37 Best Haircuts for Men With Thick Hair

Casual Thick Hairstyle for Men

Haircuts for men with thick hair is a blessing and a curse, for some. While you have lots of options, hairstyles for men with thick hair can be challenging to tame. Get the best from your thick hair by choosing a great style and using the right products for the style you’re after.

Whether you’re looking for a new cut or just wanting to switch your hairstyle, we have inspiration!

Here are this year’s best ideas of haircuts for men with thick hair:

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Thick Mid-Fade + Faux Hawk Fade Haircut

A mid-fade haircut for men with thick hair
Instagram @ferni_barber

This thick mid-fade + faux hawk fade haircut is balanced and doesn’t look too voluminous. Men with thick hair are guaranteed to have great hairstyles, and a mid-fade is perfect to achieve this. Finish with some strong hairspray or wax to keep your hair high and dramatic.

Clean High Fade for Guys with Thick Hair

High fade haircut for men with thick hair
Instagram @13byblackstar

This clean high fade for guys with thick hair is a reminder of Jason Statham’s thick hair. This thick hair is trimmed all around and keeps all of the hair in the short to medium thick hair range.

Wavy Modern Thick Mid-Fade Haircut for Men

A fun mid-fade cut for thick hair
Instagram @nickbarford

This wavy modern thick mid-fade haircut for men highlights it’s thickness. The thick- cut shows off the natural beauty of thick, healthy hair.

Textured Crop for Older Men

Q&A with style creator, Kimberly McKean
Hair Replacement Specialist @ Limitless Hair Company in Rockwall, TX

How would you describe this?

A textured crop for older men is classic and perfect for men with medium to thick hair. This trendy cut lasts 6-8 weeks without looking sloppy. The front pieces are longer with rounded edges. Short hairstyles for men can be styled in a variety of ways to create a masculine men’s style.

What’s your best advice?

For thick hair men, it’s an easy messy style that’s easy to work within the morning. It’s a classic shape, designed to maximize masculinity and it’s for a variety of gentlemen. Use a matte pomade to elevate this men’s hairstyle.

High Pompadour Mens Hairstyle

Q&A with style creator, Vinsen
Barber @ Vin’s Barbershop in Klang, Malaysia


How would you describe this?

This high pompadour mens hairstyle is classic. This higher pomp haircut features a full head of hair with a long top. Use a grease pomade to achieve the comb lines and height.

What’s your best advice?

Thick haircuts and hairstyles like this pompadour are for men wanting a classy style.

The Ivy League Cut + Back-Swept Hairstyle

The Ivy League Cut
Instagram @history_cut

Q&A with style creator, Nodar Borovko
Barber @ HairFcker Studio in Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation


How would you describe this?

The Ivy League cut + back-swept hairstyle is a traditional classic haircut. A longer version of a crew cut, this thick hairstyle is long enough for parting, with sides that are short. New barbershops come close with metrosexual cuts, but they’re not quite pompous.

What’s your best advice?

This back swept hairstyle is for men who want to save time combing their hair. With no more than 1.5 inches of hair on top and fringe gradually shorter, it’s great for all activities. Use a matte paste for the finish or hair pomade for a shiny look, especially for thick Asian hair.

Clean High Fade French Crop

Q&A with style creator, Adam Wilcock
Junior Barber @ Chambers in Sheffield, UK


How would you describe this?

A clean high fade french crop features the sides and back faded down to 0.5 while keeping a heavy, textured top. Maintaining the length on the top of the haircut gives you a point of difference with the sides.

Ask your barber to use the skip through the guard’s technique to achieve a clean, crisp fade. Use the length on top to style it into your preferred position.

What’s your best advice?

This cut for thick-haired men who want to maintain a lot of length through their hair on top. The high fade is for men who like to style or sweep their fringe over.

If you like to keep a more natural unkept look, then this haircut is great for that, too.

Use Chambers Shaper spray while your hair is wet, then dry it thoroughly. Sea salt hair spray won’t make your hair greasy and it gives your hair a light hold.

Shaggy Brush Cut with Messy Texture

A modern messy texture haircut for thick hair
Instagram @herb_the_barber

Q&A with style creator, Herbin Delgado
Licensed Barber in Boca Raton, FL


How would you describe this?

This shaggy brush cut with messy texture is easy to recreate. Since it’s textured messy, you literally just put your hands through your hair and styling is done.

What’s your best advice?

For this thick mens haircut use Layrite pomade for style. This style is for men that have thick hair that’s naturally all over the place. This means your hair doesn’t naturally want to comb over a certain way unless you use a lot of product.

