The Best Haircuts for Thick Hair

March 02, 2021
Angela Melero
By: Angela Melero | by L'Oréal
The Best Haircuts for Thick Hair
The saying “the grass is greener on the other side” holds some serious truth when it comes to the thickness of your hair. People with thin, fine hair always seem to be trying different products, haircuts and styling options to create hair that appears fuller and more voluminous. While those with thick hair to begin with experience their own set of challenges, especially when it comes to finding the right haircut. For these hair types, we consulted with Anna Wiles, a hairstylist at Cush Salon in Beverly Hills, to get her suggestions for the best haircuts for full, healthy hair.

Best Haircuts for Thick Hair: The Bob 

A bob haircut works really nicely with thicker strands, says Wiles. “For those with thick and straight hair, a super blunt base line that’s layered within is perfect,” she says. If you have thick and curly or coarse natural hair, your hair may not look so much as bob but more like an Afro because your natural texture scrunches up. 

Wiles also has some truth bombs to drop about shorter hairstyles: “The biggest misconception about short haircuts is that it makes daily styling and maintenance easier, which is not true, especially with thicker hair types. The shorter the hair, the more work you have to put into it.” That’s not to say you shouldn’t go for the shorter haircut if you want to, it’s just important to prepare yourself with the right products in your hair-care arsenal. We recommend texturizing spray like the Garnier Fructis Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray to give your thick hair a cute, tousled texture. 

Best Haircuts for Thick Hair: The Medium Cut With a Side of Bangs 


A happy medium could be the perfect length if you have thick hair. Go for a cut that hits an inch or two below your shoulders with some long layers. Wiles’ rule of thumb when chopping up thick hair is embracing texture and the tools that make it happen. “For some reason, there’s a stigma attached to texturizing shears,” says Wiles. “People are so afraid of them but when used correctly, they are a total godsend.” Shears are meant to take weight out of your hair naturally and seamlessly. To accentuate your medium cut with layers, use the Redken Texturize Fashion Waves 07 Sea-Salt Spray for effortless beachy texture. Another great way to take off a little hair weight and add some individuality is by opting for some fringe. Try some wispy, side-swept or blunt bangs to amp up your haircut.

Best Haircuts for Thick Hair: The Long, Layered Look 

Layers are a non-negotiable when dealing with thick, long hair, says Wiles. “I love adding a shorter layer that connects with other layers throughout the hair. It takes off some weight, adds some body and falls really beautifully.” If you have naturally straight or wavy hair, try a longer haircut with layers starting right above your shoulders. Make sure they are not just face-framing layers but actually incorporated throughout the hair to give it fullness. If you have naturally curly hair, layers are also great because they help add volume and shape. 
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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