Women with thick curly hair often complain that their curls are difficult to style and resort to flat ironing as the only salvation from disobedient curls. But why not to use the special qualities of your hair structure to your own benefit? You only need to choose the right haircut, and your curls are going to look superb!
Curly hair adds notes of playfulness and coquetry into your look. If you are also blessed with a good thickness, you may count on a hairstyle as one of the best adornments in your look. You can choose a trendy haircut of any length and experiment with different textures, popular finishes, and new hair color ideas.
There are a few simple recommendations to follow if you want to maintain the health and beautiful appearance of your thick curly locks:
In this article we are going to view 60 varieties of hairstyles for thick wavy hair. Having looked through them, you’ll realize that your hair structure is not a curse but a cool advantage. The choice of the right hairstyle will help you to look charming every day, whether it’s a formal or casual look.
This fabulous bob does the trick when it comes to reducing the bulk in thick hair. This style is bouncy and airy, it’s a great choice for anyone looking to present their volume in the best light. Waves are especially easy to achieve with a bit of sea salt spray and some scrunching.
Shoulder-Length Wavy Blonde Style
Whether you have short, medium or long wavy hair, texture and dimension are key players in creating an instagram-worthy look. Darker roots and highlights mixed throughout will help achieve the illusion of depth, while waves – even the frizzy ones – will deliver the texture you crave.
Mid-Length Layered Hairstyle with Tousled Waves
Medium length strands are arguably the easiest to style, since there’s enough length to curl, braid, and more, plus the hair isn’t long enough to weigh styles down. Create a few big waves with a large curling wand and you’ve got an easy, everyday look.
Medium Wavy Shag with Highlighted Ends
When selecting haircuts for thick wavy hair, it’s important to consider lengths — usually, longer hair allows a wavier texture, while shorter strands may deliver an irregular curl pattern where pieces of hair stick out unflatteringly. A medium length, with highlighted tips for interest, will always strike the perfect balance.
Medium Layered Hairstyle for Thick Wavy Hair
The best haircut for someone with thick hair is one with a lot of dimension. Lowlights mixed with highlights help to break up the color of the hair so that it doesn’t appear too flat. Layers and loose waves are great because they promote these effects even further.
Shoulder-Length Brunette Lob
Talk about gorgeous shine, subtle balayage and tousled waves. Those loosely curled disconnected pieces are positively glowing. If your locks could use a boost, you may finish with a bit of shine serum.
Longer Cut with Medium Wavy Layers
Love long hair, but crave the movement and bounce of shorter strands? Ask your stylist to give you a longer cut with medium layers throughout. This will give your hair a little lift without making it look or feel much shorter.
Black Hairstyle with Cinnamon Brown Highlights
Long wavy hairstyles are simply mesmerizing. To keep a layered cut interesting, a sleek and soft balayage will enhance movement to your back-skimming locks. The look evokes easy vibes and is a style you can rock any day of the week.
Wavy Choppy Bronde Balayage Bob
If you want wavy hair that stands out, try the three Bs: bronde, balayage, and bob. Bronde is having a huge moment right now, and the balayage approach guarantees a seamless blend. A bob cut eliminates dead ends and shows off only the best.
Choppy Shaggy Honey Bronde Bob
Thick wavy hair is beyond cute when cut as a bob, especially with choppy layers mixed in to create a shaggy, carefree look. Spritz in a little texturizing spray and let your natural waves do the rest of the styling for you. Effortless, yet chic!
Wavy Chocolate and Caramel Bob Shag
Sometimes, thick dark hair that’s all one shade can appear a little heavy. To brighten up a brunette base, ask your colorist for caramel highlights: the two-toned look will really emphasize a wavy texture by adding some dimension to your style.
Lob with Long Wavy Layers
If you want a long bob, be sure to balance it out with some piecey layers, since thick, shorter cuts can look too fluffy if not properly thinned out. Ask your stylist to give you layers that remove the excessive weight, not length.
Messy Shoulder-Length Hair with Highlights
Hairstyles for wavy hair don’t need to be over the top because the beautiful texture and movement that the waves bring is amply cute. A few highlights will make your tresses stand out, though. Should you opt for a balayage, it can just be a shade or two lighter than your natural hair color and still look gorgeous.