It’s ideal to use as little product as possible and still have the style hold for the whole day. This messy textured cut is the perfect option for guys with thick hair!

Clean Line Up and Bald Fade Haircut for Men with Thick Hair

Q&A with style creator, Benny Machado
Barber / Owner@ The Executive Barbershop in Newport News, VA


How would you describe this?

This clean line up and bald fade haircut for men with thick hair is easy to maintain. A well-executed skin fade will never be old-fashioned.

What’s your best advice?

To recreate this thick hairstyle use precise hair cutting and blow drying techniques. Try Skilledbarber Fiber Gum; it has a low to medium hold. This line up fade is for men with straight, thick hair.

Modern Thatch Combover with Sharp Hard Part

A modern combover haircut with a hard part fade
Instagram @edubdatdude

Q&A with style creator, Eric Soto
Barber @ Hone & Strop Barber and Brand in Bethlehem, PA


How would you describe this? 

This modern thatch combover with a sharp hard part is a very traditional hairstyle.

A hard part is a line in the hair that’s created with a trimmer or razor. This is done instead of parting or sectioning the hair with a comb or brush.

This thick cut is the transition of a fade with a light to dark contrast.

What’s your best advice?

Use pomade with a shine on your longer hair to achieve this mens haircut for thick hair. This guy’s cut for thick hair is a diverse hairstyle with many variations.

Side Part + Fade with a Long Curly Top

A thick and wavy hairstyle with side part and fade
Instagram @ron_talley

Q&A with style creator, Ron Talley
Barber & Co-Owner @ Electric Barbershop in Riverside, CA


How would you describe this?

This side part + fade with a long curly top is timeless. The low skin fade is perfect for short to medium thick hair.

What’s your best advice?

For styling this short mens haircut, try Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay. It works best on wavy hairstyles and for men that want to keep that thick natural curl and wave.

The side part is a classic cut that any man can rock. This low fade looks best on men with a little wave in their hair.

Spiky and Textured with Long Thick Hair on Top

An outstanding spiky and textured haircut
Instagram @hairnotjaded

Q&A with style creator, Jade Kirkbride
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Nalanis Salon in Ogden, UT


How would you describe this?

Spiky and textured with long thick hair on top is a clean style for most men. It’s one of the easier hairstyles for men with thick hair.

What’s your best advice?

Try the styling paste is Kevin Murphy FREE.HOLD to create this shape. Work the product through your hair, piecing out certain strands and twisting them. That will give you a textured, not-so-perfect style.

For maintenance, ask your barber to use thinning sheers to thin out the top and a razor to keep your texture. Short haircuts like this makes styling thick, wavy hair manageable. If you’re a guy with thick hair looking for a new hairstyle, mention this to your barber. You may even be able to wear it as a mohawk if cut correctly.

Brushed Back & Natural Curly Crop

A clean brushed back and natural hairstyle
Instagram @z_ramsey

Q&A with style creator, Zach Ramsey
Barber @ The Outpost Barber Co in Cohoes, NY


How would you describe this?

This brushed back & natural curly crop is a thick, high volume haircut. It’s textured, brushed back and has a natural look and feel.

What’s your best advice?

Use a light amount of a sea salt spray and a matte finish clay. The more natural the finish, the better.

High volume haircuts are for men with thicker hair because it is much easier to maintain. Much more than a shorter clipper cut.

Skin Fade Caesar Cut Haircut

A caesar cut with a skin fade
Instagram @paddy_the_pomp

Q&A with style creator, Paddy Corrigan
Barber @ Jacks Barbers in Dublin, Ireland


How would you describe this?

This skin fade Caesar cut haircut is also a skin fade crop. It’s one of the trendiest hairstyles right now. It’s a 90s style with a modern twist that blends into the scalp while leaving the top- heavy and natural.

What’s your best advice?

Use a texture spray and clay and slowly blow dry it into your damp hair using a diffuser.

Thick mens hairstyles like this one work well on men with a good hairline in the front fringe. Men with straight, thick hair may have trouble getting texture through the top.

U.K.-Inspired Fade with Short Sides

U.K.-Inspired Fade hairstyle
Instagram @mikeyyyyyyy_

Q&A with style creator, Mikey Henger
Barber @ Mikey Outlaw in Berwick, PA


How would you describe this?

This U.K.-inspired fade with short sides creates a wavy texture that’s paired with a smooth fade. Mens hairstyles like this will eventually make their way to the US!

