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50 Sexy and Sassy Short Wavy Hairstyles

In the past the only choices for women with short wavy haircuts were to leave it down or pull it up into a small pony. However, with a perfect product and the right amount of inspiration, you can take your look to the next level.

Take a chance and go super short, adding an undercut; go just above the shoulders to stay close to a length you’re comfortable with; or choose something in the middle and opt for a cute bob! Short wavy hair doesn’t have to be complicated or take up a lot of time in the morning. If you like to spend less than 10 minutes on hair and makeup when getting ready, there are plenty of solutions for you. Check out below!

1. Voluminous Short Wavy Hair

Short haircuts with big curls are the best accessory for any outfit.

2. Wavy Bob

This bouncy bob is perfect for wavy curls because it plays up body with a bit of hairspray or texturizer.

3. Wavy Pixie

A curly wavy pixie with a side undercut keeps it edgy and low maintenance.

4. Wavy Jaw-Length Cut with Bangs

Want the length up a bit? Scrunch a cream or mousse through your locks to encourage curls. The detailed side-swept bang adds a soft touch.

5. Red Frizzy Wavy Hair

Does your hair tend to do what it wants when it’s wet? Use fingers to twist a product through hair to control the curl.

6. Side-Parted Wavy Style

Sassy short hairstyles are perfect for those with tight curls. They may look great at a longer length, but above the shoulders is classic.

7. Very Short Wavy Haircut with a Longer Top

Do you have very short wavy hair? A spunky cut like this is easy to maintain as it’s short in the back yet with some length up front and on top to show off your beautiful texture.

8. Springy Tight Coils

Short wavy haircuts look very nice in tapered shapes.

9. Long Top Shaved Sides Wavy Pixie

The pixie haircut with an undercut and bangs packs a lot of punch!

10. Thick Wavy Hair with Highlights

Turn uncontrolled thick wavy hair into a classy short wavy bob and throw in a couple of highlights to bring warmth to the face.

11. Curly Wavy Hair

Rich, springy curls in short haircuts instantly take a style from boring to beautiful.

12. Wavy Hair with a Curly Fringe

Want to try a hairstyle with bangs? This sweet ‘do encourages a messy fringe and curly body.

13. Short Wavy Bob

Do you have dark hair? Work it into a short wavy bob with piece-y locks parted to the side.

14. Muted Pink and Purple Waves

Colorful curly hair is how you should start the new year or a new month. A short hairstyle with tons of body can help you amp things up.

15. Wavy Undercut Haircut

Undercut on one side, curly on the other is a great option for a low-maintenance hairstyle: half feminine, half edgy.

16. Short Choppy Wavy Hairstyle

Not ready to part with long hair? Try this easy transition to tousled waves with a choppy, layered bob.

17. Wavy Razored Bob

Blonde, black, or salt-and-pepper, any color will look great on this style. Ask for a razor cut on the bottom and length on top.

18. Blonde Wavy Short Haircut

Transform into a blonde bombshell after you chop your locks. Go for a bold all-over color!

19. Short Brown Hair with Waves

Brown hair shines in another razored bob leaving enough length to pull your hair up into a messy bun.

20. Angled Highlighted Wavy Bob

A tousled, angled bob with summery highlights flatters so many women!

21. Short Wavy Layered Haircut

The short wavy bob layered with honey highlights is as sweet as honey!

22. Neck-Length Wavy Bob

If you prefer to keep your lengths even, this low maintenance style with wavy curls is perfect for you.

23. Shaggy Wavy Hairstyle with Bangs

The sexy shaggy bob with bangs makes the eyes pop and elongates the neck.

24. Short Wavy Hair with Nape Undercut

Give an undercut a try and fluff up the top for a classy and touchable hairstyle.

25. Thick Wavy Round-Shaped Bob

Wavy curls from roots to tips for work during the day can be transformed into sleek and smooth hair for an evening look.

26. Short Wavy Brunette Haircut

For thick wavy hair, the all-over shaggy-chic ‘do is perfect. Keep curls for a soft, romantic vibe or straighten them for something edgier and cleaner.

27. Wavy Bob with Long Curly Bangs

The short wavy bob plays peek-a-boo with bangs covering the eyes. Throw them backwards and pin whenever you need the hair off your face.

