Hairstyles for Thick Dyed Black Hair

Elvira wears a classic Goth partial updo for a 2002 New York appearance.

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Your thick hair may not hold rockabilly pin curls well or grow out gracefully when you have short layers, but it still has surprising versatility. Thick, dyed-black hair can be elegant or emo depending upon how you style it. Sweep it up for a sleek updo or keep it hanging in your face for a rock 'n' roll shag worthy of the Ramones. Have fun with finishing touches, as glittery and neon accessories have extra shine against your jet-black locks.


For that edgy, urban look, style your hair into a shag. Thick hair can tend to widen too much in a single-length shag, so add a long layer at the midpoint or bottom of your ears. Chop the bottom of your hair with a razor to give it a raggedy, jagged look. A quarter-sized dollop of pomade or gel with strong hold stops flyaway strands and keeps your shag framing your face. If your hair bulks and frizzes as it grows, control the volume by trimming the sides with thinning shears.

Side-Swept Bangs

Everyone from glamor girls to emo enthusiasts wear side-swept bangs. The poofy top is a natural for women with thick hair. While your hair is slightly damp, finger-comb it with a styling product. Use a spray gel for moderately thick hair and a thicker pudding or putty if you have very thick, coarse hair. Make a deep side part and sweep your hair to the other side of your head. Swirl some mousse through the poof on top to give it New Wave volume. A spritz of shine spray is all you need for a sophisticated look. But to veer this hairstyle toward the club-hopping set, push your poof of hair lower so your bangs cover one eye. For the last emo touch, paint just your bangs brilliant blue and leave the rest of your hair jet black.

Messy Updo

Look like a Goth goddess with a quick, messy updo. Backcomb your hair to show off its natural texture and volume. Grab the back section and whip it into a high ponytail or a loose bun. Tease your tresses up front for that wispy, bedhead look. Finish your style with a Gothic touch by topping your 'do with a purple velvet ribbon, a clip-on miniature top hat or black lace headband.

Not-So-Basic Black

Black hair is far from boring. For a scene look, you can bleach isolated strands and leave them pale or dye them pink. A quick, less-damaging way to get this look is to decorate your hair with colorful extensions that you clip in at the crown of your head. Even simple rhinestone barrettes or bobby pins in metallic finishes shine when set against black hair. Go elegant by framing your updo with glittery clips.

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