What’s your best advice?

Any salt spray would be a key element to give your hair texture. Adding some texturizing and volumizing powder will also aid in styling.

The cropped fringe style is a great haircut for men looking to stand out. It’s a cute cut for thick hair, but easy to style and even easier to maintain.

Naturally Curly Hair with a Mid-Fade for Thick Hair

A thick and naturally curly hairstyle with a mid-fade
Instagram @shawn_barbz

Q&A with style creator, Shawn Barbz
Barber @ Coldkutz Barbershop in Toronto, Canada


How would you describe this?

This is naturally curly hair with a mid-fade for thick hair. This cut works well with curls, but men with curly or straight hair can wear this taper haircut.

What’s your best advice?

Use Elegance Wax and Pomade for the hair on top of your head. Use a minimal amount to get that messy look. If you have a beard, use Elegance Hair and Beard Oil. This will leave your beard softer with a light shine.

This thick style is for a gentleman who wants to try something new. Weekly maintenance is suggested with the hair products mentioned above.

Young Professional Combover Part Hairstyle for Men

Q&A with style creator, Drake Pieper
Barber @ The Art Of Men’s Cuts in Bryant, AR


How would you describe this?

This young professional combover part hairstyle for men is casual, yet sophisticated. This cut has soft blending up the sides with the part being long enough to feather back.

What’s your best advice?

To create this style, use a blow dryer to give it as much body as possible. Use a small amount of a matte clay product to hold the style together while maintaining a natural look.

Ask your barber to exaggerate the feathering back of the sides to give it that nice, blended feel. Make sure you dry it almost straight back from the part rather than down and away from it.

Ideal hair has a medium length hair that’s normal to medium in thickness. Plus, it’s more straight than curly. With enough blow drying, curly or thick hair can still be manipulated to achieve this style.

Texture Cut with Highlights and a High Shine Finish

Dimensional texture haircut with highlights for thick hair
Instagram @hairbyrebeccaf

Q&A with style creator, Rebecca Franklin
Hairstylist @ Aura St. Vital in Winnipeg, Canada


How would you describe this?

This texture cut with highlights and a high shine finish adds dimension and interest to hair.

What’s your best advice?

Use a matte paste with a strong hold for styling. American Crew Fiber is good since it makes your hair look natural, but still has a strong hold.

Any man with thick hair can rock this, as the styling options are endless. Having the top styled up a bit will definitely add some height. If you have curly, straight or wavy hair, you can still have this hairstyle with slight variations.

This is for guys that like to have short hair, but still want to style it because the sides can be as short as you want.

Short Side Bald Fade With Natural Twists

Q&A with style creator, Victoria Rivera
Barber @ Sharper Image in Lancaster, PA


How would you describe this?

This is a short side bald fade with natural twists.

Any man, especially black men with a natural curl pattern could go for this hairstyle. It’s very simple and low maintenance!

How to style thick hair like this:

Use Twist Sponge and the curl cream that comes with it.

First, start with water, add cream, then twist and blow dry at the same time on warm heat.

Cool Combover Short Haircut for Thick Hair

A cool combover haircut for thick hair
Instagram @cuts4sale

Q&A with style creator, Yoshi
Barber @ The Elite Barber Shop in Pembroke Pines, FL


How would you describe this?

This cool combover short haircut for thick hair uses all aspects of barbering. A detailed description of this cut would be a combover with a mid bald-fade and the top trimmed.

What’s your best advice?

Use a light pomade. Many dudes over saturate their hair with pomade or gel but ideally, just a small amount is necessary.

This hairstyle is for a guy with thicker hair, but it can be tailored for any man. Ask your barber to cut the top of your hair shorter if you’re active.

Modern Slick Back Hair with a Taper Fade

Q&A with style creator, Benny Machado
Barber / Owner @ The Executive Barbershop in Newport News, VA


How would you describe this?

This modern slick back hair with a taper fade is a classic style.

What’s your best advice?

To achieve this slicked back hair, blow dry it while using your hands. After drying, apply a matte cream product such as Layrite Matte Cream.

This is a hairstyle for men with thick, straight hair. This taper fade is one of those mens hairstyles that takes some time to style on a daily basis.

Disheveled Medium-Length Texture for Thick Wavy Hair

A disheveled medium length texture hairstyle
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This disheveled medium-length texture for thick wavy hair shows off tons of movement.

