50 Most Delightful Short Wavy Hairstyles

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Wavy hair? A blessing or a curse? If your hair is naturally straight, you certainly envy all those curly beauties, while they are breaking their heads over how to style wavy hair, that is, by the way, not always so neat and fun as it may seem on photos. Another question is whether short haircuts are compatible with wavy hair. Many women are tempted to cut their naturally curly hair shorter for summer but hesitate, wondering if they are going to have issues with styling. We have gathered the best examples of short hairstyles, recommended by stylists for wavy hair. View the pictures below, enjoy and get inspired!

How to Style Short Curly Hair?

When your hair gets proper care, it’s much easier to style. Use shampoos, masks and conditioners for curly hair. These products nourish and moisturize your locks, help to handle the frizz and make your hair more obedient. Hairstyles for naturally curly and wavy hair normally last long. The only thing that can impair your ‘do is moisture. However, if you apply a special serum for curly hair after a wash, you may not afraid of moisture. Such serums are present in the product lines of all the top hair product brands.

Popular Types of Hairstyles for Curly Hair

  1. If you want to achieve ideal curls, you need first to blow dry your locks, smoothing them slightly with a round bristle brush, and then shape the curls with a curling iron.
  2. In case you want to wear straight hair today, you would use a smoothing balm for damp hair and blow dry your locks with a round bristle brush. Next apply a flat iron.
  3. Slightly messy hairstyles for curly hair are the easiest in styling. You simply blow dry your wet hair with a diffuser attachment.
  4. Curly hair is usually very porous. That’s why when you buy mousses and hair sprays for styling at home, opt for light hold products which won’t weigh your locks down.

Haircuts and Hairstyles for Short Curly Hair

Speaking of basic haircuts for short hairstyles, contemporary ladies with wavy hair prefer short bobs and pixie haircuts. They both offer layering options, which are advantageous for curly hair. The thicker is your hair the less layering you normally can afford, unless your haircut is extremely short.

Larger curls or loose waves look very showy and trendy in short hairstyles. These can be bouncy curls, maintaining shape, or chaotic waves with an effect of a “bedhead”. Color accents in short hairstyles is one of the most chic tendencies nowadays. These can be either nuance or contrasting highlights throughout the head or on the bangs. It’s better if you trust the delicate dying job to a professional stylist, because it takes skillful hands and experience to succeed in complicated matters like this one.

Anyway, you can’t lie all the job and responsibility for your new image on your stylist’s shoulders. You will have to do the most responsible part of the work – to choose the look you feel is yours. Here we are happy to assist you with creative ideas and inspiration.

#1: Wavy Sassy Bob

Curly hairstyles are sublime for showing off cute modern cuts and salon dye jobs. The highlights and lowlights are like elegant swirls. The key to this look is an angled cut, elongated towards the front, so be clear when describing to your stylist exactly how you expect the hair to frame your face.

#2: Short Blonde Balayage Bob

This cropped look gives a peekaboo to the dark under layer. It’s best for straight-haired girls who want to add volume with waves or for those whose hair naturally crimps. Tuck the long front pieces behind your ear, or allow them to swing forward and frame your face.

#3: Cute Curly Bob

Being blessed with natural spirals can come along with the curse of a lot of maintenance. Hair care can become a complex of game involving dozens of expensive magic potions. So why not go for short curly hair? Keeping the front just a teeny bit longer and the top full of volume makes the style easy to pull off.

#4: Lifted Wavy Bob

Women with thinner hair often wonder how to style their locks in the best possible way. Short elegant S-waves provide a lot of lift to a simple bob. With a medium-sized barrel curling iron, add waves to the under and upper layers for the most body.

#5: Cute Curly Layers

Short curly hairstyles can lend a lot of volume and shine to your look by elevating the layers your stylist has cut in. Because the hair is so short, the curls are amazingly fast and easy to achieve. Using professional hairclips to section off the hair when curling can cut your morning prep time in half.

#6: Curly Q Haircut

The choice between a curly bob with bangs and a curly pixie is the choice of length. Want something in between? Opt for a long pixie. Gorgeous curls of girlhood are revived for this grown up hairstyle. Curls appear everywhere in this long pixie, including sideburns and neck line.

#7: Half Shaved Short Hair

Want something youthful and edgy for the summer months? Check out this style that is half curly short hair and half sheared. The shaved side keeps things a bit rebellious, while the thick wavy side adds style and room for a fun color.

