Whether you are blessed with naturally curly hair or have to deal with the styling iron to get your waves going on, short wavy hairstyles are a staple for the season of warm weather and outdoor activities. There are endless options and ideas when it comes to styling your short hair into something fun, classy, striking or simply cute as well.
You can also play with highlights and lowlights to make your hair look fuller and have more depth and dimensions. This summer look is also very easy to create, maintain and spruce up as you please. Regardless of the thickness, length or texture of your hair, pulling off a short wavy hairstyle is one of the easiest and best things you can do to your hair. Here are 60 ideas which you can get inspiration from.
# 1 Shoulder-Length Waves
Your hair does not need to be done in elaborate styles to look awesome. This simple wavy hairstyle exudes simple elegance and strong feminine appeal with its flowing golden locks that graze the top of the shoulder in wispy plaits. A superb blend of low lights and balayage highlights give the wavy locks a soft and radiant glow. Tousling the locks will give it texture and make it have a fuller body.
Once again, simplicity trumps over complex hairdos with this beautifully textured bob. The chin-length locks have been turned into delightful waves and tousled a bit to give the hair body. Subtle balayage highlights emit a muffled radiance that leaves the hair looking sun-kissed and naturally textured as well.
# 3 Wavy Pixie Cut
Wearing this androgynous look is not everyone’s cup of tea as some do not have the right facial structure to look good in it. However, if short hair agrees with the face of your shape, a pixie cut is one of the most enticing short hairstyles you can opt for. Instead of short and spiky, settle for thick wavy curls to give your look a strong feminine appeal.
# 4 Springy Pixie Cut
Natural curls can be a blessing or your worst nightmare depending on how you look at it. In this case, your naturally curly hair can play in your favor by making your pixie cut hairstyle one of a kind. Keep a bit of volume at the top but shorten the sides and the back slightly. A sexy forelock also adds to the fun appeal of this bouncy short hairstyle.
# 5 Beach Waves
The first thing that makes your hair stand out is its color and how well it complements your skin tone. If you are afraid of going all out with the dye, try a blend of ombre and balayage dyeing jobs to give your shoulder-length curls a nice color gradient starting from the dark roots and ending on the sunny blonde locks. Ribbon some color through the hair for an exquisite finish.
# 6 Composed Pixie Cut
Your look does not have to be super adventurous or vibrantly dyed to look good. A simple pixie cut with cute wavy locks can also suffice as perfect summer hair. The wavy hair takes off the androgynous edge and makes the hair beautifully simple and feminine.
# 7 Messy Bob
If tame is not your thing, short hair should not be a restriction. Try giving your hair texture and body by tousling your wavy locks. No matter how short, messy curls and a bit of finishing cream will give your hair more volume. Throw in some excellent highlights and lowlights and you have yourself a perfectly radiant short hairstyle with amazing depth and more dimensions.
# 8 Classic Short Wavy Hair
This “girl next door” look is something most of us are familiar with. Pulling it off is a cinch and it gives you freedom to play with color as much as you want. Alternatively, you can wear the look natural and allow the shoulder-length wavy locks to frame your feminine facial contours.
# 9 Sassy Bob with Low Cut Fringe
Away from the more traditional looks, this retro bob haircut features a low-cut fringe that helps frame your face better and put more emphasis on your eyes and cheekbones. Wearing the look with wavy locks instead of straight bangs softens its appeal and makes it look more fun.
# 10 Fiery Waves
The power of good highlights remains understated. This example shows just how amazing you can look wearing simple short wavy highlights with some exquisite balayage painting to spice up the look. The dark roots lighten into lustrous red shoulder-length curls that seem to emit a fiery glow. The simple look gives the face a wonderful frame.
# 11 Bob with Loose Waves
This bob bears a low sweeping fringe that works great if you are looking to hide your forehead. The combination of straight and wavy creates great texture and outlines your feminine facial contours exquisitely. Length and color are up to you as this hairstyle avails a number of styling options with its simple but elegant design.
