If you’re blessed with a luscious mane of thick hair, you probably don’t even realise how lucky you are. But don’t get us wrong, we know that finding suitable haircuts for thick hair can be hard. After all, the more hair you have the more difficult it can be to style and manage, particularly if you don’t have the right base cut as a starting point.
But that’s where we can help. Scroll down to see our selection of the best haircuts for thick hair, with short, mid-length and long-haired styles to consider.
1. Shaggy layers
The shag is perfect for those who want to add more shape and overall volume.
Ask your stylist for longer, choppier layers throughout, as this will help boost texture, without making your hair look too ridiculously full. Aim for the longest length to fall just below your collarbones, and keep the shortest layer to around mid-cheek.
Editor’s tip: If you have naturally wavy hair, this cut will work a treat, but if you don’t, just use a curling wand to create medium, loose curls before gently teasing them out with your fingers for that effortlessly tousled, rock ‘n’ roll-inspired finish.
Thinking about giving it a go? Just remember to use a heat protectant such as the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray, whenever you’re using heat to style (even if you’re using a hair dryer!) to help prevent hair damage.
2. Grown-out fringe
Grown-out, curtain style fringes are without a doubt one of the biggest trends around right now and fortunately for you, the style works wonders on thick hair. They frame the face beautifully and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your hair – especially when curled.
Want to hear the best part? Split fringes have the added benefit of being one of the most low maintenance haircuts for thick hair. You don’t have to be as religious with getting trims as you would with a normal straight-across cut, so you can space out your appointments a bit more.
3. Short and choppy bob
Just because you are genetically blessed with thick hair doesn’t mean you won’t be able to embrace a short hairstyle. By adding choppy layers to a chin-grazing bob, your thick locks will look and feel less bulky, making them easier to manage, too.
4. Pixie cut
Pixie cuts are arguably some of the best haircuts for thick hair and with so many different variations from slick, androgynous styles to more casual, sweeping looks, you’ve just got to work out which one is your absolute favourite.
5. Full fringe
Full fringes work really well on thick hair, as you don’t have to worry about them separating or going gappy. If you’re concerned about them looking flat, try using rollers or a round brush when drying your hair to gently curl your fringe and give it more shape and bounce.
6. Boho long waves
For those who don’t like to fuss over their hair too much in the morning, beachy boho waves are the way to go. Working in some loose, deconstructed curls can stop longer hair from looking shapeless while giving you year-round summer vibes.
7. Feathered layers
Really thick hair can sometimes appear to weigh you down, particularly if it’s all one length. A great way to give your hair some sexy, natural-looking movement and texture is to avoid blocky blunt ends (these will only make your hair look even thicker!) and opt instead for delicate, feathered layers.
8. Long layers
Long layers are also a great way to inject subtle movement and lightness into long, thick hair, especially when it comes to flattering your facial features. Chin-skimming layers work particularly well as they can help frame the face while adding a bit of drama to ultra long cuts.
Looking for more inspiration? Here’s 10 alluring, long layered looks you’re sure to swoon over.
9. Centre-parting with smooth layers
Sophisticated and unfussy, this timeless style will work wonders for those with thick hair that’s naturally straight or slightly wavy.
The layers don’t have to be dramatic (for those who want a more classy, modern look), but do ask your stylist to thin out the ends using shears to remove any excess weight at the bottom of the cut. This will result in a subtle and effortless hairstyle that feels much lighter than it looks.
10. Side-parted lob
A long bob works well on pretty much all hair types and face shapes, not to mention it’s bang on trend.
A side parting is also a great way to elevate a simple cut, and it works a treat with thick hair, as it can help maximise the advantages of fuller-bodied locks to create a luxe, naturally voluminous look.
11. Modern bowl cut
Don’t worry, we haven’t gone mad. The modern take on the bowl cut has undergone such a dramatic style renovation that actually, you might not even recognise it. More of a rounded bob, it’s softer and more lived-in, making it a really great everyday haircut for thick hair.
Still not sure? What if we told you Rihanna and Zendaya were already fans? That’s what we thought.