Hairstyles for men with thick hair can be any look — from short to long and sleek to messy — that creates shape and definition without looking too bulky.
A short cut is an obvious choice for low-maintenance men, but you can definitely still rock a longer look with the right cut. The modern mullet or shag is a great way to wear a longer style but still keep it light and manageable for denser hair.
Learn more about haircuts for men with thick hair from salon owner and stylist Rian Taylor of Philadelphia, PA.
💡 Key Things to Know First
- Find a barber who understands how to work with your hair density, type, and texture!
- Ask your stylist how to maintain this cut with products at home.
- When choosing the haircut, consider the styling and effort that will go into maintaining it.
- Any cut with a shaved component will be more manageable for thick hair, so taking sides down shorter will work well for balance.
Here’s a photo gallery of popular hairstyles for men with thick hair. Choose one that is more suited to your aesthetic!
#1: Brushed Forward French Crop with a Mid Fade
Are you looking to change up your same old boring buzz cut? This brushed forward french crop with a mid fade is one of the most trendy cuts of the year. And, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. I recommend asking your barber for a zero fade on the sides and a scissor cut on top. Do this to maintain some much-needed length for this style. It’s even better if they can point cut or use a razor for added movement. Pick up the thickest styling clay you can find. Try Hanz De Fuko’s Quicksand. It will give your haircut some height and mold this cropped fringe around your face at home.
#2: Beard Fade with a Mid-Length Messy Cut
If you want to break away from your same old fade haircut, try this beard fade with a mid-length messy cut! This a clean take on a more relaxed hairstyle. Spend time applying some styling cream on towel-dried hair after a shower. You’ll be ready for the rest of the day with a soft, natural hold with enough control for a sharp style. I recommend Malin and Goetz Sage Styling Cream for the best results.
#3: Sharp Fade and Beard Fade
If you’re a trendsetter, you need to check out this sharp fade and beard! Next time you visit your barber, plan to show them this picture. It features a zero drop fade on the sides and a textured scissor cut on top. I recommend styling with a matte clay like Hand De Fuko’s Quicksand for maximum texture and hold.
#4: Thick Wavy Mid-Length Hairstyle
Many men are opting for longer hairstyles. This thick wavy mid-length hairstyle requires fewer trips to the barbers. Which frees up more time. To style, I recommend drying some sea salt spray into your hair. If you blow it back, it will give you a good foundation for hold. Remember, the finishing product depends on the look you want. Use pomade for a glossy finish, matte clay for a low sheen, and styling powder for a natural finish.
#5: Clean High Fade French Crop
A clean high fade French crop on thick hair 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.
This cut is 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. My best advice is to use Chambers Shaper spray while the hair is wet, then dry it thoroughly. Sea salt hair spray won’t make your hair greasy and it gives the hair a light hold.
#6: Thick Textured Crop for Older Men
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.
For thick hair men, it’s a messy style that’s easy to work with in the morning. It’s a classic shape, designed to maximize masculinity and it’s for a variety of gentlemen. I recommend using a matte pomade to elevate such a hairstyle for men.
#7: Silver Thick Mohawk with No Fade
A silver thick mohawk is a great look for men with high-density hair. This haircut is a great way to show off an edgy and stylish style. Make sure to ask your barber for a zero-fade mohawk, as this will ensure it has maximum impact. For best results, use matte clay or pomade to keep flyaways under control and give definition to the cut. This hairstyle could be perfect for you if you have an oval face shape. Just make sure not to go too short on the sides, so it doesn’t overwhelm your features. To finish off, apply Bedhead by TIGI Hard Head hairspray in moderation. It gives hold without leaving your hair too stiff.
#8: High Pompadour Men’s Hairstyle
This high pompadour men’s hairstyle for thick hair is classic yet very stylish. This higher pomp haircut features a full head of hair with a long top. I suggest using a grease pomade to achieve the comb lines and height. Thick haircuts and styles like this pompadour are for men wanting a classy style.
#9: Skin Fade Caesar Haircut
This skin fade Caesar haircut is also a skin fade crop for thick hair. 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. Thick men’s 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. To style, use a texture spray and clay and slowly blow dry it into your damp hair using a diffuser.
#10: Disheveled Medium-Length Texture for Thick Wavy Hair
This disheveled medium-length texture for thick wavy hair shows off tons of movement. Try Aveda Control Paste when styling. 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.
To disheveled thick, wavy hair:
- Towel dry hair to remove excess moisture.
- Work a quarter-sized amount of high hold texture cream through hair.
- Use fingertips to style hair.
- Allow hair to air dry the rest of the way for the best results.
