Tackle It: 55 Perfect Hairstyles for Thick Hair

 

Thick hair is awesome. You have enough hair to decide whether you want to keep your density, make it look like you have even more, or make it look like you have less. Here are some perfect hairstyles thick hair. We promise you have more options than you think!

Thick Wavy Cut

Thick wavy cutInstagram @daniwatermanhair

For Very Short Hair

Haircut for very short thick hairInstagram @oro.salon

Choppy Hair

Thick choppy hair with bangsInstagram @themonnikerstudio

Best For a Round Face

Thick and long wavy blonde hair best for a round faceInstagram @taylornees1

Perfect for Women Over 60

Thick white bob perfect for women over 60Instagram @theloftwest

Best for an Oval Face

Thick hair best for an oval faceInstagram @brigittelynhair

Perfect for Women over 50

Thick hair perfect for women over 50Instagram @goldsworthyshair

Rounded Bob

Q&A with style creator, Laura Christopher
Balayage & Vivid Artist @ Slice Salon in Reno, NV

How would you describe this look?

I love how clean this look is. A rounded bob is a classic. It goes with any outfit and is always on trend.

Sayumi’s hair color prior to this appointment was a silver ombré. Today she decided it was time to go dark and sophisticated. That’s what’s so fun about hair. Just like accessories, we can change it up to reflect a different mood.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look goes well on any face shape. It’s super versatile.

To keep this cut looking it’s best, I recommend booking a trim every 4 weeks. Precision cuts like this one can grow out fairly quickly and start looking a bit shabby. If you want that perfectly crisp look, be sure to stay on a regular schedule with your stylist.

I am obsessed with Kenra Professional Snail CC Cream and Platinum Luxe One Leave-In. Apply both from roots to ends on towel dried hair. I always recommend a round brush with both boar and synthetic bristles for those with thick coarse hair.

Be sure to blow dry in sections. Always use the directional nozzle and point the blow dryer down following your brush going from roots to ends to keep your cuticle smooth. If you need to use a hot tool try Kenra Professional Heat Block Spray first.

This is a fine mist heat protectant with touchable hold, and it protects your hair from heat up to 450 degrees! It doesn’t build up on your hot tools and it provides that perfect all day hold for your rounded bob.

Short Stacked Bob

Rounded bobInstagram @hair_hau5

Q&A with style creator, Hayley Cadden
Salon Owner @ Hair Hau5 in West Lothian, Scotland


How would you describe this look?

This disconnected cut and style is one of my favorites. It’s so versatile in how you style it even though it’s short. You can really funk it up with the right products.

It’s also easy to maintain and trendy. My client, when she first came to me, has uneven highlights, so over time, we have brightened her up. It was rose gold before and then we aimed towards a pearl white.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would suggest doing it overtime! You may love the look on someone else, but you’ll get a shock when you go shorter yourself.

This haircut and style are better for medium hair densities. Too thick and it will be very hard to style. Too fine and you just may not be able to style it the way your stylist can!

I’d suggest going for this style if you have a great jawline and great facial features.

Hair is there to be changed, chopped, and coloured. Let your personality shine through your hair! Look after it and you will have the best relationship with it!

Straight Cut Bob

Straight cut bobInstagram @izzish_

Q&A with style creator, Elizabeth Gettys
Stylist / Color Specialist @ BANG BANG Salon in Cincinnati, OH


How would you describe this look?

This look as a whole was chosen to suit her for ease in styling, grow out, and lifestyle. She is a member of the symphony and orchestra requiring her cut to allow her to pull her hair back as to not be in her way.

I love the cut which is both simple and striking. The blunt cut at the ends makes a great contrast with the light. The whispy interior layers were cut in to create movement as well as thin out some of the bulk – no one wants to look like a bell!

The color chosen is a custom color I formulated using Matrix ColorSync. Rose gold is a very popular color right now so while formulating I chose to cool down the pink- which complements her green eyes very well by staying in the cool-tone realm.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend this style to someone with a busy lifestyle who still wants a “styled” look without all the effort. This look can be worn straight, wavy, or curly.  Textured hair would be suitable as well as any level of density.

This look is simple and versatile. She could wear this both straight or simply popping a few flat iron curls in for texture. This cut can be styled in a matter of minutes!

Depending on one’s face shape, the length can be brought to the chin for a thinner face or a little further down cutting it to mid neck for a fuller face.

Asymmetrical Cut

Asymmetrical cut on thick hairInstagram @stephstyles21

Q&A with style creator, Stephany Lopez
Balayage Artist @ Carbon Salon in Longmont, CO


How would you describe this look?

