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30 Sensational Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair

Thick hair is versatile and offers you lots of styling options. On the other hand, wavy hair looks gorgeous and fabulous. But what will you get if you have both—thick and wavy hair? An impending disaster—if you don’t know how to care for and style it properly.

One hair drying mistake, and you will end up with poofy and messy hair. Expose it to heat and humidity, and you’ll have to deal with frizz all week long. But that’s not all. Finding a hairstyle for thick and wavy hair is like finding a needle in the haystack—almost impossible!

That’s why we’re here to put an end to your misery and turn your thick wavy hair from drab to fab. Below are some of the best hairstyles for thick and wavy hair that you need to try out!


How to Style (and Tame) Your Wavy Hair

long thick wavy hairstyle

To achieve the perfect thick wavy hairstyle, you need first to understand how to style and tame your waves. Here are some tips:

Know what your hair type is

Since you have wavy hair, your hair is type 2. But under this type, there are still 3 more subcategories—2a (stretched S waves), 2b (shorter and more distinct S waves), and 2c S waves with a few spiral curls)

When you have type 2 hair, your hair strands are thicker, coarser, and dry easily. To combat this issue, you need moisturizing products. In addition, since you have thick hair, it can handle heavier haircare products that deeply nourish the hair strands.


Fight off humidity using the right products

The best solution for humidity is also moisture. You can give your hair the hydration it needs by using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Hair oils and serums are also recommended.

Additionally, you would also need anti-humidity products. Since you have thick hair, anti-humidity creams are your best option.


If you wish to enhance your waves

– Scrunch or twist your waves while your hair is still damp.

– Blow-dry your hair using the diffuser attachment. This will keep the curls intact and frizz-free.

– Use a crunch-free hairspray with the right level of hold.


Best Hairstyles for Thick and Wavy Hair

Here are some hairstyles to try to achieve beautiful thick and wavy hair: 

Hairstyle for Medium Wavy Hair

The length of the hair is medium long. The wavy hair is carefully gelled and styled. The hair strands at the outer side are carefully and elegantly styled up. A slight messy look is achieved.

The chopped ends are kept scattered across the face such that a casual messy hairstyle is achieved. The hair strands are messed up at the ends.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Side Part Thick Wavy Blonde Hairstyle

The hair length is medium long. The thick texture of the hair makes it look voluminous. The hair is casually parted on the side. The hair strands are carefully taken and made wavy and a bit messed up towards the front portion.

A neat makeup and casual or bohemian outfit best compliment the hairstyle. The thick strands of hair are taken and casually styled to achieve a messy look with the entire hairstyle.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Medium Length Haircut for Thick Hair

Medium length sleek black hair can always make a statement with almost any outfit. The medium length haircut can make any monotonous outfit look elegant and gorgeous. The hair is casually side parted with bangs on the forehead.

The bangs are arranged carelessly on the forehead. The sleek black thick hair is kept neat except in the front where it is messed up a little. The loose strands of the hair are made to fall freely over the shoulders.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Wavy Hair with Fishtail Braid

The wavy hair looks best when the length of the hair is long. Longer hair can be styled in different ways. The fishtail braid is very easier to make and can easily make any hair look gorgeous.

The fishtail braid on the longer length of hair looks even better. The wavy hair is left freely open. A thick fishtail braid has been done starting from one side of the head and pinned at the other side. Rest of the hair is kept casual.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Thick Wavy Lob Haircut

The thick wavy lob haircut is best for an elegant and retro look. With the perfect complementary outfit and makeup, this hairstyle is surely going to turn heads. Neatly parted on the side, the hairstyle is kept neat.

Except for the roots, the hair strands are permed and made a little wavy. The soft curls are made to fall freely on the sides of the face. The falling strands give a soft look to the entire style.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Short Wavy Haircut

The short wavy look is something that can also make the short hair look classy. The hair length is short with longer bangs in the front.

Carelessly parted on one side of the head, the hair is gelled. Soft waves in the hair make it look casual but in a classy way. The hairstyle can be carried with any casual or semi-casual outfit.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Thick Wavy Hair with Bangs

Bangs look best with longer hair length. The length of the hair is long and it is slightly wavy. The bangs on the forehead are also slightly wavy.

The entire hairstyle is made a bit messy and casual. The thick texture of the hair makes the hair look gorgeous. Bold eyes with nude makeup will best complement the look.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Long Wavy Hairstyle for Thick Hair

The wavy hairstyle is best defined in the longer length of the hair. The hair is parted on one side of the head. The front bangs are neatly arranged on the forehead. The long strands of hair are carefully made wavy and left freely.

The ends of the hair are left messy and casual. The long wavy hairstyle is best for thicker strands. This look is best for a daytime look and neat makeup.

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Frizzy Wavy Thick Hair

The Frizzy wavy thick hair is best for a medium length of hair. The thick texture makes it easier to achieve the style. The front few strands of the hair are casually parted. Soft waves have been made in the hair strands especially towards the ends.

The hair ends have been left casual and frizzy. The hairstyle can be worn with neat makeup for a perfect complementary look. It can be worn with an elegant or formal outfit.

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Center Parted Thick Wavy Hair

The hair is carefully and neatly parted in the middle. The hair strands are sleek and straight at the roots. Gradually, a messy wavy look has been done in the hair strands at both sides of the hair.

The length of the hair is medium long and just about to the shoulders. The front strands have been slightly twisted to brush the face shape. Light makeup with a bold mouth is best complemented for this look.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Side Ponytail Wavy Hair

The length of the hair is medium long. This length of the hair makes it easy to make a side ponytail. Few strands of hair have been made wavy and left to hang loosely on both sides of the face.

