Medium-length hairstyles for thick hair are a way to cut and style your hair to enhance and flatter your natural volume. The only problem most women with a dense mane has is not knowing how to work their hair properly and end up having a medium-length hairstyle with no movement! Your number one goal should be to make your hair become more dynamic and smooth to make up for all that weight your hair has. You’ll want to make use of layered cuts that will suit your face shape best.
Going mid-length allows you to have versatile styling options as well as the ability to pull your hair up into a cute ponytail or a sophisticated updo. Haircuts ranging from the shoulder down to the chest is the best hair length for thick hair. They compliment almost all face shapes and a wide range of hair textures, so there is really nothing to worry about! Having thick tresses is all about choosing the right shape and texture that will suit you beautifully. Bring your look to perfection with one of these cute medium length haircuts for thick hair.
Before your next hair appointment, check out these pictures of the best medium hairstyles for thick hair.
Shoulder Length Lob
Ask for a shoulder-length lob if you want to make your heavy locks feel lighter. The good thing is it’s also super flattering on most face shapes. Shoulder-length thick hair can be layered or kept one length depending on the movement you want or how sleek you like to wear it. Opting for a little texture can add lift to your hair, which may be used to feeling weighed down.
Great Medium Cut for Women Over 40
Feathered layering can do wonders for haircuts for thick hair of medium length, as it balances it out by taking away the bulk.
Medium Hairstyle With Deep Side Part
Medium-length haircuts with a deep side part are great for women with thick hair. Ask for a tapered or textured haircut to remove bulk weight so that the hair looks airy and light. Sometimes layers can make haircuts for medium-length thick hair look choppy and motionless. Finish with straight blowout and a deep side part to create effortless volume.
Shoulder Length Cut for Thick Wavy Hair
A shoulder-length cut for thick wavy hair is the perfect way to go shorter without worrying about too much volume building up. Thicker-haired ladies tend to worry about going shorter. The shorter they go, the more triangular and widening their hair may become. Yet, shoulder-length hairstyles for thick wavy hair can be a great way to keep the weight at bay.
Angled Bob Cut for Medium Thick Hair
Long layers are what you need to put texture on a slanted mid-length straight lob like this. Have some shadow roots and babylights, and you’re sure to rock this one out.
Textured Shoulder Length Cut
Go shaggy with this heavily layered shoulder length cut with choppy ends and a trendy ombre! It has lots of movement and the bangs add to the volume.
Heavy Choppy Layers for Thick Hair
What could be more trendsetting than this pink lived-in shag with cute bangs? You surely won’t have any difficulty styling and maintaining one of the most trendy medium length hair styles for thick hair!
Mid-Length Shaggy Haircut
Elevate your look with one of these effortless medium curly hairstyles for thick hair. It’s super casual and fun. There are truly lots of layers going on here and it’s working!
This is one of the easiest medium haircuts for thick hair to style! It’s a really smart and edgy look to try if you’re a low maintenance type of gal. The blonde ombre with dark natural roots, the messy waves, and the choppy angled ends all contribute to how gorgeous yet easy this style is!
Long Thick Layers
This medium hairstyle is a bob with soft face-framing layers. “I just love the way the subtle balayage showcases the texture and movement of the cut,” says hair artist and style creator Lindsay Accomando of Roanoke, VA.
“I think curtain bangs/soft face framing is flattering on all face shapes if it customized properly. It creates a diamond shape which cuts off bold features and focuses on the eyes and the lips,” she adds.
Medium Length Layered Bob
This medium length layered bob was created by hair artist Carrie Miller Murtaugh of Navarre, OH. “Gorgeous medium hairstyles for thick hair will often focus on layers,” states Murtaugh.
“This look does require some styling, so it’s best to use a round brush to blow it out. Then use a flat iron to create loose waves,” she advises.
Thick Beachy Waves
“This hair is a shoulder length blunt cut with internal graduations, and the finishing was done with the Babyliss, creating a beachy and stripped style,” explains Josi Fidelis, hairstylist and style creator from Camaragibe, PE.
This is the perfect look for women looking for low-maintenance medium length haircuts for thick hair. This is a timeless hair, and it matches oval and round faces.
“@hairtalkusa extensions were added to this hairstyle to create the V-shaped cut,” explains stylist Emily Kaczur of West Palm Beach, FL.
“Adding a few pieces of extensions to create the hair design you desire is a great way to have a new hair look,” she adds.
Layered U-Cut for Thick Haired Women
This look is a round layered medium haircut finished with a smooth blowout. It was created by independent hairstylist Shannon Mompeller of Los Angeles, CA.
“I love that the layers in this look offer women versatility in case you wants to curl your hair. Layers help curls hold and look better, as short hair pushes into long hair,” she adds. “The layers also add movement and volume to thicker hair. Thick hair is easy to look very weighed down and heavy, so in this case, the layers help lighten up her look.”
