You know the women you see when luxurious waves of flowing thick hair? Do you find yourself jealous of those women? Well, it takes just one to tell you that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Thick hair means that while you may have body for days, sometimes it can feel like it takes days to make all that hair manageable. If you are a member of the thick tresses troupe, read on for how to make those locks more tamable.
When your hair is healthy, it’s more docile, so cutting back on the number of washes a week will help to keep its natural oils and maintain its shine and moisture. The best strategy is to wash your hair every other day. Also, using a sulfate-free conditioner when you do wash will help to keep your hair hydrated and supple, preventing breakage and warding off the dreaded frizz.
After washing your hair it’s at its most fragile, since it’s frailest when wet. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel or brushing when wet can damage it. So, remember to pat or blot your hair dry and tame the tangles with a wide-toothed comb.
Air drying is always the best option, but thick hair can take half the day to dry on its own and using a hot blow dryer every day can lead to other problems. So, what options does that leave the abundantly-haired? The answer is simple, let your hair partially dry before taking the blow dryer to it, and use the lowest heat setting that you can to keep those follicles frizz-free.
Another tool to put in your arsenal is to make sure you keep up with trims. Split ends can make thick hair appear frizzy and dull, so make sure every 6-8 weeks you see your stylist.
Thick hair is already, well, thick, so there’s no need to weight it down with products that are supposed to add texture like gels and mousse. Try a spray gel to add a little bit of volume in a manageable way.
Product isn’t the only thing that can weight down your hair. Simply having a lot of hair the same length can do the job too. So, think of incorporating some layers into your style. It will add lightness and bounce.
Let’s talk accessories. The bows and the clips are cute, but thick hair doesn’t need the bells and whistles to stand out! Plus, those accessories are not going to help keep your hair in place. If you want to add a little flair you’ll need to pick up something heavy duty that can provide extra hold.
If you’ve reached a point where you just can’t take it anymore, thinning shears can be an option. They remove bulk from your hair, but must be wielded by a professional, so make sure you discuss it with your stylist.
If all else fails, go for the braid! There are going to be days that this hair will just not be tamed, so throw it in a cute braid and do what a cliché mobster does in the movies and just fuhgeddaboudit.
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