Is the word voluminous more commonly used to describe women's hair? What's the male counterpart?

Actually I'm not very sure about my statement. But judging from Google Images. It seems like it is more commonly used to describe women's hair.

What's the male counterpart of the word?

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    ‘Voluminous’ in itself isn’t particularly feminine to me, it’s just that not many men have the kind of hairdo that I would describe as voluminous, whereas quite a lot of women do. Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 9:36

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For men it's more common to say: natural thick wavy hair. You can omit the adjectives; natural and wavy, but that is how I would describe the male counterpart.

thick wavy hairstyle

  • There’s more to voluminous hair than it just being thick and wavy, though (and it doesn’t have to be natural at all, of course). I would say the young man in the photo you used as an example has voluminous hair, too—or, more colloquially, simply that he has big hair. I have thick and wavy hair, but it’s not particularly voluminous, more helmet-like. Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 12:54
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Wavy and curly hair gives a voluminous look. Dead straight hair can of course be thick but it rarely achieves that "bouncy" look.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 12:58
  • I would rather say that wavy and curly hair aids a voluminous look. As I said, my hair is both thing and wavy, but not voluminous. Straight hair is not usually voluminous, but I still think it makes more sense to simply use ‘voluminous’ for both men and women equally to describe that particular look. Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 13:05
  • You can equally describe women's hair as being thick and wavy. In the link janoChen posted many would fit that description. Voluminous, however, does tend to be collocated with women hair. I don't know why. Probably due to hairspray ads in the 70's when that look was very fashionable. Think, "Charlie Angels" the TV series and Jaclyn Smith.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 13:10
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    True. But big hair also has positive connotations. Lank thin hair is never desirable :)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 13:22

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