11 Time-Saving Hairstyles for Thick Hair

Kristina Bazan

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Having thick hair might be a thing of beauty dreams, but in reality, possessing an impressive mane with tons of body can be pretty high-maintenance. Especially come summer time, thick hair has a way of taking on a life of its own. When it's as hot as a sauna outside, the right hairstyle for thick hair can be the trick to bringing your strands under control and creating an enviable beauty look.

So for some much-needed hairstyle inspiration specifically tailored to your hair type, we've turned to Instagram for time-saving hairstyles for thick hair. The below beauty lovers know a thing about working their thick locks into statement styles. So whether your thick hair is stick-straight, wavy, or tightly curled, there's a stunning hairstyle we guarantee you'll want to get on board with.

Keep scrolling to see 11 of our favorite simple hairstyles for thick hair.

Messy Bun

Sarah Shropshire wears messy bun and sunglasses


Sarah Shropshire of House of Shropshire knows a messy bun never fails to look effortlessly cool (and also saves you from the summer heat).

Sleek High Bun

Aimee Song wears a sleek high bun hairstyle


Designer and influencer Aimee Song's hair is nearly as influential as her personal style. Here, she looks elegant with a high bun and slicked-back hair on the crown—plus a pop of color via a deep red lip.

Low Pony

Nadia Fairfax wears a low ponytail and sunglasses while checking her phone


Nadia Fairfax of Fairfax Journal ties her long locks into a low, messy ponytail to keep strands off her face during sweaty days.

Scarf-Tied Braids

Australian influencer and television personality Lil Ahenkan styles her long, thick hair, in a number of fun and colorful ways. Here, she ties her braids up in a patterned blue scarf.

Sweep It Back

Natalie Suarez wears a wide headband and red lipstick


Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty knows that on the hottest days, sometimes a thick headband or summer scarf can help keep strands off your neck and out of your face.

Sky-High Pony

Kiki Layne wears a wrapped high ponytail hairstyle with natural texture


Kiki Layne's natural texture looks stunning in any style. We're partial to the times she opts for a high ponytail, which keeps hair off the face while embracing all the volume your thick hair wants to hold.

Ponytail with Bangs

For another ponytail option, New Darlings' Christina has a more voluminous approach, keeping the wave of her long brunette locks and even working some volume into the crown of the hair.

Half-Up Waves

Simone Ashley wears center-parted waves in a half-up hairstyle


Bridgerton's Simone Ashley takes the crown for the cutest all-season style, wearing her naturally wavy hair parted down the center and pulled into a half-up style for the perfect balance of control and volume.

Slicked-Back Bun

Nisa Maranda Jones takes mirror selfie wearing slicked-back bun and silver jewelry


Though model Nisa Maranda Jones typically works an afro, she'll occasionally tie her hair up. This sleek bun is a chic solution for humid summer days.

Best of Both Worlds

Here, Kalysse Anthony slicks back just the top half of her natural hair in an elegant middle part, letting her curls make a statement in the back.

Keep It Simple

woman posing in sunlight


Beauty and fashion YouTuber Amy Serrano demonstrates that a ponytail is always a beautiful solution to taming thick hair in the summer heat.

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