When you have thick hair, finding the right hairstyles and haircuts for your texture is no easy task. Think about it: while those with thin hair can rock a blunt bob like no other to help amp up their volume, when done with your hair type, chances are such a heavy look just won’t work. Ugh, the struggle. Luckily, like many things thought to be impossible, finding the best haircut for your hair type is actually totally doable. All it takes is determining which hairstyle will flatter your hair without making you look like a fluffy poodle. Ready to show off your thick hair? Whether you want to rock short, medium-length, or long hair, the following 31 hairstyles and haircuts for thick hair will allow you to do so.
HAIRSTYLE #1: BLUNT BANGS
One of the season’s trendiest hairstyles just so happens to be suited to thick hair. When you try to cut blunt bangs with thin hair, you’re left with stringy, separated hair that’s anything but blunt. But with thick hair? It’s like pulling a gorgeous drape across your forehead to top off your look. And, if you want to take it up a notch, ask your stylist to thin out your fringe ever so slightly to rock the curtain bang look everyone has been talking about. Whichever you choose, just be sure to avoid ultra-blunt corners, as that can sometimes look a tad too geometric with thick hair.
HAIRSTYLE #2: CHOPPY BOB
Bobs are seriously in style, but when paired with thick hair, the result can sometimes be too triangular. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean you have to avoid short hair—or even bobs—altogether. To avoid a pyramid hair scheme, consider a choppier bob with razor-cut ends to lighten things up. Not only will this cut give your hair a subtle edge to it, but it will take some much-needed weight off your shoulders too—literally.
HAIRSTYLE #3: LONG LAYERS
Ah, a real crowd-pleaser. When it comes to thick hair, opting for long layers (which despite the name, can also make for great short and medium-length hairstyles for thick hair) can help lighten up your overall mane while giving it some dimension. It’s best to opt for these layers, as opposed to short layers, because the shorter you go, the bulkier the cut can look—which is the last thing you need when working with thick hair.
HAIRSTYLE #4: ROUNDED BOB WITH SIDE BANGS
While shorter versions of a bob can take on a triangular shape on thick hair types, this look is a stylish exception. With layers that fall below the ear, strands flipped inward, and side-swept bangs that blend seamlessly with the overall haircut, this simple look is definitely one of our favorite bobs for thick hair. Best of all, all you need to top off this look is a mist of brushable hold hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray.
HAIRSTYLE #5: UNDERCUT
When it comes to hair, there’s a fine line between thick and bulky. If you want to maintain your length while taking away some of the weight, consider asking your stylist for a super-stylish undercut. The fun part about a close-cropped undercut is that you can keep it plain, or you can seek out a professional to detail your shave for a pretty peek-a-boo anytime you pull your hair up.
HAIRSTYLE #6: BLUNT LOB
Sure, bobs are an easy win in the hair world, but right now, there’s nothing like a lob. The reason for their popularity is clear; they’re the best of both worlds—not too short and not too long. Lobs are just a touch longer than a traditional bob and offer a gorgeous way to thin out thick hair. A blunt variation on this trend is particularly perfect for thick hair. The result? An A-list-worthy hairstyle that goes perfectly with everything from an evening out to a girl’s night in.
HAIRSTYLE #7: WAVY PIXIE BOB
While most bobs require precise styling to achieve a look, the wavy pixie bob—one of the best hairstyles for thick wavy hair—is the complete opposite. Since this cut highlights your texture while keeping a low length, all you need to bring this look to life is the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream. Apply an egg-sized amount to your hair and distribute evenly from root to tip. Scrunch hair gently and air dry. You can also opt to blow-dry with a diffuser if you’re pressed for time.
HAIRSTYLE #8: PIXIE CUT
Don’t think you can go super short? Think again! Cutting your hair into a short, fun haircut is actually a great way to easily manage your thick mane. That’s right, pixie cuts for thick hair are super chic and flattering. Pixies also happen to be totally on-trend and super easy to style, so they're basically a no-brainer.
Editor’s tip: Don’t believe us that a pixie cut is a no-hassle cut when it comes to styling? Grab a hair pomade, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty, and work it through your hair for an undone style that only takes a few seconds to create.
HAIRSTYLE #9: CHOPPY LAYERS
Just as a choppy bob can lighten things up and give your hair a subtle edge, choppy layers are a great alternative to long layers. You can rock them on any length of hair—short, medium, or long—and get an instant carefree, rocker-chic look.
HAIRSTYLE #10: SOFT LAYERS
When you have thick hair, layers can sometimes result in frizz. Soft layers are a great way to take some of the weight out of your mane, embrace your hair’s natural texture, and keep your layers from bringing about unwanted frizz.
HAIRSTYLE #11: FACE-FRAMING CUT
This haircut works best on those with thick hair to frame your face without taking away from the rest of your mane. You can rock this haircut with whatever length and style you choose, simply ask your stylist to add a few face-framing strands to your standard style.
HAIRSTYLE #12: STACKED BOB
If you want to sport short hair, a stacked bob is a great way to go. The stacked layers at the back of this haircut add structure and shape, making it easier for you to manage your thick locks.
HAIRSTYLE #13: ANGLED MEDIUM CUT
This is the perfect haircut for those who don’t want to give up their length but want their ‘do to be a little more manageable. The angled cut will give you shoulder-length hair at the back and longer layers at the front.
