11 Low-Maintenance Haircuts for Wavy Hair (And Wavy Hair Care Tips!)

April 05,2024


Having wavy hair can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, those lush waves have an effortlessly tousled look that many strive for. But on the other hand, caring for and styling wavy hair takes significantly more effort than stick-straight or curly hair types. 

The good news? With the right low-maintenance haircut and smart hair care routine, you can embrace and enhance your natural waves without wasting hours every morning battling with frizz, flatness, or unruliness.

In this guide, we'll cover the best low-fuss haircuts for wavy hair along with essential tips for keeping those waves looking their best without the hassle. Let's dive in!


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What Exactly Is Wavy Hair?

Before we get to the cuts and care, it's helpful to understand exactly what defines wavy hair. Wavy hair falls somewhere between straight and curly on the hair type spectrum, with an unmistakable S-shaped horizontal pattern.

Most wives don't have perfect, uniform ripples. Waves can range from loose and beachy to tight and crimped, and they often vary across the head in terms of pattern and volume.

Most wives don't have perfect, uniform ripples. Waves can range from loose and beachy to tight and crimped, and they often vary across the head in terms of pattern and volume.

Wavies frequently deal with a few common hair complaints, including:

  • Frizz and flyaways

  • Lack of definition or limp waves

  • Dryness and knots

  • Waves falling flat or stretching out quickly

  • Some areas waiver or straighter than others

With the right cut and care, however, you can bring out the best in your unique wave pattern. Let's look at some must-try styles first!

Low-Maintenance Haircuts For Wavy Hair

1. Wavy Hair Wolf Cut

The wolf cut is a trendy yet low-maintenance hairstyle that works perfectly for wavy hair. It has messy, shaggy layers that add lots of volume and body. This cut is like a mix between a shaggy haircut and a mullet, with long curvy bangs framing the face.

If you have natural waves, the wolf cut will make your texture look extra glamorous and full of movement. The layers enhance your wavy pattern for an effortlessly tousled look.

2. Messy Pixie Haircut

For an edgy and low-fuss short style, try a tousled pixie cut if you have wavy hair. This cut is shorter in the back and longer in the front, with choppy, piece-y layers throughout. The layers give your natural waves more definition and texture.

Pixie cuts can range from feminine and bouncy to more punk and daring. Talk to your stylist about the vibe you want. The tousled pixie is best for waves that don't get too frizzy, as it doesn't require much styling.

3. Side-Parted Haircut with Layers

This simple, longer layered cut is a classic that works well for low-maintenance wavy hair. It features long layers starting around shoulder-length to give shape and movement to thick waves. 

Just let your hair air dry with a middle part. Then sweep it over to a deep side part and use a texturizing spray or light hairspray to add some extra volume and piece-y texture to the waves.

4. Tapered Haircut to Waist-Length

Having long, thick wavy hair down to your waist can require some extra maintenance when washing and sleeping. However, the styling is pretty straightforward. Ask your hairstylist to cut the back shorter, gradually getting longer towards the front. The shortest layers should start around shoulder-length.

Apply a curl cream, blow dry just the roots for volume, then let the lengths air dry naturally throughout the day. To keep waves smooth overnight, sleep on a silk pillowcase to prevent tangles.

5. Loose Waves for Thin Hair

If you have finer, thinner wavy hair, a lob (long bob) is a great low-maintenance option, especially for heart-shaped faces. A lob is a shoulder-grazing medium length, longer than a typical bob. 

This cut generally has blunt ends, but you can add in some light, face-framing bangs for extra style. As long as your hair doesn't get too poofy, you should be able to air dry a lob with ease.

6. Long Hair with Textured Ends and Curtain Bangs, Plus Color

This flowy, piece-y long cut looks beautiful on all hair types and textures thick or thin, curly or straight waves. Ask your stylist for long layers and trendy curtain bangs that frame the face. Getting some face-framing highlights or bold streaks of color can really make this style pop.

7. Side-Parted Bob with Waves

A textured bob is an ultra low-maintenance short style for waves. This feminine cut has shorter layered pieces to enhance and define your natural curl pattern, preventing the "pyramid" mushroom effect. To make it even easier, let your bob grow into a lob between trims, then get it reshaped when you want that sleek, curved bob line again.

8. Shaggy Shoulder-Length Hair with Messy Waves and Long Bangs

This shaggy, shoulder-length cut is perfect for an effortlessly tousled and textured vibe. It features short, choppy layers throughout that enhance thick or fine waves alike. The shaggy layers and long bangs create beautiful movement and dimension. It's a low-key trendy style you can wear everyday.

9. Wavy French Bob with Short Bangs

For a chic, short wavy look, try a chin-length French bob with tousled bangs. This cut is ideal for loose, beachy waves. Though it looks expertly styled, it has an undone, effortless feel. Use a curling or flat iron to amp up the soft, tousled wave pattern if needed.

