When it comes to styling or cutting thick hair (whether short or long), layers and texture are so important. “Often, clients complain about having hair that is too heavy or lacks style because of the density,” says Mark DeBolt, co-owner of Mark Ryan Salon. “Adding texture and removing weight is a great way to have the hair move more gently and creates a softer feminine silhouette.”

Amanda Lee, a Mane Addicts stylist, says that long, thick hair with lots of layers and face-framing pieces is a great option. But for shorter hair, she focuses on internal layers: “I tend to avoid tons of external layers and focus on layers internally to remove weight while also giving the hair a lot of movement.”

When deciding on a hairstyle, you’ll also want to consider time and maintenance. How long will it take to style your hair? Does it have to be styled every day? “These are not negatives. I know a lot of my clients enjoy getting ready and styling their hair in the mornings, yet for others, it can be a real chore,” says Philip Downing, TIGI creative & education director. “Condition is also very important. If you have a lot of hair, the better condition it’s in will only serve you well when it comes to styling your hair. Just like skincare, haircare is hugely important and should be a daily routine… especially if the hair has length and/or color. Your expensive color will only thrive with longevity the more it’s taken care of.”