Tousled, casually sexy and easy like Sunday morning, haircuts for thick wavy hair are a perennial favorite of women who want to look effortlessly done, but without looking too done. It’s kind of like no-makeup makeup, but for hair. You know she didn’t wake up with those perfectly aligned waves, but she definitely knew how to fake ’em.
And therein lies the promise: Hairstyles for wavy hair are the accessible looks of the moment. With the right looks and technique, effortless thick wavy hair can be yours.
Our Fave Haircuts for Thick Wavy Hair
1. Slick Parting
If you love your waves but want to tame them slightly, this look will give you a sleek and refined style that you can wear for any occasion.
2. Layers on Thick Hair
Face-framing layers flatter every face shape. Styling layered hair isn’t very complicated and this is a haircut that looks just as good when it dries naturally as it does when you blow it out. Washing and conditioning your hair with a volume-enhancing hair care system like Bed Head by TIGI Fully Loaded Massive Volume Shampoo and Conditioning Jelly will enhance the thickness of your hair, giving you a boost of added volume.
3. Straight Edge Medium-Length Hair
A straight-edged haircut can be a little trickier to deal with when it comes to thick and wavy hair. Combing a drop or two of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Serum throughout the bottom half of your hair to smooth out your strands, keeping them from looking too heavy. And lastly, if you’re opting for a straight-edged style, you’ll want to get comfortable with your teasing comb.
4. New Hollywood Waves
Characterized by a seal-like shine and perfectly aligned loose curls swooped over one side of your face, this is a go-to classic hairstyle of Hollywood bombshells then and now. On hair that’s been blowdried straight, create a deep side part and spray strands with a heat-protectant spray such as TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Spray. Proceed to twist hair around a closed flat iron, creating a looser, more angular bend in the hair.
5. Chunky Lob
Tackle two trends in one with this versatile, super trendy take on the regular lob. Prep hair with some texturizing spray like a sea salt spray such as Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Salt Spritz Texture Spray After application, proceed to haphazardly twirl hair around a closed flat iron. Part your hair slightly off-center, shake it out and you’re done.
6. Angled Bob
If you have a lush, thick head of short hair, ask your stylist for a graduated bob. On damp hair, apply a ping-pong ball-sized squirt of humidity-defiant mousse like Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse for some frizz-free, sexy volume, and distribute evenly through hair. Rough-dry for a few seconds and proceed to haphazardly curl the front layers using a medium-barreled iron. Immediately stretch out each section once done for a looser curl.
7. Mid-Length Ombré
Color-saturated locks aren’t solely for the super long-haired; any hair length that’s thick and lush can look gorgeously well-dimensioned with a pretty ombré balayage.
8. Vintage Rolls
Big, proper, grown-up wavy hairstyles come into their element in a retro-inspired look. Hallmarked by shoulder-dusting waves that are curled under, they’re easily achieved with some mousse such as Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam and large-barreled curling iron.
9. Curtain Waves
Long, loose haircuts for wavy thick hair are a favorite of most women. They’re easy to do, ooze major sex appeal and only look more awesome as the day wears on. Start with a mousse that imparts long-lasting hold and body on blow-dried hair. Proceed to curl sections around a medium- to large-barreled iron.
10. Dollface Bangs
A full brow-grazing fringe is a nifty way to mix up the texture on thick wavy hair. Using a blowout lotion like Bed Head by TIGI Motor Mouth, blow-dry your fringe straight, resulting in some shiny, bouncy bangs. Proceed to style your waves using a curling iron.
11. Long Lob
A long bob is a great hairstyle for thick and wavy hair types, as a cut with lots of layers looks like it’s full of volume and natural body. To get the look, be sure to ask your stylist for a long bob that sits right at the collarbone.
12. Half-Up, Half-Down Style
A half-up, half-down style also shows off your thick wavy hair, so if you are looking for styling ideas that are both chic and functional, know that side twists always make a great styling choice. Set hair with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4 to lock your curls in place.
