The 22 Best Haircuts for Wavy Hair
If you needed an extra push to book a haircut appointment, let this be your guide. It’s all about texture and volume when it comes to wavy hair. Who wouldn’t want the effortless waves that are left behind after a wash (even if you’re not surrounded by clear blue beaches every day)? So whether you’re ready for a big chop or looking to spruce up your long mane, a few hairstylists gave us an insight on the 22 best haircuts for wavy hair. Oh, and if you need a reference for your stylist, we got you covered with our favorite celebs showing off their tousled ‘dos in every length.
1. Pixie Shag
What do you get when you mix a classic cut with the latest trend? A wavy style worth trying out. The cut focuses on long layers at the top and short, soft bangs for a low-maintenance ‘do. “The pixie shag is a take on the classic shag and is best suited for shorter hair and gives a retro ‘70s vibe,” says Sally Hershberger, celebrity hairstylist. “This short hairstyle is both easily manageable and super stylish.” To rock the look like Lisa Rinna, invest in a paste that defines the layers and creates body for a shorter shape.
Stylist recommendation: Sally Hershberger 24K Superiority Complex Texturizing Paste ($40)
2. Cheeky Flip
With a name like “cheeky flip,” expect this cut to have an edge. Of course, the length hits right at the cheek (just above the chin) but it’s the deep side part that brings out voluminous spirals. “People want to experience change without commitment right now and simply changing your part is one of the easiest ways to look and feel like you have a new ‘do,” says Sunnie Brook, celebrity stylist and Biolage global ambassador. Brook also recommends doing a regular trip every eight weeks to keep the look at the best length and applying dry shampoo to maintain volume, shine and softness.
If you are into the idea of a bob but don’t want to sacrifice your length, try out the lob instead. Just like the name suggests, it has all the characteristics of a classic bob for medium or long hair. “The lob haircut has a fair amount of internal texture, which allows wavy hair to maintain its lightness while moving freely,” says Matt Swinney, RUSK global creative director. “The lob remains popular due to the fact you can have a bob haircut without committing to the length loss associated with that cut. It provides a lot of freedom to style, while still giving you the ability to put hair in a ponytail!”
4. Blunt Cut
One of the most popular cuts for any hair type is the blunt cut with stars like Hailey Bieber, Mila Kunis and Olivia Munn sporting the look. “This universally flattering haircut is the same length all around and will keep the focus on your waves,” explains Annagjid "Kee" Taylor, celebrity hairstylist. “This simple and modest haircut serves as a low maintenance style that’s perfect for those who love a minimalistic look.”
Our recommendation: R + Co Rockaway Salt Spray ($26)
5. Old Hollywood
This deep chop will enhance your natural waves. The vintage look sported on Viola Davis is a great choice for short hair (and an overall great homage to old Hollywood beauty). Consider a sculpting gel to really define your locks that even the ocean itself will be jealous of.
Our recommendation: TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel ($6)
6. Modern Shag
Speaking of shag cuts, this style was everywhere in 2021 and will continue to be a staple in years to come. From Billie Eilish to Meg Ryan, this look is great for all hair lengths. “The modern classic shag features choppy ends, layers around the crown of the head and lots of texture,” explains Hershberger. “The key to this style is the fringe, which highlights cheekbones and makes you look more youthful by softening features.” When maintaining this cut, reach for a dry shampoo to add texture and volume even after wash day.
Stylist recommendation: Sally Hershberger 24K Supreme Stylist Voluminous Dry Shampoo ($32)
7. Deep Layers
You can never go wrong with layers, especially when it’ll enhance your wavy texture. “If going short is more change than you want, you may feel more comfortable with this longer version of the flip. This look has lots of layers with a defined finish to keep the lengths bouncy,” explains Brook. The stylist suggests applying mousse to damp roots before drying the area in the opposite direction of your part. Then to get the desired bounce and definition, flip your hair over and scrunch more mousse but this time onto the ends.
8. Wolf Cut
It’s no surprise this popular cut has been seen on celebs like Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish and Debby Ryan in the past year. “This haircut gained popularity because of its free-flowing, cool style. With the right texture, this look is a great wash and go style that encourages maximum movement of the hair,” said Swinney. It includes short layers but it’s the curtain bangs that bring the whole look together. To really bring out the texture, consider separating your locks and scrunch a bit of mousse onto the ends. FYI, the more tousled, the better.
Our recommendation: John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse ($8)
9. Pixie Cut
You can never go wrong with a classic. It’s all about cutting the back and sides while leaving just about three inches of waves on top. “This cut is easily customizable since you can determine how short you want it to be and what works best for your face shape,” says Taylor. “It has become a popular haircut for those who reject long waves, and hair becoming a symbol of nonconformity and empowerment.”
Our recommendation: Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream ($34)
10. Angled Bob
This wavy look is all about, well, the angles. The sharp cut makes for a bold, clean finish. Whether you have a long, oval or square face, the stylist will focus on angling the cut to match your jaw structure. With a distinct cut like this one, you’ll want to keep a texturizing spray handy for refreshing and amplifying your waves.
