7 Flattering Fall Haircuts To Try If You Have A Lot Of Hair

Most people would consider a full head of thick hair a blessing, but figuring out what to do with it all can be a challenge for this lucky bunch — especially in the still-sticky heat of late summer. If you're one of them, with heavy hair currently tossed up in a scrunchie or braided into a protective style, maybe you're considering a pre-fall haircut.

Of course, in light of the pandemic, that may be easier said than done. However, many states have given hair salons the green light to resume business with safety precautions in place. Should you feel comfortable going in, perhaps you're dreaming about a fresh cut that will help you shed some inches from the past few months of hair growth.

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To help you determine exactly what that cut is, we tapped in-the-know hair pros who've broken down the seven best fall styles for thicker hair, ahead. Scroll through for tons of inspiration, plus the single product you'll want to grab for easy at-home air drying.

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Ask For: A Pixie


Thinking of giving in to the impulse to just cut it all off and going for a big chop? According to NYC-based hair pro Erikson Arrunategui, the pixie cut — specifically this shaggy, top-heavy style — has been a big trend coming out of quarantine. To get the look, Arrunategi recommends bringing your stylist images and asking for added length around the frame of the face, especially if your hair is curly.

Product Pick: Bumble and Bumble Curl Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil


For styling products, Arrunategi uses Bumble and Bumble (he works out of the brand's New York City salon in the Meatpacking District). His must-have for a shaggy pixie is the gel-oil leave-in, which is formulated specifically to give short curls definition, shine, and a shield against humidity.
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Ask For: A Tapered Cut


The shape of a tapered haircut is simple: The length on the sides and back of the head is a bit shorter, and the strands on top are left slightly longer. If you have curly hair, a tapered cut can be styled naturally or slicked back and straight — as evidenced by the gorgeous actress Jurnee Smollett, whose hair was cut by Nikki Nelms and styled by Marcia Hamilton.
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Product Pick: Vernon Francois Pure Fro Hold And Shine


If you're channeling a sleek style, consider investing in a control serum, like this one, which was created by Lupita Nyong'o's go-to hairstylist, Vernon Francois.
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Ask For: Thinned Ends


Sergio Pattirane, a stylist out of NYC's Rob Peetoom Salon, tells us that an easy way to remove excess weight from thick hair is to debulk the ends. "Thinning out the ends will give your cut movement," he explains. Pro tip: Bring in any photo of model Chiara Scelsi if you're looking for a curly cut that maintains length and fullness, but still has a light, airy bounce.

Product Pick: DevaCurl Super Stretch


You know your curls need a lot of hydration to stay bouncy — especially if your hair is long. This cream is a best-seller for its ability to define and moisturize parched strands.

Ask For: An Asymmetrical Cut


Because the look puts an emphasis on blunt, weighted lines and heavy texture, asymmetrical cuts are tailor-made for those with thick hair. "This cut has a balance of textural weight and seamlessly blended layers," stylist Graham Nation, who styled this look for Kaylah Sharve, tells us. The length allows for full body and purposeful shape at the same time.

Product Pick: Unite Second Day Finishing Cream


"If you rake a little bit through your mid-lengths and ends, it will give your hair that 'second-day' texture and grit that works nicely with the shape," says Nation.
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Ask For: Long Bangs


Bangs might sound scary, given the heat of the summer and the potential for forehead sweat, but Marisa Mitchell, a stylist at L.A.'s Nova Arts Salon, tells us it's all about choosing the right bang. "I like a long, wispy bang for anyone with thick or heavy hair," she says. "The key is to remove weight by slicing into the bangs for smaller, more piece-y strands to give that see-through kind of look at the forehead."

The best part of trying a fringe bang like influencer Olivia Lopez? When you pull your hair back into a low bun or ponytail, your soft bangs double as an accessory, making beating the heat (and showing off your new 'do) that much easier.

Product Pick: Oribe Fiber Groom


Looking for a cool, piecey finish? You'll want a soft-hold pomade to give your fringe a bit of bounce and separation.

Ask For: A Soft Undercut


Let August's triple-digit temps be the push you need to finally go for that shorter cut you've been contemplating. A top-heavy pixie or a soft undercut, like this one by L.A.'s Sal Salcedo, is the perfect move for people with thick curls that want some weight taken out of their strands.

Product Pick: Aveda Be Curly Styling Prep


Define your natural texture with a lightweight lotion or cream to add hydration while tempering frizz and flyaways.

Ask For: An Angular Cut


Strong, angular cuts aren't going anywhere — especially for those with natural hair. Mona Balthazar, NYC-based stylist and creator of The Mona Cut, says that she loves this haircut for its sharp shape. The key to getting your curls to work with this style is to have your stylist cut your hair when it's dry. "Curltrulier hair is better to cut dry so you can get the shape precise," Balthazar told Refinery29. "Curls change and shrink when they're wet, so you want to make sure your hair is being cut in its finished state to get the best look."
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Product Pick: Carol's Daughter Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter


This buttery cream will add instant moisture and definition to 2C, 3C, and 4C curls when you're styling your cut at home.
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