It's funny how we get things stuck in our minds, like the idea that if you've got thick hair you have to have long hair. It's not, you just need to find the right haircut for your hair. And right now it seems like all the coolest people are going for the chop these days, but while it's tempting to follow suit, those of us with thick hair have to take pause. Without the natural heaviness of those lengths, will our mane devolve into a frizzy pouf after committing to the crop?
Consider this evidence to the contrary: As a matter of fact, strategically opting for one of this season's fashionable short hairstyles can literally lift a weight off your shoulders and cut down on maintenance time, too. It's all a matter of smart layering and selecting a cut that works particularly well with your thicker strands. And for that, you needn't look any further than these five haircuts, which happen to be incredibly cool, in addition to practical. Just get your phone ready, because we have a feeling you'll want to book a salon appointment immediately.
Thick strands afford you the ability to play around with layers and texture, since thinning out your natural volume a bit is actually a good strategy for a bouncy, swingy lob or bob. At the same time, you have to take care not to go overboard, since thinning out too much can also lead to poufiness, says Diana Macaluso, a Redken stylist at New York City's Cutler Salon. For this particular look, which works well for straight or wavy hair, ask your stylist to cut in blunt ends with a few wispy layers. And the tousled look is all in the styling: Your go-to tool is Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray (£39).
Embrace your natural texture with a cool—literally and figuratively—teeny-weeny Afro (TWA), à la model Lineisy Montero. Just be sure to keep it hydrated with a weekly oil-based mask, like Macadamia Natural Oil's Deep Repair Hair Masque (£27).
This happens to be perfect for thick-haired gals since, again, the layers help thin out your hair while also emphasising your curls or waves. Plus, this rocker 'do is blissfully low-maintenance: Just scrunch in a styling cream (like Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream, £10) after showering, and be sure to check out our guide on air-drying thick hair.
You can do a blunt cut: You just have to be sneaky about it, by asking your stylist to hide layers underneath. (Otherwise, you're prone to that not-so-flattering triangular shape, Macaluso says.) A blunt fringe helps take some of the load off your mane and give the look a '20s gamine vibe.
Thick hair means you're able to negotiate the awkward growing-out phase more easily—especially if you have natural waves. "With newfound lightness, curls will appear curlier and have a lot of bounce," Macaluso says.
Just ask your stylist for longer layers in the front that emphasise your curls. After the cut, play up your natural texture with a lightweight styling paste, like Tigi Bedhead Manipulator (£11).