The cut was done on a girl that came in with hair down past about 2 inches from her collar bones. She wanted a short haircut because she was finding herself just pulling her hair up in a ponytail all the time.

I gave her something a little more different than just a bob, so we did an asymmetrical bob with her left side being about 2 inches shorter than her right.

We gave her some long layers and thinned out her hair a bit so it wouldn’t be so blunt since she had a lot of hair! I also added some cute side swept bangs then curled her hair all one way, away from her face on both sides with a 1-inch curling iron and then broke up the curls by combing my finger through!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This hairstyle definitely needs everyday styling! You could straighten it and bevel the ends in or you could curl it so you can have a messier look!

I would use a texturing spray after to give it a more bed head and effortless look! Trophy from R+Co is amazing! This haircut would be good on thick and thin hair and someone with a petite face!

For Very Thick Curly Hair

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Siclari
Hair Artist & Owner @ SaSa Salon in Trumbull, CT


How would you describe this look?

This shape is all about creating fullness and space for the natural texture to move. I love natural texture and the key is to give it enough controlled chaos for it to be harmonious. This cut was done dry in its natural state.

I diluted the weight internally and detailed lengths around the face. I styled with SaSaCurl Flaxseed Defining Serum and Wella Boost Bounce Mousse because these products work great on wavy hair types to enhance the texture, add shine, and enrich the hair with moisture. I used a diffuser to dry.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great style for someone with wavy-curly hair types. It is low maintenance and can be a wash and go style.

Blow drying with a diffuser will ensure more volume and definition from your texture then air drying, but with the right products, the shape will remain effortless.

For wavy hair types, I suggest a serum and a mousse to hydrate and define the texture.

If you embrace your naturally wavy, curly, or kinky hair and you haven’t already received a dry cut customized for your texture, go get one!

Angled Bob

Q&A with style creator, Cailyn Gratton
Owner & Stylist @ Ambiance Salon and Day Spa in Latham, NY


How would you describe this look?

We started off with a deep copper red color and wanted it lightened up for the summer. I used Goldwell color, and I lightened her up with a balayage painting technique and then overlayed her with Colorance.

Her hair is extremely thick and coarse, so when she decided she wanted to have this look, I knew we had to do a lot of undercutting so that she wouldn’t end up bushy looking.

The nape area is cut shorter and layered, and the hair above lays over it with some light texturized layers. I used mostly texturizing shears to cut the layers because I knew we wanted a softer layered look, and she was going to wear it mostly curled like it is shown in the picture.

The formula used is 75% Grey Goldwell (40ml 20 vol, 20ml 5NN, 10ml 7RR@KK, 10ml 6K@KK, Balayage with Silklift and 20 vol, and Overlay 8GB and 9KG)

To style it, I used Monat smoothing shampoo and conditioner, and Monat Blow out crème. Then after blow drying, I used a 1 1/4 inch barrel curling iron and curled the top sections in opposite directions leaving the ends of the hair out of the iron to create more of a wave rather than a curl. Finally, I finished her with Amika Undone texture spray for texture and KMS dry wax for hold and separation.

The good thing about a bob is that it looks nice on almost all face shapes and hair types. When considering face shape you want to make sure that you bring it to the right length.

For instance, someone with a rounder face would want to keep the length past their chin and try to add height in the back to create the illusion of a elongated face shape. Someone with a longer face shape would want something with more layers to create width to round out their face.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about what you do on a daily basis. Do you work out, are you a wash and go gal, do you spend time blow drying and styling?  If you are someone who needs to wear their hair in a ponytail then considers doing a longer bob around shoulder length.

If you like a more low maintenance style I would say something with fewer layers that is easier to smooth or curl. If you like having fun with styling, try something a little edgier or maybe something asymmetrical or more stacked in the back!

Products needed for a style like this would be a smoothening product for a sleeker look or a texturizing spray or dry wax for more of a wavy textured look. Dry shampoo is always a must for any hairstyle!

Deep Side Part

Q&A with style creator, Charlie Brigitte Lawless
Freelance Hairstylist in New Jersey & New York


How would you describe this look?

This look is low-maintenance! She has thick hair with a slight wave, so this haircut will flow whether she wears it straight or natural.

Long layers with a slight face frame are flattering on almost all hair types, but especially thick hair. It is important for the stylist to know where to take the weight out of the hair so the cut is flattering and grows in well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about how much effort you want to put into your hair every day. This will be a generally easy look to achieve. However, an effort to achieve a smooth blow dry like hers will vary depending on the density, texture, and frizziness of your hair.

