The Best Haircuts for Wavy Hair, From Bobs to Long Layers

June 28, 2023
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | by L'Oréal
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When deciding on your next haircut, one of the most important factors to consider is the texture of your hair. Even if you heat-style your hair every day, there are certain cuts that will work with, rather than against, your hair’s natural texture and curl pattern better than others. Wavy hair, for example, lends itself well to lots of haircut styles, especially those with plenty of layers. “Naturally wavy hair has a beautiful texture that can add volume and dimension to any style,” says Leysa Carrillo, Redken brand ambassador and hairstylist.

Below, find out Carillo’s top haircut recommendations for wavy hair, from classic lobs and layers to choppy, voluminous shags. Of course, we firmly believe the best haircut for any hair type is one that makes you feel the most confident. 

The Best Haircuts for Wavy Hair

Long Layers

“Long layers are a great option for anyone with wavy hair,” says Carrillo. “They help to add movement and texture to your hair, which can make your waves look fuller and more defined.” Long layers are perfect if you’re growing your hair out because they allow you to maintain your hair’s length without making it look or feel heavy. To bring out your natural waves, we suggest letting your hair air-dry and misting it with a texture spray, like the Redken Beach Spray. This one is formulated without salt to give you beachy waves without the stiffness or crunch. 

The Shag

Wavy hair is one of Carrillo’s favorite textures for a shag haircut. “This style is characterized by a lot of short layers starting at your crown and around the face, and the longest layers reaching [the] back of the head,” she says. “Wavy hair gives the shag extra volume, which lends to the trend.” For a cool, woke-up-like-this shag, add definition to your waves by finger-curling random sections and molding them into place with a styling paste, like the Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Finishing Paste.

The Bob

Carrillo calls the bob a “short and chic” style that’s especially ideal for those with loose waves who are looking to achieve some extra volume. You can experiment with the length of your bob, whether you opt for a style that grazes your collarbone or barely curves past your ears. Add extra smoothness and gloss to your bob with a nourishing hair oil, like the Kérastase L’Huile Original Hair Oil.  

The Wolf Cut

Similar to a shag, the wolf cut is a trendy, highly layered style that plays up your hair’s natural volume and wave. You can go short or long with a wolf cut, with bangs or without and define your waves even more by curling random pieces with a curling iron. For an extra-tousled look, revive your waves with the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Refresh & Reshape Leave-in Spray.

Photo: @emiliahighlights, Design: Juliana Campisi

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