This haircut can be flattering on most face shapes. Depending on your face shape, would depend on how short the layering and face-framing layers can be. When it comes to hair products, Mompeller loves Smoothing Balm from Number 4 Hair Care. It helps tremendously with blow drying coarse, thick mane, preventing it from frizzing up later.
Layered Cut for Mid Length Hair
A layered cut for mid-length hair works wonders on thicker hair to have some style. Thick hair loves a medium-length cut as it reduces the weight and lifts the hair up. The layers are able to flow a little lighter and look great a little more textured, too.
This medium length hairstyle is a lob haircut for thick hair that gives your more movement and texture. Hairstylist and style creator Melissa Sikora of Wakefield, MA explains her method of achieving this style. “Some dry cutting and texturizing were done once the hair was dry. I used a 1 1/2 inch curling iron to give her hair a bend and finished with KMS Dry Wax texture spray. We also maintain the smooth, frizz-free manageability of her locks with an express keratin treatment every 3 months.”
This is one of the best medium length hairstyles for thick hair for versatility. It’s definitely one of the most popular cuts. There are certain aspects of it that can be customized to be better for thick hair like adding shorter layers, bangs to complement face shape or more textured ends.
“The best advice I could give to anyone is not to wash their hair every day! Dry shampoo is a must! If you haven’t found one you love yet, ask your stylist for a recommendation suited for your hair type,” adds Sikora. “Dry shampoos are not all created equal but when you find the right one for you it’s life changing! It helps to save some much time too, so if a lower maintenance routine is something you’re looking for this is all you need! With this style you can blow it out straight, flat iron it, or use an iron to throw some waves in the top layer, rake your finger through it and you have that just walked out of the salon look!”
Medium Shag Hairstyles for Thick Hair
“I decided on this medium length shag haircut for one good reason,” explains celebrity hairstylist and style creator Tanya Quintero Abriol of Pasadena, CA. “She has curly hair, so the layers really complement her when she wears it natural.”
The number one thing for shoulder length hairstyles for thick hair is that they will absolutely need product.
Tanya recommends some of her favorites, “one of my ‘go to’s’ to start with is a leave-in conditioner. Consider Bumble and Bumbles invisible oil primer, as it’s awesome and great for maintaining moisture. Followed by a foam wrap lotion, it’s awesome for anyone who has texture in their hair. Of course, there are different holds, Kera Care, Mazani, & Shea Moisture are all brands that carry this.”
Ideal For Thick Curly Hair
This thick curly hair was created by stylist Bella Frada of London, ON. This medium length hairstyle is for women who have embraced their naturally thick curls and is committed to curly hair.
“We shaped her curls in a way to make them stand out from the crowd and updated with a fashion color to make a bit of pop,” says Frada.
It’s low maintenance and very easy to manage and refresh in the morning before you head out for your work day.
Mid-Length Cut for Women Over 50 with Thick Hair
It that has tons of movement in the interior while maintaining a stronger shape on the bottom. This style is perfect for a woman who is growing out a stacked bob or women who would like to add some life and fun to their shoulder length hair. This cut works for all hair types but really shines on medium to coarse hair.
“Styling for this cut can be done with a round brush, large barrel curling iron, or flatiron,” adds Olivas. “My products of choice for this look are mousse for volume, blow-dry cream with a light hold on the midshaft to ends for the body, and a paste or pomade to piece out the layers after heat styling. You can finish with a light-hold hairspray if desired.”
Medium to Long Face-Framing Layers
This medium to long cut is a shaggy layered haircut with a slight A-line perimeter. It was created by Sonia Yarkhani, a hairstylist and salon owner in Toronto, ON. She explains, “the cut was done to elongate the front of her hair while creating volume and width around her hair. The soft waves are enough just to add texture and bring the layers to life.”
This haircut is great for women who don’t want to go to a bob length, but can’t handle the super long hairstyles. This works best on women who have a medium to thick density. It can work with a lot of face shapes because the A-line perimeter helps to elongate and the shaggy concave layering can create width and volume.
Products you should consider for this style is a beach texture spray to add volume and movement and a dry texture spray to finish the hairstyle.
Collarbone Length Inverted Lob
This collarbone length inverted bob cut was created by stylist Maria Papadopoulou of Bryn Mawr, PA. It’s when the hair is gradually shorter in the back then goes gradually longer in the front.
“Your hair can be thick, thin, curly, or straight, and it works,” she explains. “You can do this look shorter, medium or into an inverted lob, which is a longer bob. It’s extremely trendy and not something that really ever goes out of style.”
