60 Best Hairstyles and Haircuts for Thick Wavy Hair in 2019

Watch out for the big waves.

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.

woman with light ombre hair worn in a middle parting and waves
Double texture with this look.

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.

haircuts for thick wavy hair layers
This haircut for thick hair is a recipe for success.

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.




haircuts for thick wavy hair loose waves
Loose waves are a great way to rock this style.

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.


haircuts for thick wavy hair on red hair
It’s easy to go glam with your wavy ‘do.

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 TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. Proceed to twist hair around a closed flat iron, creating a looser, more angular bend in the hair.


haircuts for thick wavy hair: lob
The easy-breezy lob: effortlessly cool from morning errands to everything else.

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 Bed Head By TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused 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.


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A chic face-framing bob for thick hair.

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.

haircuts for thick wavy hair ombre
Brown-to-blonde is the ultimate color.

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.

haircuts for thick wavy hair vintage victory rolls
Victory roll barrels on the hairline are a hallmark of fabulous vintage-inspired style. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

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.


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Long and sexy, curtain waves have never met a face shape they can’t flatter.

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.

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Full bangs have the power to elevate nearly any look by keeping the focus on the eyes and hairline.

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.


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Long textured bobs show off your thick wavy hair in style. Photo credit: Dvora

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.

haircuts for thick wavy hair half-up styles
Half up, half down styles show off your gorgeous waves.

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.


haircuts for thick wavy hair on long hair
Transform your waves into curls with the help of the curling iron.

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.

haircuts for thick wavy hair lob
Asymmetrical bobs make for a chic and gorgeous style!

14. Asymmetrical

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.

haircuts for thick hair shag
Shaggy styles can help show off your natural texture and body. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

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.

thick wavy hair side bangs
Sideswept bangs are a great addition!

16. Side Bangs

Cut a thick fringe of side bangs into your thick wavy style.

thick wavy hair messy bun
The messier, the better!

17. Messy Bun

Gather your thick hair up into a loose messy bun.

thick wavy hair half updo
Pull half your hair up in this easy style.

18. Half Updo

Keep your hair out of your face with a chic and easy half updo.

thick wavy hair brown hat
When in doubt, add a hat.

19. Wear a Beanie

When in doubt, throw a hat on over your hair.

thick wavy hair bob
Add some curls to your thick bob.

20. Thick Bob

We love how wavy hair curls up into a short bob.

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Amp up the volume!

21. Major Volume

Tease the front of your hair to add some major volume to your thick strands.

thick wavy hair silky waves
You can’t go wrong with soft and silky waves.

22. Silky Waves

Comb your strands for soft and silky long waves.

thick wavy hair side volume
Add some extra volume!

23. Extra Volume

Flip your hair over to the opposite side of where you usually part it to add some extra volume.

thick wavy hair side part casual
Pull your hair over to one side!

24. Side Part

Comb your hair into a side part for a more casual and laidback look.

thick wavy hair shag
The shag is back!

25. The Shag

Thick hair is the ideal base for a classic shag.

thick wavy hair loose waves
Try these classic loose waves.

26. Loose Waves

Long thick and wavy hair is the ideal base for loose waves.

thick wavy hair red bob
Add some waves to your bob for added texture and volume.

27. Wavy Bob

This classic bob takes on a new level dimension when worn with thick wavy hair.

thick wavy hair messy volume
Sometimes messy is best.

28. Messy Volume

Add easy messy volume by spritzing your roots with your favorite Volumizing dry shampoo.

thick wavy hair messy long
Grow your waves out for a strong, statement style.

29. Messy Long Hair

There’s nothing more beautiful than long wavy hair.

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These long waves are totally #hairgoals.

30. Long Silky Waves

Use your hairbrush to comb through your hair for the silkiest waves.

thick wavy hair long messy waves
You can’t go wrong with a classic!

31. Classic Waves

These classic waves are long, messy and classically beautiful.

thick wavy hair honey brown side part
This soft honey brown hue is one of the hottest hair colors of the season.