Chin-Length Wavy Brunette Bob
When choosing haircuts for thick curly hair, think of the bob; it will really accentuate your natural texture. This makes it a great choice for anyone who doesn’t want to use heat — just apply a curl-defining product to enhance, and you’ll be good to go.
Voluminous Long Wavy Layered Hairstyle
Is anything dreamier than long, bouncy waves? This mermaid-inspired look requires hair that holds a curl, so the longer and thicker the better. Wrap large sections around a curling wand and finish with dry shampoo, not hairspray, to add some grit.
Brown Bob with Platinum Blonde Balayage
Have fun with your thick curly hair. A high-contrast balayage will truly stun with all that body. After all, a balayage is all about the illusion of depth it creates. The fuller your locks, the deeper and more dimensional your hairstyle will look.
Bronde Medium Wavy Shag
A curled shag creates a fun contrast of a ladylike texture and edgy, piecey layers. Use a traditional curling iron to get those ribbon curls, and then run your fingers through to break them up and prevent the style from looking too “done.”
Chocolate Brown Bob with Honey Blonde Highlight
The only thing more appetizing than chocolate and honey highlights is paring them with super-cute and super-loose waves. The piecey layers give the cut a refreshing, airy quality. It’s a very light style, perfect for someone who wants the look of volume despite having fine tresses.
Mid-Length Side-Parted Brunette Shag
Many of the best cuts and hairstyles for thick wavy hair are specifically layered to bring out your natural texture, so you don’t have to do much heat styling. A side part and chin-length side bangs help the waves to form a flattering, face-framing shape.
Shaggy Disconnected Dark Brown Bob
A little shag in your tresses is a good way to find your inner cool girl. The effortless vibes manage to be fresh, fun, and always in style. What’s even better is that the style looks just as chic with your natural hair color as it would with a balayage, ombre, highlights or whatever color you’re feeling.
Medium Length Spiral Curls
Many people would pay a lot of money to get curls like these, so use what you already have to your advantage. You don’t need waist-skimming lengths to present your curls in the best light. There is plenty of movement going on with her shoulder length style thanks to the rounded shape and layers throughout. Just embrace your natural wavy texture and you will be ravishing!
Stacked Wavy Bob for Thick Hair
Want to really show off your thick strands? A stacked bob is the ideal cut since it lets you really showcase the hair’s body and volume. The thin subtle highlights also contribute to the effect.
Medium Bob Shag with Long Side Bangs
If you’ve got super thick hair that doesn’t reveal natural wave or curl, a bob cut with shaggy layers will help you create a little movement. Use a sea salt spray to emphasize texture, so the locks look bedhead chic, not frizzy.
Edgy Angled Wavy Black Bob
An angled bob is an amazing cut for giving long wavy hair an extra edge. To play up the high-low drama of the look, keep face-framing strands as long as the collarbone length and lift it up to the base of the neck in the back.
Graduated Angled Bob
Layers are an essential part of hairstyles for wavy hair. This bob features accurate edges and graphic shape although its texture is perfectly undone. It skillfully blurs the strictness of the classic angled bob.
Medium Wavy Black Cut with Chocolate Highlights
When you’ve finally found the perfect shape to enhance your thick, wavy locks, you gain the freedom to play around with color and highlights. Adding warmth to black or brunette hair can totally transform it, so, a few chocolate brown highlights are a must.
Shaggy Wavy Black Bob
Naturally wavy hair is ideal for cutting a frame — this refers to the strands around the face being cut so that their ends curve inward, wrapping around the chin. Pairing this with an edgy, unkempt look can add a bit of sweetness to your style.
Wavy Angled Bob with Chopped Ends
Who doesn’t love a nice, thick angled bob? The cuts featuring choppy, jagged layers prove you definitely don’t need a lot of length to make a statement. If some strands are too short to curl, use a flat iron to bend hair into loose waves.
Tousled Wavy Golden Brown Balayage Bob
Not quite ready for bronde, but still want to warm up your brunette locks? Keep the majority of your base dark, and streak in a few golden and honey brown highlights. Curl hair away from the face for a tousled, ethereal feel.
Medium Rounded Wavy Cut
Great hairstyles for thick curly hair often have rounded edges — strands appear to create a U-shape from the back, and the face-framing pieces up front are the shortest. This eliminates unnecessary weight and prevents the thickness of hair from looking too fluffy and unbalanced.
