Hairstyles for Short, Thick, Coarse & Wavy Hair

Carey Mulligan shows off her wavy crop at the 54th BFI film festival in London.

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Naturally thick, coarse and wavy tresses can feel like a handful to manage at times. The key to fuss-free, chic hair is to choose a style that works with your hair texture rather than against. Don’t slave away forcing your tresses into a super-sleek or tightly curled look that is hard to maintain. Embrace what Mother Nature gave you and let your cute, wavy locks take the center stage they deserve. From a pretty pixie crop to a sassy shag cut, there are a ton of different styles to choose from to work your gorgeous tresses to their full potential.

Cropped Bob

Give the humble bob an added injection of sexiness and wear it super-cropped. Ask your stylist for a cropped bob cut that falls around ear-length. Remove some of that excess weight and bulk that can make your thick locks difficult to manage with some added layers. If your hair is super-bulky, ask your stylist to use shearing scissors to help it lay flatter. Stars such as Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightly have proven that the wavy cropped bob is a seriously sexy way to wear shorter tresses.

Sassy Spikes

Make your hair a whole heap easier to manage and rock some sassy spikes. Stars such as Halle Berry have proven that short, spiky styles are still seriously feminine. Ask your stylist for a short, choppy crop with longer, tapered strands on top. The choppy layers will give your ‘do definition and texture. Use a touch of styling wax to tease those layers in the mornings.

Pretty Pixie

Ditch the time and commitment that comes with longer locks and rock a super-short pixie cut. If wash and wear is your thing, a pixie cut should be your go-to option. Wear your pixie heavily layered throughout, to make your locks feel lighter and more manageable. Team your crop with short, wispy bangs to frame your face. Wear your pixie wavy and textured for an effortlessly chic look that is sure to command attention.

Sweet Shag

Keep things unstructured and disheveled and work a sweet shag cut. The shag consists of a ton of heavily textured, choppy layers with lots of tapered ends. Ask your stylist to razor cut your strands, to give them a defined and obvious appearance. This cut is perfect for gals with masses of thick tresses, as the heavy layers will remove extra weight. Let your shag dry naturally wavy for a relaxed and carefree finish.

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