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.

Medium-length, angled bob cut with straight hair for blunt bangs.

Long, copper hair with blunt bangs arranged into a classic pinned-up updo. The hairstyle is then secured and embellished with a black headscarf.

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Medium-length, straight and thick hair with defined, blunt bangs. This hairstyle is easy to maintain and does not require much effort in styling.

Thick and straight hair cut into this angled bob cut with blunt bangs.

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Although curly hair usually has a sweet and soft finish, this one looks a bit edgy with its straightened blunt bangs.

Short, blue hair in a blunt bob cut enhanced with blunt bangs.

Tousled cut with balayage highlights and blunt bangs. The sharp bangs complement the messy and slightly-layered cut.

Gabrielle Union going Sleek and Straight.

Gabrielle Union attended the 2015 BET Awards with all her beauty and elegance. She wore a sexy long dress paired with her sleek and straight, center-parted hairstyle.

Long and wavy, caramel hair with face-framing side bangs. This hairstyle looks simple and natural yet its oozing with sass and appeal.

Gabrielle Union with Crazy Curls.

During the 29Rooms West Coast Debut 2016, Gabrielle Union portrayed her playful side with these crazy curls.

Gabrielle Union exhibiting a center-parted, sleek ombre hair.

Last January 5, 2017, Gabrielle Union exhibited this center-parted, sleek ombre hair at the premiere of Sleepless.

Gabrielle Union wearing a vintage upstyle with bouffant.

Gabrielle Union wearing a vintage upstyle with bouffant at the Los Angeles Premiere of The Birth Of A Nation last September 21, 2016.

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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