10. Letting Your Short Wavy Hair Grow Out

If you have short wavy hair and you're letting it grow out, you might be rocking what's called a "grown-out pixie" hairstyle. This style is all about embracing the natural waves and texture of your hair as it grows longer from a short pixie cut.

It's a relaxed and effortless look that can be styled with minimal effort. Plus, it's a great way to transition between short and longer hair lengths while still looking stylish and chic.

11. Medium-Length Wavy Hair with Fullness and Side Fringe

If you love volume and body, this classic medium wavy layered cut is for you. The long face-framing layers create gorgeous movement and shape. A long side-swept bang adds an extra touch of flattering fringe. This timeless cut works for everyday and allows your big, bouncy waves to be the star.

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Getting The Best From Your Hair: Easy Styling And Care Tips

Styling your hair shouldn't feel like a chore, especially if you're not a fan of spending hours on it every week. Whether you prefer sleek and straight or effortlessly wavy, these tips will help you maintain your style and keep your hair healthy with ease.

12 Tips for Naturally Wavy Hair

Having naturally wavy hair comes with its own set of challenges and charms. Here are twelve simple tips to help you embrace and care for your waves:

  • Embrace Your Natural Texture: Instead of fighting your waves, work with them to create beautiful styles that enhance your natural texture.

  • Use a Wide-Tooth Comb: Gently detangle your waves with a wide-tooth comb to prevent breakage and minimize frizz.

  • Apply Products When Wet: Apply styling products, like mousse or curl cream, to damp hair to help define and control your waves as they dry.

  • Avoid Heat Styling: Minimize heat damage by letting your waves air dry whenever possible, and limit the use of heat styling tools like flat irons and curling wands.

  • Deep Condition Regularly: Keep your waves healthy and hydrated by incorporating a deep conditioning treatment into your routine once a week.

  • Sleep on Silk: Switch to a silk pillowcase to reduce friction and prevent frizz while you sleep, leaving you with smoother, more manageable waves in the morning.

  • Protect Your Hair from the Sun: Shield your waves from sun damage by wearing a hat or using a UV-protectant hair product when spending time outdoors.

  • Trim Regularly: Schedule regular trims to keep your waves looking their best and prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft.

  • Experiment with Braids and Buns: Try styling your waves into braids or buns to create effortless, beachy looks without the need for heat styling.

  • Refresh with Water and Product: On days when your waves need a pick-me-up, spritz them with water and reapply a small amount of styling product to revive their shape and bounce.

  • Protect Your Hair While Swimming: Before diving into the pool or ocean, apply a leave-in conditioner or hair oil to protect your waves from the drying effects of saltwater and chlorine.

  • Be Patient and Gentle: Embrace the journey of caring for your wavy hair and be patient as you discover what works best for your unique texture. Treat your waves with kindness and they'll reward you with beautiful, effortless style.

Taking Care of Wavy Hair: Essential Tips

Now that you have some inspiration for low-maintenance wavy cuts, let's cover the key hair care tips and techniques for keeping your waves in check!

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

One of the biggest keys to defined, frizz-free waves? Moisture. Wavy hair tends to be on the drier side, which can lead to poofy, undefined waves along with dryness, tangles, and breakage.

Get in the habit of drenching hair with moisturizing, wave-enhancing products like...

  • Leave-in conditioners, creams, or oils

  • Hair milks, butters, or masks

  • Curl creams 

  • Gel-cream hybrids or creme gels

You can apply these products to damp or dry hair whatever method works best for creating soft, shiny waves with staying power.

Combat Frizz & Dryness

In addition to moisture, wavies need to incorporate other frizz-fighting and smoothing techniques into their regimen. Counter the wild flyaways and poof with these tips:

  • Use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to gently blot and scrunch out excess water

  • Apply styling products from the roots to ends using praying hands or raking to evenly distribute

  • Avoid too much friction or tension that can disrupt the waves

  • Try a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer set to low heat

  • Spritz in an anti-humidity spray pre-styling

  • Avoid over-shampooing; only lather up 1-2 times per week

Get Wavy with the Right Products

Certain products make bringing out your natural waves easier than others. Some fan-faves for wavy hair include:

  • Mousses or foams that add hold without crunch

  • Leave-in conditioners made with botanical oils and butters

  • Curl creams, custards, or gel-creams that define without drying

  • Salt sprays for attaining beachy, piecey texture

  • Smoothing serums with silicones to tame flyaways

  • Hair milks or creamy wave enhancers

Play around with different products and application techniques to see what keeps your waves intact the longest!

Detangle Carefully

All that bending and waving can make hair prone to matting, tangling, and knots especially coupled with dryness. That's why proper detangling is so crucial for waves.

