9 Fun and Kicky Short Hairstyles for Thick Hair

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Women who are born with thick hair have basically won the genetic lottery. More is more is more when it comes to hair, and you can never have too much of a good thing, especially when that good thing is a lush, thick mane. Looking for short hairstyles for thick hair shouldn’t be a problem for those brave enough to make the cut, as numerous options abound.

A fresh, new short ’do isn’t just a fun update; it’s also a way to stay on-trend while making the most of what you have. Check out a few of our favorite styles for short thick hair:

Fun and Fabulous Short Hairstyles for Thick Hair for Summer 2016

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Add a fringe to maximize movement. Photo credit: Dvora

1. Swingy bob

Those with thicker, wavy hair will really maximize the inherent texture in their hair type, as bobs tend to offer a lot of movement. Ask for a uniform chin-length chop, but with some layering on the sides, to really make the most of this look.


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The subtle details of the cut come to the fore with razored edges and a smooth blowout. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Angled lob

This look is characterized as being shorter in the back and longer towards the face, reaching just a few inches past the chin. This sleek, trés chic hairdo is easiest to wear for girls with straight hair, as the angles look sharpest when blow-dried or ironed sleek. Voilà, instant fashion-editor locks!


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Pair with some moody texture via a bit of gel… or simply air-dry, true ’90s-style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. ’90s bob

Remember that cut you got for your yearbook picture, where everything was all one length? Yeah, it’s back and taking names. The one-length bob, usually reaching between the ear and chin, flatters women with straight, thick hair and an oval or round face. Ed’s note: We think messy tips are super-cool and on-trend for this year.

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Whip your hair back and forth: Play with your partings to mix up the length. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Asymmetrical chop

Similar to the angled lob, but this one has sides that are unequal in length. This is best worn with a kicky side part, or an imprecise middle part with a slight flip on the ends. Popular in Asian countries (where a narrower, V-shaped jawline is the ideal), this cut camouflages harsher angles and literally will put your best face forward.


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Blunt, shiny and the ideal length for seducing dudes the world over. (Eyeliner optional.) Photo credit: Dvora

5. Cleopatra bangs

Can you say check meowt? This iconic chopped ’do popularized by none other than the Queen of the Nile showcases an in-your-face blunt fringe—meaning thick hair is the best texture to keep a cut like this on its best behavior. Best for straight (or straightened) hair, although we like how a bit of a wave can offer a rebellious, punky touch.


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Soft, romantic layers are this year’s “The Rachel.” Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Shoulder-length layers

Think of “The Rachel,” but quieter and shorter. This hairstyle is ideal for heart-shaped faces, or anyone who wants to reinforce the chin area without adding too much bulk to their face. Best worn with some bedhead texture, it looks particularly pretty with a slicked part and a flip at the tips where the layers end.


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Gamine and super-cute on rounder and heart-shaped faces. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Full-bodied pixie

Yes, these kinds of short hairstyles for thick hair can be done, as long as you have anywhere from straight to wavy hair. Ask your stylist for some longer lengths at your crown, and style by either piecing the bang area to the side or blow-drying upwards as you create the female version of a quiff.


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Think ice cream cone: The ‘fro should thin out at the nape. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Cropped afro

Natural-textured ladies and other curly girls, take note: This is a style that’s been gaining a lot of social media mileage due to its ease of wear and street-style cred. Ask for a baby afro that’s fuller at the crown, and which tapers ever so slightly towards the neckline for a chicer grow-out.


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Lush, near-virgin locks, in the hottest #tb cut! #yearbookswag Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Updated boy cut

Another throwback from the ’90s, this version now comes equipped with more democratic layers on the top that can be romantically swept to one side and tucked behind your ears. Ladies with straight or wavy hair and a round, oval or square-shaped face look especially fierce with this cropped style.

Which of these short hairstyles for thick hair fit into your look this summer?