45 Feminine Short Hairstyles for Wavy Hair

Wavy hair has long been lauded as the happy medium between straight and curly hair. Existing within all hair colors and types, waves provide much-needed volume without looking heavy or spiraling out of control.

With this information in mind, it can be difficult to choose a short hairstyle for wavy hair. Here are some of the latest trends:

  • Single-layered looks. Wavy hair doesn’t require additional texture. Sticking with a single layer makes hair look thicker, while also being easier to grow out.
  • Colors, colors, and more colors. Wavy hair is unique in that it showcases color without necessitating additional highlights or lowlights. Adding color to short hairstyles minimizes damage, while also allowing for experimentation.
  • Perms are back. A large but worthwhile investment, perms add control and character to short wavy hair.

Read on to find more short hairstyles for wavy hair. No matter what you choose, you’ll certainly feel fresh and fabulous. 

#1: Auburn Twirls

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This wavy bob uses color to bring out wavy hair’s natural texture. Auburn highlights accentuate the model’s curls, as well as complement her natural brown hair.

#2: Pixie Bangs

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If you want to mix straight and wavy textures, try bangs! Bangs that hit just above the eyebrow bring out the eyes, as well as the brow line. Straight or natural, they are the perfect addition to any short hairstyle for wavy hair.

#3: Single-Layer Lob

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Single-layer looks work marvelously with wavy hair because of the natural texture waves provide. Use argan oil or another smoothing product with this look to bring out hair’s natural shine. 

#4: Behind-the-Ear Bangs

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Grown-out bangs are a modern hit. Combine this look with short, wavy hair for a hairstyle that is both professional and playful! Tuck hair behind the ear to draw it out of your face, or let it run free and untamed.

#5: Embracing the Curl

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Like grown-out bangs, perms are also coming back into vogue. And if your wavy hair doesn’t want to cooperate, a perm is the way to go. This short, layered hairstyle will help you make the most of your curls and waves, while requiring minimal time for maintenance 

#6: High Fashion

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Celebrities far and wide have boasted short, middle-parted hair for the past three decades. This timeless hairstyle is fabulous for wavy hair. Blonde or ombré tones give this style a bright kick.

#7: Thick, Natural Bangs

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This short hairstyle for wavy hair features natural bangs that blend seamlessly into the rest of the cut. This look is perfect if you have thick hair, or if you want to bring out your eyes without using a flat iron. 

#8: The Wavy V

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V-cuts are some of the most classic short hairstyles for wavy hair. For hair with large, long natural waves, this is a way to achieve that beachy look without even trying. Pair this cut with blonde highlights for a sun-kissed glow.

#9: Super Side-Part

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Side parts work best with thin, fine wavy hair. This short hairstyle makes hair look thicker, while also embracing wild waves. Finding a natural side part will help hold this hairstyle in-place. 

#10: Straight and Sassy

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Straight hair is easier to maintain with a short hairstyle. This is especially true if you have naturally wavy hair! Using a flat iron and a smoothing product can give you a shiny look that is full of personality, while doing minimal damage to your locks.

#11: Just Another Bob

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Sometimes, simpler is better. That’s where this bob shines. This short hairstyle works best with fine wavy hair, but it’s a hit with all hair types.

#12: Pretty in Pink

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There’s never a wrong time to experiment with color. This light pink hairstyle can look rose gold in the right light. Wavy hair shows off any color in all its dimensions, without requiring highlights or lowlights. 

#13: Blast from the Past

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This short hairstyle for wavy hair hearkens back to the ‘80s. Featuring thick, curly bangs and shaggy layers, this retro-inspired look is sure to be a modern hit. Perm your hair for even more curl.

#14:The Shag

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Bridging the gap between the mullet and other short hairstyles, the shag is a favorite among those with wavy hair. Thick bangs accentuate the eyes and eyebrows, while feathered layers accentuate the cheekbones. In all, the shag is chic and adaptive. 

#15: Wind-Swept Waves

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Windy fall days are closer than you think. Why not use short hairstyles for wavy hair as inspiration? This single-layered v-cut works with all types of wavy hair and stays stylish regardless of the weather. It’s the short hairstyle to span the seasons.

#16: Chunky Chic

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Thick hair usually produces chunkier, thicker waves. This short hairstyle brings this wavy hair type into the spotlight with elegance and class. Layers add texture to waves while thinning out thick hair. Subtle highlights add vibrance and shine. 

#17: Angles Galore

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Angled short hairstyles for wavy hair allow for daring short lengths, without committing to the whole head. This short look for wavy hair keeps tresses longer in the front, perfect for those who aren’t ready to go super-short. Shorter layers in the back, however, add volume and character. Go for this style if you’re not ready to commit to short hair.

#18: A Heavy Side Bang

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Side bangs work best with asymmetrical short hairstyles for wavy hair, like the one pictured here. This style for wavy hair uses a long bang to distribute thickness around the head, as well as to give a touch of sass to an otherwise-timeless look.

#19: Frosted Tips

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Short hairstyles provide the perfect opportunity to experiment with color. Ombré frosted tips look great on this model’s dark hair, and her naturally wavy tresses only elevate the look. Not a fan of the frosted look? Any ombré will do with this hairstyle.

#20: Ashen Amazingness

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Ash blonde highlights are great for dirty and strawberry blondes who don’t want to go full platinum. This short hairstyle accentuates highlights and lowlights for a charming, graceful look.

