50 Best Hairstyles for Women with Thick Coarse Hair

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What Are The Best Hairstyles for Women with Thick, Coarse Hair?

Being blessed with a voluminous mane of tresses may seem like you have struck gold, but let’s be honest, taming that mane could have you opting for a buzz cut on any given bad hair day. Now, put the clippers down and step away from the mirror, because those gorgeously thick tresses can rock a variety of haircuts and styles that will have you loving your hair from roots to ends.

There is a multitude of styling options that thick hair has to offer and when you find the one that adorns you the best, you’ll soon be parading those locks and turning heads everywhere you go! Whether your hair is short, long, curly, straight, blonde, or blue, we have found a variety of ideas to have you flaunting those locks!

We scoured the internet for some of the best hairstyle ideas for women with thick hair we could find. Let’s get started!

1. Tousled Bob

If you are feeling ready to let go of some length, this is an elegant but fun style. The tousled bob is easy to maintain and oozes with personality! This length is great for easy, fast styling and the soft, textured layers help move it away from a thick, blunt, and bulky look.

2. Blunt Lob

A bob just above the shoulders can work wonders for thick hair. By texturizing and thinning strategically, the ends can still be softened creating a sleek and very well-groomed lob. This sophisticated haircut can work for straight and curly hair, making it a versatile choice.

3. Stacked Bob

A full, rounded shape is created at the back of the head by stacking very precisely cut layers, graduating into an angle that creates a softness and a touch of elegance in the front. Thicker hair really showcases this gorgeous shape by providing the fullness it needs. It can really spice up your life (just like it did for Victoria Beckham!).


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4. Long Layers

Long layers that blend gracefully can add some dimension and remove a lot of weight from long, thick hair while softening and showing off the length. You can improve from drab and flat by adding texture and bounce to your hair, as well as an extra bounce in your step.

5. Undercut

What better way to remove bulk, than by literally removing bulk? The name speaks for itself, by simply cutting the bottom, lowest section of your hair away, there is less hair to fight with! This can be such a fun style to play with, adding some edge and shock value if you are the more adventurous type and unafraid of commitment.

6. Pixie Cut

Pixie cuts are so sweet and simple, yet they can look so badass too! Thick hair is such a plus when opting for a pixie cut, because a lot of the time you can simply roll out of bed, pat your hair down or tousle it up, and be ready to go! Add a bit of wax or waves, thirty extra seconds and you are ready for a night out on the town.


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7. Curls

Embrace those curls girls! A lot of the time, thick hair is paired with a naturally tight curl. If you have been blessed with a mane of curly locks, choose the path of least resistance and simply embrace them. Keep them moisturized and hydrated, throw in some mousse or gel, and let the natural kink do its thing. Simply gorgeous!

8. Long Curls

Tumbling curls are elegant and sexy when cascading from a head of long thick hair. If you are more inclined to embrace big and beautiful, then this is the look for you. Voluminous and bouncy, but smooth and tamed.

9. Shoulder Length Angled Lob

Shoulder length is such a flattering length for thick hair. Cutting the back slightly shorter creates a gentle angle, which gracefully flows to a soft point in the front, adding the illusion of finer hair. Again, adding some soft layers can remove bulk and soften the bluntness.


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10. Shag

If you enjoy that wash and go pleasingly disheveled look, then the shag is for you! Numerous feathered layers are added to the hair, creating fullness on the inside and a soft wispy look on the ends. This style is low maintenance and shows off the natural texture of your mane!



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12. Bangs

Think Zooey Deschanel…Blunt bangs and thick hair are like soul mates. Heavy bangs from thick hair work best as you have the weight and fullness that is needed to pull this off. You will find yourself feeling like a brand New Girl, pun very much intended, it was too good to resist!






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 29. Curtain Bangs with Layers

Curtain bangs create symmetry and even distribution of weight while softening the face and blending into the rest of the hair layer by layer. These layers can be enhanced by a gentle wave adding subtle movement and some extra body.




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33. Braids and Twists

 Pretty and practical, fun and frizz-free! You can play with a variety of braids and twists to keep your hair controlled, structured, and away from your face. The density of thicker hair is perfect for creating full and polished braids. They are fun and stylish and can work for just about any personality.


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44. Sleek Ponytail

A sleek tightly pulled back ponytail is classy and practical. With all the bulk and weight being distributed to the back of your head, you can really appreciate a beautiful summer breeze without choking on your tresses. You can keep your ponytail sleek or opt for a more teased, beachy look. Wear it high or low and you’re good to go!



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47. Half Updo

You can halve the amount of hair on your head by taking the top half up into a braid, ponytail, or popular top knot. This moves a decent amount of hair away from your face and the hair left down feels light and appears finer. This way you can still enjoy your mane but feel more like a lady and less like a lioness!


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48. Sock Bun

Sock buns are a brilliant solution when you are feeling defeated. If you want the bulk of your hair to disappear without the drastic measures of a buzz cut, sleek it back into a graceful sock bun. All your hair is tucked away tightly and neatly, frizz is smoothed down, and your face and neck are free.

 49. Modern Mullet

A modern-day Mullet is all about surrendering to that natural texture. There is room to rock the style in a more alternative shape, but you can also wear it less extreme than it was back in the day. Shorter in the front, longer in the back means some edgy, playful styling and a lot less bulk.


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 50. Dreadlocks

A last resort for some, but dreadlocks have proved to look professional as well as neat and tidy if rolled and maintained correctly. Thick, coarse hair is an ideal hair type for dreadlocks, and although there is no need for constant styling, these locks do need to be well looked after and can be strenuous on the neck after some time.

Final Thoughts

Spoiled for choice right? Now that you have some ideas to play with and consider, here are some tips to look after those tresses:

  • Always consider face shape and lifestyle when choosing a style to suit you. You’ll want something that compliments your personality, so you feel more confident to pull it off.
  • Take into consideration the amount of time, product, and money you’ll want to spend on your hair. A high-maintenance haircut will have you visiting the salon on the reg, and as much as you may love that, your bank account certainly won’t! If you are someone who chooses to roll out of bed ten minutes before work, then you’ll naturally want to choose something quick and easy.
  • Nurture your locks with regular treatments, trims, and professional home use products. Thick, coarse hair needs extra moisture, so amp up the conditioner and dial down the use of heated tools.

Lastly, and most importantly, embrace that hair ladies! I always say rather too much than too little. Thick hair is so versatile, and once you have experimented and figured out what works for you, you’ll be feeling like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn!




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Author - Lauren Holland

Lauren always knew she needed to work in an industry that would nurture her creative and eccentric personality. She has run her own business for 7 years. After 2 years attending college, Lauren found herself an apprenticeship with one of the top salons in her province. This salon was popular for their more alternative and creative hairstyle ideas, taking part in many international competitions, photoshoots and shows where bright colors and Avant Garde styling were always the theme. She fine-tuned her skills throughout her 5 years there, achieving many awards including national finalist of the Goldwell Color Zoom competition. After qualifying, Lauren stayed on and grew in leaps and bounds in her art, training new apprentices and meeting some local fame and influencers. She got to experience various facets of the industry and built up a strong clientele. Lauren eventually found her way to owning her own salon and, in this time, she specialized in bridal and formal hair. Living in the Midlands meant she was in the hub of the wedding industry and was involved with collaborative shoots and bridal shows.