Easy-care hairstyles for very thick hair

Written by lisa fritscher

Although it is the envy of many who struggle with thin hair, very thick hair can be a challenge. Many styles that look wonderful on hair of normal thickness become frizzy and hard to maintain when hair is thicker. Curly or wavy can be even more difficult to manage. Many women with extremely thick hair complain that it takes hours just to wash, dry and brush their hair.

Short Styles

Short styles are a blessing for many women with very thick hair. Invest in a good stylist with experience in your hair type, or you risk a "pyramid" effect in which the hair sticks out at an angle all around your head. A good cut works with your hair texture, face shape and features. Sleek styles are difficult to achieve, but soft, bouncy curls or a 1940s bob work well.

Long Styles

Long, very thick hair is always a challenge to maintain. The sheer volume of hair leads to frizzing, knotting and matting, particularly if your hair is curly or wavy. Choosing to wear your hair long requires that you have it thinned out. The stylist takes thinning scissors to cut small bits of hair very short in an even pattern all over your head. Thinning is unnoticeable, as the rest of your hair covers the cut spots. A 15-minute thinning job, when performed once a month, can make your hair easier to manage.

Under-shaving

Many women think of head shaving as an extreme, punk style. Under-shaving is not visible and can reduce the weight and thickness of your hair. Most women with very thick hair have two noticeably different hair textures. The hair that grows from the nape of the neck is often extremely thick and tightly curled. Under-shaving removes this hair and this portion is hidden completely by the rest of your hair. Have your stylist or a competent friend perform this job.

Straightening

Flat irons and chemical hair straighteners are popular, but women with very thick hair should be cautious. The volume and texture of your hair make it likely to poof up and frizz. Use a thick leave-in conditioner to smooth the hair and keep it under control. Carry a spray conditioner with you for touch-ups throughout the day.

Ponytails and Buns

The quickest and easiest way to deal with very thick hair is to pull it back into a ponytail or loose bun. Choose the right tools for this job, as thin rubber bands or barrettes may fall out, break or get lost in your hair. Scrunchies, which are rubber bands wrapped in wide fabric, work well. Choose large, heavy-duty combs or barrettes. Some women like wide head bands. Those who are more handy can stick a chopstick through the bun to help hold hair in place.

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