# 12 Messy Peach Blonde Long Bob
This hairstyle incorporates everything we love about the summer. From the shoulder-length wavy locks that have been tousled to give the look a carefree nature to the exciting hue of peach blonde tastefully painted onto the lower parts of the locks, this look screams summer fun. Dark streaks of color give it more body and a multi-dimensioned finish.
# 13 Shattered Bob
The idea behind the shattered bob hairdo is to create something with more texture and a fuller body than a regular, straight bob. This look achieves that and much more with its sexy tousled locks and shattered edges that give the carefree appeal of a summer hairstyle. Wearing it messy over the face exudes confidence and sass as well.
# 14 Boyish Wavy Pixie
This easy natural summer look does take a bit of gut to pull off seeing that it needs you to cut a lot of hair. However, the addition of layered low lights gives the look more body by adding depth and even dimensions. The golden locks look positively radiant and complete what is a great summer look.
# 15 Wavy Hair with Brilliant Balayage Painting
Nothing turns a normal look into an incredible hairstyle better than balayage painting. The wavy blonde bob superbly incorporates darker strands of color and radiant shades of gold to create a hairstyle that has depth, dimensions and an effortless radiance that is begging to be let out into the summer sun.
# 16 Soft Wavy Bob
This is one of the simple short wavy hairstyles that can be achieved from home using a flat iron and some deft curling skills. The bob takes on a wonderfully wavy texture about an inch from the top and flows backward in elegant waves. Throwing in superb balayage coloring gives it more character and a nice blend of color that makes it stand out.
# 17 Platinum Waves
Knowing the right color for your hair takes some inside knowledge on matching skin tones with hair color. This platinum bob has a full body and is made to look multi-dimensional by the exquisite streaks of dark color running through the blonde wavy locks. A cool balayage finish results in a color gradient that darkens towards the roots and radiant streaks making the hair look lustrous.
# 18 Golden Summer Hair
Getting the perfect summer hair does not require a total revamp of your current hairstyle. A simple addition of color freshens up your look greatly and can also give your hair a glorious shine. The wavy locks look delightfully textured and layered. Chopped edges add to the sexy carefree appeal of the hair.
# 19 Short Wavy Bed Head
Who says you can’t look sexy with a short hair? This simple bob has been taken a couple of notches higher by two things. First, the wavy locks have been tousled about to create some fantastic texture and volume to the short hairstyle. Lastly, a fine balayage painting job leaves it with some amazing depth and dimensions, makes the body seem fuller and leaves the hair looking glossy.
# 20 Blonde Beach Waves
Neat hairdos are not meant for the summer. This is why windswept locks will always trump neat cuts and straight bangs any day in the summer weather. The wavy locks give the hairstyle amazing texture and body with their disheveled appearance. Lowlights can be added to tone down the blonde complexion and add more depth to the body of this and other short wavy hairstyles.
# 21 Bob with Blunt Cut
Nothing says fun like a blunt, off the shoulder cut that leaves the hair looking intentionally messy. This superb short hairstyle makes use of a lighter tint to make the wavy chin-length locks positively radiant and glossy. Simple but stylish, this is one of the short wavy hairstyles that is perfect for showing off the shape of your face.
# 22 Superb Bronde Lob
Bronde hair is simply a blend of brown and blonde color so fine, it is hard to tell apart. This wavy lob features a soft, dimensional and textured look thanks to the wavy locks that have been given a blunt cut for a more natural texture. Smooth balayage painting gives the wavy locks a radiant glow and also makes the body of the hair fuller. Playing with color is a great way to make your hair unique.
# 23 Sunny Blonde
Nothing gives your hair a cheery twist better than a sunny hue of blonde to make it glossy and radiant when out in the sun. This is one of the short wavy hairstyles that include windswept locks and a sexy blunt cut that add to its carefree summer appeal. Adding dark streaks of color tones down the look and gives more depth to the body of the hair.
# 24 Summer Balayage Short Wavy Hairstyle
Simply put, the right blend of color is what makes a basic look into the ultimate summer hairdo. The texture of the hair is glorious with the wavy locks bearing a tangled, windswept look that give more volume and body to the hairstyle. The icing on the cake is the sublime balayage coloring that leaves it with beautiful strands of gold, brown and streaking reds which cap off the summer look superbly.