How To Style disheveled thick, wavy hair:

  1. Towel dry hair to remove excess moisture.
  2. Work a quarter-sized amount of high hold texture cream through hair.
  3. Use fingertips to style hair.
  4. Allow hair to air dry the rest of the way for the best results.

What’s your best advice?

Try Aveda Control Paste. It gives thick hair a highly texturized yet low-sheen style that’s smooth, not sticky.

Using a texture cream on towel-dried hair and allowing it to air dry will give it the most natural finish. If you like a more controlled hold, use a styling gel instead.

Pompadour Prep Hairstyle for Men with Thick Hair

A preppy pompadour hairstyle for thick hair
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This pompadour prep hairstyle for men with thick hair is high, yet soft.

How To Style this thick-haired pomp:

  1. Towel dry freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a quarter-sized amount of styling cream through hair.
  3. Use a medium round brush to style hair back away from the face, creating the lift needed for your finished look.
  4. Once all hair is dry, add a bit more styling cream to give your hair definition.
  5. Complete the style with a medium to high hold hairspray for control.

What’s your best advice?

Try Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray. It does double duty, providing high hold and a medium shine finish.

Styling hair with a round brush while blow drying is essential to creating a style that stays put all day.

Classic Side Part

Classic Side Part
Instagram @rafaysmensalon

The classic side part doesn’t need salon maintenance. Just grab a comb and pick a side and you’re ready to be a classy gentleman.

Fresh Faux Hawk Short Cut

Fresh Faux Hawk
Instagram @juanfrangonzalez20

This fresh faux hawk short cut is one of those classy hairstyles for thick hair men.

It’s shaved sides and spiky short hair up front makes any guy with thicker hair look youthful.

Layered Haircut Combover for Older Men

A combover for older men with thicker hair
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This layered haircut combover for older men is sharp. The longer length on top and sides make it classic.

How to style a layered combover for thick hair:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a texture cream throughout, making sure to distribute the product evenly through all your hair.
  3. Allow to air dry.

Try Gage for Men Shaping Cream for hold, flexibility and a medium finish. Always work products through your entire head of hair. Working product through only one section will result in uneven styling and finish.

Simple Thick Buzz Cut

Thick Buzz Cut
Instagram @buckythebarber

The simple thick buzz cut is refreshing and sleek and is more easily pulled off by boys with thick hair.

Short Fauxhawk

An easy short fauxhawk
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A short fauxhawk within dense dark hair, produces a clean-cut yet modern finish.

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Use fingers to direct hair toward the middle as you use a blow dryer to dry hair completely.
  3. Work a quarter-sized amount of styling cream through hair. Leave the front down but gradually work the hair at the top of your head into a low-laying fauxhawk.

What’s your best advice?

Try American Crew Molding Clay. It provides concentrated styling power that lets you manipulate your hair.

Oval, square and round shapes with thicker, coarser hair types can rock this hairstyle.

Have your barber or stylist detail the thick hair around your face for a nice crisp line, as seen in the photo. This will provide a great frame for your face and enhance your strong features.

Business Friendly Haircut for Thick Wavy Hair

A business friendly haircut for older men with glasses
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This business friendly haircut for thick wavy hair is perfect for gray hair men. Especially thick haired men who want a corporate-friendly coif. Thick wavy hair men who are graying can also remain youthful with this thick hairstyle.

How To Style Thick Waves:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a nickel-sized amount of styling gel throughout hair.
  3. Flick a bit of the hair in the front hairline up.
  4. Allow hair to air dry.

What’s your best advice?

Try American Crew Firm Hold Gel. It’s non-flaking, alcohol-free, and has a low pH to prevent drying of your scalp.

Wavy hair can be tricky to work with. If you like more control, use a blow dryer to finish drying your hair after you work the gel through it.

Short Shag with Layers

A short shag haircut with layers for guys with thick hair
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This short shag with layers is a medium to short cut styled around the head to create tons of movement. It also adds a shattered feel around the ends.

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Use a paddle brush to wrap hair around your head as you blow dry. This will create the movement you see in the photo.
  3. Work a bit of pliable styling cream through hair to define the movement created in the previous step.

What’s your best advice?

Use Bed Head B for Men Multi Tasking Grooming Cream. It’s a lightweight cream that gives natural definition and control. For extra hold, opt for a medium hold pliable styling paste instead.

Oval, square, pear face shapes with thick straight hair will wear this style well.

Brushed Up Spiky Hair + Tapered Quiff Shape

Brushed up spike hair with taper fade
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This brushed up spiky hair + tapered quiff shape style is similar to an undercut. The difference is in the blending through the thick sides.

