Hairstyles for Thick, Wiry & Coarse Hair


Ladies, your hair is your crown and glory. Regardless of color, length or texture, the right hairstyle is an essential part of the beauty process. Those of you with thick, coarse hair may get frustrated with your strands or envy ladies with baby-fine tresses. But there are several flattering and fashionable hairstyles for your thick hair that will have you ready for your close-up every day of the week.

Thinned-Out Layers

There isn't much you can do to change the texture of your thick hair, but you can take away some of the bulk by embracing a hairstyle of thinned-out layers. Your stylist takes thinning shears to eliminate the mass of your thick hair, then applies soft layers throughout for movement and dimension. Since thick, coarse hair can look really heavy, the presence of layers gives the appearance of light, airy strands with lots of body.

Bountiful Curls

When you have thick hair, embrace it, ladies. The easiest way is to let your tresses down and apply tons of big, bountiful curls all over your head. While those with fine hair have difficulty getting curls to hold to their thin strands, your thick hair was practically made to maintain the presence of a curl. Any shape or width is flattering for thick, coarse hair, so have some fun experimenting and creating a personalized style.

Voluminous Updos

When you wear your hair up, many styles call for endless teasing and molding, which can be quite stressful to thin, fine hair. However, your thick hair can take lots of activity because it's more substantial. Therefore, you should opt for a voluminous updo. Basically, this style mimics the classic bouffant, but you can choose to rock it on a larger or smaller scale, depending on your preference. Try a high/low bun in a classic style or one with small braids incorporated throughout.


A ponytail works on basically any hair type, but with thick hair it really shines. The key element of a ponytail is the tail itself, mainly its thickness and substance. Nothing looks worse than an underwhelming and thin ponytail because it lacks the pep and bounce of one that's considerably thicker. Also, since you have thick hair you don't necessarily need to add extensions or hairpieces for thickness, only for length if you desire.

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