If you have thick locks, consider yourself lucky. Having a ton of tresses to play with makes it easy to try out different styles to see which one suits you best—and you won’t even have to worry about your hair thinning or looking flat any time soon. But a full head of hair can be hard to control, especially if you’re not sure which products and tools can help you tame it. To make it easier, consider trying cuts and styles that will show off your thick tresses without them getting in the way of your hustle.
Try out some of these hairstyles below—they’ll be a lot more interesting than throwing your hair up in a ponytail!
The best hairstyles for thick hair
1. Wispy bangs
You’ve probably avoided getting bangs your whole life, considering how high maintenance they can be if you have thick hair. To keep strands from sticking to your forehead during a particularly sweaty commute, opt for piecey bangs.
This thinned-out fringe is the tropics-friendly version of full curtain bangs. It’s characterized by bangs that allow your forehead to peak through. It’s the perfect way to add a youthful touch to your look without committing to a drastic hair change. It adds just the right amount of softness and femininity to any look.
Since they’re thin, it’s also really easy to blend in your bangs with the rest of your tresses if you’re going for a fringeless look. Just ask your hairdresser for thin, piecey bangs, and she should section your hair into thin parts before chopping it off.
FN Tip: If your fringe is looking a little lackluster, refresh them with dry shampoo. Simply spray it onto the roots of your bangs so you get a bit of a lift. It will also help reduce greasiness—a problem that can occur with any sort of fringe.
TRY: Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, P995, Lush
2. Long and sleek
If you’re the type who loves power dressing, complement your smart style with an equally vogue look. Long, thick hair might be a struggle to deal with, but it will be a lot easier to manage once you run it through a flat iron—with ultra-chic results to boot!
FN Tip: Once you’ve straightened your hair, don’t forget to run an anti-frizz serum through it. This will help make sure you ‘do looks sleek throughout the day.
TRY: Beachborn Sunset Spray, P185, Beachborn.ph
3. Layered lob
If you’re into something a little more effortless, ask your stylist for a layered lob. The shoulder-length ‘do is really trendy, and yet manages to be low-maintenance—perfect for those who like to just wash-and-go.
Layers will make it a lot easier to tame your thick tresses, too. It can help thin out your strands do you’ll have an easier time styling and maintaining your hair. You won’t have to worry about it looking messy as you go about your day.
FN Tip: Highlight your layers and make them look more prominent by spritzing on a shine spray or hair oil.
TRY: Vitress Hair Freshener, P120, Watsons
4. Dyed all over
Make a thick head of hair look more soft and delicate by dyeing it three or more shades lighter than your actual hair color. If you’re ready to commit to such a dramatic change, do your research! Bleaching your hair can take hours, especially if it’s dark brown or black. It can also dry out your strands—making them look stringy and damaged—so you’ll need to make sure you give it some much needed TLC after the bleaching process.
Since you’re already going for a drastic change, why not complement the new color with an edgy chop? Try a shaggy bob with micro-bangs for a modern look, or go shorter with a pretty pixie cut.
FN Tip: Prep your hair for its bleaching session by using a moisturizing hair mask every other day. This will help prevent more damage from occurring from the process.
TRY: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask, P2,300, Sephora.ph
5. Lush waves
If you’ve got time on your hands, why not break out the curling iron and style your tresses into waves? You might think it’s counterintuitive to add more texture to already thick locks, but styling your hair into soft curls will make sure each section stays together—keeping your ‘do manageable all day.
While they may look effortless, waves on thick hair can take a bit of time to achieve. You’ll need to section your hair before curling each part with a flat iron or curling wand. It’s time-consuming, but the results will be worth it!
FN Tip: Why not invest in a tool that can make styling your hair so much easier? Look for one that will do the curling for you without damaging your hair.
TRY: Dyson Airwrap Styler, P29.880, Greenbelt 5