# 25 Wavy Bob Haircut
Simple yet so good-looking, this fun bob features loads of texture thanks to tousled locks and a blunt cut that leaves the locks looking positively windswept. Subtle hints of blonde make this one of the short wavy hairstyles that looks wonderfully radiant. Using smooth, wavy curls as opposed to large curls is a trendy choice that keeps your hair chic and easy to maintain.
# 26 Curly Bob Haircut
This confident look requires short to medium-length hair, tons of wave for that superb texture and confidence to boot. The simple look bears no signs of simplicity and looks every bit as elegant as a classy summer look should. Thick curls spill over the brow in a sexy forelock that ends just above the nose while the rest of the hair is swept backward in delightfully wavy curls.
# 27 Blonde Bob with Sculpted Waves
It takes a skilled hand to pull off this amazing hairstyle. Sculpted waves add an endless appeal to the hair by giving it a fuller body and just the right amount of volume. For short wavy hairstyles like this use tons of texture to give the hair a natural look and a very sexy finish.
# 28 Wavy Lob with Lustrous Highlights
Giving your short hair more volume can make it seem longer and more luxurious. This wavy lob hairstyle features shoulder-length waves with a lustrous hue of blonde and just a hint of platinum that make it positively radiant. The inclusion of subtle lowlights produces a fuller body with more depth and dimension.
# 29 Sandy Blonde Lob
Short hairstyles are generally easier to style especially by giving it a stylish blunt cut at the edges. Make the wavy locks a bit tousled for more texture and a fuller body. You also throw in some exquisite lowlights to give your hair more depth.
# 30 Radiant Wavy Hair
Exquisite from top to bottom, the radiance of this hairstyle is undeniably the result of an exquisite balayage paint job. Subtle streaks of gold give the copper hair more sparkle and make it lustrous. Adding mid-length waves as opposed to a full on curly mess results in a textural contrast and gives your hair more volume towards the edges.
# 31 Glossy Black Lob
Forget cropped looks and go for a bold shoulder-length lob with thick wavy locks. This glossy hairdo exudes a lot of confidence in its simple but bold design. Tangled locks complement the natural texture of the hair and give it a youthful appeal and will afford you more movement. This windswept look is perfect for a day at the beach, even in windy weather.
# 32 Curly Pixie Cut
The addition of bold curls to this pixie cut helps to tone down the androgynous edge. Towards the top, the curls are bigger, more tousled and have some stylish copper highlights that make them radiant. Towards the back and sides, the hair settles into a wavy mess of curls that is shorter and helps to frame the face wonderfully.
# 33 Youthful Bob
Wearing your hair down can be just as stylish as any elegant updo. The natural texture and the disconnected layers will give you more freedom to move and more flexibility. A blunt cut leaves the edges stylish and carefree. The best part about wearing one of the short wavy hairstyles is that you do not have to worry about windy days because it only makes the locks look more textured.
# 34 Violet Waves
Sculpted waves will give you a more defined look if you do it right. However, if you overdo it, your hair loses its natural appeal. These exquisite waves have been given a charming shade of violet using superb balayage painting to make them pop against the natural dark hair color. You can also throw in some additional dark streaks of color to give the hair more dimensions.
# 35 Swept Bob
Cropping your hair short is a tricky look to pull off. However, taking away sharp edges can be achieved by sweeping your hair slightly to one side or towards the back. Brown highlights complement the natural dark color of the wavy locks. They also help your hair to look naturally radiant, which is a great look for the sunny summer weather.
# 36 Natural Bob
Nothing looks as good as short natural hair with great texture. These wavy curls afford you more versatility in terms of movement and give the hair a nice full body. Throwing in a blunt cut alongside tousled locks helps to create a wildly natural textured looks that can be worn all day long. Matte styling products can be used to tone down glossy hair for a more subtle finish.
