Wavy Balayage Copper Red Hair

Short Wavy Balayage Copper Red Hair
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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 short layered hairdo. Opt for side bangs to highlight your cheekbones and jawline.

Black Wavy Pixie for Short Hair with Curls

Wavy Pixie for Short Hair with Curls
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A wavy pixie for short hair offers great volume and movement. The trick to perfect short wavy haircuts like pixie cuts is to realize that it’s ok to be imperfect with the technique. You want your mane to look beautifully messy. A tousled style is best to make black fine hair look full-bodied.

Chin-Length Bob Waves for Thick Hair

“When it comes to short wavy hairstyles, chin length bobs can definitely work for any woman,” says hairstylist and owner Ashley Williams of Buford, GA. It’s a low maintenance bob. When wearing straight hair, it doesn’t need to be round brushed to a “T” to lay perfectly.

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

“If you’re considering this bob, short wavy hair pairs well enough for any girl to pull off,” explains Williams.

How to style short wavy hair:

– Start with my hair product Kenra Blow Dry Spray. It speeds up blow drying time while protecting the integrity of the hair.
– While you still have a head of wet hair, 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.

Edgy Textured Pixie Cut with Waves

Textured Pixie Cut with Waves
Instagram @vancityhairgirl

Flaunt textured pixie haircuts with waves and change the short hair game! This trendy short, wavy haircut is a textured pixie cut that can be styled in so many different ways. A chop like this is edgy most of the time, but the volume gives it a flirty feel into it. Use a salt spray for an additional piece-y definition if needed when styling.

Textured Curly Wavy Short Hair

Textured Curly Wavy Short Hair
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Achieve this gorgeous textured curly wavy hair with the help of silhouette cutting. The layers create a shape that makes a lovely short wavy style like this.

Popular Lived-In Short Sassy Waves

Lived-In Short Sassy Waves
Instagram @nara.nicole.hair

These are the lived-in short sassy waves offering a chic, go-to hairstyle! A short length cut is useful in making thin, fine tresses look fuller. This cut is short and wavy, and the length gives an option to wear it curly or straight. Wavy short haircuts are for any woman who wants easy-styling and low-maintenance.

Textured Undercut for Short Wavy Hair

Low-maintenance short haircuts for wavy hair women are easier to manage and style when given a textured undercut. Take this cut for example. It was created by stylist Beth Noel of Boston, MA.

Use KillerCurls and/or HaiResort Spray by Kevin Murphy when wearing it naturally.

“The HairResort Spray will give wavy-haired women that beachy texture with some hold. These products help short wavy hairstyles keep that bounce,” she adds.

Short and Wavy A-Line Bob Cut (Lob)

Here’s a short and wavy a-line bob cut (lob) that’s really cute! It’s a short wavy bob haircut, offering a classic low-maintenance style. It has a beautiful a-line cut with soft layers and natural waves to add volume and texture. This short a-line bob haircut can be styled in different ways for a variety of looks.

This short and wavy a-line bob cut is a flirty angled bob with added texture to maximize volume and movement. Owner and stylist Carolynn Judd of Odgen, UT created this beautiful cut.

“When considering this wavy a-line bob you will want to be ready for the best cut you’ve had in years. Its versatility is the best feature of this cut. Whether you have thick or fine hair this is the go-to cut in salons,” she adds.

Blue Metallic Inverted Bob with Wavy Hair

“Also known as an inverted bob, this short, wavy hairstyle is soft, pretty, and wavy like the ocean,” says hairstylist Serah Shirley of Salt Lake City, UT.

“Add loose waves with a flat iron and set your style with Design.ME Puff.ME Powder Spray,” she explains.

Any woman can pull off this wavy hairstyle and color because it’s soft and classic. This wavy short haircut hairstyle for short hair is best suited for oval, square, and round face shapes. It elongates the neck and slims the face.

Dark Undercut Wavy Bob for Short Hair

Dark Undercut Wavy Bob for Short Hair
Instagram @allthingsneena

This is a short wavy bob with an undercut that looks both fierce and stunning. It looks great on light or dark hair, but the dark wavy locks make this short cut pop! If you have oval or heart face shape, go for this undercut wavy bob now.

Textured Cut With Choppy Bangs and Wavy Hair

Textured Cut With Choppy Bangs and Wavy Hair
Instagram @isadoraciola

Short wavy hair with bangs like this suit women of all ages. This lovely look features a textured cut with choppy bangs to look trendy and very youthful. Use a texturizing spray when styling to produce movement and shine to your dark hair.

Wavy and Angled Short Hair

Wavy and Angled Short Hair
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Wavy and angled—such an ideal chop to enhance the dimension in golden brown and blonde locks. Go for this asymmetrical wavy hairstyle if you want to complete your formal outfit or casual attire. It’s one of the angled wavy hairstyles for short hair that makes a bold transformation.

Golden Wavy Short Cut

A golden wavy short cut is ideal for softening facial features. The movement of waves opens up the face while the golden hue brings shine around it. To make a short wavy hairstyle look effortless, ask a stylist to use a razor when chopping locks. It’s great also to add disconnection in the layering. A middle-parted wavy bob like this looks beautiful on women with all face types. When styling, use Aveda Phomollient styling foam and Texture Tonic together. Both create a beachier, undone result.

This golden wavy short cut is a blunt textured bob! “This is the perfect look for a woman who is low maintenance but also wants something fun and edgy,” says style creator and salon owner Heather Henderson of Chesapeake, VA.

“This “textured” bob is the perfect style for low maintenance women! The great thing about these cuts is you can customize them to fit every face shape! If you have a very round face, you can add a slight angle to it which will elongate your face! The biggest key in achieving this look is leaving your ends out,” she adds.

If you make your short curly hair too curly, just run your iron through the bottom to straighten it out! This look can be achieved in under 30 mins. The dry texture spray will not only give you hold but it will help to achieve body & a very piecey style!

Short Asymmetrical Bob with Waves

Short Asymmetrical Bob with Waves
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If you have very fine hair that’s wavy, then this razor cut gives life and movement to it. Flaunt a chic short asymmetrical bob with waves to suit your round or heart-shaped face. Add a subtle accessory to this short cut for wavy hair, and see how it brightens up your golden brown hair.

Wavy Neck-Length Hairstyle

Wavy Neck-Length Hairstyle
Instagram @mikaatbhc

Own a wavy neck-length hairstyle, and achieve a beauty that never fades. This short hairstyle with wavy hair is a modern take on a classic bob. As a result, this trend will never go out of style! Women with wavy short hairstyles should use a combo of Kevin Murphy styling products. They offer a lift, waves, and a lived-in texture.

Textured Very Short Wavy Cut

Textured Very Short Wavy Cut
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A textured very short wavy cut is best when done with a razor. This particular cutting technique gives hair a more detailed and edgy style. Boost the movement and texture in this short wavy hair with the use of styling gel and texturizing creme. The result, as expected, will be looking soft and effortless.

Short and Wavy Layered Bob

short and wavy layered bob haircut
Instagram @styles_by_debby

You can recreate this wavy layered bob right now! Notice how the subtle movement shows off the dimension better in this short wavy hair?

It’s important to prep your short hair before any ironwork with a thermal protectant. A Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray is an effective one to use.

Short Texturized Waves with Bangs

Short Texturized Waves with Bangs
Instagram @chrisjones_hair

This is a chop that has slight graduation in the back for added volume. Blend these short texturized waves with bangs and a dark-rooted blonde hue. This short wavy hair is perfect for women who are down for a classic style that works well with undone texture.

Brown Bob with a Slight Wave

brown bob with a slight wave
Instagram @giboazhair