Short Wavy Hair Ideas to Shake Up Your Everyday Look

Rock gorgeous waves with your lob or bob with these short hair ideas. 

Some people think that if you have natural waves, you should wear your hair long. This way, you’ll keep your hair from looking too thick and mushroom-like. Well, it’s time to change this notion. Even if you have wavy hair, you can rock a short ‘do! Here are gorgeous short wavy hair ideas to inspire you when you want to take a break from your long tresses.

1. Messy and tousled short wavy hair

Short wavy hair ideas: Woman with short brown wavy tousled hair
Scrunch your wavy hair after styling for that messy-chic look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

The tried and tested way of styling your short wavy hair is by giving it a messy yet structured tousled look. This trendy hairstyle makes you look as though you’ve just woken up but in a very chic way.

Editor’s Tip: In order to pull off a put-together tousled look, you’ll need a texturizing product on hand. We recommend using TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray to give your waves more definition and longer hold all day long.

2. Dip-dyed short wavy hair

Short wavy hair ideas: Woman with short wavy dip-dyed blonde hair
If you love beautiful contrasts, go for dip-dyed hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Aside from haircuts, short wavy hair ideas can involve hair colors, too! Getting dip-dyed hair can be flattering and effortlessly stylish. It would look even better with layered waves, giving the color more depth and volume. You can also go for ombre hair if you want a subtle transition from dark to light colors. 

Editor’s tip: Maintain your vibrant hair color by using Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner. This product also keeps your hair from drying out, so you can rock any hair color along with beautiful hair! 

3. Wavy bob

Short wavy hair ideas: Woman with black wavy bob wearing an off-shoulder blouse
Gotta love those soft, bouncy, waves! Credit: Shutterstock

Rock short waves together with a classic haircut like the bob. Get a chin-length bob with slightly longer layers at the back to prevent flyaways while maintaining bounce and volume.

Editor’s tip: Wash your hair with DOVE Oxygen and Nourishment Shampoo to help enhance your hair’s natural volume by up to 95 percent. This way, you’ll get soft and bouncy hair that looks great whatever the length. 

4. Short wavy hair with highlights

Short wavy hair ideas: Woman with short brown wavy hair wearing eyeglasses
Play up your look by getting complementary highlights and lowlights. Credit: Shutterstock

If getting an ombre is a bit too “out there” for you, then getting highlights and lowlights would definitely be the better option. This creates a more natural colored hair, giving more depth and effortless style to your short frock. 

5. Short wavy hair with side part

Short wavy hair ideas: Asian woman with wavy bob smiling
A deep side part can give you an instant mini-makeover. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Even as simple as changing the parting of your hair can make a great difference in your whole look. Create a side part if you want a more posh vibe. This hair hack can also make your hair look thicker. 

6. Loose curls

Short wavy hair ideas: Woman with brown curly hair smiling
Wear your loose curls loud and proud! Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re somewhere in between messy short waves and short hair curls, go for loose curls. The ringlets are curlier than regular waves but not as tight as full-on curls. You can create this ‘do by using a curling iron with a small to medium-sized barrel. 

Editor’s tip: Get beautifully defined curls by applying a dollop of TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse on your hair before blow drying and ironing. 

7. Short wavy hair with clip

Paris Fashion Week 2019: Woman wearing a thin-strapped top and skirt outdoors with dark brown lob with hair clip
Feeling girly? Make some waves, adorn your hair with a hair clip, and look oh-so-pretty. Credit:

Barrettes and hair clips are all the rage these days. If you’re finding it hard to keep your wavy hair in place, you can go for a cute barrette and clip one side of your hair for a quick but stylish fix!

8. Pink wavy hair

Woman with short pink wavy hair wearing a blue blouse
Create a totally unique ‘do with a vibrant hair color like pink. Credit: Shutterstock

Are you game for a total transformation? Get a vibrant hair color for your short wavy hair. Pink is a trendy and playful option, especially when you want to reveal your artistic side through your hair. You can even get rainbow hair colors if you’re up for something totally unique.

Now, you have a lot of short wavy hair ideas to choose from. Save this list so you won’t run out of inspiration for your next hair makeover. 

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