# 37 Cropped Pixie with Peach Blonde Locks
This is one of the short wavy hairstyles that oozes style and confidence thanks to the varying textures. The top features a mess of hot peach blonde waves that have been slightly swept back and given some volume. A closely cropped undercut with a dark tint gives the hair depth and accentuates the locks on top. This fun summer look is great if you are looking to grow out your hair from scratch.
# 38 Simple Bob with Straight Fringe
Taking a step back into the mildly conservative, this hairstyle might pass as just an okay look if done one dark or blonde hair with no additional highlights. The fringe is neat, evenly cut and ending just above the eyes. Wavy sides give the look a more adventurous appeal.
# 39 Side Swept Blonde Pixie Cut
Play with asymmetry by giving your pixie cut a tastefully lopsided balance. Shortening the sides allows you to show off one side of your face while partially covering the other in wavy golden locks that finish just above the chin. The wavy locks also add a sexy feminine appeal to the androgynous hairstyle.
# 40 Pixie Cut with Golden Highlights
Cropped hairstyles can be given oomph by leaving a longer top. The degree of cropping on the sides entirely depends on preference although the shorter you go, the more defined the look will be. Styling the top into bold curls with golden highlights creates a nice contrast.
# 41 Short Bob with Wavy Ripples
Want a bubbly look to match your bubbly personality? Give your short bob some rippling waves to get that awesome summer look. You can also wear the fringe with a shattered cut to give it a less formal appearance. The thicker the curls, the more volume your hair will have and vice versa.
# 42 Sculpted Long Bob
Rippling waves on hair is the best look to wear this summer. Regardless of your hair color, you can wear your hair down with detached layers for freer movement and a carefree appeal. Adding a touch of balayage painting makes your hair radiant in all the right places and gives it amazingly natural texture and depth.
# 43 Textured Bob with Silver Highlights
A simple bob is easy to style using just a little color and a whole lot of natural texture. Most of the cute short wavy hairstyles feature thick curls that are slightly tangled and given a blunt cut to make them more carefree. The summer look also features lustrous ribbons of platinum blonde that make the hair very radiant.
# 44 Layered Pixie Cut
An undercut is a great aspect of short hair as it allows you to play with different colors and textures to create a unique look. The blonde locks in this example are slightly tousled and full of attractively uneven cuts. The dark under shave not only creates a textural difference, it also makes the hair have a deeper body.
# 45 Relaxed Pixie Cut
If kinky hair is a major issue with you, relaxing it is always a good option although it may require more maintenance. On the plus side, you can create magnificent waves with your relaxed hair and play with curls of different sizes and texture. The thick mess of curls have been slightly touched with brown highlights and accentuated by the shorter sides and tapered back of the pixie cut.
# 46 Platinum Bob with Textured Waves
Natural texture is great for wavy hair, no doubt. Pair it with some excellent balayage painting and you end up with this great summer-ready look that is surprisingly low maintenance. A blunt cut gives the locks a chopped look and adds to the enticing texture of the tousled locks.
# 47 Sassy Bob
Big curls show big confidence. This sassy hairstyle exudes boldness from its sizeable curls and messy waves to the stylish ombre highlighting that gives the front locks a nice hue of blonde. Wear this look messy for added natural texture and a carefree summer look. If kinky hair is an issue, you can relax it to make it easier to style into waves and curls.
# 48 Radiant Red Waves
Sometimes you just need to let your waves run wild. Untamed locks make for a very unique and carefree summer look. This look gives your hair limitless natural texture and a boost of volume. Adding blonde balayage highlights to the fiery red hair makes it gorgeously radiant. You can also add a few lowlights to make the body of the hair deeper and to give it more dimensions.
# 49 Wavy Short Blonde Hairstyle
If you decide to stick to a more conservative hairstyle for the summer, there is no reason you cannot give it some subtle tweaks to make it unique. Messy waves give it a whole lot of texture and just enough volume. Throwing in a little purple is a unique way of giving your hair a much-deserved color boost.