13. Full Sexy Curls
If you are already blessed with thick wavy hair, rocking full curls is an easy look you can achieve. If your hair has a natural wave to it, it’s easy to achieve a full sexy curl. Simply grab a one or two-inch sized curling iron, and proceed to create loose barrel curls throughout the head. Finish with some strong-hold hairspray to complete your look.
Asymmetrical chops show off your thick wavy hair because asymmetrical bobs, in particular, can give your waves some attitude. To get haircuts for thick wavy hair like this, simply ask your stylist to create an asymmetrical cut.
15. Shaggy Styles with Bangs
A great shaggy style with some added bangs helps play up your thick wavy hair, as it gives your hair an edgy and playful vibe. To get the look, ask your stylist to add some playful and wispy layers throughout your cut. This will help to give it some natural texture.
16. Side Bangs
Cut a thick fringe of side bangs into your thick wavy style.
17. Messy Bun
Gather your thick hair up into a loose messy bun.
18. Half Updo
Keep your hair out of your face with a chic and easy half updo.
19. Wear a Beanie
When in doubt, throw a hat on over your hair.
20. Thick Bob
We love how wavy hair curls up into a short bob.
21. Major Volume
Tease the front of your hair to add some major volume to your thick strands.
22. Silky Waves
Comb your strands for soft and silky long waves.
23. Extra Volume
Flip your hair over to the opposite side of where you usually part it to add some extra volume.
24. Side Part
Comb your hair into a side part for a more casual and laidback look.
25. The Shag
Thick hair is the ideal base for a classic shag.
26. Loose Waves
Long thick and wavy hair is the ideal base for loose waves.
27. Wavy Bob
This classic bob takes on a new level dimension when worn with thick wavy hair.
28. Messy Volume
Add easy messy volume by spritzing your roots with your favorite volumizing dry shampoo.
29. Messy Long Hair
There’s nothing more beautiful than long wavy hair.
30. Long Silky Waves
Use your hairbrush to comb through your hair for the silkiest waves.
31. Classic Waves
These classic waves are long, messy and classically beautiful.
32. Honey Brown Hues
Consider adding some dimension to your hair color for the ultimate silky brown strands.
33. Defined Waves
Give your waves some extra definition for a more striking texture.
34. Defined Highlights
Ask your stylist to add some small highlights to define your waves even more!
35. Caramel Waves
No matter how beautiful your hair texture is, everyone gets bored sometimes. Revamp your style with a caramel-colored hue.
Brush through your waves for a classic windswept style.
37. Old Hollywood Reimagined
Reimagine classic Hollywood waves with this longer, more glamorous style.
38. Messy Lob
The messier, the better!
39. White Strands
We love thick, wavy white hair! There’s nothing more glamorous than this classic style.
40. White Blonde Hues
Try this icy hair color!
Use a teasing comb to add mega volume to your long waves.
42. Tucked Back
Tuck your hair back behind your ears for a chic and unexpected look.
43. Soft Layers
Ask your stylist to add some soft layers at the ends of your locks!
44. Slight Volume
Add some slight volume to your hair to reimagine your usual style.
45. Off-Center Part
Easily switch up your perspective with a slightly off-center part.
Pull all of your hair over to one side and let your waves cascade over your shoulder.
47. Half Up
Pull a section of hair back and secure it with a bobby pin!
48. Messy Long Waves
Wear your waves long and messy for an easy and chic look.
49. Messy Highlights
Add a subtle but defining pop of color!
50. Soft Layers
Get rid of some of that classic thick-hair-heaviness with soft layers.
51. Highlight Your Hair
Add some icy cool highlights to brown waves for some real dimension.
52. Full Fringe
There’s nothing better than a full set of fringe on thick hair.
53. Slight Ombré
Add a slight ombré hue to lighten up your style.
54. Glamorous Waves
Wear your waves in a center part for an instant touch of glamour.