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.

Lena Headey is a game-changer indeed. She chose to have a short, wind-swept hair on her detailed gown during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, September 2015.

Lena Headey is a game-changer indeed. She chose to have a short, wind-swept hair on her detailed gown during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, September 2015.

Gabrielle Union's long waves are freely flaunted last October 10, 2013 at the Uptown Hotel, New York City.

Gabrielle Union's long waves are freely flaunted last October 10, 2013 at the Uptown Hotel, New York City.

An incredibly stylish version of Lena Headey with tousled layers and side-swept bangs was seen at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards held last September 2013.

An incredibly stylish version of Lena Headey with tousled layers and side-swept bangs was seen at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards held last September 2013.

Thick and curly hair in medium length, arranged into a gorgeous high bun where the silver highlights are highly emphasized.

Short, curly hair dyed in a cool-toned platinum shade. This hairstyle looks unique and unexpected since natural hair is usually in a dark or black shade.

Day 4 calls for the puff! ➰

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Thick and curly black hair gathered together in a nicely-done, neat puff. The finish exhibits a fancy and formal aura that can be worn during formal events or elegant night gatherings.

Short, natural hair styled into a gorgeous twist out. One side is pinned tightly for added detail and a neat finish.

#twistout #flattwist #textureshot

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Medium-length, natural hair with red highlights styled with tight braids on the side for that creative finish.

Give your kinky hair a vintage touch with this pinned-up style, secured with a polka dot bandana.

Highlighted, coily hair incorporated with three tight french braids at the side. This hairstyle might look common but observing each and every detail makes it more appealing.

If your naturally thick and curly hair bothers you and your daily activities, try securing it with a colored bandana. This one does not only give you comfort, it also provide a stylish finish.

Naturally thick and wavy hair brushed upwards for that chic flow and movement. This hairstyle is great for night-outs and parties given that it's highly stylish yet low-maintenance.


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.