The 15 Most Flattering Short Hairstyles for Thick Hair

Short haircuts for thick hair

Yes, your thick hair can be cut short! 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. From a bob, layered crop, and a pixie cut, you’ll find a short haircut and hairstyle that will tame your thick locks. So, get ready for some serious inspiration.

Here are the best short hairstyles for thick hair.

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Muted Edge Short Bob

Q&A with style creator, Amber Moyer
Owner @ Shear Envy Salon in Tupelo, MS

How would you describe this look?

This short choppy bob cut is a Muted edge. Muted tones of this color really accentuate the haircut! It’s soft, edgy, and fashion-forward hairstyle for thick frizzy hair.

What’s your best advice for this look?

There are so many factors to consider when choosing a haircut that will suit you. If you have extremely thick hair and your face shape is round, then get your hair lightly layered throughout and created invisible layers underneath. Also considering opting for a slight taper around your face to show off you cheekbones!

Shattered & Unstructured Wavy Bob

Q&A with style creator, Dani Russo
Stylist / Owner @ The Room Salon in Palm Harbor, FL


How would you describe this look?

This is a shattered and unstructured short bob haircut for thick wavy hair. It’s super flattering and so easily managed. It gets better the messier it gets!

What’s your best advice for this look?

This look is all about texture.

Are you someone with a natural wave and super thick hair? If so you’ll really need your stylist to cut into your hair to remove weight so you can achieve an effortless choppy look.

Remember to keep your ends wispy. This will keep the look modern and keep you from getting into that old-fashioned blunt bob look.

A few more points to consider are where the ends of this cut should hit on your face. If you have a round face, be sure to have the long front points hit below your chin and your shorter layers start a bit above your cheekbones. This will thin your face and open you up to look brighter.

A person with a longer, thinner face can allow those long points to hit between the jawbones and chin. This will help take the focus away from a long jaw and draw the attention up toward your eyes!

Blushing Rose Gold Angled Bob

A blushing angled bob haircut for thick hair
Instagram @randie.hair

Q&A with style creator, Randie Lemire
Stylist @ Time N’ Again Hair Design in Winnipeg, MB


How would you describe this look?

This short angled bob is fresh and trendy whether it’s worn straight or in waves, and it’s perfect for the spring and summer months.

What’s your best advice for this look?

To get this smooth volume look on your thicks strands, use Osis Volume Root Mousse and Osis Big Blast Volumizer. Blow dry with a round brush, then finish with a straight iron.

Versatile Textured Pixie Cut

A versatile textured pixie cut
Instagram @luigi_monte

Q&A with style creator, Luigi Altomonte
Hairstylist / Barber / Co-owner @ Fratelli Hair Salon in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire


How would you describe this look?

This short pixie cut for thick hair has it all with short sharp edges and lots of internal texture. It starts shorter at the top/back, increasing in length to the front. The sides are clipped with a grade 1 at the hairline.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Super short hairstyles for thick hair are not for the faint-hearted, you need to be ready to go this short. It’s great for all face shapes if you keep a bit of length and softness on the top and it’s all about how you style your hair.

You have to be someone who likes to style their hair because pixie haircuts look better styled. Matte waxes and texture sprays work really well with these shapes. This choppy pixie cut is very versatile and can be shaped in many ways.

Chic Textured Pixie Bob

A chic textured pixie bob for thick hair
Instagram @pnwhairstylist

Q&A with style creator, Brenna Torres
Hairstylist @ Elle Marie Hair Studio in Lynnwood, WA


How would you describe this look?

This short haircut is a chic textured pixie bob for women with thick hair.

It can be styled in a smooth fashion slicked down to your head, you can make it piecey for an everyday classy businesswoman, or you can give it texture and volume for a more non-conventional, punk look. There is a lot of dimensions, even with a shorter cut.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Know how your hair lies. If you have a lot of strong cowlicks, thinning hair, or a strong part that is hard to change, this cut may not be the one for you.

When it comes to chic short hairstyles like this, there is so much versatility to this look, so get ready to play and have fun with it. Consider styling with spray wax and a straightener. Your options on parting it, styling tools, or products are endless.

Thick Short Bob with Bangs

A thick short bob with bangs
Instagram @etdoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Emily Tyler
Master Cosmetologist / Owner @ Headlines Salon in Rochester, MI


How would you describe this look?

This cut is a very soft baby bob with bangs with some graduation in the back for texture purposes on thick hair.

This short bob is easy to style! Just round brushed the ends, then take your curling iron and make a few bends in it.

This is an easy style that doesn’t take a lot of time to create and looks super cute. Having straight across bangs really bring this whole look together.

What’s your best advice for this look?

One thing I always tell women about this specific look is that styling is very easy, but it does require upkeep at the salon. You can go anywhere between four to six weeks for a clean up is necessary.

Playful Auburn Wavy LOB

A playful short haircut with auburn hair color
Instagram @hairbycollin

Q&A with style creator, Collin McNeal
Lead Colorist & Stylist @ Tallulah East COLLECTIVE in Salt Lake City, UT


How would you describe this look?

This wavy lob for thick, short hair is all about the combination of the texture through the ends in conjunction with the color.

You see so many similar silhouettes and textured bob haircuts on blonde and brunette hair, and they look great, but the depth in the color in using the red-violet dimensions gives it more of an edge.

A lot of reds go for a more sleek and sophisticated look. This texture makes it so much more fun and modern.

What’s your best advice for this look?

As for the style and current trends, every woman should own a texturizing spray. It adds instant volume, a natural and tousled finish, and keeps the style in place without it feeling stiff or mattifying the color.

