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20 Incredible Short Hairstyles for Thick Hair

There’s a very simple way to make thick hair easier to deal with….cut it off! Chopping some of those luscious locks and keeping your mane short and sweet is often a great way to reduce styling time for those with thick hair. Check out these spectacular short hairstyles for thick hair and see which one works best for you!

#1 Textured and Tousled

Written by Carly Bowers

This look is so easy and super cute. It’s a great style for a casual day or fancy night out!

Short Textured Hairstyle for Thick Hair

Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Begin with dry hair and your bangs styled as desired.
  2. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron and working big sections, curl all of your hair.
  3. Once all hair is curled, use your fingers to separate the curls so that they look messy and not too perfect.
  4. Spray a texture spray all over your hair and use your fingers to separate the curls for a piecier look.

Recommended Products:

I love The Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray to add a textured, just-out-of-the-ocean look. It’s light and won’t get super sticky. Plus, it smells wonderful!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have short, thick hair with a little bit of a natural wave. A square face shape will be complemented by this style.

#2 Aú Naturel

Written by Carly Bowers

If you have short, super curly and incredibly thick hair, going totally natural is always a great option!

Natural Short Hairstyle for Thick Hair

Style by Cora Saxton, Cybles Hair Care Salon, St. Petersburg, FL

Natural Short Hairstyle for Thick Hair Back

Style by Cora Saxton, Cybles Hair Care Salon, St. Petersburg, FL

How To Style:

  1. Begin with damp hair.
  2. Apply a curl cream or mousse combined with a de-frizz serum or oil.
  3. Use a diffuser to dry your curls.

Recommended Products:

One of my favorite product combos for curls is Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam mixed with Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum. The serum will keep the frizz down and the mousse will define your curls!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Super curly hair that’s medium to thick in texture is ideal for this look. This look will flatter a heart or oval shaped face.

Tip:

Once you have put product in your curls, try to touch them as little as possible! Touching your hair too much can cause frizziness.

#3 Elegantly Editorial

Written by Carly Bowers

This editorial-ish look is such a fun way to transform your short hair into something trendy and edgy. The straight across bangs frame your face nicely as well.

Elegant Short Hairstyle for Thick Hair

Style by Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

Elegant Short Hairstyle for Thick Hair Back

Style by Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Begin with dry hair and your bangs styled as desired.
  2. Use a small curling iron to curl only the ends of your hair.
  3. Once all of your hair is curled, use a backcombing brush to backcomb the ends of your hair to create a fuller look.
  4. Spray everything with a strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

I love the Moroccan Oil Strong Finishing Hairspray. It’s lightweight but will still keep your hair in place all night.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If your short, thick hair is about chin length, this look is perfect for you. A square face shape will be complemented by this look.

#4 A Mohawked Mane

Written by Carly Bowers

If you have a ton of thick hair, keeping it extra short is such a great way to have a low maintenance look that takes little to no time to style!

Short Mohawk for Thick Hair

Style by Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Glen Mills, PA

Short Mohawk for Thick Hair Back

Style by Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Glen Mills, PA

How To Style:

  1. Begin with damp hair that has been prepped with a thickening spray.
  2. Use a blow dryer to style your hair back and away from your face.
  3. Once hair is completely dry, use a strong hold gel or molding cream to push your hair into a mohawk style.
  4. Spray your hair with a strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

I love Bumble and Bumble’s Gel. It’s a strong hold gel that won’t get too sticky or flaky.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Super thick hair with a slight natural wave is ideal for this look. A heart shaped face will be super complemented by this look as the height on the top of your head will elongate your face and highlight all of your best features!

#5 Just Right Ringlets

Written by Carly Bowers

These cute ringlet curls are such a great way to show off short thick hair. Adding a sparkly or decorative headband is just right to complement this look!