Inverted Thick Wavy Brown Bob
There are tons of lob hairstyles for wavy hair to choose from, but inverted shapes are often the most popular. Long pieces in the front allow wavy tendrils to hang, while short layers in the back amp up the natural volume of thick hair.
Long Choppy Bob
Long A-line bob on wavy hair is a beautiful sight. Choppy ends and cute irregular waves create 100% natural spontaneous look, you’ll love. The blurred side parting contributes to the overall messy finish that makes this style irresistibly magnetizing, thanks to its effortless on-trend style.
Medium-Length Soft Wavy Bob
Neat platinum waves all through the length cover twisted bangs with their soft curves. No roughness, no choppiness, but a fantastic feminine texture and heavenly lightness reflected in every lock. Natural volume of thick hair is enhanced with darker roots… a perfect shoulder length hairstyle with a romantic tint.
Stacked Bob With Light Wave
Although it has a very distinct texture and jagged outlines, this bob leaves an impression of a very soft feminine style thanks to very light natural waves, accentuated with bold pale blonde highlights for a superb dimensional effect. Pair it with side-swept asymmetric bangs.
Mid-Length Brown Balayage Style
Loose hairstyles for thick curly hair rely on clever cut, however, you shouldn’t forget about color either. Lighter strands with darker roots do look lighter, especially if they are expertly chopped and defined with a product. It’s also easy to add a few waves with the right bend – away from the face.
Angled Brown Lob with Caramel Highlights
Haircuts for thick wavy hair need balance to avoid becoming too voluminous or poofing out into the notorious pyramid shape. Strategic layers are the answer to this problem. Longer at the front and shorter at the back, this cut tames big hair without sacrificing style. For even more dimension, opt for a balayage.
Tousled Choppy Hair
With thick hair you don’t need a complicated haircut. You just need some well-placed layers and a striking shape. A choppy angled lob will do just fine. Blend layering with a color fade if you want to avoid that unflattering triangular silhouette.
Medium Choppy Ash Brown Balayage Hair
A medium length is ideal if you want to maximize how long your hair is yet minimize how much hair you have to maintain on a daily basis. If you’re lucky enough to have naturally wavy hair, something as simple as a soft ombre will bring a chic-factor to your cut.
Dimensional Curly Bob with Bangs
Wavy hairstyles can rely on the bold mix of lowlights and highlights to create the look of depth. The more dimensional your cut is, the more defined the waves will be. The texture really pops against the stark color differences of this blonde-and-brown balayage – or whatever high contrast-color combo you choose.
Blonde Waves with Dark Roots
When you are searching the right thick wavy haircut, ensure that you’re also paying attention to the different dye jobs. An appropriate color can totally transform heavy long wavy hair. Her beachy blonde lengths contrast the darker roots for a head-turning look.
Medium Blonde Shag
Haircuts for wavy hair can be totally versatile. With a little tousle, a little frizz and some layers, you have a classic, shaggy hairdo. Effortless waves create a polished coif, while blonde highlights channel SoCal vibes. The more volume your hair has the more you can experiment with different looks. So, embrace your thick tresses!
Messy Shaggy Shoulder-Grazing Bob
A balayage that mimics the awe-inducing effects of sun-kissed locks is nice if you’re in the mood for something natural, yet still equipped to make an impact. Pair that with messy waves and a hint of frizz and you’ll basically be transported straight to the beach.
Similar hairstyles for thick curly hair have become classics and won hearts of both teen-age girls and adult ladies. The bouncy curls are universally flattering for practically all face shapes, except for very broad faces which should avoid excessive volume on the sides. You can finally forget about flat ironing! The bouncy curls are extremely appealing and feminine.
Short Curly Bob With A Messy Touch
This hairstyle lets you effortlessly create a look of a sassy girl. I can easily picture her riding a motorcycle or at least a scooter. This hairstyle, nevertheless, remains fairly feminine and will look awesome if paired with a short dress and ankle boots.
This tender and a bit naive hairstyle suits young and romantic girls. The ease of styling and the excellent look are its main advantages. With the adorable lightweight waves you will feel like a character of French movies, regardless of where you live!
