Wave Nouveau Short Hairstyles

Short wave nouveau styles are very flattering.

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Wave nouveau, a perm for African-American hair, adds a soft wave or defined curls to the hair. The perm gives hair a smooth look. It cannot be added to relaxed hair; you must cut off any relaxed hair before adding the wave. Short styles look very alluring with the wave nouveau perm. This treatment also lets you straighten your curls to change up your look. Have a professional apply the wave nouveau treatment to ensure the best results.

Tapered Cut

A tapered hairstyle has the most length at the top, and the shortest length on the bottom. Curly hair has a spunky look with this style, which encourages lots of body. Spirals spring out in all directions, yet because the hair tapers to a very short length at the bottom, it doesn't look like a puffball.

Rounded Cut

A rounded cut has a more even length all around the head. This gives the curls or waves lots of lift, making more of them visible. With longer tresses, this style can have really high volume, but with shorter locks, the look is more toned down. A style with a few inches of curls is super manageable and ultra cute. For another cute fix with added sophistication, keep the back longer than the front so you have added height and body at the crown and sides.


For a modern looking bob, have a fringe cut into your hair and have the sides cut into long V-shaped panels. Make sure your stylist knows what she's doing, or your bangs will spring up shorter than she expects. Part this style straight down the middle, or sweep most of the hair to one side for an ultra hot, trend-setting look.

Changing Up Your Style

To change your everyday style, try straightening your locks with a straightening iron. Just don't hold the heat on them for more than a few seconds, and don't straighten too often or it might damage your hair. Flip out those ends to define your style.

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