HAIRSTYLE #14: FEATHERED BOB
Ready to add a touch of sophistication to your short thick hair look? Look no further than the feathered bob. This hairstyle frames your face with thick strands that have a light wave for an elegant look. All you need to pull this look together is a hair mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Curve It Elastic Curl Mousse. Apply to damp hair, scrunch your strands and air dry. The ultimate no-fuss style, this look will become your favorite in no time.
HAIRSTYLE #15: SLICED BOB
Another bob option, a sliced bob, will give you shorter, light, jagged layers throughout your mane. These layers will remove some bulk from your thick hair while adding shape to the cut.
HAIRSTYLE #16: TEXTURED LAYERS
Textured layers are a great way to manage thick hair because they add plenty of movement to your mane and minimize the thickness of your hair. To make this cut work even better for you, you can also ask your stylist to thin out your hair with thinning shears. You can even add subtle balayage highlights to accentuate your layers and take this look to the next level.
Editor’s tip: Want to get an idea of the difference highlights can make in your hair? Play around with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Hair Color—it’ll only last until your next shampoo, so you can even have fun with bright colors.
HAIRSTYLE #17: V-SHAPE HAIRCUT
A V-shape haircut will add lots of long layers into your hair, all of which form a “V” point at the ends of your hair. The cut will create dimension and movement throughout your thick mane—just what you want.
HAIRSTYLE #18: U-SHAPE HAIRCUT
A U-shape haircut is similar to a V-shape haircut in that it involves adding plenty of long layers to your mane. The big difference is, it’s a subtler option where the ends of your hair curve into a “U” shape instead of forming a sharp point.
HAIRSTYLE #19: LAYERED LOB
Keep things short in the back and long in the front with a layered lob. The layers in this haircut will make your thick mane look bouncier and lighter.
HAIRSTYLE #20: TAPERED PIXIE WITH LONG SIDE BANGS
Tired of the traditional pixie cut? Take your look to the next level with a tapered pixie paired with long side bangs. This hairstyle is short in the back, with volume on the top and long, angled bangs that allow you to experiment with length and texture. Whether you have short hair or a medium length, you can pull off this look. To style this cut, take a pump of hair mousse, work evenly through your hair, and air dry. You can also amp up this style by defining your texture. Grab a dime-sized amount of hair putty and work through your hair for effortless definition.
HAIRSTYLE #21: STACKED LAYERS
You don’t have to be limited to a bob haircut when it comes to adding stacked layers into your hair. These layers can be combined with almost any style to create natural volume and texture while taking some of the extra thickness away from your mane.
HAIRSTYLE #22: SIDE-SWEPT BANGS
Add some shape to your haircut with side-swept bangs. They can be added to your look regardless of the length of your tresses and will look particularly stunning if paired with long layers. It’s a great option for framing your face!
HAIRSTYLE #23: SHAGGY BANGS
If you like the idea of bangs but think blunt bangs are too, well, blunt, shaggy bangs are a great alternative. They’re super low maintenance and totally on-trend.
HAIRSTYLE #24: RAZOR PIXIE BOB WITH IRREGULAR LAYERS
Layers are an easy way to add dimension to your look, and with short thick hair, you can count on making a chic statement. This razor pixie bob with irregular layers plays with different lengths for a stylish look without the traditional clean-cut look. Great for those with curly hair, wavy hair, and other textured manes, this look will add a flirty touch to your look.
HAIRSTYLE #25: MICRO BANGS
HAIRSTYLE #26: FEATHERED BANGS
Another alternative to blunt bangs, feathered bangs—also known as wispy bangs—are a softer option. Pair them with feathered layers for an overall romantic cut.
HAIRSTYLE #27: INVERTED BOB
For a look that can work at any age, the inverted bob is quite the option. This haircut is shorter in the back and longer at the front to give your hairstyle lots of movement.
HAIRSTYLE #28: ASYMMETRICAL BOB
Shorter on one side than the other, an asymmetrical bob is a fun, carefree haircut. The short length will make it easier for you to manage your thick hair.
HAIRSTYLE #29: A-LINE HAIRCUT
Similar to an asymmetrical lob, an A-line haircut is shorter in the front and longer in the back. This haircut is flattering regardless of length and texture—making it the perfect option for your thick hair.
HAIRSTYLE #30: OVERGROWN PIXIE
Want to lose a lot of your length but can’t quite commit to a pixie cut? An overgrown pixie stops at your ears, giving you the short hair you crave without completely parting with your length—a happy medium. This cut is particularly stunning on those who have thick, curly hair.
HAIRSTYLE #31: CHOPPY PIXIE BOB
Ready to play with length while giving your mane a nice lift? You may want to try the choppy pixie bob. This haircut stacks chunky layers on the back of your head with the nape trimmed for a stylish, clean-cut look. Perfect for short hair and medium lengths, this haircut will also look great on all hair types.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THICK HAIR
Apart from the cut you choose, how you care for your thick hair plays a big role in its everyday look. To make the most of your thick hair, consider switching up your hair care routine to implement a smooth result, which can help minimize added bulk caused by frizz and flyaways. To test this technique out for yourself, stock your shower with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner, and keep the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil In Serum on hand to work through your strands post-shower.