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When you have thick hair, you’re likely used to two things: people constantly complimenting you on your enviable tresses and hair stylists not knowing exactly how to cut your hair. See, when you’re working with thick hair, as gorgeous as it may seem (and, OK, as it truly is), cutting it to look good 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 hair or long hair, the following 25 haircuts for thick hair will allow you to do so.
One of the season’s trendiest hairstyles just so happens to be suited for thick hair. When you try to cut blunt bangs with thin hair, the result can be stringy, separated, and 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, you can 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.
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.
Ah, a real crowd pleaser. When it comes to thick hair, opting for long layers (which despite the name, can work with short and long hairstyles) 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 a full head of hair.
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.
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. After making the cut, the end result is an A-list-worthy hairstyle that goes perfectly with everything from an evening out to a girl’s night in.
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. The cut also happens to be totally on-trend and super easy to style, so it’s 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.
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.
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.
This haircut works best on those with thick hair so that there’s plenty of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in your thick mane—just what you want.
A U-shape haircut is similar to a V-shape haircut in that it involves adding plenty of long layers into 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.
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.
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 away some of the extra thickness from your mane.
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!
For a more natural-looking, layered look, try feathered layers. The cut will add a soft blend of layers into your mane and will make your hair seem less thick.
If you like the idea of bangs but think blunt bangs are too, well, blunt for you, shaggy bangs are a great alternative. They’re super low maintenance and totally on-trend.
While micro bangs are not for everyone, they’re seriously trendy. This bold haircut will have all eyes on you, so make sure you pair it with an amazing makeup look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apart from the cut you choose, the way in which 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 smoothing strategy, which can help minimize any added bulk from frizz and fly-aways. 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.
Ready to move onto styling your thick hair? Head over to our article, 4 Easy Hairstyles for Thick Hair.