How To Style Thick Hair:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling mousse through hair.
  3. Use fingertips to lift hair at the roots as you blow dry.
  4. Once hair is completely dry, finish by working a high hold gel throughout the top and sides and directing the hair at the back of your head forward.

What’s your best advice?

Try OSiS Grip for extra style support while blow drying.

This style is sometimes difficult to describe to a stylist or barber. Always bring photos with you to show your stylist or barber what type of style you’re after for your thick hair.

Casual Curls for Mens Medium Thick Hair

A casual hairstyle for guys with curly thick hair
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Casual curls for mens medium thick hair? Yes, please! Wavy hair cut shorter near the sides and left longer at the top creates a laid-back style.

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a small amount of medium hold styling cream through hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer while lifting hair near the roots to create some volume.
  4. Finish by distributing about a nickel-sized amount of styling cream throughout hair from roots to tips.

What’s your best advice?

Try American Crew Grooming Spray. It’s a variable hold finishing spray that you can use on damp or dry hair to hold your style in place. It provides control with a soft, touchable finish.

Thick wavy hair men that have a natural wave to it wear this cut well.

For a healthy dose of shine, opt for a styling cream that’s got a medium to high shine factor as well as some hold to it.

Brushed Up Crew Cut Haircut

A longer brushed up crew cut for thick hair
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This brushed up crew cut haircut is great on hair of very coarse texture or hair that is extremely thick.

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a high hold styling gel throughout hair, flicking the front up just a bit.

What’s your best advice?

Try Bed Head B for Men Power Play Firm Finish Gel. It provides control without flaking.

Gel works better on thick hair than cream products. This is because gels tend to offer a bit more control and structure to stubborn hair textures.

Punk Inspired Choppy Hair with Fringe

A punk rock inspired haircut with choppy layers and bangs
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This punk inspired choppy hair with fringe screams punk rock! This thick hairstyle has a serious style that combines both a smooth and a shattered texture.

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Use a paddle brush to smooth the front half of your hair forward.
  3. Use fingertips to lift hair in the back, creating an edgy and contrasting look.
  4. Work a nickel-sized amount of texture cream through the front, directing it forward and piecing out the ends.
  5. Use a medium to high hold styling paste to lift and separate the hair in the back.

What’s your best advice?

Inject your thick hair with Bed Head Headrush. It’s like shine adrenaline with a superfine mist!

Add extra reflection to the front with a light aerosol shine spray to your choppy fringe.

Thick Surfer Hair with an Undercut

Totally cool thick surfer hair
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This thick surfer hair with an undercut is a super simply long style for thick hair. It also works well on men with straight hair texture.

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a quarter-sized amount of styling liquid throughout hair from roots to ends. Be sure to work product through all your hair for even styling.
  3. Use a blow dryer to set the product and your style while finger-combing hair back and slightly over to one side.

What’s your best advice?

Try Aveda Men Pure-Formance Liquid Pomade. It adds shine and moderate hold while maintaining natural movement.

Split hair slightly (don’t create an obvious side part) over one eye rather than right down the middle. Stay away from parting hair in the middle. That tends to say “geek” rather than “chic”.

Deep Side Part Combover

A classic looking deep side part with a combover
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This is a deep side part combover. This thick style is parted deep to one side, giving it tons of touchable lift and a high-stakes cut.

How To Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Part hair to one side. Use the outer corner of one eye as your guide to where the part should be.
  3. Use fingertips to lift hair at the roots as you blow dry.
  4. Finish by distributing a nickel-sized amount of pliable styling cream throughout hair. Finger comb hair to the side.

What’s your best advice?

Try Redken for Men Loose Ends Liquid Pomade. It gives longer lengths a mild, flexible finish.

For extra control, add a bit of medium or high hold aerosol hairspray.

Neat and Brushed Forward Crew Cut

A super simple brushed forward crew cut
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This neat and brushed forward crew cut is an ultra-dense dark hair. It’s styled close to the head for a polished, clean-cut finish.

How To Style:

  1. Blow-dry hair forward using a medium heat setting. Lift the very front (near your hairline) up as you dry.
  2. Work a nickel to quarter-sized amount of high hold, high shine styling gel through hair for perfect control.

What’s your best advice?

Grab OSiS Gelastic for a firm hold with a high shine finish.

Men with thicker hair of any texture can pull off this style.

Ask your barber to create this thick haircut using clippers through the sides and back. Then ask for scissors in the top area. The two lengths can then be blended with texturizing scissors.