As someone who grew up with thick, coarse, and by some standards long hair, I remember thinking my hair was unruly (my childhood hairstylists charged my parents extra) and could only be worn relaxed, straight, and down my back. So short hair for someone with hair like mine was a no-no because "my hair was my glory." I imagine that response was primarily due to the myths and untruths that orbit Black hair.
Now that I'm older and wiser, in the words of India.Arie, "I am not my hair." I took that song and made it my mantra when I cut my hair into a pixie. That was a time that proved difficult because I felt like I was constantly explaining why I cut my hair. The short answer was I was going through a difficult time and needed a change, and for some reason, the first thing that came to my mind was chopping off my hair (which I think everyone should do at least once in their life).
Whether you've had long hair all of your life or are currently rocking short hair and need some inspiration for a new cut, ahead are 31 styles that are ideal for thick hair that could give you your very own well-deserved, hair-changing moment.
Full bangs with flipped length are a perfect style if you're growing your hair out or want your hair just short enough to experiment. For thick hair, your stylist may take the weight out of the style by subtly layering the hair that frames the face.
The curtain bang is all over TikTok, and we see why. To get this look, start by round brushing the bangs forward, then follow up by curling the fringe away from the face, and lastly, set the hair with a touch of hair spray.
Yes, you can get a topknot with short hair. Depending on your hair type, you'll need different stylers to achieve a tight topknot, but it'll be effortless once you have those down.
28. Layered Pixie
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Layers are typically important for thick hair, especially when wearing shorter styles. If you're ready to trade in your medium to long hair for a pixie, we think Rowan Blanchard's layered look is a good choice.
29. Finger Coils
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Willow Smith's finger coils offer up a multipurpose style. If you're looking to have a look that lasts you for a week or so, finger coils lock in moisture and keep coily hair hydrated. However, if you're looking to loc your hair, finger coils can create an optimal foundation.
Because shorter hair can require more heat styling, protecting your hair with a heat protectant is non-negotiable. This lightweight cream, silicone-free heat-protectant cream helps smooth, minimize, and protects hair against heat up to 450°F.
I count this treatment as a wash-day holy grail (and I've tried a lot of products). Formulated with rice water ferment and moringa seed extract, this mask not only has impressive slip, but it elongates and defines curls (including 4-type hair) which is ideal, especially if you want to combat shrinkage with a short cut.