Styling creams can help tame wild hair and make the blow dry process much easier. Luckily, this cut will look wonderful unstyled as well because the shape is flattering on all face shapes and hair textures.

Chin Length Thick Wavy Hair

Q&A with style creator, Rylee Miller
Stylist @ Deeda Salon in Sacramento, CA


How would you describe this look?

Hannah has extremely thick hair and before I met her she has hair down to her hips! She is extremely trendy and cool, but her hair just wasn’t showing that!

So we did this fun cut which is a textured, messy, asymmetric bob. This cut is surprisingly very low maintenance. It looks so cute straight or curly, but I personally love the look it has when it’s big, messy, and wavy!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Because length gets pretty short in the back, I would recommend getting this cut if you have straight/slightly wavy hair texture unless you’re willing to straighten the bottom every time you style it!

Overall this look is a fun, edgy cut that can be fun for all types of people!

Short Layered Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Brad
Hairdresser / Barber @ Bellissimo in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


How would you describe this look?

This is a rose balayage bob. What I love about colors is how they seamlessly blend into each other leaving her hair looking super shiny and soft.

I also love how I’ve left her with a bold hair cut but inverted loads of layering to enhance the shape and reduce all the weight. I like the way I waved her hair into a new style showing the sharpness of her haircut, leaving her with a textured weightless cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would only carry out a cut like this on someone with thick and unmanageable hair to remove the weight and leave a softer shape, so as it grows out it stays balanced.

Almost anyone could carry this look with the right hairdresser. This hair style is amazing for those busy clients who cannot stop by even for a simple back combing.

Because this client has thick hair, the products I’ve used on her are all L’oreal.

L’oreal mythic oil shampoo & mask (thick hair) – I left the mask on for 5 mins to rehydrate her hair.

Loreal mythic oil serum – I only 4 little pumps throughout all of her hair giving her maximum heat protection up to 230 degrees.

Loreal mythic oil blow-drying lotion – I applied it on the ends to smoothen the frizz and keep a controlled look.

Then I finished off with Techni Art shower shine to leave this glossy finish.

Black Layered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Joan Osterberg
Hairstylist @ The Tish in Muskegon, MI


How would you describe this look?

This haircut is effortless with lots of texture. I love how the layers flow with her natural growth pattern.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you love short, minimalist, low maintenance hair, I recommend this look for anyone with any texture or thickness of hair. Don’t fight your growth patterns, work with them and use minimal products.

I achieved this look with a little Davines It’s a Sea Salt Mist before and a little after a blow dry just moving her hair around with my hands to create movement.

Cross Between a Lob and Shag

Cross Between a Lob and Shag hairstyleInstagram @maurajannetta

Q&A with style creator, Maura Jannetta
Hairstylist & Salon Owner @ Salon Fiber in Phoenixville, PA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a cross between a lob and an updated shag. I love how flattering the bang shape is on the face and how easy it can be to style if the wearer embraces their natural texture. It’s such a fun and modern look!

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re considering this look, I recommend air drying with some sea salt spray worked in to bring out natural texture. You can blow dry just the roots if more volume is desired. Then take a 1-inch curling iron or wand and wrap random sections around it to give the hair some polish and define the waves.

If you like or need to wear your hair up, consider keeping the fringe section long enough to tuck.

Soft Layering

Soft Layering hairstyleInstagram @shearstobrooke

Q&A with style creator, Whitney Henson
Hairstylist @ Osgood O’neil Salon in Dallas, TX


How would you describe this look?

My favorite part of this look is that no texturizing or weight was taken out. We embraced the fullness and simply took the weight out by adding lots of soft layering around the face and long layers through the back.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When it comes to long, thick hair, you have to think about how taking weight out makes it more frizzy if it’s not done right. Thick layered hair isn’t always a struggle when it’s done right.

Face-Framing Cut

Q&A with style creator, Rosie Pieternelle
Hairstylist @ Mark Garrison Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

This is a face-framing cut with a lot of layers for long hair. My favorite thing about it is that this hairstyle can be styled straight, wavy, or natural depending on the occasion.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Some advice that I would give is that this haircut works best with thick hair. Also, make sure to go to the right person to cut your hair because it has to be well proportioned depending on a your face shape and structure.

