40 Mind-Blowing Short Hairstyles for Thick Hair

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Emily Gold 02-02-2017 AM ET / 0 Shares

Not to state the obvious, but thick hair can sometimes be a royal pain in the arse—and we’re not just talking about those hot summer days.

Everyone has grips about their hair type. Whether you were born with thin or thick hair, the grass always seems to be greener on the other side. Women with thin hair tend to complain how tough it is to achieve volume while those with thick hair often knock it as unruly and hard to tame no matter how much product or time is invested.

While we’ve put together plenty of articles featuring thin hair, today we’ll be focusing on hairstyles for thick hair and what’s currently in trend. As those of you with thick hair know, not every hairstyle is easily maintainable. Sure with the right amount of time and effort any hairstyle is attainable, but let’s face it, not everyone is a hairstylist and even if you’re able to achieve the desired look, you’ll quickly realize it’s simply not worth the effort on a daily basis. Luckily for you, there are certain hairstyles that are better suited for thick hair that can be maintained with minimal effort. Discover for yourself, beautiful hairstyles for thick hair that are only a cut away.

Rounded fringe bangs.

If you have really thick hair, chances are you’ve already had something similar to this lovely ‘do even if it wasn’t by choice. These thick bangs are extremely adorable when paired with a petite face shape. Consider a balayage coloring technique to break up the overall mass and add a little extra dimension.

Rounded fringe by Kristin Ess

(Kristin Ess)

Side-swept wavy bob for thick hair.

Short wavy bobs are perfect for women of all ages with thick hair. This relatively low maintenance bob is well suited for medium to thick hair and will keep its volume throughout the day. Highlights or a little balayage will make things even more interesting.

Side-swept wavy bob by Brenda Kamt

(Brenda Kamt)

Wavy side bang.

Short haircuts are magic for thick hair. While stylish pixies like the one below aren’t for everyone, if you are willing to take a chance you’ll almost always be rewarded with a bold new look that gets nothing but compliments. The side-swept portion of the cut looks the best with lots of volume—which is never a problem with thick hair.

Wavy side bangs by Sarah H.

(Sarah H.)

Natural waves.

Well, natural-looking waves that is. Straight thick hair curls well on its own without the addition of layers or added texture. The forward back-curled strand is a great way to add a little style to any angled wavy bob.

Natural waves by Jmalone


Curly long pixie.

This is another short hairstyle perfect for women with thick hair. Curly asymmetrical pixies are really popular right now. Refined and elegant, but also chic and edgy, this style is another cut that’s perfect for women of all ages. However, you’re still going to need a fair amount of product to keep this ‘do in place regardless of how thick or thin your hair may be.

Curly long pixie by Bonnie Angus

(Bonnie Angus)

Undercut A-line bob.

When choosing a hairstyle it’s important to take into consideration your face shape as well as your hair type. This A-line bob works wonders for faces with sharp profiles. Add a little extra style with a peekaboo undercut that’s visible only when you tuck your hair behind your ear.

A-line straight bob by Coryn Neylon

(Coryn Neylon)

Silver blonde bob.

Silver blonde hair is always a good idea no matter what hair type you have. But light hair colors are an excellent way to show off the depth that comes with having a thick head of hair. Dark roots serve up added contrast which really work to accentuate the silver blonde color.

Silver blonde bob by Jefferson Bolina

(Jefferson Bolina)

Chin-length cut.

Here we have another beautiful side-swept bob with just a hint of color. Often times keeping it simple can be more rewarding than the glamour that comes along with some of the more maintenance-heavy hairstyles. Usually thick hair is enough to maintain the volume of any bob, never leaving your hair looking flat or limp.

Chin-length cut by Estée Lalonde

(Estée Lalonde)

Side-swept bob.

The lengthy process of dying dark hair blonde will sometimes give you unexpected texture. While texture via damage isn’t the best for your hair, it does give you a unique type of texture that can result in a pretty cool look. Add some layers and a few choppy blunt ends and you end up with something amazing.

Platinum blonde by Lhonette Bernard-Charles

(Lhonette Bernard-Charles)

Tousled bob.

Casually perfect is the phrase that came to mind when we first laid eyes upon this hairstyle. Essentially just an angled bob with a little color, this ‘do includes waves to boost volume and a little color to make things a bit more interesting.

Tousled bob by Liz Sustaita

(Liz Sustaita)

Angled long pixie.

Angled long pixie by Summer Dennis

(Summer Dennis)

Shaggy with volume.

Shaggy with volume by Raziely Câmara

(Raziely Câmara)

Voluminous bob.

Voluminous bob by Brenda Kamt

(Brenda Kamt)

Middle part.

Middle part by Kim Tran

(Kim Tran)

Smokey grey balayage.

Smokey grey balayage by Anna Russett

(Anna Russett)

Choppy layers.

Choppy layers by Brenda Kamt

(Brenda Kamt)

Medium-length layered bob.

Medium-length layered bob by Nadine Matar

(Nadine Matar)

Shoulder skimming bob.

Shoulder skimming bob by Nadine Matar

(Nadine Matar)

Asymmetric bob.

Asymmetric bob by Liz Sustaita

(Liz Sustaita)

Textured bob.

Textured bob by Daniel Martinez

(Daniel Martinez)

Rumpled pixie.

Rumpled pixie by Patricia


Feminine look.

Feminine look by Marisa Ramirez

(Marisa Ramirez)

Almost bob.

Almost bob by Jen Schmierer

(Jen Schmierer)

Choppy textured bob.

Choppy bob by Johnny Ramirez

(Johnny Ramirez)

Soft and flowing.

Soft and flowing by Ana Lerida

(Ana Lerida)

Rounded side-swept bob.

Rounded side-swept bob by Alex Khoeun

(Alex Khoeun)

Ash blonde balayage.

Ash blonde balayage by Brenda Kamt

(Brenda Kamt)

Vintage curly hairstyle.

Vintage curly hairstyle by Marisa Ramirez

(Marisa Ramirez)

Layered pixie.

Layered pixie by __k_vu__


Deep side part.

Deep side part by Emily Anderson

(Emily Anderson)

Side-parted hairstyle.

Side-parted hairstyle by Bree


Metallic lavender bob.

Metallic lavender bob by Sam Kane

(Sam Kane)

Front end pixie.

Front end pixie by Justin Dillaha

(Justin Dillaha)

Staged undercut.

Staged undercut by Justin Dillaha

(Justin Dillaha)

Edgy pixie cut.

Edgy pixie cut by Rachel taigen

(Rachel Taigen)

Smokey pink inverted bob.

Smokey pink inverted bob by Hristian Georgiev

(Hristian Georgiev)

Wispy textured bob.

Wispy textured bob by Nadine Matar

(Nadine Matar)

Undercut pixie.

Undercut pixie by Summer Dennis

(Summer Dennis)

Blunt bangs.

Blunt bangs by Mary Tran

(Mary Tran)

Chic blonde pixie.

Chic blonde pixie by Silvia Gullon

(Silvia Gullon)