The rest of the hair is gathered at the back and slightly twisted and made into a ponytail at one side of the head. A loose ponytail always looks elegant when the strands are made into loose waves.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Messy Side Fishtail Braid

The hair length is medium long. The casual hairstyle can be best paired with neat makeup and a bold dress.

The front bangs have been casually parted and left at the sides of the forehead. The fishtail braid is casually done and made messy. A messy look has been achieved in the entire hairstyle.

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Dutch Braided Bun

The Dutch braided bun can be done in hair that is a bit of medium length. A neat bun has been made taking strands from the front portions at both sides of the head.

The rest of the hair is made slightly messy. The ends of the braids have been made into a messy bun at the back of the head.

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Ombre Long Wavy Hair

The long wavy hair looks gorgeous in the ombre style. Carefully parted on one side, the hairstyle is made casual and the strands are neatly arranged to fall freely.

The ombre style accentuates the soft waves in the hair. This look can be perfectly complemented with a casual outfit. The thick texture of the hair adds more volume.

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Side Swept Long Wavy Thick Hair

Long hair can be styled in different ways. Thick long hair can be made into different cool styles. The front few wavy strands of the hair are slightly swept back for an elegant look.

The rest of the hair is carried casually and neatly. The strands are made to fall freely at the back of the head. The slight swept-back hair gives an elegant look to the entire hairstyle.

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Cute Updo for Thick Wavy Hair

The cute updo looks so sophisticated and yet is simply elegant to carry. The few hair strands are carefully mid-parted. The rest of the hair is casually taken and gathered at the back of the head.

The messy look is achieved in the entire medium short and thick hair strands. Few side strands have been made to hand loosely.

Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair


Tousled Wavy Hair

The tousled wavy hair is best for any casual outfit or for daytime wear. Messy waves have been done with the short hair. A casual side parting also has been done.

Neat makeup with bold eyes can definitely suit this hairstyle with a casual outfit. The messy look has been done with the entire hairstyle.

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Braids for Thick Wavy Hair

The braids can add elegance to any hairstyle and make it look gorgeous. The front few strands have been messily arranged over the forehead.

The rest of the hair is styled into a messy braid and arranged at the back of the head. The messy braid has also been teased slightly to achieve a casual look.

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Thick Fanned Blonde Hair

This hair is fanned out at the ends where the curls are, making them look very voluminous and dynamic.

This is hair that anyone would be lucky to have. The hair is a pale blonde color with dark roots that make them look vibrant.

thick platinum blonde wavy hair


Elegant Medieval Look

This look is something you might see in a medieval fantasy novel with long curls and a twisted rope of hair holding them back from the face.

However, it makes for a great everyday style in real life. It would also be amazing to wear to a party.

thick and long wavy blonde hairstyle


Short and Messy

Short hairstyles for thick wavy hair keep the hair under control. This hair is parted at the side and has lots of volume on top, and the hair is left messy so it looks very natural and free.

It has a summer vibe to it, but it would look amazing in any other season, too.

thick messy short blonde hairstyle


Braid and Side Knot

Intricate hairstyles for thick wavy hair always look fabulous. The hair is pulled to one side and braided, but the braid is short and ends in an elegant knot that twists around the hair, forming a side ponytail.

It’s an elegant style that suits weddings and similar formal events.

ponytail with thick wavy hair


Finger Curled Bangs and Smooth Bumps

This is a very formal hairstyle that looks fantastic on shiny blonde hair. The bangs are thick and sweeping with a slight finger curl style, and the back of the hair is secured into two elegant bumps that keep the hair tidy.

bun with thick wavy blonde hair


Long Loose Blonde Tresses

This hairstyle helps you embrace your natural, thick curls. The hair is left long and loose with a side parting and sweeping bangs.

There are lots of blonde tones in it from dark to light, and it’s a dynamic look that you can’t look away from.

thick and wavy dirty blonde hair


Straight Bangs Wavy Length

Here this brown hair has some blunt, straight bangs with some volume, but the rest of the hair has its natural wavy style to it.

It’s a style that’s very easy to do each day. It suits someone who likes a simple look with a touch of sweetness to it.

thick wavy hair with bangs and highlights


Rocker Chick Ponytail

This looks like a simple ponytail look at first, but there’s a rocker vibe to it thanks to the voluminous mohawk style hair rising on the top of the scalp.

It’s an edgy style that looks great on everyone. It can work as an everyday look, and it would look great at a rock concert, too.

thick wavy ponytail for blonde hair


Pretty and Pink

This simple hairstyle is made more interesting by its vibrant pink shade it. The style itself falls in layers to the shoulders for a simple, low-maintenance style.

It’s a very youthful look, and it would suit someone who loves showing off their uniqueness through their hairstyle.

funky thick wavy pink hair


Large Loose Curls

Large, loose curls are always something to desire, and here we see them in stunning brown color with long side bangs.

The look is semi-formal and pairs well with red lipstick. It’s fantastic to wear to weddings, work parties, and similar events.

thick medium wavy hair


Bluntly Short Bob

This bob-length style doesn’t have the natural bob style as it’s cut very bluntly in a single length. It falls to the chin and is platinum blonde for a very unique look.

thick and short blonde wavy bob


Long Easy Ponytail

There’s no look easier than a long and easy ponytail. The hair is neat, but it’s kept simple in a long ponytail with every part of the hair tied back and out of the face. It’s very long, so it will attract lots of attention.

ponytail with thick long wavy hair


The wavy hair itself looks classy with any outfit or makeup. Hairstyles for Thick Wavy Hair should be chosen according to the outfit and your personality.

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MR System

Meet Jason Tyler, also known as MR System; with more than 22 years of experience, he is a skilled and passionate hair writer. He has a diverse background in both blogging and magazine writing, and initially gained expertise in hair styling by working with wigs for theater. He is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for working with real hair through his writing.