Grunge Chic

Grunge Chic hairstyleInstagram @zplacejustine

Q&A with style creator, Justine
Hair Designer @ Z Place Salon & Spa in Kennewick, WA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as 2018 take on the fashionable “grunge chic” trend.

My favorite thing about the color is my guest’s ability to try different pastel tones as she wishes. The beauty of pastels now is that the more faded they get, the more fashion-forward your hair looks. The cut gives her styling flexibility. She can wear it smooth, textured, tucked behind one ear, or pushed back away from the forehead.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a high maintenance color that requires more commitment on the guest’s end. They must come into the salon for a retouch every four to five weeks. There is a point where the service becomes a project again instead of routine maintenance.

I also remind my guests that this type of double process service must be done slowly and that they must commit to using Aveda’s Damage Remedy line at home to ensure the hair is at its healthiest. Healthy hair enables my guests to change their hair color more often.

Since my guest had a round face shape, she can pretty much pull off anything. I try not to limit ideas and styles because of their face shape. I encourage my clients to be brave! Take this hair journey with me and I will be there every step of the way.

Don’t put your client in a box, but be honest about what is realistic for your guest regarding cut, color, and upkeep. They will appreciate you for this. After all, we are the experts and it’s our responsibility to keep our their hair healthy, current, and life-changing.

Soft Graduation

Soft Graduation hairstyleInstagram @hairatsixteen

Q&A with style creator, Gemma Purser
Salon Owner / Head Stylist @ Hair At Sixteen in Southend-on-Sea, UK


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this hairstyle as a layered textured bob with a soft graduation into the neck.

I love this look because of its versatility. It can be worn sleek, but also with volume and texture to create the perfect party or evening look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider your hair type as this look is really best suited for medium hair texture.

This is a style that needs some attention every day to get the perfect finish, so having a good hairdryer and a hair straightener would be needed to perfect the look, along with using the correct hair products.

To create this look, I used the Montibello Absolute Plus Cream and Volume Roots Up to blow dry the hair. I used Fudge Head Shine and Skyscraper Hairspray to finish.

Layers with Side-Swept Fringe

Layers with Side-Swept Fringe hairstyleInstagram @hairbyjennaek

Q&A with style creator, Jennae Kunsman
Stylist @ Autumn Houston The Salon & Sunshine Salon in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a mid-length layered haircut with a side-swept fringe, complemented by a gentle balayage/ ombré to create a smooth transition from dark to light.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is extremely versatile and complements most face shapes well. It has lots of texture which allows it to be worn well styled or just left alone to dry. The haircut works best for someone with thicker hair and the long fringe is flattering for a prominent forehead or someone who has grey around the hairline and wants to stretch their color a little longer.

The color transitions from a darker root to a lighter end which allows for a long time in between coloring services, making it great for the person who can’t get into the salon very often. This look can be created with a light hold styling mousse for body and styled with a 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, leaving the ends out for loose lived-in curls that will last for days.

Warm Balayage Waves

Q&A with style creator, Whitney Lee
Hair Artist @ Salon Seven Twenty in San Antonio, TX


How would you describe this look?

This look is best described as a warm balayage. It’s definitely one of my favorite styles of balayage because I feel the warmer tones, especially the deep color spectrum of brunettes, give you much more dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great start for anyone with thicker, darker hair that’s looking to go into their first balayage. It’s a realistic goal, plus it lends itself to less maintenance by working with the client’s natural color and blending the hand-painted color up into the client’s root.

It’s definitely a color style that looks best on medium to long hair. Balayage always looks best when styled with loose, full-bodied waves. Use a color safe shampoo and conditioner to ensure that your color will last longer. And for those fun beachy waves, I’m a huge fan of all the Amika and Kenra products.

Versatile Caramel Lob

Versatile Caramel Lob hairstyleInstagram @stylesbyame

Q&A with style creator, Ame Putman
Hairstylist @ Dulce Vida Salon in Poway, CA


How would you describe this look?

My best description of this look would be versatile and timeless. My favorite thing about this look is that it is exactly as described. It is versatile in that it is wearable for almost anyone, especially for women with thicker hair.

The lob haircut thick hair is really age appropriate for all women, making it a timeless and classic style that has continued to evolve over the last few decades. Versatile, easy hair is a way for women to feel put together and sexy all the time. My ultimate goal is to have everyone leave the salon feeling sexy with hair that they can style and maintain at home!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for someone who is considering this look is to not be deceived by it. It is a classic style that will be easy to maintain and style. It can be customized depending on length and fringe, and both can easily transform this look to match face shape. The color placement is meant to give a natural, sunkissed look that is low maintenance.

