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
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!
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. Achieve this silky and full-body finish by washing with Suave Professionals Collagen Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner.
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.
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.
6. Shoulder-length layers
Think of “The Rachel,” but quieter and shorter. This hairstyle is ideal for heart-shaped faces. Best worn with some bedhead texture, it looks particularly pretty with a slicked part and a flip at the tips where the layers end.
7. Full-bodied pixie
Yes, these kinds of short hairstyles for thick hair can be done. It’s ideal if you have anywhere from straight to wavy hair. Ask your stylist for some longer lengths at your crown. Style by either piecing the bang area to the side or blow-drying upwards as you create the female version of a quiff.
8. Cropped afro
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. Maintain moisture and happy curls with a leave-in product designed specifically for curls, like Emerge My Mane BFF Leave-In Conditioner.
9. 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.
10. Add Some Balayage
Giving your hair some balayage highlights is a great way to add depth and texture to your short cut. It’s great for thicker hair types because it sections off hair, creating some space and the illusion that your hair isn’t as thick.