Bob haircuts for thick hair: 6 looks that prove this style works perfectly with voluminous locks

From short crops to lobs and everything in between. This is your definitive guide to bob haircuts for thick hair.

If you think shorter coifs don’t suit voluminous strands, ATH are here to convince you otherwise. You might be tempted to shy away from bob haircuts for thick hair but, in reality, this classic cut suits just about every hair type.

Afraid the style will give you that dreaded ‘lampshade’ shape? Don’t fret. We’ve compiled plenty of tricks, tips and styling techniques that will ensure your bob looks chic, not shapeless.

Taking into account factors like your face shape, after-care habits and fringe preferences, follow our advice to pick the right bob haircuts for thick hair.

Bob haircuts for thick hair: How to pick the perfect ‘do

Close up of Olivia Munn with curly lob bob haircut in white dress long bobs for thick hair
Pick a bob hairstyle for thick hair that suits you. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Take your face shape into consideration

Bobs come in all different shapes and sizes so it’s important to choose a style that suits your face shape and features. Versatile oval faces look chic with a poker straight long bob whereas fuller round or square faces often suit a more choppy ‘do.

When choosing a bob style for thick hair follow Olivia Munn’s lead and opt for a look that suits you, your hair type and facial features. 

Editor’s tip: However you style your cropped ‘do, make sure to use a heat protect product before you start, like the VO5 Heat Protect Spray, to avoid damaging your locks.

Penelope Cruz with brunette hair bob hairstyles for thick hair
Bang(s) on trend. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock.

2. Think about adding a fringe

The quickest way to add a new dimension to bob haircuts for thick hair? Bangs. Most shorter styles work well with a fringe so if you’re thinking about taking the plunge, consider what fringe style would suit your face best.

Not sure where to start? Head to our all-inclusive bangs and fringes section for instant inspo.  

Taraji P Henson with cropped hair bob hairstyles for thick hair
Side-swipe your strands. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Pick your parting

Thick hair is never short on volume so if you’re looking to shake up the shape of your bob – switch your parting. Centre partings work just as well with sharp, asymmetric cuts as they do with a messy lob. But, if you fancy something more low-key, opt for a sharp left or right parting.

Not only does this add a slightly ’60s vibe to the hair, it can also prevent your bob from looking too boxy.

Jennifer Lawrence with short blonde hair bob hairstyles for thick hair
Bob hairstyles for thick hair often need layers. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Layer it up

Fans of the French bob can contest that a few well-placed layers will add a little je ne sais quoi to any short haircut. Packed with plenty of texture (and therefore styling options), a layered bob is always a fun option for thicker hair.

It can also reduce the weight of heavy tresses, making your locks feel lighter and have more movement.

America Ferrera with short hair bob haircuts for thick hair
Bob haircuts for thick hair require a strict grooming routine. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Remember: TLC is key

When it comes to maintaining bob haircuts for thick hair, a lot of the manageability comes down to the condition of your hair. If your tresses are looking or feeling dry, a hair mask this will help improve this. 

The TRESemmé Biotin+ Repair 7 Intensive Mask is a firm favourite ours. It helps to visibly repair 7 types of damage in just one use, so no matter how you style your bob, your thick hair will remain healthy looking. 

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