10 stylish hairstyles for thick, wavy hair you’ll love

Fretting over which hairstyles for thick wavy hair you should try this season? You've come to the right place.

If you have gorgeous thick waves, you’re probably the envy of many, but we can sympathise with how tough it can be to style those fabulously full locks. Finding the right hairstyles for thick, wavy hair means getting cuts that will work well with (and not against) your hair type and texture.

From hair cutting tips to perfect product partners, read on to find some great styling suggestions for your thick, wavy hair, now.

Hairstyles for thick wavy hair: woman with blonde tousled hair styled in a wavy bob in street style image
Get the A-list look with a long wavy bob. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Wavy long bob

If you’re after short to mid-length haircuts for wavy, thick hair, this long bob is super versatile and wonderfully easy. Cropped to just above the shoulders, this longer bob length feels short enough to just wash and go, but with plenty of bounce and body to style it up whenever you want to.

Tip: Ask your stylist to introduce long layers through the cut. These will help remove some of the excess weight without having to compromise on the volume and fullness.

Editor’s tip: To style, work some VO5 Frizz Free Cream into damp hair to help tame any frizz, then use a hairdryer with a diffuser attachment to dry your hair and bring out those layers.

hairstyles for thick wavy hair: back view of a single braid wiven with a headscarf on wavy blonde long hair
Weave a scarf into a braided style for extra style points. Credit: Instagram.com/emmachenartisty

2. Scarf braid

Headscarves are one of our favourite hair accessories here at All Things Hair; not only can they mask a bad hair day, but they can totally transform an everyday look in an instant.

So if you are looking to make a style statement with your thick mane, make this woven headscarf braid your next look. Credit: @emmachenartisty

Tip: Why not try enhancing your braid by pancaking? To do this, gently tease some of the sections with your fingers to create a fuller looking plait.

hairstyles for thick wavy hair: side profile red carpet shot of reese witherspoon with her blonde wavy hair in a low messy bun
Effortless and chic is the way to our hearts. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Lazy-girl bun

This is the lazy-girl hairstyle we have been missing. Wearing her wavy blonde hair in a side parting, complete with a sweeping fringe to flatter her heart-shaped face, Reese Witherspoon is rocking that cool-girl and perfectly undone loose bun, we just love.

Hairstyles for thick wavy hair: street style snap of woman with blonde medium length hair styled with loose mid length waves wearing sunglasses
Be the envy of all your friends with luscious mid-length waves. Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Layered mid-length cut

Layers are definitely your friend when it comes to haircuts for curly, thick hair, and this gorgeous mid-length cut is ideal if you’re looking for a style that feels modern, sophisticated and polished.

Opt for subtle layers throughout your cut, keeping the shorter layers at the top to help add volume around the crown and frame your face, and longer layers at the bottom to create an attractive, tapered shape.

hairstyles for thick wavy hair: nicole scherzinger with long dark brown wavy hair at billboard music awards
Do like Nicole and make your wavy tresses your best accessory. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Bombshell waves

What better way to show off your enviable tresses than with A-list worthy waves, and with your already gorgeous curl pattern you’re automatically one step ahead of your straight-haired friends.

Simply smooth your hair with a frizz-fighting serum and sweep your tresses over your shoulder just like Nicole Scherzinger.

Hairstyles for thick wavy hair: woman with long thick brown hair styled in a side braid in outside photoshoot
Tame frizz with an undone braid. Credit: Kristen Soileau

6. Messy side braid

Braids are absolutely stunning and by far one of the most popular hairstyles for thick, frizzy hair right now. The good news is, not only is this casually textured fishtail braid incredibly stylish, but it helps to tame unmanageable frizz too!

Editor’s tip: Want to know how to get those lived-in textures through your braid? Try sprinkling some Toni&Guy Root Lift Sculpting Powder on the lengths of your hair to help create texture, giving it grip, so it stays intact all day long.

hairstyles for thick wavy hair: side view of woman with light brown hair styled in a low twisted bun with loose strands along the front
Treat your wavy tresses to this fancy updo. Credit: Instagram.com/jodycallanhair

7. Formal updo

This wavy low bun is one of our favourites. Not only does it pull your hair away from your face (and the back of your neck), but it will look pretty amazing for a formal occasion too. Credit: @jodycallanhair

Hairstyles for thick wavy hair: back view of woman with medium length brown hair with a slight wave styled in a half-up, half-down bun
Half updo styles will show off your gorgeous thick manes.

8. Wavy half-up ‘do

Another easy and fabulous way to style thick wavy hair is by creating a half-up, half-down ‘do.

Simply pull up a section of your hair on top, twisting it into a messy bun or top knot and fasten into place with as many bobby pins as you need. Let the rest of your hair fall freely in gorgeous, tumbling waves, and add a touch of prettiness with a decorative hair accessory around your half-up bun!

Hairstyles for thick wavy hair: close up of woman with thick light brown hair styled in a pixie crop
Short pixie crop styles will add a playful look to thick strands. Credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Wavy pixie cut

Thick, wavy hair doesn’t have to be worn long to look stylish; it can also look utterly stunning when cropped into a cool, short pixie! To enhance those naturally wavy textures you’ve been blessed with, it’s best to go for a slightly longer or grown-out pixie, which will give you room to really play around with styling.

Editor’s tip: If you’re a wash-and-go kinda gal, just scrunch in some TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray to get that beachy, tousled look and leave to air-dry.

hairstyles for thick wavy hair: amanda seyfried with long wavy blonde thick hair styled in a casual high ponytail
#Hairgoals. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

10. Tumbling ponytail

When it comes to hairstyles for thick wavy hair, the humble ponytail shouldn’t be overlooked. From a spin class to the red carpet, a ponytail updo is every girl’s best friend. Style yours in a softly swept back and undone high ponytail and enhance your texture with a texturising spray.

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