Making the dramatic chop to a short pixie cut can be daunting when you have thick hair. Will it look stylish or just puffy and unflattering? The key is choosing a look that flatters your face shape and works with, not against, your texture. With strategic layering and styling, thick-haired ladies can definitely rock chic, face-framing pixies.
Why a Pixie Cut Works Well for Thick Hair
Going short allows you to remove some bulk and “weight” from thick hair. The layered shapes in these modern pixies make hair more manageable by thinning it out. Cool-girl messy textures soften natural volume.
However, a longer pixie may still have some fluff factor. Using the right products to smooth and define texture is key.
The Best Face Shapes for Pixie Cuts
An angular pixie with piece-y fringe spotlights strong jawlines and prominent cheekbones. Softer rounded crops pair best with oval, heart shaped or rounder faces. Balance is everything.
How to Style Thick-Haired Pixies
Working a bit of styling product through damp hair post-shower helps define texture. Reactivate with a spritz of sea salt spray. Finger twist pieces outward instead of smoothing them flat when drying for built-in lift at the roots.
15 Swoon-Worthy Takes on Thick-Haired Pixies
The Angled Pixie
Sweeping the back hair at an angle creates movement and direction for thick pixies. The longer side pieces frame the face while chopped layers on top keep it light. Use pomade or wax when styling to define the angled shape.
The Curly Pixie
Natural curls have a tousled cool-girl vibe at this chin-length height. Use curl cream when styling damp hair, then scrunch in gel to encourage curls without frizz. Air dry or diffuse.
The Tousled Pixie
For fine-to-medium thick hair, this rounded pixie works beautifully. The eye-skimming fringe blends seamlessly with chopped side and back layers. Work a curl cream through damp hair and tousle dry with fingers.
The Shaggy Pixie
Channel ’70s edgy vibes with longer side fringe blending into short shaggy layers in back. Use a medium hold gel to define texture in the back and side pieces as hair air dries.
The Classic Pixie
Ideal for fine-to-medium thick hair, this slightly rounded pixie has layered volume on top with shorter tapered sides and back. Work a styling cream through damp hair and blow dry with a round brush to encourage the rounded silhouette.
The Tapered Pixie
Longer fringe helps balance sharper pixie cuts on heart-shaped or square faces. Use your fingers to style fringe pieces forward as hair dries. Flatten thicker hair at the crown with light gel.
The Short Shag
Shaggy pixies are endlessly versatile for thick textures. Work some texturizing cream through midlengths to ends and scrunch dry for separation. Flat iron longer top pieces for extra sleekness.
The Textured Crop
Go shorter in back and on the sides to remove bulk from thick hair. Build height on top with volumizing mousse and a blow dryer with a nozzle attachment to direct airflow. Ruffle ends for texture.
The Wavy Pixie Bob
Longer choppy pixie cuts work beautifully on thick wavy or curly textures. Embrace natural texture but avoid heaviness with light leave-in conditioner. Air dry or gently diffuse for extra bounce.
The Piece-y Crop
Separation is the name of the game for reducing bulk in medium-long pixies. Work a texturizing paste through damp hair and blow dry upside down for lots of lift. Then piece out ends for movement.
The Textured Pixie Bob
Channel French-girl chic in this rounded bob-length pixie cut. The eye-skimming fringe and shattered ends flatter oval and heart-shaped faces. Scrunch in sea salt spray for rumpled texture.
The Layered Crop
Stacked short layers on top prevent triangle shapes in thicker pixies. Always cut layers shorter than the actual lengths to prevent bulky lines. The shattered texture on the ends keeps this look ultra modern.
The Tousled Lob
Longer choppy pixies, or lob pixies, allow for more texture and natural volume. Work a volumizing mousse through damp middles and ends then scrunch dry for bounce and movement.
The Textured A-Line Bob
The angled A-line shape is incredibly flattering for statement pixie cuts. Use pomade to piece out heavily texturized ends for movement and texture that enhances the angled silhouette.
The Razored Pixie Cut
Super short pixies look best with highly texturized ends to avoid blockiness on thick hair types prone to expansion. Ask your stylist to razor ends heavily for shattered separation. Finger style and piece out strands as hair air dries.
Find Your New Favorite Thick-Haired Pixie Cut
The most crucial step is choosing a pixie look based on your face shape, hair texture and density, and personal style preferences. Book a consultation with an experienced stylist to discuss options. Then maintain your chic crop’s shape by seeing your stylist every 4-6 weeks for precise cuts. With the right pixie for your thick hair type, you’ll love your light and airy short style.