#8: Brown Curly Hair with Highlights

This throwback 1980s hairstyle is here for another round as more and more women are chopping their long locks and opting for short, thick wavy styles instead. Those with naturally curly hair will have the most success with this, as it can be easily styled with a quality hair product. For those who aren’t blessed with a natural kink to their hair, a perm would be a low maintenance solution.

#9: Curly and Blue

Why stick to natural hair colors? If you’re going to have bold curls, you might as well go with a popping color! This style features varying hues of blue and lavender – stunning, edgy and gorgeous on the right skin tone. However, it’s best to check with the office before you show up with these colors at work.

#10: Undercut for Curly Hair

A little bit Tinker Bell, a little bit sexy vamp – this undercut is an excellent option of short curly haircuts there are to choose from. Add in some subtle highlights to brighten the look and keep your thick wavy hair lovely all day long.

#11: Stacked Curly Bob

Go for a curly bob when you’re looking for a hairstyle that is all glam without a ton of effort. If you have an unusual hair color like red, flaunt it instead of conceal it. Try some brightening highlights or a henna wash to make your fiery locks really stand out from the crowd.

#12: Zero Effort Curly Hair

One of the best parts of curly hair? Even when it’s uncombed and tousled, it still looks amazing. When it comes to short styles, curls can sometimes come out pretty effortless. Keep things simple and casual with a short ‘do that is full of style and low on maintenance.

#13: Curly Hair with Shine

Black or ethnic hair types sometimes need a boost (like a new cut) to look their best. Hairstyles for short curly hair may vary as trends come and go, but hair health remains a mandate. Use a daily leave in conditioner or shine serum to help your hair look healthy and cared for.

#14: Curly Gray

Gray highlights are very in, same like a solid gray and ombre gray on young women. These gray babylights are really pretty and suitable for a young girl and an older woman, not to mention that women with curls are blessed at any age!

#15: Short Bob for Curly Hair

Curly girls can rock a bob like none other – but keep it modern with a trendy hair color and plenty of dimension. A blunt, close cut along the neck line topped with a mass of gorgeously highlighted ringlets will make for a winning look any time you want to update your short style.

#16: Naturally Curly Beauty

Short haircuts for curly hair are fun, low-maintenance and chic. Natural curls are gorgeous, and if you happen to have straight hair you’re not out of luck. Today’s curly hairstyles are often made with hot roller sets and curling irons that are gentler on hair than ever before. Remember to use a strong hold spray, but opt for the one that still allows your hair to look soft and beautiful.

#17: Curly Angled Bob

Wavy hairstyles can be tricky, but if they’re styled properly they look adorable. Go for an angled bob or an A line cut to give some shape to otherwise uncontrolled curls.

#18: Short and Simple Hair

Short styles don’t have to be uber trendy to look classy and lovely. If you prefer an easy cut that never goes out of style, try this short hair style that is super pretty and comfortable to live with.

#19: The Short and Long of It

Short hairstyles for curly hair often depend upon some length variation. As is shown with this style, the underneath layer of hair is cut close to remain straight, while the top layer of longer curls is allowed to flow free.

#20: Curly Hair Cuteness

Messy curly hairstyles need regular trims to look “perfectly messy”. Curly hair also often looks great with bangs. If you’ve never had them before, give them a try!

#21: Messy Curly Hairstyle

Curly hair is always adorable, and fortunately a messy look is very popular right now. This ensures easier care and maintenance without a lot of drama. If short curly hair flatters you, it will remain flattering in any age.

#22: Short Dramatic Ringlets

If you’ve found a winner among the variety of curly hairstyles, but want to have something a bit more statement-making, consider going with a dark hue. Very dark brown and black hair against fair skin always turns heads and looks dramatically different.

#23: Softening Facial Features with Short Hair

If you have strong facial features, having short curly hair can add some “lift” to your face. Not sure if super short curls will work well on you? Try a shoulder length cut first and then gradually go shorter as you are gaining courage.

#24: Curly Golden Hair

Short curly hairstyles are never boring or strict – this fun combo of ringlets and waves is further dolled up with caramel highlights. Dark haired girls will love this change for warm weather months. If your hair is naturally wavy, then you already have an advantage, as your locks will hold curl nicely.

#25: Angled Short Cut

Power up those curls with an angled cut that allows plenty of room for body and bounce. Having hair longer on one side can also thin out a round face and accentuate your features such as the eyes or lips.