For thicker hair, I recommend using a thermal protectant or primer like Bumble and bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer to help smooth out the cuticle surface. This will add moisture and all the styling products to coat the outside of the hair shaft to allow for a better blow dry.

As for styling products from the wet to dry phase, I recommend a blow dry cream/serum like Bumble and bumble’s Repair Blow Dry. This product works for all textures of hair and is heat activated. It will smooth out the hair shaft and give better results for second and third-day hair.

If the client is considering haircuts for thick wavy hair or a curly look, I recommend using a 1 to 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron. Starting in the front, take vertical sections and curl the hair back and away from the face. Once you reach the back of the head, start on the other side of the head and continue to curl the hair away from the face. Allow the curls to set for a minute, then run your fingers through or brush the curls for a softer, more lived-in look.

For dry styling, I recommend using a dry texture spray like Bumble and bumble’s Dryspun or Design Me’s Puff.ME Light. This will give life and movement to the hair without it feeling too heavy. You can complete the look with a soft hold hairspray like Bumble and bumble’s Spray De Mode.

70s Vibe

70s Vibe hairstyleInstagram @hairbysarahe

Q&A with style creator, Sarah English
Hairstylist / Owner @ Sarah English Salon in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look has a 70s vibe to it! Think Brigitte Bardot. It’s a textured, lived-in, layered cut and color.

My favorite thing about it is how it can be worn smoothed out with some beachy waves, or air dried with some product in it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this look for anyone considering haircuts for thick wavy hair that needs some sort of style. It removes weight while adding movement and texture to any hairstyle. It also looks great with it pulled back, keeping a few layered pieces down and around your face. You will always have a cute style even while wearing it up!

For this client, we balayaged caramel pieces around her face then gave her lots of layers blending down from the fringe. For styling, we used a smoothing cream to help blow dry and control frizz and added Unite’s Boosta Spray for a little body while blow drying. I then went back in with Unite’s Argan Oil to smooth any flyaways and gave her a loose beachy wave. We finished with a spray wax to tousle and give that lived-in look.

If you’d like to air dry, you can still use a smoothing cream and argan oil, but add a little sea salt or beach spray to amp up the texture.

Razor Cut

Razor Cut hairstyleInstagram @amybennetthair

Q&A with style creator, Amy Bennett
Master Stylist @ Headlines The Salon in Encinitas, CA


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

I used a straight (unguarded razor) for the whole cut. This is my favorite cut and texture to work with. I love the “feeling” when working with a razor.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a sea salt spray for grit while blow drying and a molding paste to finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Anyone who has a wee bit of attitude can wear this style and can be worn played up or down. Depending on the finishing product, it can be a mohawk or a more natural chill look.

Bouncy Long Layers

Q&A with style creator, Marsona Horan Salon
Owner / Hairstylist @ Marsona Horan Salon in Fairfield, CT


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

Layers, layers and more layers! These layers are perfect for any face shape.

My favorite thing about this look is how all of the movement and textures in layered haircuts like this one allow for a lot of diversity when it comes to styling longer hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this cut, I used Kevin Murphy Body Mass to blow out while using the large Varis round brush. We finished with Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair for some extra texture. I recommend getting a trim every eight weeks to maintain the bounce in the layers.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a great look for someone with thicker hair with a little bit of wave to it. It works for most face shapes. My guest has an oval face shape and came in with a long, almost one length cut. After feeling like her hair had no life and all she was doing was throwing it up in a bun, I decided to add all of the layers to allow for a more versatile look.

I advised my guest to sleep with her hair in a rolled bun to preserve the blowout. All she needs to do in the morning is some tousling followed by some hairspray or texture spray. So easy!

Sleek Hairstyle for Thick Hair

Q&A with style creator, Wendy Portillo
Hairstylist & Color Specialist @ The Plaza Salon in Orange, CA


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

This look is sleek, sophisticated and so much fun. I love so many things about this look. It’s easy to maintain and looks great on most hair types.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this look, I recommend using a heat protectant, weightless volume, shine serum, and a light hold hairspray. I specifically used these Aveda products: Brilliant Damage Control, Phomollient, Light Elements Smoothing Fluid and Air Control Hairspray.

To style this look, I used a medium round brush, but a paddle brush would also work. We did flat iron, but depending on the hair type that may not be necessary.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for clients with thin to medium hair. I honestly think this looks great on all face shapes and fits well into a busy lifestyle. It is perfect for professionals that are on the move with not a lot of time to spare in the mornings.

