Most women would give just about anything to have thick, luxurious locks. Truth is, thick hair can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the cut. And while there’s no shortage of haircuts for thick hair, not all of them are going to work for you. Taming your mane ultimately comes down to picking the right snip for your lifestyle. However, you also want a ‘do that flatters your face shape. The right hairstyle for thicker hair may take some time to find, but with the wide variety of styles and options that are available, you will be sure to find the look that you love.
Instead of immediately jumping to a cut, let’s first consider what doesn’t work for thick locks.
For starters, steer clear of anything that keeps your thick hair from its full mobility. One-length haircuts are notorious for rendering thick hair motionless and should be avoided entirely. Your thick tresses will do best with cuts that gradually taper at the ends and have shorter layers around the crown of your head. The goal is to make each snip intentional so hair appears more dynamic.
Still not sure which cut will work best for your thick hair? Look to this list for inspiration.
Short Haircuts for Thick Hair
The best short haircuts for thick hair are the ones that go pixie cut short or that hit right at the collarbone. Unless your hairdresser can really thin things out, stay away from chin-length cuts. They can be too severe, or worse, cause your locks to practically levitate.
Medium Haircuts for Thick Hair
A choppy lob (long bob) is a great medium length cut for thicker locks all on its own. But work in some v-cut choppy layers and you can altogether avoid the dreaded triangle head while giving your strands a feminine flare.
Long Haircuts for Thick Hair
Growing out your thick hair can be an incredibly impactful look. Whether your thick hair is textured or board straight, a middle part and some little layers around your face will make you the envy of every thin-haired gal for miles. If you have wavy thick hair having some length and definition will be a show stopper at any event that you attend.
Layered Haircuts for Thick Hair
Longer layers in the front that frame your face are a super flattering way to coif your thick hair. They achieve that all-important movement we mentioned at the beginning and give you some fun fringe to play with when you wear your hair up. Not to mention that a layered cut will keep your hair healthy and allow for it to grow at a consistent pace.
Bob Haircuts for Thick Hair
A rounded shoulder-length bob haircut or one that flares at the ends will showcase your thick tresses in a very flattering light. This cut is perfect for that mid-length hair that won’t run away from you. Use a combination of highlights and lowlights to give them extra dimension. The last thing you want is a dynamic cut that appears flat and one-note.
Shag Haircuts for Thick Hair
Sometimes what you really need is to take a bit of the density out of your voluminous hair. Thick shag haircuts are good for that. Keeping it longer while razoring off some of the weight is a hot take for 2022.
Pixie Haircuts for Thick Hair
Thick hair looks great when it’s styled into a pixie cut. If you grow up in an extremely hot weather climate, getting out from under your thick hair helmet can be life-changing. Naturally straighter hair is best for a shorter cut but if your stylist can tame your thick curls or wavy hair into a short pixie, more power to you girl!
Low Maintenance Haircuts for Thick Hair
If you’re more of an air-dry-and-go kind of person, a medium to long length haircut with layers near the ends can give you the low maintenance mane you’ve been craving. Just dry, brush, and go and conquer the world.
Androgynous Haircuts for Thick Hair
Though they’re not right for everyone, thick hair looks great in an asymmetrical sweep or with a buzzed base around the neck. Add in a fade or clipper cut design to make it extra androgynous.
Short Spiky Haircuts for Thick Hair
Want to show off your edgy side? Spike up your thick hair with a shorter snip. Keeping the front longer and just shortening the back used to be a look. But as it’s a bit outdated now, ask your stylist if they can give you something a little sleeker, or at least that gently spikes all over in a tasteful way.
Short Haircuts for Thick Hair and Oval Faces
The main goal when choosing a flattering hairstyle for your oval face is to ensure it doesn’t become further elongated. Shoulder-length cuts are generally safe, but if you’re wanting to go shorter, a blunt bob with face-framing layers can showcase your voluminous mane.
So which is the best style for your thick hair? Well, that depends. Everyone is beautiful and unique in their own way! I’m sure your trusted salon professional will help you find the perfect ‘do that will conquer your thick hair at any length. Remember you can always schedule a consultation with one of the professional hairstylists on Gina’s Platform by clicking on the Hair Care tab on ginasplatform.com to find the best hair salons in NYC and LA or use the Gina’s Platform app to find a salon near you.
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