15 Hairstyles Perfect for Embracing Your Thick Hair

If you have thick hair, you’re definitely used to fielding tons of compliments from people who covet your lush, luxurious mane. But here’s something they probably don’t know: Finding perfect haircuts for thick hair is no easy task.

Between the washing, the blow-drying (lest you face three or more hours of air drying), and the endless detangling, the pursuit of perfect hair never ends. The good news is, though, these hairstyles for thick hair are guaranteed not only to make your life that much easier, but to also emphasize everything that’s truly great about thick, voluminous hair.

Here are 15 perfect hairstyles to embrace your thick hair.

A version of this article was originally published in May 2016.

Blake Lively 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

With plenty of hair, you can create a sleek low ‘do, like this one on Blake Lively.

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Camila Cabello MTV EMAs 2017

Beautiful Bouffant

We’re loving this bouffant on Camila Cabello. This not only pulls your hair away from your face, but also adds a bit of volume, giving your overall look a retro touch. 

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Jennifer Aniston Call Me Crazy Premiere

Go with a sleek ponytail using all that extra hair of yours, as seen on Jennifer Aniston.

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Zooey Deschanel red carpet

Blunt Bangs

Blunt bangs, like Zooey Deschanel’s, are ideal for thick-haired ladies. A finer-textured fringe is prone to looking stringy, but fuller strands hold up.

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Connie Britton red carpet

Long Layers

Add lightness and movement to thick hair by opting for a cut like Connie Britton’s. Her chin-skimming layers give her style a flowy, flattering shape that perfectly frames the face.

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Julianne Hough red carpet

Choppy Bob

If shoulder-length hair is more your style, thin out a bob with razor-cut ends—Julianne Hough’s cut is ideal—to downplay your hair’s heaviness.

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Minka Kelly profile red carpet

Half-Up ‘Do

When you have hair to spare, a half-up style like Minka Kelly’s keeps your mane out of your face while emphasizing its lushness.

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Beyoncé TIDAL X

Half-Up ‘Do, Sans Bangs

If you don’t have bangs, you can always opt for this look on Beyoncé.

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Keri Russell braided hair red carpet

Thick Braid

Unlike fine-haired ladies, whose braids can look scrawny, your plait is perfectly sized. We love Keri Russell’s loose side braid.

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Coco Rocha short hair red carpet

When you have thick hair, you don’t want a short cut to look too bulky. A close-cropped under layer like Coco Rocha’s lets you play with length in the front without any of the usual heaviness.

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Eva Mendes red carpet

The Perfect Length

When thick hair gets too long, it can become unmanageable. We love the length of Eva Mendes’ cut because it still reads as long hair, but can be styled in half the time.

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Straight Length

Or go with Kim Kardashian’s length, if you want more of a straight-hair look.

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Vanessa Hudgens long hair red carpet

Ombré Highlights

Lighter ends like Vanessa Hudgens’ can help balance thick hair, since they make the tips look less heavy. Plus, highlights look so pretty with her wavy texture.

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Sofia Vergara 2018 Oscars

Tucked Behind the Ear

Sofia Vergara’s slicked back center part gives her Emmys hairstyle a more formal feel—and helps keep her full hair out of her face.

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Nicole Scherzinger red carpet

Big and Beautiful

We love big hair like Nicole Scherzinger’s: Her long layers keep her hair from being weighed down at the roots, which is a must for all-over volume.

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The 10 Hair Mask Tips No One Ever Tells You

Considering the amount of torture we put our hair through on a daily basis with heat styling, teasing, and coloring, we should all be using luxurious overnight hair masks. But the truth is a lot of us are still nervous about using masks on a regular basis, in part because we aren’t quite clear how best to use them. What if it makes my hair greasy? Will it wash out when I try to take it off? Do I have to sit still for five hours if I use one?

To keep it simple, we broke down the top 10 things no one ever tells you about how to use hair masks.

Once a Week Will Do

Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your strands, so it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs.

Not All Are Created Equal

There are a lot of “masks” on the market today, so be careful to read the directions. Some may be marketed as masks but actually require daily use, while others are heavier and therefore should just be used once or twice a week (depending on your hair type and amount of damage). Others still ask to be left in for 1-2 minutes or 15 and up, so choose which ones you can see yourself sticking to before you make your purchase.

The key here is finding one that will realistically work for your routine.

Applying to Dry Hair Is Fine

If you’re willing to make a time commitment, apply your mask to dry hair, and let it absorb for about 20 minutes. This is a great Sunday morning activity before you take a shower.

Sleep in Your Hair Mask

If you think your hair is especially dry, try sleeping in a hair mask. Simply apply the mask at the end of your shower (or apply it to dry hair), and cover with a shower cap or silk scarf you don’t mind using for this purpose. Rinse out in the morning and you’ll have silky, soft hair.

It’s Not an All-Day Event

Keep in mind that applying a mask does not need to take hours. You can put in a mask for two minutes as you’re shaving in the shower and get the moisture boost that your hair needs.

If Your Hair’s Greasy, Ditch

If you find that your hair is greasy after you apply a mask, you are most likely using one that is too heavy for your hair type. Look for one that is specific to your hair (whether it is fine, curly, etc.) and that should lead to better results. Also, don’t go overboard with the application—a little goes a long way.

Shampoo and Condition After

You’ll always want to shampoo and condition your hair after you use a mask in order to make sure you won’t have any leftover product build-up.

Try DIY

Since the entire goal of a hair mask is to add moisture to your hair, there are plenty of easy DIY ways to achieve this with the ingredients in your fridge. Yogurt, honey, and olive oil are popular ingredients that will have your strands looking great in no time.

Comb the Mask Through

As a reminder, you should always be using a wide tooth comb when handling wet hair. It also comes in handy with a mask. Comb the mask through to the ends to make sure you’ve applied it to every last spot before you let it sit.

