The Best Haircuts for Thick Coarse Hair

If you have thick, coarse hair and aren't sure which look would work best for you we've got our favorite options available here!
Goldie Hawn long hair

When you have thick, coarse hair, it can be hard to find a style that is easy to manage and doesn’t take a ton of time to get ready in the morning. Thick, coarse hair usually comes with a wave or a curl of some kind, which can be restrictive when considering hairstyles. Having grown up with thin, fine hair, I’ve always admired the thick ponytails and the robust buns that adorn the heads of thick-haired women around the world, and I thought it would be interesting to find out which hairstyles work best for thick hair.

The Classic Bob

The one-length classic bob is beautiful on thick hair, but I think most hairdressers would advise you to add some layering within the cut to avoid the hard, thick line. Soft layers can add movement throughout the bob, making it less abrupt and more flowing.

When adding layers within the bob, the general idea is to diminish the thickness just a bit, and this can be a tricky task. Make sure when you go in for a bob haircut you have someone with experience taking on the job because if too much layering is done, the result will be a curly round ball. Also, keep in mind that if your hair is quite curly, as you remove weight, the curls can become even bouncier and more robust (aka, curlier as you go!).

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With the bob, it’s not just layering to take into consideration. This cut will look best with a strong graduation, which is layering around the edges without removing the weight from the top sections. This is a good example of graduation around the edges of your hair while still leaving weight on the top layers to prevent hair from looking too thick and round.

This graduation technique can be used on all hair lengths, short to long.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Bob

The Lob

If you like the look of the bob but want to keep a longer length, you should consider a lob. This hairstyle works well with all face shapes and colors and can be worn in a variety of ways. Straight and sleek, touseled, or side-swept with bangs, the lob works well for any occasion. You can also decide if you want to add bangs or have the straight lob – it looks amazing both ways. 

Gwyneth Paltrow Lob

The Pixie

If you’re tired of spending hours blowdrying and styling your hair every day, it might be worth considering a pixie cut. It’s by no means effortless, but taking your coif to such a short length will save you endless time each day getting ready. Again, it’s all about a layering technique to give this look a wispy airiness created by soft and flowy layers.

Anne Hathaway Pixie

The Bun

When I think of a woman wearing a bun, I often picture a ballerina on stage putting on a performance. But in the recent past, it seems to have become more of a staple of everyday living. Whether it’s tight and neat and perfectly centered on your head or messy and whimsical, the bun offers a fun hairstyle. If you tend to have thinner hair, you can beef your bun up with a clip-in hairpiece that mimics your real locks while adding depth to your hair.


The Ponytail

Ponytails are a staple hairstyle around the world. They provide a quick and easy hairstyle when working out or simply needing to get somewhere in a hurry. Don’t underestimate them, though; the ponytail is a beautiful option no matter what type of hair you have. You can wear them sleek and slicked back or as a messy option. Half-ponytails are also a lovely option if you want to mix it up a bit while still keeping your hair out of your face.

Susan Sarandon Ponytail

Long and Loose

Long, flowing locks can make a dramatic statement that never goes out of style. You can wear your hair straight and sleek, with flowing curls, or with lazy waves. When wearing your hair long, you can change it up by moving your part from the center to the side, or if you need a dramatic change but don’t want to chop off your long locks, consider adding bangs. 

Sandra Bullock with Bangs

When you have thick, coarse hair, there are a lot of hairstyle options to consider. It can be fun to mix it up a bit and try something new, but it’s always important to take into account the amount of care and upkeep you want to dedicate to getting ready each day, as well as your face shape and overall style.

Whether you decide to cut it short and rock the pixie cut or grow it out and spend your day flaunting your long, luxurious locks, go with what feels right. And if it doesn’t, change it! 

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