Thick hair is characterized by its density. Generally wavy, coarse or curly, thick hair has a higher density and more hair follicles, giving the appearance of a luscious and full head of hair. But it is also one that comes with its own unique set of issues: Challenging to dye, difficult to chemically relax and even issues with basic drying are just a few grievances we hear from the thick-haired set. However, having such an incredibly full head of hair means that it’s usually less susceptible to damage and breakage, making it one of the most resilient hair types. That said, finding the right hairstyles for thick hair can be challenging as you search for something that gives you enough hold without weighing hair down.
Read on to discover some of the most stunning hairstyles that we think look great on thick hair:
Top Hairstyles for Thick Hair
1. Choppy Layered Hair
Women with long, thick hair can benefit by adding some subtle layers to their look. Multi-lengths perform some serious hair magic as they add a unique structure to your face while taking some bulk away from your thick locks.
2. Blunt Bangs
Another way to add texture is to add some blunt bangs. This style can accentuate your face while adding dimension to your features.
3. Long Curls
Great for medium to long hair, women who have long, thick hair can mix up their look with a subtle, yet glamorous change. Use a really wide curling wand to loop around your locks, keeping them low as the focus shifts to your thick and voluminous strands. Lock in the style from your awesome curls using some hairspray, like Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Hairspray whose formula helps give you serious control. Plus, you’ll love how instantly it dries!
4. Low Pony
If you love length, play with your thick hair by varying your ponytail. This classic look puts the focus on your face as it gets your thick hair out of your eyes.
5. Thick Braids
Another way to mix up your look is to enhance it with braids. The beauty of thick hair is its incredible hold and density. Use that to your advantage as you play with various braid styles, testing out braided crowns, fishtail braids and the waterfall trend.
6. Half Updo
For some, thick hair can feel heavy and will probably annoy you if you always leave it down. Sweep half of your hair into a half updo with a sturdy clip or barrette to feel weightless all day long.
7. Spiky Short Crop
Not just for the dudes, a really short and spiky haircuts is another way to get thick locks under control. This edgy look allows you to lose some of your bulk as you experiment with varying degrees of length on your crown. You can also have fun with this look by playing with any length you have by using some hair gel. Try Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel, whose formula helps give short hair strong hold and helps infuse texture and shape into strands.
8. Voluminous Bob
For those who don’t want multiple layers, opt for a one-layer bob. You’ll have to play around with this style everyday, but the look will still retain its overall volume. Big hair, don’t care!
9. Wavy Lob
An wavy lob highlights your breaks up your thick hair, while also highlighting your facial features. This look will also make your hair feel lighter with its bouncy and versatile layers.
10. Thick Waves
Got thick and naturally wavy hair? This is a cute style for you. If you don’t have naturally wavy hair, you can also use a curl wand to achieve this look. Prep hair with a heat protectant, like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, then use your want to create soft waves.
11. Thick Afro
We’re huge advocates for wearing your natural hair loud and proud. The bigger the hair, the harder they stare so make it worth their while. Fluff hair out at the root for a maximal impact.