21 Cool Ways to Style Thick Wavy Hair for Men

Looking for thick wavy hair for men inspiration? Then you're in luck as we have a host of stylish looks, right here!  

Lucky enough to have thick wavy hair? Men dealing with this hair type are most likely to experience issues with bulkiness, which makes managing it a struggle. But, with the right haircut, you can remove excessive bulk and make thick wavy hair easy to handle.

Ahead, we’ve found you the best men’s haircuts for thick wavy hair. These stylish hairstyles will make the most out of your thick mane and minimise the time you spend taking care of and styling it.

Wavy Quiff

Make the most of those thick waves with this tousled, swept-back quiff style. Having shorter sides will make managing this look easy.

Wavy Side Part

If you’re looking for a professional cut for thick wavy hair, look no further than this retro-inspired cut.

Side-Swept Waves

No time in the morning? This haircut will allow you the styling freedom to just wake up and go, but for more control, rely on wax or clay to keep it in check.

Editor’s tip: To shape this neat cut, reach for VO5 Styling Wax to help give your hair the hold and control it needs.

Textured Pompadour

A stylish pompadour, like this one, will give you an opportunity to showcase your amazing thick hair.

Thick Fringe With Undercut

If you really want a manageable cut, trying opting for this messy fringe and undercut combo.

Choppy, Wavy Top

This choppy cut will help take some of the weight away while still letting you hold onto your length.

Thick, Undone Hair

There’s nothing wrong with embracing your thick waves or curls. If you want to show off your thick mane, this style is destined for you.

Wavy Top and Short Sides

Here’s another way you can remove the bulk the comes with thick hair: get a long top and short sides cut.

Short Wavy Crop With Fade

For an extra edge, you can opt for a skin fade to really make your hairstyle stand out.

Beachy Hair

You don’t need to go on holiday to get this surfer-approved style. If your thick hair tends to veer on the curly side, try this cut.

Brushed Back Waves With Skin Fade

A brushed back style is minimal, class and guaranteed to make your thick wavy hair look extra stylish.

Sharp Side Part

Combining loose waves with a sharp side part and fade creates a modern look that’s stylish and unique.

Wavy Sweep

If you have a natural wave to your hair, this is an excellent option to try with your mane.

Modern Mushroom

This modern bowl cut is great for thick hair. Opting for choppy layers will help remove excess weight from your mane and give you this cool finish.

Floppy Strands

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Floppy but not a flop. Credit: indigitalimages.com

When it comes to hairstyles for men with thick wavy hair, many guys immediate think to chop it all off in an effort to tame those strands. But we’re here to tell you that, while we love a cropped ‘do, you can experiment with longer looks, like this floppy style.

Letting his thick curls hang forward, this model is giving the man fringe a more modern and grown-up vibe, gently sweeping his undone strands to the side.

Swept Back

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With hair that nice we’d be smiling too! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking for a hairstyle that won’t fall out of fashion anytime soon? James Franco’s simple, swept-back style is a classic look for all hair types and there is no denying it looks just that little bit better on thick wavy tresses – hence his megawatt smile.

Editor’s tip: For natural, relaxed styles like this, we suggest using the VO5 Matt Clay. Ideal for medium-length looks that tend to frizz, you can use this matt finish product to keep your strands under control.

Tucked-Back Curls

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Bradley Cooper keeps his thick wavy hair long. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Who knew Bradley Cooper had such think wavy hair? We certainly didn’t. We’ve become so accustomed to seeing Bradley with shorter styles that his thick locks went totally unnoticed!

If you need a professional hairstyle for the workplace, but also want to rock long hair, we suggest follow suit and keeping your hair neatly styled back.

Retro ’70s Vibes

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It was full ’70s vibes on the Todd Snyder runway. Credit: indigitalimages.com

The runways have been awash with ’70s styles the last few seasons and the trend is showing no signs of letting up.

So if you want to style your thick curly hair like all the ’70s dudes you have the lucky advantage over your fine- and thin-haired bros, as thick wavy hair is the best hair type to pull off these looks.

Editor’s tip: The trick to this look is to enhance your curls to the max. We suggest using the TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray to create maximum texture. Simple spray evenly from root to tip on damp or dry hair and mess with your fingers.

Flow Hair

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Get with the flow like Kit. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington, whose hair is just as famous off-screen as it is on, shows off his thick wavy hair in a flow style.

We’ve seen flow hair everywhere and on everyone from Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf and, of course, Mr Harrington – so if you decide to make this your next hairstyle, you’ll be in great company.

The Cool Guy Cut

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Adam has been hair inspiration since The O.C days. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When looking for haircuts for men with thick curly hair, this textured look can do no wrong. Ask your barber to leave length at the top while gradually getting shorter around the sides, giving a softly tapered finish.

High and Tight

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Peaky Blinder vibes. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If your thick hair is weighing down your style, opt for a high and tight (AKA a Peaky Blinder cut), just like Zayn Malik.

With a high, almost skin fade, all attention is drawn to the top of the head, where all you have to do is rub a small amount of hair wax throughout the lengths for definition and texture. Simple, stylish and A-list approved.



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