#21: Soft Side-Part

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Side parts give the illusion of thickness to fine hair. They’re also great for soft short hairstyles like the one pictured here. Wavy hair tumbles freely over the head, while fine hair gives a soft, cloud-like effect. A bit of gel will help mitigate any unwanted frizz.

#22: Thick Chop

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Single-length short hairstyles for wavy hair are often a no-go for thick hair. This look proves otherwise. Wavy hair makes this style look softer, while also making hair not look overly thick. Chunky and chic, this look is sure to turn heads.

#23: Long Undercut with Highlights

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This short hairstyle for thick wavy hair features a long undercut, where the bottom layers are shorter than the top layers. This enhances hair’s natural taper, while also concentrating volume where it matters.

#24: Snow White Success

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As we’ve said before, wavy hair works well with single-color dye jobs. Here, wavy hair showcases the model’s shiny, white-blonde locks, without the help of lowlights. This look is a great short hairstyle for blonde, wavy hair.

#25: The Chunky Side Bang

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Having naturally straight hair doesn’t mean that you can’t rock a short hairstyle for wavy hair. This look works well with all hair textures, while flat-iron waves add bounce and volume.

#26: Bold Highlights

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This look is great if you want to go blonde but aren’t ready to make the leap. Naturally dark hair serves as lowlights to bright blonde highlights, or any other highlight on the color spectrum. This short, layered hairstyle also highlights the cheekbones and jawline.

#27: Intense Violet Breeze

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Highlights and lowlights don’t have to be natural. This short hairstyle features fuchsia highlights and violet lowlights, fashioning hair in a floral frenzy. The model’s wavy hair showcases this color combo, especially when the look is worn behind the ears.

#28: Short, Choppy, and Bumpy

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This super-short hairstyle features a single, choppy layer, texturized by flat-iron waves. This is a great short look for hair with some natural wave, as well as for those who don’t want to bother with growing out layers.

#29: Tight Cropped Curls

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This is a great short hairstyle for extremely wavy or curly hair. Hitting just above the cheekbones, it brings out the eyes and brow line. This look is also easy to manage, taking just minutes to style.

#30: Super Waves

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This look is where waves collide. Flat-iron waves near the crown of the head add volume, as well as support a swept-back, long side-bang. If you seek an adventurous short hairstyle, this is the one for you.

#31: The Hidden Undercut

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Undercuts are well-known for being flashy and daring. Not so with this short hairstyle! This look features a dark undercut covered with flowing blonde waves. Thick, wavy hair will love this style on hot, summer days.

#32: Color in the Front

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Color is a simple solution to making a generic hairstyle your own. This look sports a dash of purple beneath the model’s blonde waves, a peek-a-boo feature that is sure to delight.

#33: Big Up Top

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Angled v-cuts are here for a good time and a long time. This hairstyle uses chunky layering to concentrate volume near the crown of the head, and to maintain a cropped look at the jawline. This is a great look for thick wavy hair.

#34: Effortlessly Stylish

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Short hairstyles for wavy hair do not have to change your entire look. Sometimes, they are simply a trim. This short hairstyle for wavy hair requires minimal maintenance. With a side part and few layers, it will be a breeze to grow out, make shorter, or keep the same length.

#35: Longer Bob, More Layers

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The length of this bob haircut falls somewhere in-between the lob and the traditional bob. Shaggy layers, however, add to this look’s movement. This hairstyle’s balance of length and layers makes it the perfect short hairstyle for wavy hair.

#36: Straight and Simple

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With large natural waves, straight short hairstyles are the way to go. Style this simple, side-parted bob by running a flat iron through your locks. The length of this look will help you have your style ready in minutes.

#37: A Soft Mess

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This short hairstyle looks so effortless, it looks like it hasn’t been styled at all. Intentionally messy looks, such as this one, pair wonderfully with natural waves, especially if you have multi-textured hair. Soft and un-styled, this look for wavy hair the ultimate stamp of a free spirit.

#38: Silky Waves

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Fine hair can be hard to control. But with the right products, it can be silky smooth. Style this bob with a bit of argan oil, and steer clear of hairspray. This is the hairstyle that will tame fine, wavy hair.

#39: The Big V

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V-cuts are named for their shape. However, we believe that the “v” can also stand for volume. This single-layered v-cut on thick, wavy hair makes this model’s locks as big as her personality.

#40: Before Your Very Eyes

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Side bangs with wavy hair can be a blessing and a curse. However, they are useful for bringing out the eyes and cheekbones. This short hairstyle for wavy hair does just that, featuring highlights for an extra pop.

#41: Curled Out of the Face

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This hairstyle is perfect for those with curly hair who have been directed to styles with wavy-haired models. This simple short hairstyle brushes curls away from the face, bringing out the skin’s natural brightness.

#42: Braided Waves

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Hair salon closed? You can still achieve this short hairstyle for wavy hair. Before bed, wash your hair and French-braid it in sections. Remove the braids in the morning and voilà! You have changed your look overnight.

#43: Caramel Bliss

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For very dark hair, caramel highlights are a solution for bringing out brightness without causing too much contrast. The model’s wavy hair helps this warm color blend into the style, which is another take on the classic v.

#44: Super-Spiraled, Super-Short Shag

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Super-short shags are coming back on the scene, especially among those with curly hair. This short hairstyle styles itself, featuring a center part and an uncomplicated shape. All it requires is a scrunch of gel.

#45: Tumbling Tresses

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Showcasing long flat iron waves, this short hairstyle for wavy hair is sure to make slow, water-like movement. This look pairs soft waves with sharp angles to create and elegant and edgy effect.