Short hairstyles for thick hair: 9 Looks that’ll work a treat

Want a manageable and stylish, new crop for your thick hair? Head right this way to discover our top short haircuts for thick hair...

Hair alert: we’ve hunted out some of the most flattering short hairstyles for thick hair! Why you ask? Because we know that as much as you love having a thick mane, we’ve got to admit, it can sometimes be a pain to style – especially if you want to rock a shorter cut!

So read on to discover 9 trendy ‘dos to complement your luscious locks, and give you a look that feels light and super stylish.


9 short haircuts for thick hair


1. Long bob with bangs

Short hairstyles for thick hair: Model backstage at fashion show with her dark brown hair in a long bob with bangs. Model is wearing a black top and soft red lipstick.
Opt for a long bob with bangs for a style statement on your thick mane. Credit:

A longer bob that sits just above the shoulders is a great choice if you don’t want to go super short. For easy styling and maintenance, don’t forget to ask your stylist to cut in some light layers to help remove any excess weight at the bottom. If you have a square, oval or heart-shaped face, you might also want to cut in a piecey fringe to give the look more edge.

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Tip: Work this effortless cut with natural-looking wavy textures by using TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. Simply spray evenly over damp or dry hair to create rough texture and tousled waves.


2. Wavy lob

Short hairstyles for thick hair: Woman with a wavy long bob touching her hair. Woman is wearing a white top with black polka dots and smiling at the camera.
A wavy long bob is a perfect way to show off your thick mane. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Just like the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and Margot Robbie, wavy long bobs (AKA lobs) are an ideal way to show off your thick mane.

When looking for short styles for thick hair, a long bob is a safe choice and thankfully flattering too. Still long enough to style and pin back, but short enough to get rid of that heavyweight that thick hair can have, a long bob is effortlessly stylish.


3. Asymmetrical bob

Short hairstyles for thick hair: Ashley Bell with straight ginger hair cut into a asymmetrical bob. Ashley is wearing a off the shoulder dress at a red carpet event.
Give your thick hair an edge with this asymmetrical bob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Need inspiration on short hairstyles for women with thick hair? Then allow us to introduce the red carpet favourite; asymmetrical bob.

To get the look ask your stylist to cut your hair while in a side parting, leaving one side slightly longer than the other. The end result will be a beautifully cut asymmetrical bob worthy for any event.

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Editor’s tip: If you’re thinking of emulating this straight finish, ensure you protect your tresses with a generous spritz of TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray. Spray liberally onto your hair before blow-drying and heat styling to keep it shiny and incredibly soft.


4. Wavy pixie cut

Short hairstyles for thick hair: Model backstage at fashion show with dark brown pixie cut. Model is fresh faced with minimal makeup.
Universally flattering, a pixie cut is a thick-haired girl’s best friend. Credit:

Blessed with hair that’s both thick and full of delicious-looking waves? Then get this fab version of the classic pixie cut by working in rough, subtle layers to show off your waves. With a short style like this, all you need is a small amount of styling wax to help control your natural waves but without any loss of movement and shape. The result is a look that’s both charming and stylish!


5. Undercut pixie

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This close-cropped pixie works perfectly with dense hair and will give you a style with plenty of texture and personality.


6. Retro coiffed hair

woman with natural hair updo
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Timeless styles don’t get more iconic than a chic, perfectly-coiffed updo. It looks super elegant and it’s practical, as it keeps hair out of your face. This style is giving us all the feels.


7. Rounded bob with fringe

Short hairstyles for thick hair: Woman with medium brown shoulder length hair with rounded bangs. Woman is wearing a white t-shirt with a black cami top over the top.
Rounded bob with bangs will give your tresses a chic look. Credit: Dvora

Want to update your bob? Try to give it a rounded shape for a contemporary look that feels bold but totally wearable. Ask your stylist to make sure that you have a strong and defined bob with a few very subtle layers at the ends to prevent it from looking too heavy.

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Editor’s tip: If your tresses need that added boost, reach for the TONI&GUY 3D Volumiser Spray. Mist onto towel-dried hair focusing on roots before blow-drying. For an added boost, spritz onto dry hair whilst styling.


8. Side-swept pixie cut

woman with side-swept pixie cut
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It’s time to pump up the volume with this head-turning side-swept pixie cut. While short haircuts for women with thick hair doesn’t always mean extra volume, it’s safe to say you’re over halfway there with this cropped ‘do.


9. Stacked bob cut

Short hairstyles for thick hair: Side view of a woman with a stacked dark brown hair with a soft fringe. Woman is wearing a striped top and red lipstick.
Make the most of your thick tresses with a stacked bob.

A classic bob cut can end up looking a little triangular in shape on those of us with thicker hair, so it’s not surprising that many women think it’s not a flattering look. But by making a few changes, the graphic appeal of a cool, edgy bob is definitely within reach! So, if you’re looking for short hairstyles for thick hair that instantly exude laid-back and effortless stylishness, the stacked bob cut is a perfect choice. To get this hairstyle, just ask your stylist to add stacked layers that are longer towards the bottom of your bob and shorter on top.

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Editor’s tip: Give your tresses an added boost of texture with a spritz of TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray. Ideal for giving your tresses a lightweight hold with all-day movement, this hairspray is a hair essential.


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