Thick and wavy hair can be a dream to work with, and many celebrities like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Halle Berry have shown us just how fabulous short wavy styles can be. So, we’re dishing out 30 snazzy, celebrity-approved short hairstyles that are perfect for those blessed with thick, wavy locks.
Hairstylist Jayne Matthews, who specializes in effortless styles, used a razor on damp hair for the entire haircut. Apply a generous amount of root spray and a dollop of hair balm on the tips, to copy this voluptuous look.
If you adore a blend of elegance and everyday ease, go for a classic bob with a center part. For everyday chic, let those waves flow naturally, adding a touch of texturizing spray. When it’s time to dazzle at special occasions, consider glam waves with a curling iron or pin it up for an elegant updo.
If you’re a fan of Halle Berry‘s adorable pixie, you’re going to fall head over heels for this tousled, textured pixie. It oozes charm and is super easy to handle. To maintain that fresh pixie feel, just book a trim every four to six weeks.
For all the volume aficionados we offer a long bob with bangs. To keep volume in your hairstyle, use a volumizing mousse while your hair is damp and follow a prefered wavy hair tourine. A touch of dry shampoo can maintain the lift throughout the day and ensures that carefree bounce.
Aaron Scott Lacy, hair educator and creator of this charming long pixie, coined an expressive name for it – ‘The Quadripoint Pixie’. It is a versatile style that highlights the hairline’s four distinct corners, offering an inclusive and gender-neutral look.
This jaw-length wavy bob by hairstylist and curl specialist Ethan King from Ron King Salon works like a frame for the face, gracefully hugging the jawline. The soft yet clear-cut waves draw attention to this beautiful feature, giving it the spotlight it deserves!
Stylist and educator Evan Joseph trimmed his client’s hair into this short style while it was dry and in its natural state. It allows the stylist to see the true curl pattern, ensuring that the cut complements the curls’ natural shape and avoids any unwanted surprises caused by shrinkage when wet.
This chin-length bob is eye-catching, graphic, and full of charisma! LA-based hair artist Sal Salcedo achieved this bold look with a blunt baseline. It creates a sharp, clean edge that enhances the structured appearance of thick 2c locks, making your style pop with confidence and flair!
This lively shaggy bob is the coolest, carefree crop for your thick, wavy mane. Precision stylist and educator from Suki’s salon in Vancouver, Canada, Michelle Harrison, carved playful textured layers that create a fun, tousled vibe.
This style has the breezy charm of beach waves. With a gentle side part, it’s a perfect blend of sophistication and relaxed vibes. Those lush waves frame your face and create an effortlessly elegant look that’s ready for any occasion.
Meet the retro French bob but with a dash of modern magic! It’s a chic fusion of vintage elegance and contemporary styling. This style brings out the best in your thick, wavy hair, with timeless waves and a classy cut that’s as stylish today as it was back in the day.
Because wavy hair is prone to shrinkage when dried, picking the perfect bob length for your wavy hair might feel tricky. Type 2c might see some shrinkage, while type 3 hair, including 3a, 3b, and 3c, can really scrunch up due to the tightness of the curls. Ask your stylist about styling techniques appropriate for your curl type.
If your aim is to emphasize those flawless curls, ask your stylist to remove the bulk, just like the stylist from Stone Fox Hair in Vancouver, Canada, did. Without the excessive weight the curls of this shaggy style spring up naturally.
To make curls shine in a bob cut, stylists consider your curl pattern, the cut’s shape, and layers. Cutting specialist Margo Jane from Meraki Hair Lounge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, personalized the length and layering to suit the curls, enhancing their natural bounce.
“Our goal was a full bang and a carved-out shape that will last up to 8 months with minimal maintenance,” explains Victoria, Long Island and New York City haircut specialist. This style is full of natural volume and beautifully frames the face.
Texturing works wonders for thick wavy hair! It lightens the bulk, adds movement, and enhances natural waves. With texturing, hairstylist Serina from Vancouver BRUSH salon created a stylish, low-maintenance look with a touch of carefree charm.
“A bob on curly hair brings movement and lightness to the face,” believe the stylists at Cohea Studio in Brussels, Belgium. This classy haircut gives you a nice mix of a soft touch and a fresh, up-to-date look.
The sides and back of this style are trimmed shorter, while the top’s longer strands get a blow-drying boost for that extra bounce and form. Brazilian stylist Rodrigo Cintra gave this cute style a soft, feminine finish.
To define 3a curls, opt for layers and a shaping cut that complements your natural pattern. Use curl-enhancing products and diffuse the hair, scrunching while drying. You can also try the “pineapple” method at night to maintain the curl definition.
This pixie mullet by shag enthusiast and curl lover Mari Reed from Philly The Parlour salon is both sassy and playful. Short on the sides and a bit longer on top, it’s all about that contrast. Those waves create an edgy, chic, and mischievous vibe!
This chic pixie is tapered for a more manageable hairstyle. Thinning and trimming the hair towards the nape and sides reduces bulk without sacrificing the style. This creates a well-balanced look, taming those waves and making your pixie a breeze to style and maintain.
Brazilian hairstylist Diêgo Màrcsant strategically removed weight from the hair, enhancing the waves’ natural bounce and preventing it from turning into a bulky mess. With layering, you get to keep the volume, the shape, and that effortless allure that wavy hair is famous for!
This client of stylist Michelle from Alchemy Hair Salon in Orlando, Florida, was in the process of letting her previous pixie mullet grow out. If you are on the same hair journey, maintain style with regular trims to even out the lengths. Embrace headbands, scarves, or hair accessories to keep it looking chic.
Ready to chop your long wavy locks into a short bob? Think about your face shape, lifestyle, and hair texture. Stylists from the Spanish hair salon Peluqueria Granollers helped their client achieve this lighter, more casual cut with the arrival of heat.
Asymmetry in this bob cut balances the volume by giving one side a bit more length, ensuring the waves don’t go wild. This creates a chic, harmonious look that’s equal parts trendy and effortless.
This mullet by Hayley Abner, haircutting specialist and owner of Buzzkill Studio in Newport, Kentucky, gets its funk from the contrasting lengths: short in the front and sides, and ample at the back. It’s a bold, edgy style that screams personality!
Adding layers can create a stacked effect, enhancing the shape and movement of the waves. It adds a trendy twist to the classic bob, making it perfect for those who love dimension and texture.
Larger spirals, like 2c or 3a type hair, call for special attention to layering. Consult with a stylist who understands curly hair and choose products suitable for your curl pattern. This ensures your bends get the right shape and are showcased at their best.
With some length and weight, this pixie bob cut by stylist Sergio Augusto from Brazilian Retrô Hair salon gives you lots more options for styling. Longer side layers and choppy micro bangs create a super trendy face frame.
This sleek, even cut falls just above the shoulders. It maintains a timeless and simple shape, emphasizing smooth lines, and it incorporates subtle layering to complement the natural waves and add movement.
With the right style, you can truly make your thick, wavy hair shine. So, whether you’re aiming for elegance, a touch of playfulness, or a dash of classic charm, these short hairstyles are your inspiration for a celebrity-worthy look.
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