Our recommendation: Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Texturizing Finishing Spray ($29)
11. Asymmetric Wavy Bob
This cut is ready to upgrade the classic blunt bob. While the traditional way cuts the ends evenly, this look plays with the length for a chic, edgy finish. “An asymmetrical wavy bob is a perfect way to refresh your look,” expresses Hershberger. “This style is defined by its uneven cut with one side longer than the other, but not past the shoulder for ideal proportions.” Just look at celebs like Rachel McAdams, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Mara for reference.
Our recommendation: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($26)
12. Let’s Dance
A fun name only comes with a fun cut. This medium-length style has all the bounce you’re looking for and then some. “This cut sits just below the collar bone and feels as if your hair is dancing on your shoulders,” expresses Brook. “You’ll feel like you still have the length for your ponytail or bun but so many more styling options.” Celebs like Kiera Knightley and Julia Roberts have been showing off this wavy cut for years and we’re still into it. Brook recommends a lightweight leave-in conditioner for soft, bouncy waves while investing in a dry shampoo throughout the week.
13. French Bob
This chin-length cut is just the refresh you need for wavy locks. “Often cut to the hairline with slight graduation to the nape of the neck, the French bob is great with a wavy pattern,” expresses Swinney. “The texture will create just the right amount of movement and volume to the French bob for an effortless, chic style.” If you really want the perfect swoop, grab a round brush and blow dryer to elevate your locks.
Our recommendation: Hot Tools Professional 1” Titanium Round Hair Brush ($14)
14. Layered Bob
From Margot Robbie to Kerry Washington, the layered bob is a go-to for shorter lengths. “This bob haircut involves cutting the hair into layers for different lengths to create texture, movement, and the appearance of more volume,” says Taylor. She adds it’s a great cut for all hair textures and face shapes, but especially a great fit for people with thin hair.
Our recommendation: Ouai Wave Spray ($26)
15. Choppy Lob
While the lob is a bit more precise, the choppy alternative leaves room for chaos (but in a good way). The shoulder-length look focuses on uneven ends, that with wavy hair, produces multiple layers for a low-maintenance finish. A spritz of volumizing spray and you’re ready to hit the town.
Our recommendation: Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Hair Volumizing Spray ($24)
Let’s face it, any haircut from the ‘90s and early ‘00s is a hit these days. This ‘90s trend blends together the classic bob and pixie for a layered look. “The cut leaves the hair just long enough to tuck behind the ear with a fresh take on the curtain fringe trend,” Brook adds. It’s all about cutting just above the jaw while maintaining monthly trims on the side for a distinct shape. To avoid greasy roots and ends, the stylist explains a nice all-in-one shampoo is the way to go to keep the scalp and locks clean and healthy.
Stylist recommendation: Biolage All-In-One Shampoo Scrub ($24)
17. Long and Undone
Here’s to the long wavy gals of the world. This cut maintains your length while showing off your eccentric waves. “Long, undone hair is a carefree and fun style for those with long, wavy hair,” explains Hershberger. “It’s typically worn with minimal layers and a middle part for those signature beachy vibes. This is a style that requires zero maintenance as you can let your hair grow out to your desired length.” The stylist recommends a wash combo that leaves hair healthy, shiny and frizz-free.
Stylist recommendation: Sally Hershberger 24K Get Gorgeous StylePro Shampoo ($32) and Sally Hershberger 24K Get Gorgeous StylePro Conditioner ($32)
18. Her Crown
Another ‘90s favorite that’s making its way back into the beauty scene. “This look is layered up, leaving the lengths and waves on the crown for a halo of glory waves,” explains Brook. Whether you’re already rocking short hair or finally ready for a big chop, the cut screams nostalgia (with a modern twist). Brooke recommends a foaming styler to define the layers and add shine.
Stylist recommendation: Biolage Hydra Foaming Styler ($19)
19. Side Swept Pixie Cut
If you’re in the market for bangs, consider this short cut. The face-framing style focuses on your full-body waves in the front while tapering the back. Seriously, Jennifer Lawrence is proof that you should consider this style the next time you’re at the salon.
Our recommendation: Kenra Professionals Volume Extra 17 ($19)
20. Beachy Waves
Who wouldn’t want long, cascading waves? This cut maintains the long mane’s natural movement with minimal trims. A nice run-through with a round brush and a blow dryer will keep the deep dips and swirls for any occasion.
Our recommendation: Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Turbo Vent Combo Round Brush ($28)
21. Straight Bangs
OK, a regular cut is one thing, but add on bangs and you got yourself a spankin’ new look. You can go for short and blunt bangs or mimic Rashida Jones’s long and thin cut that leaves her looking chic and sophisticated. Plus, a flat iron can help style and manage them even after the salon visit.
Our recommendation: Babylisspro Nano Titanium Prima 3000 Styling Iron ($190)
22. Curtain Bangs
Speaking of bangs, the trendy look is still the talk of the town. The face-framing pieces are just what you need to elevate your wavy hair. It fits with just about any length or face shape, so go wild with this cut.
Our recommendation: Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish ($31)