12 Shoulder-Length Haircuts for Thick Hair to Take to Your Hairstylist

Updated 01/11/18

When you have thick hair, going shorter can be intimidating—and risky—as your locks may be prone to building extra body that could change the shape of your cut. But one fail-safe length for thick hair, worth trying no matter your texture, is just above or just below the shoulders. Whether your thick hair is slick straight, wavy, curly, relaxed, or natural, there's an ultra-flattering shoulder-length haircut that suits you. From blunt cuts to long cascading layers, from voluminous chops that hover just above the shoulders to sleeker looks that rest right on them, these shoulder-length haircuts for thick hair are sure to leave you smiling in the hairstylist's chair the next time you go in for a cut.

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Olivia Palermo's wavy locks look effortlessly cool with a rough chop that gives her blunt cut more dimension.

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Sleek hair looks impeccably polished in long layers like Joan Smalls's that fall just below the shoulders.

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As evidenced by Olivia Munn, long layers give wavy hair an extra boost of body when angled ends hit just above and below the shoulders.

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Kerry Washington's curls make a glamorous statement as they sit right at the shoulders. You'll have to ask your stylist to cut a tad longer so the length is maintained after your curls set.

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There's nothing boring about a blunt bob like Margot Robbie's that shows off the healthy thickness of your locks.

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A blunt cut can look just as good on hair with a slight wave like Kendall Jenner's.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's choppy, face-framing layers give her hair shape when worn wavy or straight.

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The light layers of Solange Knowles's locks gently shape her voluminous curls that sit just above her shoulders.

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Long layers that fall just below the shoulders showcase Jourdan Dunn's gorgeous ombré color.

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Choppy layers in a rough cut just above the shoulders help to bring voluminous body to Selena Gomez's platinum locks.

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Nathalie Kelley's varied layers, cut just above the shoulder, are an effortless look for wavy-haired girls and requires little styling.

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The same cut stays fresh when grown out a bit like Aimee Song's cool-girl lob.

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