24 flattering hairstyles for thick hair to try now

You'll happily wear them all!

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

Hairstyles for thick hair: Barbara Palvin with her thick hair swept to the side, wearing strappy dress on the red carpet
Sweep your hair to the side and just watch! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Styles for thick hair: Amy Adams with strawberry blonde medium thick hair styled into beachy waves
You can’t talk about thick hairstyles without mentioning this. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Hairstyles for thick hair: Priyanka Chopra with medium layered hair, wearing blazer with black top at a fashion show
Priyanka Chopra is the queen of thick hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

We’re always looking to Priyanka Chopra for thick hair inspiration! Here, she shows us how a curling wand and a little bit of hair serum can go a long way.

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

Hairstyles for thick hair: America Ferrera with long thick curly hair, wearing silver dress with hoop earrings at the Oscars
The curlier, the better! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking for going out hairstyles for thick hair? Whether you’ve already got thick curls or achieve them with a wand, you’ll love fashioning your mane into this party-ready hairstyle.

5. Half-up, half-down hair

Thick hairstyles: Shot of woman with long curly thick hair styled into a half-up, half-down bun wearing a black top with hoop earrings
Get the best of both worlds with this half-up ‘do. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you need practical thick hairstyles for work and beyond, make this half-up, half-down bun your next conquest. It’ll show off your enviable hair type, while also keeping your strands off your face.

6. Modern crimped hair

Hairstyles for thick hair: Model with natural blonde long thick hair crimped, wearing grey blazer with black turtleneck backstage
This is the new way to wear crimps. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

Thick hairstyles: Model with side-parted long dark brown wavy hair, with a single bobby pin in her hair
Thick waves for days. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

Hairstyles for thick hair: Vick Hope with her natural brown thick hair styled into a high bun
Natural thick hairstyles like this are great for formal affairs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This cute pineapple updo is undeniably pretty and will help keep your natural thick tresses secured while you get down to business.

9. Side braid

Thick hairstyles: Shot of Cara Delevinge
It’s worth taking note of Cara Delevingne’s side braid. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Thick hairstyles: Backshot of woman with long boxer fishtail braids, wearing a black jacket and posing outside at LFW
There’s nothing fishy about this lovely ‘do. Credit: Rosalind Alcazar

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

Natural thick hairstyles: Tracee Ellis Ross with long cornrow hairstyle wearing green blazer on the red carpet
Cornrows are a cute protective hairstyle great for natural thick hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Thick hair: Shot of a model with long braided hair, wearing all black backstage
This simple braid will work for any occasion. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Thick hairstyles: Woman with long dark brown thick hair styled into waves with a side braid
Don’t have time to braid all of your hair? This look has got you. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

Hairstyles for thick hair: Shot of model with thick hair styled into a milkmaid braid, wearing a white turtleneck with satin slip dress
Romantic braids will work a treat on your hair type. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

Hairstyles for thick hair: Back shot of model with dark brown long thick hair styled into a twisted bun, wearing pink jumper in studio setting
Can’t braid? Try twisting, instead. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

Thick hairstyles: Shot of Laura Harrier with messy bun with wispy tendrils at the front, wearing blue
A messy top knot won’t let you down. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Hairstyles for thick hair: Woman with dirty blonde hair styled into a messy low bun wearing blue polka dot dress
Got a client meeting to attend? Try a low bun! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

Thick hairstyles: Back shot of woman with smooth thick hair styled into a ballerina bun with barrette
Save this one for fancy occasions. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Braided hairstyles for thick hair: Woman with dark brown hair styled into a braided low messy bun, wearing floral dress and posing outside
Make a bun that more beautiful with some braids. Credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

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

Thick hairstyles: Julianne Hough with short shaggy thick bob, wearing bright pink top and posing
This playful bob is all you need. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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. 

One of our favourite layered hairstyles for thick hair? This choppy layered bob, as it gives thick hair lift in the coolest way possible.



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

Thick hairstyles: Kat Graham with short thick wavy hair with wispy bangs, wearing black blazer with white shirt
Coco Chanel would totally approve! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Short thick hairstyles: Woman with golden blonde choppy thick pixie, wearing turtleneck backstage
Go choppy or go home. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

Jameela Jamil with long thick dark brown hair with full thick split bangs wearing red on the red carpet
Thick hair looks amazing with thick bangs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Hairstyles for thick hair: Constance Wu with long thick hair styled into a bubble ponytail
Give your favourite ponytail a bubbly upgrade. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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!

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