21 of the best short hairstyles for thick hair, from pretty pixie’s to cool-girl bobs
A well-known truth of girls with thick hair is that it’s not always a walk in the park. Granted, you might have more body and volume than most, but when your shower drain looks like Chewbacca’s armpit and an embarrassing amount of your income is spent on conditioner, it’s tempting to cut it all off. .
Technically speaking, hair thickness specifically refers to the width of a single strand. Generally, the diameter of Hispanic and African hair tends to be larger (and therefore thicker) than that of Caucasian hair. However, hair density is also a factor. If you have thin strands, but lots of them, overall your hair would be considered thicker than those with low density of thin strands.
While the main problem faced by girls with thin hair is flat pancake locks, a major problem faced by girls with thick, full hair is “the pouf”. In fact, the ottoman is one of the main reasons why so many thick-haired girls go for a slightly longer length, as the extra weight can keep the ensemble from ringing and getting out of hand.
Before we settle for something less than a completely phenomenal cut, it’s important to point out that tactical cuts with thoughtful layers can work amazingly with full hair to enhance and celebrate texture. Nape length cuts and delicate pixie cuts can help structure thick hair beautifully. The curly and loosely wavy lobes are a happy medium if you want to maintain length while gaining a little more shape. And there is an endless array of bobs that work wonderfully. We love Yara Shahidi’s sleek, structural, sliced bob for curly textures, or the cheeky French bob for full, chunky, wavy, and straight locks.
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