28. Voluminous Ear-Length Pixie Bob

Short haircuts for wavy hair honor thick pixie-bobs that play up facial features and a chiseled jawline.

29. Wavy Bob with Big Curls

Wish to spend less time doing your hair in the mornings? Try a short wavy bob with curls big enough to do their own body work.

30. Chin-Length Stacked Wavy Bob

The stacked bob with wavy curls is both structured and soft. Subtle balayage highlights flatter it with a more natural look.

31. Short Frizzy Wavy Bob

The key to maintaining a bob without frizz for those with thick wavy hair is using slickening oils or creams. A diffuser will be your best friend, or simply use your fingers to shape curls.

32. Short Asymmetrical Wavy Haircut

Expect to see many hairstyles for short wavy hair on the runway. A mix of luscious locks on one side and short, smoother pieces on the other will keep your style current.

Asymmetrical Hairstyle for Short Wavy Hair
By Sol

33. Short Diffused Waves

Inspired by Marilyn Monroe, the short wavy blonde bob plays it sexy and sweet.

34. Short Hairstyle with Natural Texture

A pixie for naturally textured hair is sure to be low maintenance and a show stopper.

35. Shoulder-Length Wavy Style Without Bangs

Looking for a short hairstyle that can still reach your shoulders? Consider a light layered hairstyle with dark roots for a cool dimensional look.

36. Wavy Brown Hair

Update a short hairstyle with bangs by scrunched curls making sure the bangs only graze the eyebrows.

37. Chocolate-Colored Wavy Bob

Those with brown hair and wavy curls will appreciate this rounded medium-length bob with a glossy finish.

38. Short Textured Brunette Bob

Another short wavy bob that keeps things classy. Scrunch your curls with mousse and enjoy a quick and easy textured hairstyle.

39. Short Waves with Burgundy Highlights

When taking your hair inspiration photo to a salon in order to make sure you are keeping the length you want, have your stylist cut the hair while it’s dry. It will be easier to see where the layered wavy curls will fall.

Short Layered Hairstyle with Wavy Curls
By Jess

40. Fiery-Red Short Wavy Hair

The tight, spiral-shaped curls get their fire from a bold all-over color, natural or not!

41. Wavy Hairstyle with Deep Side Part

Another short wavy bob combed over gives easy body and a cool asymmetrical look.

42. Short Wavy Style with Tapered Back

Get a load of this angled beauty with mega dimension! Short haircuts can look very sexy, and here’s a good example!

43. Wavy Pixie with Long Top

The tapered cut is upgraded with the curl power that works best in rather short cuts, like short wavy bobs, pixies and pixie bobs. Talk about low maintenance!

44. Wavy Pixie with Long Sideburns

A pixie can also feature the same length throughout the cut. This example is charming; it oozes a vintage flair.

45. Short Sides Long Top Wavy Haircut

A short curly haircut looks smokin’ when all the body and texture is brought to the top of the head.

46. Black and Blonde Wavy Haircut

Check out this layered hairstyle that uses the contrast of blonde and dark hair to add a bit more personality.

47. Dark Red Dry Cut

Who runs the hair world? Curls. Redheads unite and gush over this beautiful angled bob.

48. Short Bouncy Curls

Worry that a short haircut will look too harsh on you? Tight or wavy curls can create a soft silhouette when framed correctly around the face.

49. Wavy Bob with Short Bangs

This blonde swirly-curly cut is the adult version of Shirley Temple. With body like this, you can easily shape your hair into a playful or professional hairstyle.

50. Low-Maintenance Short Wavy Curls

What can we recommend for thick wavy hair with bangs? Try this well-structured angled bob with plenty of curls. It’s full of character and femininity.

As you can see, short wavy hair is anything but boring. The next time you’re looking for a change, take one of these photos with you to the salon and see what happens!

by Serena Piper
Serena graduated from the University of Oregon where she majored in magazine journalism. She is a published writer both in print and online. She currently lives in Daytona Beach where she works at the Early Learning Coalition, an organization supporting children of low-income families. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, country music concerts, exploring Florida, and of course, the beach.