Good hairstyles for thick hair

Thick hair has volume that can be beautiful when it is managed and styled carefully. It can be successfully cut into short, medium and long lengths, and then styled to control the frizzy tendencies that are common to thick hair. Layering is also a popular style for thick hair.

Short Styles

A short, jaw-length shag style is a good choice for thick hair. Shag styles are cut into many layers. The style is designed to look messy and carefree, so not only does it look good, it is easy to maintain.

Medium Styles

Medium-length hair styles either with or without layers can be attractive choices for people with thick hair. A medium-length hairstyle with layers can help give lift and volume to heavy, thick hair. Often natural curls appear in thick hair that is cut into medium layers.

Straight Styles

A straight style can be achieved with any length of thick hair by using a flat iron. For long and thick hair, the flat iron should be at least 1.5 inches wide. To achieve a long and straight style, blow dry the hair and use a hot flat iron to straighten all of the hair. A leave-in conditioner and an anti-frizz product may help achieve a straight style.

The flat iron can also create various curly styles. Straighten the hair in the normal fashion, but when the flat iron is pulled down to the last several inches of a section of hair, wrap the hair around it in a way that is similar to a curling iron and hold it for several seconds.

Curly Hair

Hair that is thick and curly can be managed with hair products designed to control frizz. When long hair becomes frizzy, it often appears out of control and unattractive. Use shampoos and conditioners that provide moisture to the hair.

Thick, curly hair can be styled so that it has plenty of volume, body and bouncy curls. Use a mousse designed to add volume. Consider allowing curly hair to air dry instead of using a blow dryer. If a blow dryer is used, place a diffuser attachment onto the blow dryer so that the curls won't become frizzy. A light finishing product applied to dry hair may help prevent frizz.

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