# 50 Stunning Pixie Cut
Crisp definition and color contrast is what you get from this exquisite version of the traditionally conservative pixie cut. This look goes beyond the boyish look and includes a sleek metallic grey hue on the wavy locks that is very lustrous. Pairing the grey locks with a sleek brown under shade and bald fade creates a magnificent color contrast.
# 51 Blonde Wavy Bob Hairstyle
Charlize Theron rocks one of the best short wavy hairstyles quite well with a mess of textured blonde locks. The length is quite short so she compensated for it with a fuller body and more volume. Streaking the golden locks with dark ribbons of color gives it more dimensions and greater depth, which is great for short hair.
# 52 Classy Shoulder-Length Lob
Summer hair should always be worn down as Cara Delevigne displays so elegantly. The stunning locks have been given an amazing gradient that starts with a soothing butter blonde color at the roots and darkens into a tasteful brown hue at the tips. A blunt cut gives more texture and affords you some freedom to move your hair without losing the hairstyle.
# 53 Classic Taylor Swift Hairdo
Pulling off this hairstyle takes a bit of length and skill no doubt. The elaborate waves of the hair take on two different textures that afford the hair amazing depth and make it superbly multidimensional. Taylor Swift gives her hair more pizzazz by throwing in some subtle balayage that leaves the locks emitting a radiant glow. The shoulder length hairstyle affords you more than enough freedom to move.
# 54 Elegant Wavy Bob
Jennifer Lawrence shows us that you do not have to be a natural blonde to pull off a unique version of the blonde short wavy hairstyles. The actress wears the wavy bob slightly asymmetrical with differently dyed sides for more contrast. It is a simple enough look although the infusion of different color saves it from being a boring hairstyle. In fact, the golden blonde waves and the brown locks complement each other in the best way possible.
# 55 Textured Wavy Lob
Simple, yet carrying an undeniable air of elegance, this exquisite long bob features flowing locks that rest on the shoulders. Although a longer version of the short wavy hairstyles, the golden locks look positively funky and summer-ready especially with the addition of radiant balayage highlights. The simple hairstyle favors Amanda Seyfried’s face as it gives it a nice frame and complements her contours.
# 56 Frizzy Bob
Scarlett Johansson looks absolutely angelic in this short wavy hairstyle that frames her facial features superbly. The buttery hue of blonde complements her skin tone wonderfully. Textured locks and a blunt cut make the look natural and carefree with dark roots adding to the depth and volume of the hair.
# 57 Girly Bob
Rachel McAdams wears this innocent wavy bob in its simplest form. Her tousled locks add natural texture and volume to the short-haired look. Although she has added some soft highlights for a more radiant look, you can pull off this hairstyle without additional highlights provided you give it enough texture and a full body.
# 58 Dark Messy Waves
Audrey Tautou shows us how to wear a wavy bob that does not need constant retouching. The wavy bob carries a lot of natural texture and a voluminous body, which is great if you have an oval face. The tousled locks exude youthful vigor, which is all you need for a summer look. It is also very easy to maintain.
# 59 Dark Waves with Sunny Highlights
Nothing looks as good as hair that carries contrasting colors. This wavy hairdo from Jessica Alba features a dark, solid body with some glorious wavy locks. She gives the look a bit of spark using red highlights on some locks, which gives the hair a wonderfully sun-kissed finish.
# 60 Bouncy Bob
Kiera Knightly rocks one of the classiest versions of the short wavy hairstyles that feature bouncy curls instead of long flowing curls. Her naturally dark hair complements her skin tone and also gives a wonderful natural frame to the oval shape of her face. The bouncy curls start halfway through the locks and give the hair a more voluminous look and a fuller body.
One thing you should always check before you settle for short wavy hairstyles is whether it would complement the shape of your face. It is undeniable that short hair looks better when it is wavy as it carries a more textured body and significantly more volume than straight hair. Furthermore, you get to play with darker or lighter shades of color depending on your hair color to create more contrast and depth. Whether you go for a girly bob, a fierce pixie cut or a sexy “bedhead”, keep your hair chic and trendy by sprucing it up with a bit of highlight or, if you are in the mood, a whole different color!