#11: Unique V-Cut Style
Looking for a classic hairstyle with a modern twist? Ask your stylist or barber to try a wedge haircut. This style of cut pairs well with a v-shaped fade. A combo like this will allow you to get the benefits of a short and long style at the same time! Try styling with a matte pomade to hold the look together effortlessly.
#12: Punk-Inspired Choppy Hair with Fringe
This choppy hair with fringe screams punk rock! The thick hairstyle has a serious style that combines both a smooth and a shattered texture.
- Towel dry hair.
- Use a paddle brush to smooth the front half of your hair forward.
- Use fingertips to lift hair in the back, creating an edgy and contrasting look.
- Work a nickel-sized amount of texture cream through the front, directing it forward and piecing out the ends.
- Use a medium to high hold styling paste to lift and separate the hair in the back.
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.
#13: Heavily Layered Short Cut
Not everyone wants their hair cut with clippers, as you can see with this heavily layered short cut. The sides have been cut leaving the sideburn natural, but the base of the neck has been tapered. Long layers have been cut into the top and styled using a volume spray and possibly some sea salt spray. Maintenance does come with this, as you will need to style it every day.
#14: Shaved Sides and a Disconnected Long Top
If you want a longer style, shaved sides and a disconnected long top could be what you need. It has been faded short on the back and sides then blended to the temple. The top section has been disconnected and left long for him to style as he wants. To emulate the look you will need to dry some sea salt spray into it for the base of the hold. Then, finish off with some styling powder. Don’t forget to ask your barber to recommend some products.
#15: Mid-Fade Thick Hairstyle
The thicker your hair the more shape you can create. This mid-fade thick hairstyle has been cut to suit the client’s hair. The fade has been kept low and arched up to the top. This suits the disconnected top as it supports the weight of the style. If you want to wear a similar style, I suggest using sea salt spray to style. This will give you a strong foundation for you to create hold. I would then recommend finishing off with some styling powder to complete the style.
#16: Full and Choppy Thick Hair
Not every customer wants a fade, as some like to keep it longer. This cut was done with all scissors using a variety of techniques such as point cutting, slicing, and texturing. The hair has a natural wave so some nice textured curls can be styled into the top while keeping some straight texture for this full and choppy thick hairstyle. If you can create this look at home, it helps to take advice from your barber and possibly buy the products that they use.
#17: Mid-Length Cut with a Side Part
You don’t have to go super short every time you get a cut! Try a mid-length cut with a side part instead. Medium length to longer hair for men like you are very in right now, so there’s no better time for you to try something different!
#18: Icy Mullet
Mullets are returning stronger than ever as can be seen with this icy mullet. The hair has been previously lightened and toned to achieve the grey color and a good way to keep it toned is to use a purple shampoo. This mullet has been cut to look like a shag style with choppy layers and a good blow dry for texture. Sea salt spray and styling powder will be good for styling. The beauty of this style is that it looks just as good natural as it does styled.
#19: Sexy Mid-Fade with a Spiky Top
Some like to add texture to their straight hair. Pay attention to how this will give it more movement as can be seen with this sexy mid-fade with a spiky top. It has been taken down to the skin around the ears and faded up, leaving more hair to transition into the top. The top will have been cut using a technique called point cutting. This will leave the ends of your hair textured. I suggest using a good styling powder for the best styling.
#20: Thick Mid-Fade + Faux Hawk Haircut
This thick mid-fade + faux hawk fade haircut is balanced and doesn’t look too voluminous. When paired with facial hair, it looks bold.
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.
#21: Thick Undercut with Hard Part
A thick undercut with a hard part is an extremely popular trend for men with thick hair. Undercuts allow for a portion of the hair to remain short and tidy while still giving the freedom for longer lengths as well. By adding a hard part line, it’s easy to style and dress up for more formal events.
#22: Textured Top and Disconnected Undercut for Coarser Hair
Try a textured top with a disconnected undercut for coarser hair that tends to be stubborn or hard to style. Texture is a great way to make coarse hair a little easier to manage. An easy style with a textured top and disconnected undercut is an “intentionally messy” style that can be achieved with some tousled waves or curls.
#23: Clean High Fade for Guys with Thick Hair
This clean high fade for guys with thick hair is a reminder of Jason Statham’s haircut. This thicker hair is trimmed all around and keeps all of the hair in the short to medium thick hair range.
#24: Wavy Modern Thick Mid-Fade Haircut with Beard for Men
This wavy modern thick mid-fade haircut for men highlights its thickness. The thick-cut shows off the natural beauty of thick, healthy hair. Feel free to also grow out a thick beard to complete the style.
