My Thick Hair Always Looked Shapeless, Until I Learned These Genius Haircut Tips

I'm not trying to be dramatic, but I have the thickest hair in the world. I typically warn stylists before I come in for a cut or color because I know it will take them longer to style than most hair. If I blow-dry my own hair, it can take me up to 45 minutes to get it dry. Maybe the worst part is how hard it is to find a hairstyle that sticks. Not enough layers, and I risk looking like a Christmas tree. Too many layers, and I look like I belong in an '80s band. 

I recently got my hair cut by Jennifer Matos, a hairstylist at Rita Hazan Salon, and ended up with the perfect balance of layers and length. The result is bouncy and light hair that I can still comfortably pull into a ponytail or bun. "With thicker hair, over-layering can do the opposite [of what you want]," she says. "You think it will get lighter, and it will actually get heavier."

Matos recommends long layers paired with face-framing for hair like mine, which can get curtain-y. If you have coily or curly thick hair, she says you're free to play around with shorter layers and curly bangs. See below for the best low-maintenance haircut ideas for thick hair—get ready to show these to your stylist at your next appointment. 

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@hungvanngo

Long, choppy layers are the perfect laid-back hairstyle for thick hair. 

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@cassiskovic

Curly bangs and piecey layers make super-thick, curly hair look goddess-like.

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@jeannine.roxas

If you have longer hair, you can add some volume on the top with curtain bangs. 

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@kat.shearer

Curly curtain bangs and long layers help make sure ringlets really pop.

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@cassiskovic

Tightly textured hair lends itself to face-framing layers and tons of layers toward the roots so that you can get volume where you want it.

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@justinemarjan

If you want endless length, opt for layers that start at your collar bones for hair that has movement even when it's grazing your ribs.

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@nikkilee901

When you have thick hair, layers that start at your chin help balance a long cut.

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@nikkilee901

Choppy, face-framing is a thick-haired person's best friend.

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@cassiskovic

Curtain bangs add a little something to curly hair. Keep the front pieces short, and angle your layers down to frame your face. 

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@nikkilee901

Face-framing pieces help keep long hair bouncy. 

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@nikkilee901

If you want to try bangs, opt for a shaggy, piecey fringe with face-framing side pieces to keep hair balanced.

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@symphanisoto

Tons of layers give thicker hair movement and shape.

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@bettinalooney

If you want to go for a bob, opt for long layers and face-framing pieces so your hair won't look triangular. 

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@cassiskovic

If you have really curly hair, it's the perfect opportunity to experiment with more layers. A cut like this will infuse your hair with playful energy.

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For a style like this, opt for shorter layers on top to get all the life you're looking for.

Essential styling products for thick hair:

This hairstyling cream helps curb frizz and allows the perfect air-dried look every time. 

Thick hair can get tangled easily—there's just so much of it! This detangling spray will solve any knots.

This heat-activated blow-dry spray seals the hair's cuticle, leading to effortlessly smooth and soft hair. 

Designed specifically with thick hair in mind, this hair mask deeply moisturizes and nourishes. 

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