People with thick hair know that theirs is a texture apart and that hairstyles for thick hair just can’t be replications of hairstyles for thinner hair. The same applies to haircuts: haircuts for thick hair are a different animal. Luckily for those of us with thick hair, a healthy head of hair is always fashionable. How you cut your hair will affect how you style it, of course.
For those with chin-to-shoulder length hair, finding the right hairstyle can be tricky. Adding loose waves and bangs to an in-between style is one way to spice it up. But if you aren’t sure just how you want your hair to change, it’s a good idea to talk it over with your stylist. They can not only advise you on how to style your thick hair, but can weigh in on how it should be cut, as well (it helps if they have a lot of experience, or have thick hair themselves). Some stylists thin out hair a little bit, allowing it to move in the desired direction. They use razors and shears to do this in specifically heavy areas, which creates a sleek look without risking frizz.
Thick hair can often weigh itself down. To keep this from happening, add a little extra body at the crown. Using a round brush, blow your hair out by pulling it directly up and then rolling it back down and allowing it to cool. Once you have created this volume, tease small sections of hair using a rat-tail comb and then apply a light hairspray for extra lift. Adding volume is all well and good, but there is such a thing as too much. Be careful that your hair doesn’t get out of control. Loose waves look good on everyone, but if your hair is too puffy, leave a little conditioner in it after you shower. Rinse with cool water, which locks in the frizz-taming effect.
Thick hair gives you a lot of material for a classic updo. A great updo requires your mane to be smooth. Apply a heat-protective product before blow drying to keep it from becoming frizzy or dry. Pull your hair into a ponytail for an easy, elegant look that can be dressed up or down. If you want to conceal the rubber band, wrap a small section of hair around the base of the ponytail for a seamless look.
If you have highlighted in your hair and want to show them off, consider this ‘do: a sleek blowout paired with side-swept bangs will highlight the highlights. If you style your hair to be long and straight as well as curly, ask your stylist to texturize it most in the last four or five inches, but keep it long in the crown area so you can prevent it from looking bulky.
You have probably already developed your own methods and found products that work for you, but changing things up can do wonders for your look, and even for your hair’s texture.