This hair type has a mind of its own, and because of this, is often thought of as unruly and fickle. But the wayward nature of wavy hair offers texture and volume, while adding character to almost any cut. To professional hairstylists, wavy hair is considered the holy grail of hair types. Learn to embrace your free-flowing strands with these 25 cuts that range from the classic to the bold.

Side Swept Quiff
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Side Swept Quiff

This iconic look has presence. Letting the hair fall to one side breaks the symmetry of a standard quiff and makes the style suitable for almost any situation, from the most casual to the most professional. It is particularly appropriate for wavy hair, as natural curls make a great base for the volume that is needed.

Clean Quiff with Tapered Sides
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Clean Quiff with Tapered Sides

This clean quiff with tapered sides is a great example of how a refined look can be worn in a casual and easy-to-style way. The natural waves are subtle and offer texture to what might be an otherwise flat look.

Loose Strands with Tapered Sides
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Loose Strands with Tapered Sides

If you really want to take advantage of the rebellious qualities that wavy hair has to offer, separating strands can be an easy, dynamic way to do so. The contrast of the clean and tapered sides keeps this style from looking unkempt.

Wavy Medium Length Mess
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Wavy Medium Length Mess

The longer the hair, the more obvious the waves. And in this case, we want and need those twists. By having the curls cascade down and all around, the face is framed with lived-in curls that give off an effortless cool-guy vibe.

Shades of Blonde
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Shades of Blonde

Going blonde can add dimension and depth to the twists and turns of wavy hair. The darker the hair, the less contrast is available between the shadows and highlights. Lighter hair emphasizes the contrast, making it the ideal color to clearly see those wayward waves. Adding different tones can also give focus to the different layers.

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Wavy Regulation Cut
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Wavy Regulation Cut

The regulation cut was made into a military cut because of its respectable look and easy-to-maintain nature. Natural curls shake this traditional look up, giving it an unexpected twist, while preserving its respectable characteristics.

Casual Top with Uneven Fringes
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Casual Top with Uneven Fringes

“Man bangs” bring up mental images of Chris Farley in Tommy Boy, but they really don’t have to be so…goofy. The choppy layers of this casual top with uneven fringe is a hip way to style hair. To prevent “fat guy in a little coat” jokes, it is essential to keep most of the length at the top, while cleaning up the sides.

Less Chopped High Volume Hair
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Less Chopped High Volume Hair

Let those waves run loose and free with this high-volume haircut. The sides are swept back, and curls are tousled and messy. Curl activating creams and lotions add moisture to prevent hair from frizzing and give structure to what would normally be a disheveled look.

Wavy Textured Burst Fade
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Wavy Textured Burst Fade

Wavy hair can be refined with a burst fade. Hair is tapered on the sides behind the ear and left a bit longer in the back.

Wavy Top with Fancy Burst
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Wavy Top with Fancy Burst

For those looking for something a bit different, the burst in this burst fade is given energy with the line pattern carved down the sides. It is a polished way to look funky and fearless.

Side Pushed Quiff
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Side Pushed Quiff

The side pushed quiff suits square and angular faces especially well. The rounded sides of this hairstyle give balance to the sharpness found in angular faces. Blow-drying hair is an essential step to creating this style. Natural waves give the volume that is needed but adding a sea-salt mist or volumizing product also helps when styling.

High Volume Wavy Top with Temple Fade
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High Volume Wavy Top with Temple Fade

A temple fade is an excellent style for those who are new to fades. As the name suggests, the fade focuses around the temples, while the back and sides are left groomed, but a little bit longer. Here, volume is built on top to give the illusion of a lifted face.

Blonde Push Back
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Blonde Push Back

Pushing hair out of the face is not only comfortable and convenient, but also sleek and fierce. The shiny blonde hair catches light in a way that emphasizes the waves. The warmer bronde (blonde+brunette) tone combines the warming benefits of darker hair with the brightening effects of lighter hair.

Short Waves with Temple Taper
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Short Waves with Temple Taper

This is a young and fun haircut that celebrates youth. Keeping the sides clean and the temples tapered makes the look smart but personable.