32. Honey Brown Hues

Consider adding some dimension to your hair color for the ultimate silky brown strands.

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Add some definition!

33. Defined Waves

Give your waves some extra definition for a more striking texture.

thick wavy hair defined highlights
Make your waves pop with some defined highlights.

34. Defined Highlights

Ask your stylist to add some small highlights to define your waves even more!

thick wavy hair classic waves
A classic style is always a good idea.

35. Classic Waves

Thick waves are a classic style for a reason!

thick wavy hair caramel waves
We love this caramel hue!

36. Caramel Waves

No matter how beautiful your hair texture is, everyone gets bored sometimes. Revamp your style with a caramel-colored hue.

thick wavy hair brushed windswept
Brush through your waves for an easy and undone look.

37. Brushed-Through

Brush through your waves for a classic windswept style.

thick wavy hair old Hollywood
Reimagine a timeless look.

38. Old Hollywood Reimagined

Reimagine classic hollywood waves with this longer, more glamorous style.

thick wavy hair blonde messy lob
Add some mess to your tresses.

39. Messy Lob

The messier, the better!

thick wavy hair white hair
Proof that this look is totally timeless!

40. White Strands

We love thick, wavy white hair! There’s nothing more glamorous than this classic style.

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Icy hues are in this season!

41. White Blonde Hues

Try this icy hair color!

thick wavy hair voluminous
The bigger the better!

42. Mega-Volume

Use a teasing comb to add mega volume to your long waves.

thick wavy hair tucked back cetner
Pull your hair back and out of your way.

43. Tucked Back

Tuck your hair back behind your ears for a chic and unexpected look.

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Soften your style with subtle layers.

44. Soft Layers

Ask your stylist to add some soft layers at the ends of your locks!

thick wavy hair slight volume
Add just a touch of volume.

45. Slight Volume

Add some slight volume to your hair to reimagine your usual style.

thick wavy hair slight side part
Move your part over fora chic, off-center look.

46. Off-Center Part

Easily switch up your perspective with a slightly off-center part.

thick wavy hair sideswept
Pull it all over to one side!

47. Sideswept

Pull all of your hair over to one side and let your waves cascade over your shoulder.

thick wavy hair side part light brown
Add some definition with a dramatic side part.

48. Side Part

Section your waves into a side part.

thick wavy hair half up
Pull half your hair back for a chic evening-ready look.

49. Half Up

Pull a section of hair back and secure it with a bobby pin!

thick wavy hair messy long waves
Wear it long and wear it messy.

50. Messy Long Waves

Wear your waves long and messy for an easy and chic look.

thick wavy hair messy highlights
This subtle pop of color is sweet and easy.

51. Messy Highlights

Add a subtle but defining pop of color!

thick wavy hair layered
Soften your style with subtle layers.

52. Soft Layers

Get rid of some of that classic thick-hair-heaviness with soft layers.

thick wavy hair icy blonde highlights
This subtle sheen makes a big statement!

53. Highlight Your Hair

Add some icy cool highlights to brown waves for some real dimension.

thick wavy hair half-up
Add some volume to the crown of your head!

54. Half-Up Style

Pull the front of your hair back to keep it off your face and out of your way.

thick wavy hair full fringe
A full fringe makes a major statement.

55. Full Fringe

There’s nothing better than a full set of fringe on thick hair.

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56. Easy Waves

Air dry your hair for the easiest waves.

thick wavy hair center part slight ombre
We love this subtle ombré.

57. Slight Ombré

Add a slight ombré hue to lighten up your style.

thick wavy hair center part long waves
Amp up the glam factor with these gorgeous waves.

58. Glamorous Waves

Wear your waves in a center part for an instant touch of glamour.

thick wavy hair brown lob
This wavy lob is #hairgoals.

59. Wavy Lob

This is the ultimate length for a tousled, wavy bob.

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