Men with thick hair, this one’s for you. Check out our top picks for the best hairstyles for thick hair.
Thick hair is one of the best hair types for trendy hairstyles. Why? Because most trendy hairstyles are designed for thick hair.
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It’s easy to see why. In terms of aesthetics and versatility, thick hair is hard to beat. It’s luscious and textured, and it can morph into virtually any hairstyle from Caesar cuts to quiffs. What more could you ask for?
Even though many guys have thin hair, most hairstyles are still optimized for thick hair. So if you do have thick hair, you can choose almost any style you want.
However, not all thick hairstyles are right for everyone. For example, your hair might be super coarse, or it might be smoother and on the thinner side of thick.
That’s where this list comes in. We’ve handpicked 10 of our favorite hairstyles for men with thick hair and compiled them into this handy guide.
Ready? Let’s dive in!
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Short Hairstyles for Men With Thick Hair
Prefer to keep it short? No problem. Here are some of our favorite short thick hairstyles.
#1: Caesar Cut With Line Up
The Caesar cut is a tried-and-true hairstyle that won’t let you down. This is about as short as it gets without getting into buzz cut territory, but it still shows off the texture of your hair.
It’s also a really convenient option. You can walk into any barbershop or salon and get a Caesar cut without an issue.
If that weren’t enough, it’s also hard to mess up, so you won’t be walking out the door with a botched haircut. If you like to keep your hair super short and need reliability, the Caesar cut is hard to beat.
#2: Textured Crop
The crop is a simple haircut, but it really makes thick hair shine. At shorter lengths, thick hair tends to have a rich, fluffy texture to it, and a crop will highlight that texture.
This is about as low maintenance as it gets, so if you’re after a haircut that will look great with minimal styling, the crop is probably what you’re after. (Of course, you can style it however you want, but it’ll look great even if all you do is brush it into place.)
#3: Subtle Side Part
The side part will forever be in the canon of men’s hairstyles. For decades, the humble part has played a huge role in how men style their hair.
It’s so prominent that we often use the term “side part” to refer to any hairstyle that features a part.
And there’s good reason the side part has remained so important. It’s a dead simple technique that instantly enhances your hairstyle and gives you that classic gentlemanly look.
When it comes to thick hair, the side part is a handy way of adding structure to full-bodied hair. By combing the hair on top away from the part, you can easily add lots of movement and create contrast between the top and sides.
#4: Brushed Back
If your thick hair is coarse and unruly, you may have had trouble styling it. This specific hair type, which is especially common among Asian men, has a tendency to resist attempts at taming it, so it’s best to choose a hairstyle that complements its texture.
One great option is a brushed back hairstyle. This is more of a medium length cut, but it works well for thick and coarse hair. The brushing gives the hair direction, but it still fluffs up and provides a ton of natural volume.
Instead of fighting the hair, this hairstyle goes with the flow, and the result is a casual yet sophisticated look.
#5: Side Swept Quiff
Classic and elegant with a contemporary flair, this side swept quiff is a dapper fusion that’s a perfect match for thick hair. While it’s short in length, it immediately draws the eye. It’s the kind of haircut James Dean would sport today.
It’s versatile as well, so you can dress it up or down as needed. If you need a haircut that’s professional for the office but still looks great in more casual situations, this quiff should definitely be on your radar.
#6: Tall Quiff
Like I mentioned earlier, thick hair is the best hair type for getting those high rise quiffs you see all over Instagram and YouTube. It’s a breeze to get high volume looks since thick hair naturally retains its shape and body.
However, quiffs aren’t just fashion statements for social media. They show off the texture of thick hair in a way few other hairstyles can. If you like, you can use your fingers to put waves through the quiff and add even more movement to the hair.
Long Hairstyles for Men With Thick Hair
Thick hair looks great even when it’s long, so if you want to experiment with having more tonsorial length, give these haircuts a look.
#1: Long Curls
When it comes to hairstyles for men with thick curly hair, there are surprisingly a lot of options. Thick hair is already full of texture, but when curliness gets thrown into the mix, it gets even more textured.
Again, you want to let the hair do its own thing and choose a style that matches it. Here, for example, the hair has been grown out to showcase the big loopy curls.
One of the benefits of this style is how natural it is. There’s little to no styling involved because it’s just the natural behavior of the hair.
#2: Long Brush Up
This hairstyle represents a recent trend in men’s hair: more length on the back and sides.
For a while, most guys who wanted a fashion-forward hairstyle would keep the back and sides super short to highlight the hair on top. That’s still popular today, but more guys are embracing the idea of having more length all around the head.
The result is a hairstyle with a lot of body and depth. Since the hair is evenly grown out, the hairstyle as a whole is emphasized (instead of just the hair on top of the head).
This haircut works well year-round, but we think it gives off a strong summer vibe. It’s slightly tousled but still retains its shape and structure.
#3: Structured Afro
There are lots of different types of thick hair, and one of the most unique is undoubtedly the thick, kinky hair that many black men have. This hair type is extremely structured and lends itself well to geometrically inspired hairstyles like the afro.
This afro is a contemporary classic. The hair forms a defined shape with sharp edges and a flat top, keeping the spirit of the vintage afro while also modernizing it.
You can also experiment with the length. Shorter afros are a bit more formal, but medium to long afros like the one shown here really display what your hair can do.
#4: Man Bun
Am I really recommending the man bun in 2021? Yes, yes I am. It might’ve been a laughable trend for a while, but it’s since come into its own as a bona fide hairstyle choice for men.
The man bun is unique because it gives you all the benefits of both short and hair.
You get to show off your hair’s length and texture, but it’s kept neat and tidy thanks to the bun. And, of course, you can undo the bun and get two styles for the price of one.
Over to you now! Which hairstyle was your favorite? Planning on getting any of these? Let’s talk in the comments.