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You don't have to buzz your thick, wavy hair to control it. Instead, thin out bulky sections, remove damaged ends and wear a modified bob hairstyle. The types of bobs that work best with thick hair have more than one length and subtly taper at or past your jawline. This style keeps you from developing a poof of hair around your ears or having an awkward growing-out that makes your hair flare out at the ends to create a pyramid shape around your head.
Length Without Bulk
If your wavy hair springs into corkscrews or flies in different directions when you get it cut too short, keep it longer but get the top and the sides thinned out. This involves the use of thinning shears rather than scissors, as this tool has notched blades that let some of your waves slip through as others get trimmed. That way, you keep the beautiful shape of your wavy hair but lose the thickness that obscures your style. Get some of your top layer of hair trimmed shorter to make your hair look less bulky and to let your wavy hair have more movement. Mix a cocktail of leave-in conditioner and styling gel with strong hold to keep flyaway frizz under control.
Angle the Ends
A long, shaggy bob has a bohemian chic look that softens a square jawline or thins out a round face. Get the stylist to make your long bob look more feminine by angling the ends so they get longer the closer they are to your face. One flattering look is to have your bob follow the angle of your jawline. If you prefer a messier look, get piece-y layers that have longer sections close to your face.
For some women, the shaggier the bob the better. If you love to look like you just rolled out of bed, let the stylist get creative with cutting and styling tools. This could mean a razor to trim just the strands of hair that frame your face and the ends of your bob, which creates a jagged look. Emphasize your messy locks by teasing some of the layers with a comb and adding volume at the roots with mousse.
Long, shaggy bobs grow out more gracefully that super-short, single-length bobs. However, your thick, wavy hair can be fickle, choosing to grow outward or upward rather than downward. Getting it thinned and trimmed monthly helps its overall shape, but you can also weigh down your hair by using a leave-in conditioner with a thick consistency. Think pudding or mud rather than lotion.