#25: The Ivy League Cut + Back-Swept Hairstyle
The thick Ivy League cut + back-swept hairstyle is a formal and traditional classic haircut, and this is an exceptional representation by barber Nodar Borovko of Russia.
“This is 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,” Borovko explains.
This thick swept back style 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.
When styling, Borovko advises, “Use a matte paste for the finish or hair pomade for a shiny look, especially for thick Asian hair.”
#26: Shaggy Brush Cut with Messy Texture
This shaggy brush cut with thick messy texture is easy to recreate. Since it’s textured messy, you literally just put your hands through your hair, and styling is done.
For this thick men’s haircut, Florida-based barber Herbin Delgado recommends using 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,” Delgado explains.
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!
#27: Clean Line Up and Bald Fade Haircut for Men with Thick Hair
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,” says style creator Benny Machado of Newport News, VA.
To recreate this thick hairstyle use precise hair cutting and blowdrying techniques. Machado states, “try Skilledbarber Fiber Gum. It has a low to medium hold. This lined up haircut with a fade is for men with straight, thick hair.”
#28: Modern Thatch Combover with Sharp Hard Part
This modern thatch combover with a sharp hard part is a very traditional thick hairstyle, created by barber Eric Soto from Pennsylvania.
“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,” Soto explains.
This thick cut is the transition of a fade with a light to dark contrast. Use pomade with a shine on your longer hair to achieve this cut for thick hair.
#29: Side Part + Low Fade with a Long Curly Top
This side part + fade with a long curly top is timeless. It’s a creation by barber Ron Talley from Riverside, CA. The low skin fade is perfect for short to medium thick hair.
When styling this short men’s haircut, try Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay. Talley explains, “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.
#30: Spiky and Textured with Long Thick Hair on Top
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, as claimed by stylist Jade Kirkbride of Utah.
“Try Kevin Murphy FREE.HOLD styling paste 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,” Kirkbride explains.
For maintenance, ask your barber to use thinning shears to thin out the top and a razor to keep your texture. Short haircuts like this make 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.
#31: Brushed Back & Natural Curly Crop
This brushed back and natural curly crop is a combination of high volume and thick hair. It’s textured, brushed back, and has a natural look and feel. This one is designed by barber Zach Ramsey of New York.
For styling, Ramsey states, “use a light amount of a sea salt spray and a matte finish clay. The more natural the finish, the better.”
High and thick volume haircuts are for men with thicker hair because it’s much easier to maintain. Much more than a shorter clipper cut.
#32: U.K.-Inspired Fade with Short Sides
This U.K.-inspired fade with short sides creates a thick, wavy texture that’s paired with a smooth fade. Men’s hairstyles like this will eventually make their way to the US!
According to barber Mikey Henger of Pennsylvania, “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.
#33: Naturally Curly Hair with Tapered Sides
This is naturally curly hair with a mid-fade for thick hair, designed by stylist Shawn Barbz of Canada. This cut works well with curls, but men with curly or straight hair can wear this men’s taper haircut.
Barbz advises, “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.”
These thick curls with tapered sides are perfect for a gentleman who wants to try something new. Weekly maintenance is suggested with the hair products mentioned above.
#34: Young Professional Combover Part Hairstyle for Men
This young professional thick 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 and is created by Arkansas-based barber Drake Pieper.
“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,” Pieper states.
Pieper also suggests to 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.
The medium-length hair that’s normal to medium in thickness is the ideal canvas for this cut. Plus, it must be more straight than curly. With enough blow drying, curly or thick hair can still be manipulated to achieve this style.
#35: Texture Cut with Highlights and a High Shine Finish
This textured cut with highlights and a high shine finish adds dimension and interest to men’s hair. It works so well on a thick and wavy hair type. It was created by stylist Rebecca Franklin of Canada.
“Use a matte paste with a stronghold for styling. American Crew Fiber is good since it makes your hair look natural, but still has a stronghold,” says Franklin.
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.
Franklin claims, “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.”
#36: Short Side Bald Fade With Natural Twists
This thick haircut is a short side bald fade with natural twists, cut by barber Victoria Rivera of Lancaster, PA.
“Any man, especially black men, with a natural curl pattern could go for this hairstyle. It’s very simple and low-maintenance,” Rivera emphasizes.
“Use Twist Sponge and the curl cream when styling it,” says Rivera. “First, start with water, add cream, then twist and blowdry at the same time on warm heat.”
#37: Cool Combover Short Haircut for Thick Hair
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. I advise men wearing this cut to 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.