Volume and Dimension

Volume and Dimension hairstyleInstagram @goode_hairday

Q&A with style creator, Sara Goode
Stylist @ Salon One19 and Spa in Leawood, KS


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

This soft layered bob is one of my favorite looks! It’s a great transition for ladies wanting to grow out a shorter cut while maintaining a style. I love how this cut creates volume and dimension.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I always think it’s important to start with a good foundation in your products and build from there. I love using LOréal Professional Sleek and Swing on all of my styles to protect against heat and smooth the hair, all while building volume. It leaves the hair bouncy and shiny!

I love to finish my styles with a dry finishing spray. This allows me to set the style without making the hair feel dry or look crunchy.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is great for clients with medium to thick hair with medium to moderate texture. Long and round face shapes are not ideal for this style.

This style of bob is meant to be styled daily and is not meant for wash and go. It is great for anyone trying to grow out a shorter cut or someone wanting to try out short hairstyles, but isn’t ready to commit to a pixie hairstyle!

Subtle Balayaged Bob

Subtle Balayaged Bob hairstyleInstagram @laurahyatthair

Q&A with style creator, Laura Hyatt
Booth Renter / Owner / Licensed Cosmetologist @ Laura Hyatt Hair in Jacksonville, FL


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

I would describe this look as a subtle, balayage highlighted bob. This guest had a very dark natural base, so my favorite part is that I was able to give her some dimension and lightness without taking away from her beautiful dark hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This look is very low maintenance. Because of the Balayage highlight technique I used, she can go three to four months without a touch up because it looks so natural! She can blow dry it with a round brush to recreate the style I gave her, or throw some leave-in conditioner and a styling cream in for some natural texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to anyone that would like a change without having to commit to high maintenance upkeep. This look is very flattering for many face shapes and since it is so easy to maintain, can work for many lifestyles.

Easy Styling Thick Hair

Q&A with style creator, Margaret Cunningham
Senior Stylist @ Arté Salon & Spa in Wayland, MA


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

The look I created here is effortless. My client is low maintenance, but in no means sloppy. We took her faded out summer golden blonde and used Wella color to add dimension and shine and cut it into a medium bob with lots of texture.

My favorite trend right now is using a 1 1/4-inch curling iron but not pulling it all the way to the ends to create waves instead of tight curls. This is easy, on-the-go hair for the busy woman!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The key to a good style starts in the shower. We washed and conditioned with L’Oreal B6 Biotin. We then used Dual Stylers by Techni.art Liss and Pump-up (also by L’Oreal) for volume with a velvety smooth finish. I finished the look with Kevin Murphy Shimmer.Shine and a little hairspray!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut and style can be done on many different hair textures and densities, but I wouldn’t suggest it for a curly haired client unless she is good with her blow dry and straightening tools.

For a client with a round face, I would suggest having it about an inch longer than shown here with few more angles in front to create corners and soften in the right spots.

The overall styling is for any woman on the go. By having waves instead of curls, it never looks like it lost its look as it loosens through the day. The layers take out weight and add movement, creating the texture which is all the rage right now!

Brenda

This hairstyle is layered short and tight on the sides and in the back. It is longer and layered on the top, then connected to the hair on the sides and in the back. It is shorter in the back and gradually gets longer to the front, making the pieces instantly function as a trendy fringe.

Short Layered Hairstyle for Thick HairStyle by Kelly Hicks, Makeup by Caroline Lease, Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL
Short Layered Hairstyle for Thick Hair SideStyle by Kelly Hicks, Makeup by Caroline Lease, Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray protects hair from the heat of irons up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart and oval face shapes with hair that it medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Tip:

Cutting the sides and the back really short and tight removes a lot of hair density. This is a great way to make thicker hair lighter and more low maintenance.

Grace  

This haircut is short on the sides and in the back. The back is cut in a way that emphasizes the roundness of the head, giving it a beautifully feminine profile. The top is layered long as it starts out shorter in the back and quickly gets longer towards the front.

Short Hairstyle with Long Layers for Thick HairStyle by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH
Short Hairstyle with Long Layers for Thick Hair SideStyle by Katie Kacere, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray gives hair texture by keeping strands from clumping together using bodifying polymers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart and oval face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Tip:

When using texture sprays, make sure to apply it throughout the hair and not just on the surface.

Medium-Length Thick Hairstyle

Curling one-length thick hair will give the hairstyle a triangular silhouette and make it look solid. This gives it a more fashion forward, chic and confident look.