Curled Lob With Straight Horizontal Bangs
This hairstyle flatters the faces with prominent forehead and high cheekbones. Light mousse will help you to texturize the beautiful waves on the sides. And the straight bangs are styled with a round brush and a blow dryer or a flat iron. Sounds a bit complicated? But this lovely hairstyle is definitely worth all your efforts.
We are already used to medium-length messy hairstyles for thick hair, but what if you want to embrace the trend and try a messy ‘do for your short locks? It’s going to look great. This chic hairstyle suits active girls. The soft copper hue will enhance the color of blue or grey eyes. Use color-retaining shampoo, apply some texturizing product and let your hair air dry.
Black to Purple Ombre Bob
Clever haircuts for thick wavy hair let you wear it loose and not look and feel overwhelmed with volume. Speaking of coloring, wavy and curly hair is just as versatile as straight locks when it comes to creative dye jobs. This shoulder-length ‘do with slightly longer layers in the front was a blank canvas just calling out for some pretty purple pieces.
Brown Shag with Subtle Highlights
She doesn’t need a dramatic shape, wild bangs, or hair accessories. Her locks are beautiful the way they are. The long cut style with V-shaped layers and subtle highlights is just gorgeous.
Wavy Bob with Cropped Bangs
How cute is her multicolored mane with choppy bangs? The reddish blonde pieces pump up the wind-swept layers in her wavy curly hair. When she turns her head, you see all of the different tones glistening in the sunlight.
Choppy Inverted Brown and Blonde Bob
A short cut is a good option for someone looking for an everyday style that’s as easy to maintain as it is cute. If your straight hair is ever getting a little boring, add some texture. To style wavy hair, wrap medium-sized strands of hair around a 1 1/2”-barrel (or larger) curling iron. Don’t forget a heat protectant and hairspray to hold the curls.
Chestnut Brown Wavy Textured Bob
Warm up your hairdo with some chestnut and honey brown highlights. The toasty tones are a chic complement to the ease of a wavy cut. Plus, if you have thick hair, the contrast of the colors will pop, because what you lack in length your locks make up for in fullness.
Short Textured Auburn Bob
A good cut for someone with shorter wavy hair has short layers at the back. This way your hair lifts naturally, but it is not too full or poofy. The waves and different lengths will keep your look totally sleek, so you can show off your bright auburn locks in style.
Black Messy Bob with Cinnamon Balayage
Spice up your bob with a cinnamon balayage. The warm tones brighten up the short cut making a stylish choice, yet still practical for the workweek. The wispy layers add some dynamics, keeping the coif from feeling stagnant.
Thick Defined Gray Waves
You can go for disheveled waves or you can opt for a more structured look. Her silvery gray ‘do falls into the latter category with these gorgeous bouncy, defined curls. The style has a retro vibe, but the funky dye job keeps things modern.
Long Brunette U-Cut with Caramel Balayage
When shaping hair with a rounded edge, the extra weight is removed, and you may play up the fresh new ends with a balayage. Blending a warm caramel shade into a dark base instantly brightens up hair without too much bleaching.
Tousled Wavy Bob with Flyaways
If you like a lob with defined waves, make sure to use the right hot tool: when it comes to curling wands, the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl. Leaving out the ends when wrapping hair ensures you’ll get a trendy, slightly tousled, slightly shaggy look.
Long Choppy Burgundy Brown Cut
Since textured, thick hair can do a lot of styling for you, haircuts for wavy hair are often quite simple. Have your stylist create layers that compliment your hair’s natural movement, and use texture-enhancing shampoos and conditioners to bring out your natural wave.
Chocolate Brown Inverted Bob with Jagged Ends
Perfect curls from root to tip seem way too formal and finished, so leaving out the ends of hair while curling prevents styles from looking too prom-like. Ask your stylist for piecey, jagged ends to ensure your future waves are effortless and cool.
Brunette Textured Inverted Bob
A thick inverted cut can be pretty short with a few considerably longer face-framing pieces as a fancy detail. Blurred highlights catch the eye and make the texture of dark hair much more appealing.
Ok, there are a couple of worthy go-to options with thick wavy hairstyles, depending on its length. Remember that messed up and carefree styles are on trend, so don’t be in a hurry to sleek your luxurious tresses to make them lay flatter.