As someone who grew up with thick, coarse, and by some standards long hair, I remember thinking my hair was unruly (my childhood hairstylists charged my parents extra) and could only be worn relaxed, straight, and down my back. So short hair for someone with hair like mine was a no-no because “my hair was my glory.” I imagine that response was primarily due to the myths and untruths that orbit Black hair.
Now that I’m older and wiser, in the words of India.Arie, “I am not my hair.” I took that song and made it my mantra when I cut my hair into a pixie. That was a time that proved difficult because I felt like I was constantly explaining why I cut my hair. The short answer was I was going through a difficult time and needed a change, and for some reason, the first thing that came to my mind was chopping off my hair (which I think everyone should do at least once in their life).
Whether you’ve had long hair all of your life or are currently rocking short hair and need some inspiration for a new cut, ahead are 31 styles that are ideal for thick hair that could give you your very own well-deserved, hair-changing moment.