9 Short wavy hairstyles to inspire you

/ 09.04.2014
Which short wavy style will you try?
Which short wavy style will you try?
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Short, wavy hairstyles come in all shapes and sizes which can make choosing the right one difficult. The trick is to find a 'do that works with your natural wave, allowing it plenty of room to move without creating unwanted bulk.

While it may seem like finding a needle in a haystack, there are a lot of options out there, and all that variety guarantees you'll find a style that works for you! Whether you want a bob, something side-swept, a style with bangs or something with a real edge, you're bound to find your dream style eventually. Just make sure you talk to your stylist about what you want to achieve before they reach for the scissors.

To help get you started, we've put together a list of nine short wavy hairstyles. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of what you might like and maybe even give you the motivation to make the cut! Worst case scenario: it grows out eventually, best case scenario: it looks fantastic, worth the gamble don't you think?

Wavy bob

As far as textured short cuts go, a wavy bob is one of the most versatile. It can be worn at several different lengths and layered as desired.

Top tip - Get piecey waves by scrunching some L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the ends.

Half hawk

If you don't tend to follow the pack when it comes to your hair, a bold half-hawk could be perfect for you. Though not for the fainthearted, this style will never be ignored!

Top tip - Spray the lengths with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray then blow-dry in large twisted chunks. This will create loose beach waves that are right on-trend this season.

Flowing waves

This smooth, wavy style is technically a medium-length cut but the same idea can be applied to shorter 'dos, too. The whole cascading waves thing looks good on almost every hair length and it really easy to wear. You can dress this style up for work or keep it casual for an off-duty look, it's totally your choice!

"I"m with the band" hair

This kind of messy, rock & roll inspired look works for every length imaginable but just seems edgier with shorter cuts. They're easier to muss and sculpt, making that perfectly imperfect texture achievable in hardly any time at all.

Top tip - Spray the roots with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray then tease the roots and ruffle with your fingers. Finish with a small amount of gum to add more texture.


Windswept hair is a great option for anyone with short or medium hair, especially if it's wavy. It appears both effortless and dramatic at the same time, and looks good with bold eye makeup or lipstick.

Short beach waves

If you liked the half-hawk featured above but don't feel like shaving half of your head, try some short beachy waves with a bob cut. This style has plenty of texture and flatters every face shape. It also looks super pretty with bangs.

Subtle side sweep

Barely there waves and deep side parts go together almost as well as Tina and Amy, so if your hair has a little natural movement, show it off with a side sweep. This is another great alternative to committing to a half-hawk, and it doubles up as a devious yet brilliant way to hide dirty roots.

Short with bangs

This hairstyle is perfect for anyone who wants a short, manageable cut that is fairly low-maintenance. You may have to blow-dry and/or flat iron your bangs to get them looking exactly how you want but overall, this hairstyle is simple and cute!

Blunt and wavy

This blunt, wavy bob with a vintage seventies twist is a gorgeous option for all you vintage lovers out there. It's polished but not overdone so you can wear it just about anywhere you like!

Top tip - After curling the sections of hair at the front, spray them with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold CONTROL Hairspray then pin them up to cool. This will help to set the strands in a smooth wave, meaning the style will last longer.

Which style do you like best?

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