Short Curly Hairstyle for Thick Hair Front

Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

Short Curly Hairstyle for Thick Hair

Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. If you have naturally curly hair, apply a curl cream and use a diffuser to define your curls even further.
  2. If your hair is naturally wavy or even straight, use a 1-inch curling iron to curl small sections of your hair.
  3. Once all of your hair is curled, apply a bit of shine spray to your ends, then curl everything with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

If you opt to curl your hair to create a look like this, a heat protectant spray is definitely a necessary product to use. Spray Kevin Murphy’s Damage Manager on dry hair before you use any heat tools!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

As I mentioned above, straight OR naturally curly hair can work for this style! A square face shape will be softened by this look.

#6 The Asymmetrical A-Line

Written by Carly Bowers

Nothing adds flare to a hairstyle like a little asymmetry! Changing up your style like this will give you an edgier, trendier look that is sure to turn some heads.

asymmetrical-a-line-funky-light-brunette-cut-with-movement

Style by Flonnie Westbrook

asymmetric short hairstyle for thick hair

Style by Flonnie Westbrook

How To Style:

  1. Apply a mousse or root boosting product to the roots of wet hair.
  2. Using a medium-sized boar bristle round brush, blow dry your hair section by section until everything is dry.
  3. If desired, used a flat iron to smooth out your hair.
  4. Finish with a shine polish or serum on the ends.

Recommended Products:

I love my Sam Villa medium-sized boar bristle brush for just about every style. It holds up well even after plenty of use and will give you enough tension to pull your thick hair straight, and get it smooth!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Someone with asymmetrical features could benefit greatly from this haircut. It will balance out and disguise one eyebrow that is perhaps higher than the other!

Tip:

Be sure to ask your stylist to create plenty of layers. These will prevent the cut from looking bulky and too heavy.

#7 The Smoothed Out Sweetheart

Written by Carly Bowers

If it’s sleek and straight you want, then this is the look for you! Short hair looks fantastic when it’s smoothed out. It really allows your cut and color to shine and steal the show!

Smoothed out sweetheart short hairstyle for thick hair

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

Smoothed out sweetheart short side view

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a smoothing serum to wet hair.
  2. Using a flat paddle brush, dry your hair.
  3. Taking small sections, use a flat iron to smooth out your hair.
  4. Use a smoothing serum or shine paste on the ends of your hair.

Recommended Products:

I love Moroccan Oil when I’m flat ironing because it adds tons of shine and softness.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is great for those gals with thick hair that want to really accentuate a blunt bob or some fun color. Those with a longer or oval face are best suited to this style.

#8 The Edgy Asymmetrical

Written by Carly Bowers

This style is excellent for those thick haired girls who really don’t want much hair to have to deal with. Those with thick hair will have enough texture to create this funky fun style, but with the hair so short, it won’t take you much time at all to create the look!

Edgy asymmetrical short hairstyle for thick hair

Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

edgy asymmetrical short hairstyle

Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair with a paddle brush.
  2. If necessary, or desired, smooth out the hair with a flat iron.
  3. Using a styling paste or texture cream, create as much volume or smoothness as you want in the crown area.

Recommended Products:

I love Paul Mitchell’s Grooming Pomade for creating fun, edgy looks like this. A little goes a long way! Use it sparingly.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is great for those with a long, narrow face and those who want less hair to deal with.

Tip:

Styles like these require plenty of maintenance and you will probably need to be in the salon every 6-8 weeks getting the cut cleaned up.

#9 The Ultra Sassy Pixie

Written by Carly Bowers

This look puts a whole new spin on the pixie cut! Once again, here’s another style that is great for those gals who want less of their thick hair to deal with.

Ultra Sassy Pixie Violet short hairstyle for thick hair

Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

Ultra sassy pixie hairstyle for short hair

Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Dry your hair, smooth out bangs as desired with a flat brush, and then flat iron.
  2. Apply texture paste to create a more “undone” look if desired.

Recommended Products:

Kevin Murphy carries a great texture-creating product called Gritty Business. You only need a little bit though, so use it sparingly!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style rocks for those ladies with a longer, narrower face shape. I love a little pop of color in the front like what’s shown in the picture!

#10 The Flipped Out Fox

Written by Carly Bowers

Here’s another twist on an asymmetrical cut. It still allows for less styling time spent on your thick locks, but it allows you to rock something other than a typical straight across bob as well!