Disconnected Long Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Torrey Lynn Archer
Hair Designer @ Lee’s Studio Medispa in Parkersburg, WV


How would you describe this look?

A disconnected long pixie cut is soft and versatile. The short sides and back can be done with clippers, giving it a clean look and feel.

I love the versatility of a short cut for thick hair! It can be worn in so many ways. This can be tailored and neat, completely disheveled, or somewhere in between.

What’s your best advice for this look?

For any girl wanting a shorter style, the question you should yourself is how much effort you want to put into you hair. So many women think short hair is simple and low maintenance, and for some it is! Those women are unicorns and should be studied. For most, however, short styles require a little luck, some effort, and some great product.

Textured Stacked Bob with Side Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Craig Parkinson
Freelance Hairstylist / Barber @ Mane Hairdressing in South Yorkshire, UK


How would you describe this look?

This amazing haircut is a short, textured bob for thick hair with side bangs. If you have incredibly thick hair, then this is the perfect hair type to showcase your incredible shape.

This short haircut shows how much texture and volume you can achieve with it.

What’s your best advice for this look?

If you have the perfect oval face shape, you can experiment with many different styles! This haircut can be flattering for most face shapes as it is very soft at the front. It is suitable for most lifestyles as well because the length can be tied back if needed.

The best way to achieve this look would be to blow dry the hair with a heat protecting spray using a large to a medium round brush. Smooth it with a flat iron and finish with a texturizing or salt spray. This style also looks incredible when styled with a soft wave using a curling iron.

Trendy Inverted Bob for Thick Hair

Q&A with style creator, Kaysie Jean
Hairstylist @ Hair and Body Solutions in New Berlin, WI


How would you describe this look?

A trend short inverted bob is shaped and has natural-looking highlights that are perfect for blending the greys.

The inverted cut gives great volume for women with thicker hair and you don’t have to style it for it to look good, which makes this a great style for low maintenance girls.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Think about your lifestyle before considering length. If you love to wear your hair tied back in a ponytail daily, you can wear this cut in a longer form, which would be considered a long bob or “lob”.

Short Pixie with Long Bangs

A remarkable short pixie for thick hair
Instagram @jo_gallagher

Q&A with style creator, Joanne (Argeras) Gallagher
Hairstylist @ Bumble and Bumble in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

A short pixie with long bangs for thick hair should have movement by getting a razor cut. This will remove weight while cutting a soft line.

For this cute short hairstyle for thick straight hair, use a broad stroke all over and weight removal through the top.

The length on top is slightly longer and disconnected so depending on the products used, the style can completely change. The softness around the edges that keep it looking feminine.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Leaving more length on top can be slightly more forgiving and extend the life of short cuts for girls with thick hair.

This look in particular works on pretty much any face shape and hair texture because of how soft it is.

Chin Length Bob With Edgy Red and Blue

A classic chin length bob haircut with an edgy flair
Instagram @pati.rodrigz

Q&A with style creator, Pati Rodriguez
Matrix Bilingual Artistic Educator / Salon Owner @ Lozanía Studio in Milwaukee, WI


How would you describe this look?

A classic chin-length bob hairstyle for thicker hair can have an edgy flair with fun colors throughout.

The color conceals the undercut that allows this rockin’ asymmetrical bob to really take shape and have a lot of movement.

What’s your best advice for this look?

This is a great short hairstyle for thick coarse hair. If you’re looking to go short, the undercut removes a lot of unnecessary bulk. Any face shape can wear this look as the area around the face is left longer and can be customized to their preference.

This is a perfect cut for ladies who have a busy lifestyle as the undercut will give them more wearability and longevity between haircuts.

Playful Copper Layered Bob

A chic layered bob for short thick hair
Instagram @leaht.hair

Q&A with style creator, Leah Williams
Hairstyling Apprentice @ Jerome Salon in Calgary, AB


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This playful short layered bob haircut has layers that quite short. Adding short layers benefits women with short thick hair by removing excess weight and creating movement.

This versatile shape makes it easy to style at home. It can look sleek and professional when styled straight or blown out with a round brush.

What’s your best advice for this look?

A short layered bob can be well executed on a variety of hair types, but this particular cut was designed for thick hair. The layering is pretty extreme, which makes your hair much more manageable and so much lighter!

Pixie Undercut with Design

A classy Neo-Punk with a cool design
Instagram @heartzilla_love

Q&A with style creator, Ana Rivero Rossi
Stylist @ HeartZilla Salon in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look?

This neo-punk short, thick haircut with an undercut is very versatile. You can style the front as a framing sweep bang, a 50s toupee, or even a punk look like the one you see in the photo.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Add dusts like Davines or Puff Me to put on your roots. I also recommend extreme moisturizing and not washing it too much!

Short Ear Length Pixie Cut

A fantastically short ear-length pixie haircut
Instagram @lisaminthair

Q&A with style creator, Lisa Smith
Owner and Stylist @ Mint Hair Lounge in Port Moody, BC


How would you describe this look?

A short, ear-length pixie cut is a great cut for women looking for a short hairstyle for thick hair.

It works for all ages as the length on the top can be adjusted to flatter all face shapes.

This wavy pixie has a structure in the cut that enables it to hold its shape until you need a trim.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Ear-length short hairstyle for thick hair can suit older women as well as younger. If you like your hair sleek and sophisticated, this cut lays down smoothly. For the woman that likes texture and fun, you can easily put in a few curls and a texture spray to give it height and volume.