Concentrate on the Ends

Your ends are the most fragile part of your hair (split ends anyone?), so always concentrate your mask to the ends of your hair as they are most likely the part that needs the most loving.

A version of this article was originally published in May 2015.

17 Celebrity Hairstyles That Show the Transformative Power of Bangs

There’s something about the power of bangs that makes us both afraid to cut our hair and want to chop it all at the same time. Not only is it usually a drastic change, but a little fringe transforms facial features, essentially turning you into a whole new person—which might be why they’re up there on hairstyles women get after breakups.

But outside of breakup blues, bangs can be a signature look, a fun change of pace, or just a hairstyle you’ve always wanted to try. We’ve rounded up images of 17 celebrities with and without bangs to show not only the style’s transformative power, but also that there are also so many variations to choose from. Get ready for some major hairspiration ahead.

STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

In September, 2017, Banks stepped out with a fierce middle part and long tresses.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

But in July 2015, she nailed this pixie cut with blunt, straight bangs.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill

Hill wore her classic long hair straight in February 2018.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill

Just one month later, she debuted these sideswept beauties.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

In February 2018, Vergara tucked her long hair behind her ears letting her radiating skin be the center of attention.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

However, the star looked just as good with simple curtain bangs in September 2017.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Obama curled her hair in May 2017 and stayed classic with a middle part.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

She nailed the same curls, different part, and beautiful, elongated side bangs in June 2015.

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Duckie Thot

Thot looked beach ready in these simple waves and middle part in January 2016.

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Duckie Thot

In June 2017, she added these bold baby bangs.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Rihanna

RiRi went big and bold with teased-out waves in January 2018.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Rihanna

But in May 2016, her short hair paired perfectly with loose curtain bangs.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell

Mitchell kept her hair messy and seductive in November 2017.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell

Back in February 2012, she looked just as gorgeous with long, separated front bangs.

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Ariana Grande

Grande has been known for her long brown hair and she didn’t stray from the norm in September 2017.

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Ariana Grande

Shocking almost everyone, Grande not only went gray but also got these wispy baby bangs in October 2017.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Kim flaunted her signature long brown locks in June 2017.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

She opted for a change-up in February 2015, with this lob and deep side-part bangs.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Kelly Marie Tran

Kelly Marie Tran

Tran rocked this sleek side part look in March 2018.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Kelly Marie Tran

Kelly Marie Chan

In October 2017, she sported the same part with these cute, choppy side bangs, too.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Hannah Simone

Hannah Simone

Simone, who is known for her bangs, tied them up in July 2014, completely changing her look.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Hannah Simone

Hannah Simone

Here’s the star in March 2017, with her classic full blunt bangs and cascading hair.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Mendes had some long face-framing pieces in September 2013, but not quite bang territory.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

In September 2016, though, she had long side bangs that covered a majority of her right eye.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski

Ratajkowski stepped out with her classic middle part in November 2017.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski

But earlier that year in May 2017, she stunned with a playful mix of sideswept and straight-across bangs.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Ciara

Sleek and shiny in September 2017, Ciara defined her look with a middle part.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Ciara

Aside from the fun buns, her long, curled face framers in February 2018 make this look to die for.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

Teigen went retro with her side part in January 2018.

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Chrissy Teigen

And just a little while earlier in June 2017, she nailed thin and soft side bangs.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Chloe Grace Mortez

Chloë Grace Moretz

Taking a note from Teigen, Moretz also went retro in August 2017.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Chloe Grace Mortez

Chloë Grace Moretz

But we’ll never get over these chunky curtain bangs she rocked in December 2016.

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STYLECASTER | Celebrities With and Without Bangs | Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid

Hadid highlighted the elongation in her face by tucking her hair behind her ears in March 2018.

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Bella Hadid

However, in January 2018, Hadid perfectly executed baby bangs making her face look more square (but just as beautiful).

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Daisy Ridley Dyed Her Hair Fiery Red, and We’re 100-Percent Here for It

Move aside, Bella Thorne. Daisy Ridley might be Hollywood’s newest hair chameleon. One month after ditching her natural mousy-brown locks for a full head of golden-blonde hair, the 25-year-old actress is sporting a new shade: fiery red. Needless to say, we’re 100-percent here for it.

The “Star Wars” actress debuted her new look on Friday in London, England, where she was photographed leaving a building with gorgeous copper-red hair. Though Ridley kept her just-dyed tresses in a tight updo, we still got a sufficient look at her new soft-amber hair color, which she paired with a blue velvet dress.

Daisy Ridley

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Daisy Ridley

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No word yet on if Ridley’s new hair color is for a film or just because she likes it (judging from her one-month stint as a blonde, we’re going to assume the latter), but whatever the reason may be, one thing is for sure. She looks damn good as a ginger and we can’t wait to see the full ‘do.

19 Easter Manicures That Are Cute, Chic and Perfect for Spring

You know how we know when spring has finally arrived? When the delicate florals, sugary pastels, and cheery bright hues have found their way to our nails—in the form of Easter manicures.

Everything about Easter is the ideal antidote for a winter’s worth of gloom and cold. And the best way to take advantage of all the feminine, sunny charm of Easter is by ditching your go-to black polish (for a little bit, at least) and opting for a stylish springtime manicure.

Here are 19 Easter-inspired nail art designs for you to try this weekend. If you have the fine motor skills (or the dedication to acquire them) try out one with a cute little bunny or baby chick. Of course, any option in a fresh palette of cotton candy pinks, sky blues, buttercup yellows, or sea foam greens is always a fun choice. Don’t forget to finish off your lovely lacquer with a top coat to keep your polish shiny and chip-free!

A version of this article was originally published in May 2015.