Flipped out fox short hairstyle for thick hair

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

foxy short hairstyles for thick hair

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair using a medium-sized boar bristle round brush.
  2. When dry, if desired, use a 1¼-inch curling iron to flip the ends of your hair out.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

I love Classic Hairspray by Bumble and bumble for light, but not crispy, finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is great for those wanting to soften harsh features, or for those with a narrow face.

#11 The Long Fringe Lady

Written by Carly Bowers

I love a short cut with a very defined and heavy bang. This style is absolutely perfect for my girls with thick hair because you have enough hair to give you a solid fringe to frame your pretty face!

Long Fringe Thick Hairstyle

Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

Long Fringe Thick Hairstyle Side View

Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a medium-sized boar bristle round brush.
  2. If desired, flat iron hair to give it a smoother, sleeker look.
  3. Apply texture cream to the ends of your hair to achieve a “piecier” look.

Recommended Products:

I like Brilliantine by Bumble and bumble for a light texture cream that will define your ends and give this fun cut a little extra “oomph!”

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This cut is perfect for those with a rounder face, or for anyone looking to soften harsh features.

#12 Modern Day Madness

Written by Carly Bowers

This style is one of my favorites for my thick haired gals. It allows you to keep the back short and easy to deal with, but the top can be big and bold. Thick hair allows you to get tons of texture on top and really make this look stand out!

How To Style:

  1. Using a small round brush, dry your hair section by section.
  2. If desired, smooth down your hair using a flat iron.
  3. Using a light texture cream, run your fingers through your hair, and separate pieces to achieve the look seen in the photo.

Recommended Products:

Styling Wax by Bumble and bumble would work well for this look. Be careful to keep it away from your roots though! Focus on only the ends as it will make your roots greasy.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for those girls who have a small face. The height you can gain on top will lengthen your face!

Tip:

No need to be too perfect when styling this look. Messy is great, so go with whatever your hair wants to do.

#13 The Piecey Pixie

Written by Carly Bowers

Here’s yet another variation on a pixie cut. It’s a bit edgy and with some awesome color, you are sure to turn heads with this short ‘do.

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair and if desired, smooth out the hair with a flat iron.
  2. Using a texture cream, use your fingers to separate pieces of hair and create volume and body in the crown area if desired.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Give Paul Mitchell’s Grooming Pomade a shot when styling this look. It has enough hold to give you the texture you’re looking for, but it doesn’t dry shiny and wet looking.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great if you are hoping to soften harsh features or disguise a long forehead. The bang in front gives you plenty of styling options!

#14 The Turned Up Tottie

Written by Carly Bowers

Here’s a style that puts a spin on your everyday bob that will also adds some flare and personality to your cut. Plus, it’s extra simple to achieve…score!

How To Style:

  1. Begin by blow drying your hair using a medium-sized boar bristle round brush.
  2. When your hair is completely dry, take small sections, and using a 1¼-inch curling iron, flip up the ends of your hair.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try a Hot Tools curling iron to get that extra flipped out look. Their products are awesome and always hold up!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style would work well for those gals looking to elongate a round face.

#15 The Layered Lass

Written by Carly Bowers

Nothing makes thick hair easier to style than adding in some layers! If you have an above the shoulder length cut and want to remove some weight, give layering a shot.

Layered Lass short hairstyle for thick hair

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

Layered Lass short hairstyle for thick hair Side View

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

How To Style:

  1. Using a round brush, blow dry your hair.
  2. If desired, smooth over your hair with a flat iron.
  3. Apply a smoothing serum to the ends of your hair.

Recommended Products:

Try Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell to get your ends looking extra shiny and sleek!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for those with a rounder face. Extra thick haired girls will love the weight that some simple layering removes.

Tip:

Be sure to keep your flat iron at a reasonable temperature for your hair. Too much heat can fry the ends which will leave you with a whole new set of problems! Most hair doesn’t need a hot tool set at over 300 degrees.

#16 The Curled Cutie

Written by Carly Bowers

Nothing spices up a short style like adding a little bit of curl! This style is extra simple to create and it adds an element of fanciness to an otherwise ordinary cut.

