There are a number of easy hairstyles for thick hair that will instantly make styling your locks fun (as well as make managing them a breeze!). With that in mind, we’ve put together the best thick hairstyles that are sure to spice up your daily hair routine and work for multiple occasions, too.
So if you want to know how to make the most out of your lovely thick strands, scroll through the gallery below to see the styles you can’t go wrong with.
1. Side-swept hair
Woken up with bed head tresses? There’s no need to panic! Instead of taming your thick hair, why not sweep them to the side and rock them au naturel, like this?
2. Beachy waves
One of the best hairstyles for thick hair? Beachy waves, of course! Since this look requires a lot of volume and texture (which all things that come with thick tresses!), your hair looks amazing when styled this way.
3. Glossy curls
Editor’s tip: Now you know that hair serum is the secret behind glossy hair, you can make all your thick hairstyles shine with our current fave: the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum.
This camellia oil infused serum is perfect for thick tresses as its designed to provide frizz control, leave your mane feeling soft and looking more shinier.
4. Bouncy curls
5. Half-up, half-down hair
6. Modern crimped hair
Think you can’t work runway hairstyles? Thick hair can easily be given a fashion-forward update with some subtle crimping, like this. Having more hair means you can afford to try out trends that require texture.
Editor’s tip: Using a crimping tool or running a straightener over your braids to achieve this look? We suggest using a heat protect spray, to help you avoid heat damage.
The TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist is the best heat protection spray to use on thick hair as it will help leave them with a soft, smooth finish.
7. Polished waves
Formal hairstyles for thick hair (like these polished waves) are perfect for snazzy occasions. Imagine how gorgeous this hairstyle will look for a spring wedding?
8. Natural bun
9. Side braid
There’s a reason why braids are always included in thick hairstyles galleries! They do a great job of helping tame and manage thick strands, in the most stylish way possible.
The other good news is that thick hair makes a great base for plaited styles (thanks to all that extra density!), so you really won’t want to miss out on trying this side braid.
10. Double fishtail braids
Going from the gym to work? Instead of solely sticking to boxer braids, mix things up and try out this fishtail boxer braid hairstyle. Again, since your hair is thick, you’ll be able to see this plait detailing more.
Recommended: 12 gym hairstyles for thick hair.
Editor’s tip: Try spritzing a little dry shampoo (we like the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo) into your roots before braiding. It’ll add more grip and make sure it lasts longer.
11. Straight back cornrows
After more thick hairstyles won’t get in your face? It’s as simple as copying Tracee Ellis Ross’ protective cornrow hairstyle, and it’ll look extra impressive with your favourite blazer.
12. Three-strand braid
This beauty proves that a basic three-strand braid instantly enhances any look. See? Thick hairstyles don’t need to be overly complicated to look good.
13. Side braid
Show off your long, full locks and some braids by weaving a small plait unto one side of your head. This look will seriously make your hair the main event at your next outing.
14. Halo braid
Halo braids are another type of plait that’ll beautifully show off your thick hair type. To nail this undone look, make sure to leave out some romantic wisps at the front.
15. Twisted bun
If you struggle with braiding, we suggest you follow in this beauty’s lead and try twisting your thick hair into a high bun.
16. Messy bun
This messy updo goes out to all the ladies who don’t always have time to style their tresses in the mornings. Like the halo braid, this hairstyle looks ultra-romantic with a few loose tendrils.
17. Low bun
Work hairstyles for thick hair don’t always have to look polished. Just be sure to style your thick tresses like this, so they look undone but elegant.
18. Bun with barrette
This beauty’s ballerina bun is taken to the next level by this barrette clip placed right at the top. And, if you want to give all your thick hairstyles extra pizzaz, you should experiment with hair accessories.
19. Braided bun
While this may look like a typical bun, there’s one big difference: there’s a pretty braid included. Talk about #hairgoals!
20. Choppy layers
Who says having thick hair means you can’t get layers? Layers are a great way to create shape, movement and texture, while also an easy way of removing excess weight from thick hair.
Editor’s tip: Want to secure all your thick hairstyles? Then you’ll need the new VO5 Flexible Hold Hairspray!
This new hairspray gives you long-lasting natural hold and has an ultra-dry, light-weight finish, so you won’t need to worry about dealing with ‘helmet hair’.
21. Short thick hair
Want to give your long thick hair a new lease on life? You can change it up by getting a short haircut, like this, to get rid of excess bulk and make managing your mane easy.
22. Textured pixie haircut
Pixie styles for thick hair (like this) are great for those of you who aren’t afraid to go bold with their look.
23. Thick bangs
Full fringes work a treat on thick tresses, as you don’t have to worry about them losing their shape and separating. If you aren’t eager on going down the blunt fringe route, you can easily channel Bardot vibes with this sultry split bangs hairstyle.
24. Bubble ponytail
While your thick hair may be the bane of your life, it’s important to know that this hair type is the best to get creative with (as it has the density and texture needed), especially when it comes to hairstyles. And, this is why we think you’ll adore this bubble ponytail!