7 Best Hairstyles for Wavy Hair, According to Stylists
I have a love-hate relationship with my wavy hair. On good hair days, it's wonderful and flowy, but taming it can be an absolute nightmare. That being said, wavy hair definitely has its pros—it's an ideal way to add some texture and volume to a hairstyle that lacks dimension. Plus, it complements many different hairstyles, making it one of the most coveted finishes after a salon haircut.
Want in on the waves? Whether you have long or short wavy hair, we asked hairstylists for the best hairstyles to pair with your glorious curls the next time you go to the salon.
1. Blunt Bob
A blunt bob is known for its straight lines, particularly at the ends, for a clean, precise look. For those with wavy hair, the hair itself won't be straight, but it will have a uniformed look with the same length all around. "Depending on the density of the hair, a blunt bob can enhance wavy hair if it's on the finer side," says Shelly Aguirre, Stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. It's also a great, face-framing hairstyle for round faces.
2. Shag with Layers
Over the past few years, a shaggy cut has gained popularity among millennials and Gen-X-ers alike. Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano salon, notes that this style works especially great with wavy hair. "It effectively removes the weight and bulk at the bottom with well-cut layers for a flattering, polished style." In addition to its stylish vibe, the layers can help keep it lightweight and better tamed. "If the hair is longer and thicker, then adding layers will help remove some unwanted bulk," adds Aguirre.
3. Pixie Cut
While pixie cuts work for almost any hair type, wavy hair can add texture and dimension that a typical pixie lacks. "A pixie can be super flattering. With wavy hair, a pixie cut can be quite versatile," says Aguirre. If you like to go a little longer between appointments and want to use minimal product, ask your stylist for a choppy, tousled finish.
4. Body Curls
Craving more definition? Enhance your wavy hair with some additional curls for that extra bounce. "Adding a few curls with your natural waves can give it a great textured look and feel," says Lacy Gadegaard West, CEO of Laced Hair Extensions. You can achieve this with hot rollers or a traditional curling wand—just make sure to use a smoothing serum or taming product to help minimize frizz.
5. Curtain Bangs
Want to get bangs but not ready for a full commitment? Wavy hair lends itself well to curtain bangs as they frame the face and add dimension. This style requires minimal effort with a blow dryer and round brush to create the desired shape. Oh, and the other great thing about curtain bangs? Because they're longer, you can easily pin them back if you want your hair completely off your face, not to mention that they'll easily blend into the rest of your haircut as they grow.
6. Inverted Lob
Accentuate those waves with an inverted lob that gradually gets shorter as it reaches the back. Not only is this style on trend, it can easily be grown out by adding some bangs along the way for a more even shape.
7. Short Undercut
Dare to go bold? An undercut is a haircut with one or both temple areas cut very short; although it's been a very popular men's style for years, it's a trendy look for women who want to accentuate a wavy mane. Half of your hair will be short while the waves on the other side reign free.
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Article written by Casey Clark for Real Simple