Curled Cutie Charming Wavy Look

Style by Jamie Hendrix

Curled Cutie Charming Wavy Look Side View

Style by Jamie Hendrix

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair using a flat paddle brush.
  2. Using a 1-inch curling iron, take small sections and curl all of your hair.
  3. Finish with a light holding hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try L’Oreal Professional Infusium 3 Hairspray for a nice finish that won’t leave your hair crispy and crunchy.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for anyone wanting to soften harsh features or for those with a narrow or square shaped face.

#17 The Volumized Vixen

Written by Carly Bowers

Sometimes a little volume is all a girl needs to really make an ordinary hair day extraordinary. Get out your round brush and get to rolling, ladies!

Volumized Vixen Short Style for Medium Hair

Style by Alex Goldhammer & Lia Hawthorne The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

Volumized Vixen Short Style for Medium Hair Back View

Style by Alex Goldhammer & Lia Hawthorne The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Using a medium-sized boar bristle brush, blow dry your hair in small sections.
  2. Once hair is completely dry, back comb hair at the roots for extra volume if desired.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

I love the “little wonder” brush by Spornette for back combing. It is a must have tool for any of my volume chasing girls!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Try this look if you want to make a round face look lengthened. Extra thick hair with lots of layers will add plenty of extra volume and body.

#18 Short and Sweet and Extra Neat

Written by Carly Bowers

I say “neat” because this blunt cut creates an element of neatness and class! It’s a classic look that thick haired girls simply can’t go wrong with.

Short and Sweet and Extra Neat Retro Style For Thick Hair

Style by Janet Reid

Short and Sweet and Extra Neat Retro Style For Thick Hair Side View

Style by Janet Reid

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair using a medium-sized boar bristle round brush.
  2. If a smoother, straighter look is desired, smooth over your hair with a flat iron.
  3. Finish by applying a smoothing serum or shine spray.

Recommended Products:

I love Shine by Bumble and bumble. It’s an aerosol spray, so be sure to spray it in your hands and then apply it to the hair on only the mid shaft and ends. It can get greasy if you just use it as a spray!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great for those with a long, narrow, heart or oval shaped faces.

Tip:

The cut shown here has little to no layers. This can be a great thing for thick haired girls, but it also doesn’t allow for any weight to be removed. If you have incredibly thick hair, this might not be the look for you. Your stylist will be able to advise you on the best thing for you!

#19 The Sassy Spikey

Written by Carly Bowers

There are few things I love more than a girl who can rock short, sassy hair, and still be feminine and gorgeous. With a little product, your short spikey ‘do will make all the other long haired girls jealous!

How To Style:

  1. Begin by drying hair using a flat paddle brush.
  2. If a straighter look is desired, use a flat iron to smooth hair.
  3. Using a texture cream, use your fingers to separate pieces of hair and “mess up” the hair around the crown of your head.

Recommended Products:

Try Sumo Tech by Bumble and bumble to achieve the spikey, sassy look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is awesome for girls with tiny, petite faces. The longer bangs will also frame your face well and draw attention to your eyes.

#20 The Heavy Banged Hottie

Written by Carly Bowers

I love love love a thick, prominent bang paired with a cute, short haircut. These blunt bangs will draw a ton of attention to your eyes and will make your face the main attraction!

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair using a medium round brush.
  2. When hair is dry, smooth over each section using a flat iron.
  3. Use a texture cream or wax to smooth out bangs and give a messier, “undone” look as seen in the photo above.

Recommended Products:

I love Undressed by Kevin Murphy. It’s a texture cream with a smooth finish that is perfect for making a heavy fringe look shiny and for “roughing up” the rest!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is great for those looking to disguise a bigger forehead, or for someone with a long, narrow face.

See? Short hair isn’t so scary after all! As I mentioned before, it’s a great way for those of you with thick hair to get rid of some of your mane and cut a few extra minutes off your styling time. Next time you go to visit your stylist, don’t be shy when the scissors make an appearance. Take the plunge and chop off a few extra inches!