#26: Short Maroon Waves

This bold color is full of rich tones and glimmering highlights. To achieve the curls, work with your natural texture by only curling pieces that need shaping. Or if you have straight hair, get this natural look by using different sized barrels. Bring on the gloss treatments!

Wavy Bob With Subtle Highlights

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#27: Curly Vintage Style

This curly bob is so on-trend right now. Everywhere we look, our favorite celebrities are turning to the bygone flapper era for inspiration, especially those blessed with natural curls and waves to ramp up the texture of a short cut. To keep the 40s style in full swing, skip the highlights and stick to a solid color.

#28: Soft Wavy Elegance

Learning how to style a cut this adorable is important. Ask your stylist lots of questions and get it right! The bangs are cropped and rounded slightly to give them lift and keep them above the eyebrows, while the rest of the hair is treated to perfectly imperfect waves.

Short Messy Bob With Bangs

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#29: Short Hairstyle for Thick Curly Hair

For women who want to work with their natural color and texture, short hair is a go-to. To keep it looking as wonderful as it did on salon day, be sure to treat your hair with deep conditioning as it may become brittle. With short curls going in different directions, this look is tons of fun.

#30: Wavy Platinum Locks

Platinum hair has been all the rage for a while now. The ashy brown lowlights turn this style into something brand new. With side-bangs that barely skim the eye and soft touchable curls, this look is ranking pretty high on the romantic chart. The bold lashes really stand out next to the pale hair color.

#31: Short City Chic

This short cut is super fresh and contemporary. The effortless waves with shaggy ends and very light pastel green highlights give off a younger vibe. Perfect for the city-slicker professional looking for less AM maintenance and more fashion street cred.

#32: Short White Curls

Half way between the gray trend and platinum trend is the white trend: a modern way for blondes to make a bold hair statement. Blondes can achieve a color this light without sacrificing soft texture and healthy hair. Asymmetry and side-bangs are key to livening up short curly haircuts.

#33: Short Multi-Colored Spirals

Bring out your inner punk rock goddess with twisted thick curly hair. Working with your natural texture is a huge part of the rockstar appeal. The back is kept short and wild while turquoise, green, blue, and red highlights are strewn throughout. A texturing product will hold your spirals in place.

#34: Short Bouncy Curls

Balayage looks just as stunning on short haircuts for curly hair as it does on longer curly locks. To get waves that are bouncy and full of life, curl pieces of hair in different directions and use a light hold spray. Divine!

#35: Short Formal Style

What’s a girl with a short cut to do when an event arrives? For full on glamour, curls can be artfully crafted to create a decorative look that is just begging for some dangly earrings. The extra short, tapered back is a modern edgy addition to this curly hairstyle.

#36: Modern Curly Crop

The naturally curly locks are given new life with expert definition. The perfection of tight curls is glamorous, modern, and vintage all at the same time. It’s more appealing when curls are kept in place without looking stiff, so allowing some wisps to fall on to the forehead balances out the look with softness and effortlessness.

#37: Simple Wavy A-Line

The a-line bob is a mainstay in the realm of short wavy hairstyles, and there’s a reason for that. Creating short and sweet waves is contemporary and professional, but still fun. This style is particularly stunning on multi-tonal blonde hair. Because ponytails are out of the question, workout-friendly styles include cute hair clips and headbands.

#38: Thick Wavy Crop

For a short style that looks great on thick wavy hair, choose a layered cut with side swept bangs, and be sure to add definition to the locks with styling pomade. This natural look is low-key but with lots of personality. With this particular haircut, half-up half-down styles are a super cute styling option.

#39: Contemporary Wavy Bob

This red-carpet ready look is the queen of all contemporary wavy hairstyles. A deep side-part shows off your beautiful facial features on one side, while creating a veil for the other. Curling the waves down and away from the face on the long side is crucial for this style. On the other, simply tuck your hair behind the ear for an effortless vibe.

#40: Naturally Wavy Crop

Short haircuts for curly hair can be sweet and cute, or like this look, go full out mod. Asymmetry is achieved with a side part and longer/shorter layers, while the waves add visual appeal. Post-shower, simply part naturally curly hair and comb through some styling mousse that will relax natural curls into waves and hold them in place.

