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A young woman flaunting her thick and messy hair.


Ask anyone with thinning hair and they’d love to have thick hair as their hair type.  However, sometimes thick hair is difficult to manage, whether long or short, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fabulous hairstyles for thick hair.

Check these 2018 styles and cuts for thick hair.

 
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What would you call this new look?! Beautiful hair for a beautiful woman inside & out!

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This mullet-like haircut looks very good for medium-hair women.
Short hairstyles for older women over 60 commonly include layers, and this textured pixie will surely look perfect for them.
Women over 60 with thick hair loves the layered cut and this style is perfect for them.
Covering a wide forehead with long bangs can really make a huge difference.
For thick hair, the best option is soft and gentle strands.
 
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Haircut with triangles on my new client @siremj 🔺🔻🔺 Thanks for coming in today! 😃 #FernTheBarber #DeadEndz

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Now you see it, now you don’t. This side buzz cut girl added some triangles to her design looking totally like a rockstar.
This classic crew cut is perfect for fierce ladies!


Cascading, copper waves with a shiny finish. Having a bit of shine on hair creates an elegant and crisp aura, you can achieve this finish using lightweight hairsprays or serums.

Long beach waves with a sun-kissed finish. Its champagne balayage highlights have warm to neutral tones.

Long and straight hair with a sleek finish, enhanced with natural-looking balayage highlights.

Messy, medium-length cut in a caramel balayage.

Long and thick waves in a beautiful balayage with a sleek and shiny finish.


Thick vs. Dense

You don’t want to confuse thick and dense hair.  Dense hair is a head of hair with a lot of strands.  Thick hair refers to the individual strands having a wide circumference.

How thick is thick hair?

I think providing an actual measurement isn’t helpful.  Can you seriously spot the difference with the naked eye between 100th of a millimeter and 200th of a millimeter?  More to the point, can you measure it?  Unless you have a microscope at home, you can’t.

However, sometimes we geek out and want to know this type of stuff and so we can tell you.  Below are general diameters of hair strands.

  • Blonde hair:  1/500 to 1/1,500 of an inch
  • Black/Dark hair: 1/140 to 1/450 of an inch
  • In-between shades fall somewhere in between.

Source: The Physics Factbook

What’s interesting about the actual thickness of hair is the range.  What that means is that the thickest hair is a whopping ten times thicker than the finest hair.

It really boils down to relativity.   Your hair is thick, think or medium relative to other people.  And so you just have to observe other people and you’ll be able to assess whether you have thick hair or not.

  • In general, blonde (flaxen) hair is more often fine; brunette and black thicker.
  • Curly hair is often thick, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have thick hair if it’s straight.
  • These are just a couple of generalities.

What are the benefits of thick hair?

As a person with fine hair where the grass is always greener on the other side, I’ll tell you:

  • Sustains less damage:  With thick hair you can abuse it a bit more with product, styling and hair appliances.  Of course I don’t advocate hurting your hair, but the fact of the matter is it’s tougher.
  • More body:  Thick hair offers a fuller look which can look better.  When you have fine hair, it’s very difficult to get it to have body.
  • More textures:  If you get a layered cut or like the loose look, for example, those layers will be more prominent.

As I said, grass is always greener.  But there’s not much we can do with the hair type we get.  The best you can do is accept it and get cuts/styles that look best for you.

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