The styling products Maria uses is her brand of products called Koukla by Maria. “This look is great with a mousse (Aphrodite Argan Mousse) and a sticky texturizing paste-like (Apollo spiking paste) and finishes it off with a shine spray (Athena shine spray),” she states.
Medium Layers for Thick Hair
This medium length hairstyle is wispy with textured layers. It was created by hairstylist Mandy Royce of Glastonbury, CT. “The greatest part of this look is definitely the dimension. I believe all hair needs that or else it will look dull and flat” says Royce.
As for styling, she suggest that “you can flip the layers out if you are feeling wild or you can wear it sleek and smooth to really make the highlights pop. Also, the layers give some really nice volume as well! Either way is easy to style and simply stunning. Shine spray or some texture paste would be some recommended products to use!”
Feathered Layers for Thick Hair
Feathered layers for thick hair give you an airy feel that has a weightless flow. Shoulder-length haircuts for thick hair need layering to remove heaviness from the hair. The feathered layers are great to keep a light feel to them. Ladies with thick strands sometimes feel that layers can still be a little clunky, so discuss with your stylist about feathering the layers that are most suitable for your texture.
Perfect for Straight Thick Hair
A medium-length is perfect for straight thick hair as it’s the right balance between long hair being dragged down and a short bob becoming too wide. A shoulder-length cut for thick hair can be kept one length. It can also have some invisible layers or texture through the ends to give the hair some swing.
Medium Length Blunt Bob Cut
This thick shoulder length hair was created by hairstylist Zoe Alexander of Nashville, TN. “This cut is a slightly angled bob with minimal layering. If you have very thick hair ask your stylist to debulk and remove some weight from the hair so that you’re able to better style at home,” says Alexander.
“How I personally styled this was I blew her hair out as smooth until 100% dry and curled her hair with my R Session flat iron. Then, I curled all pieces away from the client’s face. Let the curls cool so they can set, then once cool, add a puff of Aveda #shampure dry shampoo to help waves last longer,” she explains.
Please keep in mind that with this look you may also have to debulk and take weight out so styling will be manageable. Again depending on the thickness of your hair.
Thick Medium Haircut for Round Faces
This thick medium haircut was created by salon owner and stylist Melanie Guzzo of Columbus, OH. “The best thing about it is the amount of layering and the face framing. There are no horizontal lines in this shape. It is a purely layered haircut which makes it lay very diffused and customized for the client. All of the hair was elevated at or above 90 degrees to allow for a lightweight outcome,” says Guzzo.
Medium hairstyles for thick coarse hair like this one are designed to lay in a very “lived-in” fashion. Guzzo explains, “the client is best suited to wear their natural texture to emphasize the layers and movement. Styling should be minimal to enhance the shape and have a contemporary expression.”
Layered haircuts for thick could be made suitable for any face shape. The fringe and layers can be adjusted in length to flatter anyone. The modern shag is a trend now and can be worn in a classic or high-fashion way. The ideal products to maintain this style would be sea salt spray, texturizing spray, texturizing powder, or dry shampoo.
Thicker Lob Cut
This thicker lob cut was cut and styled by Jordan Mathis of Meridian, MS. “It is all about utilizing and enhancing natural texture. I cut long layers so it’s not too weighed down and has some movement to it. I also did a lot of face-framing pieces to keep it light around her face,” says Mathis.
When styling this look naturally, Mathis explains, “you must utilize the product to help tame frizz! I love DevaCurl’s Wavemaker. It’s cream-based and gives a great hold without making curls crunchy. You can put that in and let the hair air dry or use a diffuser and scrunch curls. I always have my clients diffuse their hair upside down to give added lift.”
This look adds a lot of fullness around the face and can run the risk of being “triangle hair” if there is not enough layering. “So remember to ask your stylist for face-framing pieces and long layers for movement and to reduce bulk,” she adds.
Thick Shag Haircut with Bangs
Try a thick shag haircut with bangs for a lightweight, low-maintenance style. Mid-length thick locks have a tendency to weigh down the wearer. By adding shaggy layers, they lift the hair and start to take on its own texture. These make the hair lighter and the bangs softer. The extra bonus is that it shouldn’t need too much styling as the overall style should be a little disheveled and undone.
Blonde Medium Hairstyle for Wavy Thick Hair
This effortless beachy lob hairstyle for thick hair was created by stylist Sydney Templeton of Orange County, CA.
“If you want an effortless lived in cut, then medium-length thick hairstyles like this are for you,” she explains. “It’s definitely for the low maintenance woman who still wants to be on trend. It works for mostly fine/medium hair types and can be built up with the right products such as dry shampoo and texture spray for a fuller look.”
To style haircuts for thick wavy hair, Templeton’s favorite dry shampoo to use is R+Co Death Valley dry shampoo. Her favorite texture spray is IGK beach club. “You will definitely get a great style with those two products together,” she states.