#38: Modern Slicked Back Hair with a Taper Fade
This thick modern slick back hair with a taper fade is a classic style. It’s designed by Virginia-based barber Benny Machado.
“To achieve this slicked back hair, blowdry it while using your hands. After drying, apply a matte cream product such as Layrite Matte Cream,” Machado points out.
Though this is a hairstyle for men with thick and straight hair, it’s a universal look that can work on thin hair, too! This taper fade is one of those men’s hairstyles that takes some time to style on a daily basis.
#39: Pompadour Prep Hairstyle for Men with Thick Hair
This pompadour prep hairstyle for men with thick hair is high, yet soft.
To style this pomp for thick hair:
- Towel dry freshly washed and conditioned hair.
- Work a quarter-sized amount of styling cream through hair.
- Use a medium round brush to style hair back away from the face, creating the lift needed for your finished look.
- Once all hair is dry, add a bit more styling cream to give your hair definition.
- Complete the style with a medium to high hold hairspray for control.
Try Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray. It does double duty, providing a 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.
#40: Classic Side Part for Thicker-Haired Men
The classic side part for thick hair doesn’t need salon maintenance. Just grab a comb and pick a side and you’re ready to be a classy gentleman. To upgrade the look, shave the sides for a disconnected undercut style.
#41: Fresh Faux Hawk Short Cut
This fresh faux hawk short cut is one of those classy hairstyles for thick hair men.
Its shaved sides and spiky short hair upfront make any guy with thicker hair look youthful.
#42: Thick Layered Haircut Combover for Older Men
This layered haircut combover for older men with thick hair is sharp! The longer length on top and sides makes it classic. 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.
#43: Thick Buzz Cut
The simple thick buzz hairstyle is refreshing and sleek and is more easily pulled off by boys with thick hair.
#44: Short Faux Hawk
A short fauxhawk within dense, dark hair produces a clean-cut yet modern finish.
- Towel dry hair.
- Use fingers to direct hair toward the middle as you use a blow dryer to dry hair completely.
- 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 faux hawk.
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 picture. This will provide a great frame for your face and enhance your strong features.
#45: Business-Friendly Haircut for Thick Wavy Hair
This business-friendly haircut for thick wavy hair is perfect for dark-haired men. Especially thick-haired men who want a corporate-friendly coif. Thick wavy hair men can also remain youthful with this thick hairstyle. To style, 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.
#46: Short Shag with Layers
A 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.
- Towel dry hair.
- Use a paddle brush to wrap hair around your head as you blowdry. This will create the movement you see in the photo.
- Work a bit of pliable styling cream through hair to define the movement created in the previous step.
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.
Men with an oval, square, or pear face shape with thick straight hair will wear this style well.
#47: Brushed Up Spiky Hair + Tapered Quiff Shape
This brushed up spiky hair + tapered quiff shape style is similar to an undercut. The difference is in the blending through the thick sides.
To style it:
- Towel dry hair.
- Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling mousse through hair.
- Use fingertips to lift hair at the roots as you blowdry.
- 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.
Try OSiS Grip for extra style support while blowdrying.
This thick quiff with undercut 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.
#48: Casual Curls for Men’s Medium Thick Hair
Casual curls for men’s medium thick hair? Yes, please! Wavy hair cut shorter near the sides and left longer at the top creates a laid-back style. This is such a great reason to boost your thick hair with semi-curled texture!
- Towel dry hair.
- Work a small amount of medium hold styling cream through hair.
- Use a blow dryer while lifting hair near the roots to create extra volume.
- Finish by distributing about a nickel-sized amount of styling cream throughout the hair from roots to tips.
Then, 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.
#49: Brushed Up Crew Cut
This brushed-up crew cut haircut is great on hair with a very coarse texture or hair that is extremely thick. Try Bed Head B for Men Power Play Firm Finish Gel. It provides control without flaking. Gel works better on brush-up with a thick texture. This is because gels tend to offer a bit more control and structure to stubborn hair textures.
#50: Thick Surfer Hair with an Undercut
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. Add a shaved line to create a thick undercut with a hard part style. Split hair slightly (don’t create an obvious side part) over one eye rather than right down the middle. Stay away from parting the hair in the middle. That tends to say “geek” rather than “chic”.
#51: Deep Side Part Combover
This is a deep side part combover on coarser hair. This thick style is parted deep to one side, giving it tons of touchable lift and a high-stakes cut. 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.
#52: Neat and Brushed Forward Crew Cut
This neat and brushed forward crew cut is ultra-dense dark hair. It’s styled close to the head for a polished, clean-cut finish. 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.