Tips for styling thick hair

Most hair focused articles seem to deal with thin hair or hair that is normal in thickness, assuming that the desirable thing to strive for is thick hair. However, thick hair is not always that easy to work with. Let’s have a look at a few tips and tricks.

  1. Long layers
    If you consider wearing your hair long, you need to take into account that your hair is going to act like a thick heavy blanket. By adding longer layers and going in to thin it out in appropriate places, you can save yourself a lot of pain. This is especially helpful when you live in a hot and/or humid climate as a thick blanket of hair tends to lead to scalp and neck sweat. This also means that it’s easier to style in the long run.

 

2. Opt for half-up half-down styles in hot weather

wpid-20150728_192056.jpgOne of the main issues with long and thick hair is that it takes forever to style and is often too heavy to be held up by bobby pins and hair spray. This is an example of a style I wear when I want to look like I made an effort without actually giving my arms a complete workout.

This was accomplished using a hairbrush, a hair flower, and three hair ties. It’s a style that is cooling enough to be worn on hot days since it exposes your neck, but it doesn’t rely on the hair being bundled up and resting on the scalp. Styles that do rely on lifting up all your hair and pinning it to your scalp are rather likely to make your scalp itch after a few hours since it pretty much acts like a thick hat.
If you want to wear all your hair up, opt for something simple, like a pony tail.

 

3. Go easy on the products
It’s quite tempting to try to bring in additional volume into your hair if it’s so heavy that it tends to go flat. The problem is that products tend to weigh the hair down even more, especially as the day goes on and it starts to lose its effect. If you want your hair to remain in a good condition throughout the day, opt for light-weight products in moderate amounts or skip the products entirely. There is no one optimal mount of product, despite what a lot of hair blogs claim. As someone who has had both very short and very long hair, the amount of shampoo and conditioner you’ll need to use will increase with your hair length. It is a bit of a balancing act, but if you notice that your hair tends to get flat or oily halfway through the day… Try to use less product, fewer products, or more light-weight products.

 

4. Stop wrestling it into submission
The thicker your hair is, the more obstinate it tends to be when it comes to re-shaping it. No matter if it’s straightening or curling it, chances are your hair refuses to submit to your wishes. The thing is, the harder you push, the more you risk damaging it. Look up different techniques to see what works with the least amount of wrestling, so to speak. Personally, I’ve given up on the most common styling tools. If I want my hair wavy, I’ll go to bed with wet hair gathered in a braid or two. If I want it curly, I sleep with foam rollers. If I want it straight, I shower in the morning and use a hair oil applied to damp hair to control any frizz. The thing is, harsh methods might make you win the battle but you can bet you’ll lose the war. The same thing applies to certain hair styles. Heavy hair has a tendency to refuse to stay in nice shapes like victory rolls for longer than two seconds, instead of trying to push your hair into these shapes, try to find a style that has a similar effect but involves less teasing/defying gravity.

 

5. Short hair
If you prefer a short hair cut and have thick hair, you often face the exact opposite challenges to those of us with long thick hair. The problem is seldom volume or using too much product, the problem is control. Some tricks that can help control short thick hair includes never sleeping with wet hair (or face the struggle of getting to accept the laws of gravity in the morning), learning finger-waves, and embracing accessories like diadems.

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