One Length Hairstyle for Thick HairStyle by Alison Wilson, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Wrap sections of hair around a curling wand in different directions, leaving the ends straight.
  5. Apply a texture spray while roughing the hair up a little between your fingers and the palms of your hands.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray gives long-lasting hold without the crunchy feel. It also gives a natural-looking finish and protects hair from humidity.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Vivianna

Thick hair is a hairstylist’s best friend when it comes to event styling. Normally, we’d have to put padding or extensions to make the hair look thicker and do a lot of teasing. With thick hair, all you really have to do is curl and pin things in place!

Hairstyles for Thick HairStyle by London Hair

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
  2. Curl sections of hair with a curling iron.
  3. Gather a quarter of the hair from the top into a half ponytail and secure with a clip or bobby pins.
  4. Set with a finishing spray.
  5. Spray a shine spray on the finished look.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Micromist weightlessly gives hair a frizz free, shiny and silky finish. What’s best about it is that it can easily be applied without disrupting the hairstyle.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Thalia

This haircut is shorter on the sides and in the back. The back is shortest at the nape and gradually gets longer towards the crown, giving the crown area beautiful volume. It is layered on top, shorter in the back, and longer in the front.

Short Hairstyle with Volume for Thick HairStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA
Short Hairstyle with Volume for Thick Hair SideStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Blowout Creme smoothes the hair, gives it shine, cuts down on styling time, and protects hair from heat.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart and oval face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Jackie

The sides and the back of this haircut are cut really short and tight. The top is left long, layered and disconnected from the rest of the haircut. The very front of the top layer is a short fringe and longer pieces of the hair on top lay over it for a chic and interesting finish.

Short Hairstyle with Fringe for Thick HairStyle by Caroline Behan, Makeup by Amber Beck, Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL
Short Hairstyle with Fringe for Thick Hair SideStyle by Caroline Behan, Makeup by Amber Beck, Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth and bend longer pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray protects hair from the heat of irons up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart and oval face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Thick, Stacked Bob

Stacked bobs create volume and will make thick hair appear even thicker. Sometimes it can even make really thick hair look like a flying saucer! Instead of getting a stacked bob, get a layered bob. Layering your hair will remove volume while still giving you style and movement.

Stacked Bob Hairstyle for Thick HairStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA
Stacked Bob Hairstyle for Thick Hair BackStyle by Peles Salon & Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray gives long-lasting hold without the crunchy feel. It gives a natural-looking finish and protects hair from humidity.

Thick Layered Bob

If you need your bob layered to remove volume, but miss having a curvy beautiful feminine profile, you can get convex layers. These layers follow the shape of your head. It can give you the feeling of having a stacked haircut, minus all the crazy volume. The line on this bob is incredible. It is curved and very precise.

Short Bob with Convex LayersStyle by Hair Styling Efe

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for shine.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Treatment Omega+ Nourishing Oil is amazing. It has a concentrated dose of Omega-3 and C22 Fatty Acids that deeply nourish hair while adding intense shine. This results in smooth, silky soft and shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Straight Hair to Hide Thickness

Styling your hair straight is a great way to make thicker hair seem skinnier.

Long Straight Hairstyle for Thick HairStyle by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for shine.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray gives long-lasting hold without the crunchy feel. It gives a natural-looking finish and protects hair from humidity.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Thick Hair With Curls

Styling hair straight keeps thicker hair looking skinny. If you’d like to wear it curly and still look skinny, just make sure not to expand the curls. Keep them close to your head for a subtle yet gorgeous result.

Long Hairstyle with CurlsStyle by Candy Pena, Makeup by Amber Beck, Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Wrap sections of hair with a curling wand away from the face.
  5. Set with a finishing spray.
  6. Spray shine on the finished look.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist weightlessly gives hair shine while eliminating frizz and flyaways.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Thick & Deep Side Part

This bob is asymmetric and has a deep side part. The heavier side of the part is layered more to make sure it isn’t too bulky. The lighter side of the part isn’t layered as much since there isn’t as much hair on that side.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for shine.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray protects hair from the heat of irons up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Stacked Bob for Thick Hair

Bobs don’t always have to be layered. If you want to celebrate your thick hair and make it even bigger, get it stacked. The hairdresser term for it is “graduated”. This haircut will give you a lot of volume. To add even more volume, curl it!