  • Use a wide-tooth comb for detangling brush designed for curls

  • Start detangling from the bottom, working your way up

  • Apply a detangling spray or leave-in first if needed

  • Don't tear through tangles be patient and gently work them out

The less friction and pulling you put on your waves, the better they'll look.

Try a Curl-Defining Technique

If you're struggling to get that picture-perfect, crunch-free wave pattern, try employing one of these defining techniques:

  • Rake and shake method apply product and "rake" sections to define, then gently "shake" waves loose 

  • Twisting or roping twist small sections in alternating directions to create a ropey look

  • Pin curling or rod setting use curl formers or pins to lock in defined waves while hair dries

  • Scrunching & pulsing scrunch curls upward and "pulse" sections between palms

The method you choose will depend on factors like hair length, porosity, and how much definition and hold you prefer.

Air Dry Whenever Possible

One of the best tricks for elongating your style while keeping waves in shape? Air drying! Constant heat from blow drying or hot tools can lead to dryness, damage, and unreliable waves. 

Get in the habit of letting your hair air dry as often as possible. Apply your stylers and let those natural textures do their thing! You can air dry with just your hands or try accessories like microfiber towels, hair plops, or diffusing hair nets.

Add Waves with Unite Hair

If you were born with mostly straight hair or find your wave pattern varies from day to day, consider trying a waving technique like:

  • Braiding hair in multiple braids while damp 

  • Making a couple big "wave" braids and leaving them in overnight

  • Using a waver or triple-barrel waving iron to add shape and bend

  • Scrunching and setting hair while wet for a beachy look

Low-maintenance heatless styles like sleeping in braids or using ultra-waving rods can help create enviable waves on demand.

Schedule Strategic Trims

One key to maintaining carefree waves? Don't let them get too weighed down with length. Overgrown and shapeless hair can obscure natural wave patterns.

Aim to get regular "dusting" trims or shape-up visits every 6-8 weeks with your stylist. They can carve out classic shapes and movements while ditching any stringy or limp sections that throw off your look.

Refresh at Night

To extend your wavy hairstyle for multiple days, refresh your texture at night instead of restyling fully every morning.

Try these tips:

  • Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent frizz

  • Lightly re-dampen waves with a spray bottle

  • Smooth in a pea-size drop of leave-in conditioner

  • Braid or loosely twist waves to revive pattern overnight

  • Use soft scrunchies or buffs instead of tight elastics

In the morning, you can unravel and lightly scrunch your waves back into place for fresh shape and definition!

Switch Up Your Part

An easy trick for adding instant volume, texture and bend to wavy hair? Switch up your part regularly! Flipping your part from side-to-side or adding a deep zigzag part can disrupt flat areas and create more movement.

Changing up your part line is a simple way to refresh your look while boosting your body and allowing your natural wave pattern to come through.

Wavy Hair Care FAQs

Still have some lingering questions about how to get and maintain perfect wavy hair? Here are some quick answers to some common wavie hair care FAQs:

How often should you wash wavy hair?

Most waivers do best sticking to a less-frequent wash schedule of around 2-3 times per week. Over-washing can strip natural oils and turn waves into a frizzy mess.

Should you brush wavy hair?

Try to avoid over-brushing wavy hair, as this can separate and disrupt the wave pattern. Only brush before washing if needed. Use fingers or a wide-tooth comb to style and detangle.

How do you sleep with wavy hair?

To preserve your style and definition overnight, avoid sleeping on hair whenever possible. Wear a silk bonnet, buff, or loose braid to keep waves intact.

How do you revive wavy hair?

Use a spray bottle, leave-in conditioner, and gentle scrunching to revive flat or limp waves. Heatless waving techniques like bantu knots or rollers can also help restyle waves.

Do waves need a haircut more often? 

Waves tend to look best with regular dusting trims to maintain shape and minimize split ends. Getting a trim every 6-8 weeks is ideal.

What causes wavy hair to go flat or straight?

Hormonal factors, product buildup, over-washing, or excessive heat styling can all temporarily loosen or flatten out wavy textures. Focus on moisture and try heatless styling to revive.

The Right Cut & Care for Your Waves

Between all the scrunching, raking, pineappling, and moisture cocktailing involved, caring for wavy hair certainly isn't always low-maintenance. But by focusing on haircuts and styles that work with (not against) your natural waves, along with smart techniques to preserve definition and shape, you can embrace the lazy-girl vibe with minimal fuss.

Having an arsenal of moisturizing curl creams, leave-ins, and stylers is a must along with being gentle with detangling, drying, and any heat styling. From long boho layers to messy shags and piecey lobs, rock those tousled waves with a low-key cut to complement your cool-girl texture. With the right look and care regimen, you'll transform every day into a good hair day!

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