Everyone wants a thick, luxurious mane. But what happens when you’re the one who has to style and maintain it? We know how challenging caring for thick hair can be, so in this article, we’ll share some helpful hacks that will make styling and caring for your thick locks much easier.
Get A Layered Haircut
When you get a layered haircut, your stylist will remove some of the bulk from your hair, reducing your workload and making your mane significantly easier to care for. In addition to being practical, layers give thicker strands some much-needed movement. They also help type three and four hair retain its shape and can even make your curls look longer!
The best thing about layered cuts is that you don’t have to sacrifice length. Even though you’re getting a bunch of hair cut off, you don’t have to go shorter!
Don’t Leave the House with Damp Hair
A significant challenge for people with thick type two, three, or four hair is keeping frizz at bay. Damp hair reacts to the moisture in the air, which can leave you with a tangled mess of hair. If you want to stop frizz from wrecking your ‘dos, give your hair plenty of time to dry before you head out. Check for even the slightest amount of moisture, and eliminate it with a few blasts from your blow-dryer.
Use Frizz-Fighting Products
The thicker your hair is, the more frizz you may have to contend with. But with the right products, you can rock even the sleekest styles without significant issues. People with types two, three, and four hair can use oil or silicone-based serums to block out frizz and humidity and keep their hair under control. The majority of hair oils can make type one strands look greasy, so opt instead for lightweight anti-frizz sprays.
Wash Your Hair Less Often
Shampooing strips your hair and scalp of its natural oils, so try to shampoo your hair only as much as necessary. Although you’ll need to clean hair types one and two often, try squeezing an extra day or two between wash days. Those with type three and four hair can typically go a week between wash days.
No matter your hair type, focus your cleaning efforts on your scalp rather than your hair. As you rinse the shampoo out, it’ll travel down your strands and clean them. Need a touchup between washes? Sprinkle some dry shampoo onto your roots to suck up excess oil.
Switch to A Microfiber Towel
One of the most understated hacks for thick hair of all types is switching to a microfiber towel. Regular towels are rough on your strands, often leading to dryness and even breakage. Microfiber towels are much gentler and won’t cause friction-related damage. Additionally, they have much more water-wicking power than regular towels and can even cut your drying time in half! Thick hair takes forever to dry and style, so who wouldn’t want to save time?
Thick hair is challenging to care for, but remember that most women would love to be in your position! Thick hair is a gift, so treat your strands gently and give them plenty of TLC to show your appreciation. We hope the tips and tricks we’ve gone over in this article were what you were looking for to get the most out of your super thick tresses!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.