#41: Layered Haircut For Short Curly Hair

Meg Ryan looks tender and childishly innocent thanks to her heavenly short curls. Her layered haircut offers a super cute rounded silhouette and let her curls bounce at the ends. It’s crucial not to cut your bangs short if your hair is curly, because they will shrink and look unflattering. Meg’s thin, subtle highlights make her curls fluffy and weightless. When styling such a haircut, it’s optimal to use a cream-like curl enhancer that disciplines curly hair and encourages them to unveil their natural beauty. The product is applied to wet hair before brushing. Then you can blow dry it with a diffuser or let it air dry. If you use hair spray, it should be a light hold product.

layered bob haircut for curly hair

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#42: Short Haircut With Razored Layers

Jane Lynch decides on a short shaggy haircut with razored layers. The short length like Jane’s doesn’t let your hair shape the complete curl, and your locks settle in soft waves which feature jagged contours for an extra edge. The side part and cropped side bangs make Jane’s look extremely feminine. Note that the bangs are styled up, away from the face and then to a side. This is a good solution for round and square faces, because they always need a slimming effect from hairstyles. Short wavy hairstyles do this job perfectly!

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#43: Layered A-Line Bob

With the platinum blonde hue, your short curly locks would look super voluminous. The edge of Kimberly’s haircut is performed like a classic bob, but her top locks are cut a bit shorter to convey the flattering roundness to the haircut silhouette. The side bangs make any face shape softer and more feminine. To duplicate the look, it’s better first to create the base, using a blow-dryer and a round brush, and then shape the curls with a curling iron. When shaping the curls, heat each lock for a short time to achieve light waves, not curls. Tousle the waves and fix the ‘do with light hold hair spray.

wavy blonde bob hairstyle

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#44: Curly Short Hairstyle

Izabella Miko gives us an idea of a playful curly bob that looks like a dream and matches any outfit. The modern hairstyle trends suggest combinations of textures – straight and curly, for instance. When curling your locks, start a few inches from the roots. For the added shimmering finish, use shine spray in the end.

curly bob hairstyle

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#45: Combed Back Hairstyle

Catherine Heigl looks very sensuous with short, slightly wavy hair, styled away from her face. Her cute hairstyle is easy to duplicate. Apply some mousse to wet hair, set the speed of your hair dryer to a low air flow and blow dry your locks away from your face. Shape the final texture with your fingers and fix the style with light hold hair spray. If your haircut features the elongated nape section, it can be pinned up in a sort of loose updo.

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#46: Lovely Blonde Curls

Penelope Ann Miller has very beautiful soft natural curls. Such locks should be cut straight in layers to let them reveal their natural beauty. If your layered curly hair is getting very frizzy, blow dry it with a round bristle brush and use a medium-barrel curling iron to shape the perfect curl. In the end, arrange the curls the way you’d like them to lie and fix the style with a light or medium hold hair spray.

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#47: Evening Hairstyle For Short Curls

Jennifer Nettles shows us that short hairstyles are never boring. You may keep changing looks, trying new varieties of textures, finishes, and accessories. Jennifer’s do is a lovely solution for a night out with friends or any special occasion. This is how you can re-create it. Let your locks air dry or use a blow dryer with a diffuser to accelerate the process. Comb your bangs to one side and pin the random sticking out strands with bobby pins. The hairstyle should have a soft rounded silhouette but remain naturally messy.

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#48: Short Edgy Haircut

Everything is beautiful in Evan Rachel Wood’s hairstyle – the silhouette, texture and hair color solution. This is a classy pixie cut with elongated top locks and point cut ends. If you want to enhance the thickness of your hair, go for a subtle ombre. When styling, hold a blow dryer at different angles, lifting each lock up for the maximal volume. Next, rub some wax in your palms and define the texture. The locks should fall away from your face and to one side to make the indistinct side parting more readable.

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#49: Messy Bob Hairstyle

When your hair is not curly, but slightly wavy from nature, it may lack volume. A haircut with a round silhouette will improve the look of your locks. January Jones sports a sweet messy hairstyle. It was styled with a curl enhancer and blow dried with a diffuser.

messy blonde bob

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#50: Red Spiral Curls Pinned Up

Curls flatter Christina Hendricks, like no one else. Well, they certainly become many women, but looking at Christina, we can say at once that it’s 100% her type of hairstyle. The idea of this loose curly updo for short-to-medium hair is definitely worth a try.

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Wavy hairstyles for short hair are so diverse and individual. Every weave is exceptional and every shape is distinctive. Even if you try to follow one of these examples, your hairstyle will be exceptional, because it’s going to be brightened up by your unique facial features and hair characteristics.

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