Curly Fringes with Taper
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Curly Fringes with Taper

For those who don’t want to spend hours blow-drying hair, this style looks best when the natural curls are allowed to do what they want. An anti-frizz serum or oil is essential to prevent the hair from puffing up. This haircut is an easy style for face shapes that need height and movement on top.

Wavy Top with Clear Taper Fade
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Wavy Top with Clear Taper Fade

Because hair is naturally thinner on top of the head, the taper fade is a good way to take the weight away from the bottom half of a head while giving the top a fuller appearance. This cut grows out nicely and is especially good for those with a rounder face shape, as it elongates the face.

Broken Wavy Quiff with Subtle Hairline
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Broken Wavy Quiff with Subtle Hairline

We’ve all seen the wild line designs that some very talented barbers have created. For those who want to dabble in the art of line detailing without committing to a full masterpiece, this subtle line art is a fresh and simple way to step outside of the norm. The clean line carved into the side of the hair is matched with a clean and sharp hairline, giving the casual messy top some structure.

Short Length Wavy Top
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Short Length Wavy Top

Maybe one of the easiest styles to handle, this low maintenance hair cut makes it as easy is a blotting the hair with a towel after a shower. To prevent the hair from frizzing, a blotting motion is advised over rubbing the hair dry.

Tapered Side with Shaved Temple
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Tapered Side with Shaved Temple

This cut looks great with a well-groomed beard. The harsh separation between hair and beard is a welcomed update to the traditional cut and can make beards look fresh and stylish.

Wavy Widows Peak with Temple Taper
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Wavy Widow's Peak with Temple Taper

When done the right way, a widow’s peak on wavy hair can give an interesting shape to the face while interrupting a prominent forehead. The blunt lines of the peak contrasts with the curved texture of wavy hair and breaks the monotony of a standard quiff.

Casual Side Brushed Taper
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Casual Side Brushed Taper

Choppy layers up top are styled in a purposefully chaotic way. This cut brings volume to the top of the head without looking too strong and stocky.

Winged Wavy Quiff
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Winged Wavy Quiff

For the bold and daring, this winged wavy quiff is a more manageable and less severe take on the statement haircut made popular by A Flock of Seagulls. The best part of this style is that the cut is done similarly to the side pushed quiff and can be worn in many different ways on days where you don’t feel like singing “Space Age Love Song”.

Drop Faded with Messy Top
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Drop Faded with Messy Top

If you have just one minute to get from out-of-the-shower to out-of-the-door, pat your hair with a towel to prevent any water from dripping down your forehead, grab some pomade or gel, and piece it through your waves. Most pomades have a bit of a gloss to it to give your waves a wet, messy look. To get a glossy look, use a curl-defining gel. For something more natural, try a matte pomade.

Messy Waves with Shaved Neckline
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Messy Waves with Shaved Neckline

The mullet is known as the ultimate “business in front, party in back” hairdo, but this cut, with its discernible waves and shaved neckline, might be a more socially acceptable alternative. The cuts in the back add personality to what would otherwise be a pretty normal haircut and makes for a stylish surprise as you’re walking away.

High Volume Top with Subtle Low Fade
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High Volume Top with Subtle Low Fade
Wavy Brush Up with Taper Fade
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Wavy Brush Up with Taper Fade
Wavy Texture with Clear Low Fade
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Wavy Texture with Clear Low Fade
Short Waves Mixed with Undercut Taper Fade
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Short Waves Mixed with Undercut Taper Fade
Curled Brush Up with Highlighted Strands
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Curled Brush Up with Highlighted Strands
Shortly Waved with Low Taper
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Shortly Waved with Low Taper
Short Waved with Long Top
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Short Waved with Long Top
Semi Wavy Top with Low Key Line Up
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Semi Wavy Top with Low Key Line Up
Wavy Quiff with Longer Top
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Wavy Quiff with Longer Top
Wake Up Texture
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Wake Up Texture
Messy High Volume Top
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Messy High Volume Top
Messy Blob with Tapered Side
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Messy Blob with Tapered Side
Wavy Top with Tapered Line Up
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Wavy Top with Tapered Line Up
Sharky Line Up
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Sharky Line Up
Wavy Texture with Beard Blend Temple
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Wavy Texture with Beard Blend Temple
Curled Brush Up with Tapered Sides
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Curled Brush Up with Tapered Sides