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Curl sections of hair with a medium barrel iron in different directions.
  5. Loosen curls using fingers.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Amplifying Mouse gives hair volume with long-lasting hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

Oval face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Long, Thick Hairstyle

If you love your thick hair and want to flaunt it, go for it. Expand it, show it off, and turn some heads!

Long Hairstyle for Thick Hair with Natural CurlsStyle by Randy Currie, Makeup by Jess Moss, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Curl sections of hair using a medium barrel iron.
  5. Once you’re done curling all sections of hair, wait until all of them have cooled.
  6. Once they have cooled, lift sections of hair to get a texture spray evenly distributed throughout the hair.
  7. Scrunch and rough up the hair with your hands to separate hair. Create space in between to create more volume.
  8. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray gives hair texture by keeping strands from clumping together using bodifying polymers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Naturally Curly Bob

Why curl your bob if you already have natural curls?

Curly Bob Hairstyle for Thick HairStyle by London Hair

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Scrunch your hair to encourage curl formation.
  3. Diffuse the hair with medium heat on low speed until the hair is 90% dry.
  4. Switch to cool air on low speed until the hair is 100% dry.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Anti-Frizz Curl Defining Cream is a lightweight conditioning cream that separates and smoothes curls. It leaves the hair touchably soft.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Tip:

After scrunching, try not to touch the hair with your hands until your hair is completely dry. Doing so will cause the dreaded frizz!

Asymmetrical Bob

If you want an asymmetric look for your bob but aren’t ready to commit, wear one side behind your ear. It will give the illusion of an asymmetric haircut. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be ready to visit your hairstylist and actually get the haircut.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for shine.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Treatment Omega+ Nourishing Oil is amazing. It has a concentrated dose of Omega-3 and C22 Fatty Acids that deeply nourish hair while adding intense shine. This results in smooth, silky soft and shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Layered Bob

This layered bob is asymmetric because of the disconnected long piece on one side. Having a section of hair strategically left longer gives it a more edgy feel.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for shine.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Blowout Creme smoothes the hair, gives it shine, cuts down on styling time, and protects hair from heat.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Thick, Soft Curls

These curls are the perfect “first date” hairstyle. They are soft, feminine, youthful and beautiful without appearing like you’re trying too hard.

Medium Hairstyle for Thick Hair with CurlsStyle by Sean Rocco Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Wrap sections of hair with a curling wand away from the face.
  5. Gently loosen the curls by combing your hair with your fingers.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Blowout Creme smoothes the hair, gives it shine, cuts down on styling time, and protects hair from heat.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle. 

Thick & Textured Bob

This layered bob is styled smooth but with a ton of texture to really show off its layers.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray gives hair texture by keeping strands from clumping together using bodifying polymers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Swept Up Ends

Another way to style a chic layered bob is to add some bend to the very front pieces.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair except for the very front pieces with a flat iron.
  5. Using a flat iron, smooth the pieces in the front and flip the ends outwards.
  6. Apply a product for texture.
  7. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray gives long-lasting hold without the crunchy feel. It gives a natural-looking finish and protects hair from humidity.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Glam Curls for Thick Hair

By having smooth curls just towards the end of the hair, you will not only get a glamorous and classic look, but also hair that isn’t any bigger than it naturally is.

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection spray to dry hair.
  2. Curl large sections of hair from the middle of the shaft to the ends with a curling iron and secure them with clips.
  3. Once they’ve cooled, remove the clips and use a dressing brush to loosen the curls.
  4. Combine sections of hair and twirl them to create one big wave.
  5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray protects hair from the heat of irons up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Thick Hair With Long Bangs

Adding a fringe to a haircut will not only give it more character, but will also help in removing bulk. By cutting a fringe, (taking hair that normally falls to the sides and have it fall over the forehead) it lessens the hair and bulk on the sides. This beautiful fringe swoops over the forehead beginning at a deep side part.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.
  6. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray protects hair from the heat of irons up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle

Thick, Mermaid Waves

Another curled style that won’t make thick hair look so much thicker are mermaid waves.

Long Hairstyle for Thick Hair with Mermaid WavesStyle by Michelle Pritchard, Makeup by Jess Moss, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Wrap sections of hair with a curling wand away from the face.
  5. Brush through the curls until they all marry into a wave.
  6. Set with a finishing spray.
  7. Spray shine on the finished look.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Working Hairspray gives long-lasting hold without the crunchy feel. It gives a natural-looking finish and protects hair from humidity.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair of medium to high density and medium texture will suit this hairstyle.

Tip:

Try to curl each section as uniform as possible to get this look.