Thick Hair? Don’t Make These 5 Styling Mistakes

September 10, 2021
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Thick Hair? Don’t Make These 5 Styling Mistakes
I always say that my thick hair is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I love that I have so much to work with when styling my hair. But on the other hand, it can be very difficult to manage, especially on those days when my hair seems to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. To ensure good hair days every day (or at least most days), I did research to find out the most common thick hair mistakes that can make styling it a whole lot harder. Read on for five of the top thick hair no-no’s, including not opting for a layered haircut and using the wrong shampoo for your hair type.

Thinning It Out Too Much

One of the most common ways hairstylists deal with thick hair is by thinning it out. While removing some weight from your hair may seem like the best way to make it more manageable, over-thinning thick hair can cause unwanted volume from the shorter layers left behind during the thinning process. It can also fray the ends of your hair, leaving it stringy and unhealthy. Layering hair properly is the best way to ditch any extra bulk you may have without compromising the look or integrity of your hair.

Getting a Super-Short Haircut

Another route many take to achieve more manageable hair is opting for a super-short haircut. But we’re here to tell you that shorter strands don’t always mean less work. For a shorter style that will work well with thick hair, try a bob that's longer in the front. This will make pulling your hair back easier and will also distribute your hair in such a way that it appears sleeker and thinner.

Not Using the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Many mistake thick hair for curly or textured hair and therefore stock up on formulas that are too heavy and weigh it down even more. Thick hair tends to retain more oil due to the density of the hair strands. Over time, this can create buildup, leaving your locks lackluster and dull. With thick hair, it’s important to properly cleanse it to avoid this buildup effect. Try a gentle clarifying shampoo, like the Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo with Aloe Extract.
Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo with Aloe Extract

Getting It Chemically Straightened 

Many people who get chemical straightening treatments do so in the hopes that it will make their hair easier to style. What most often happens, though, is that the natural texture of the hair is compromised, causing it to become over-processed and unmanageable. If you’re looking to create an easier, sleeker look, try a keratin treatment instead. Keratin treatments fill in the small divots in your hair to create a smooth texture and compress the cuticle. These treatments are also not permanent as they wash out over time and eventually restore your hair’s natural texture.

Avoiding Layers

Finding the right cut for your thick hair can be a challenge, but rest assured you can never go wrong with long layers. Creating a long layering pattern will not only shed some weight from your hair, but it will also give you more styling versatility and a beautiful shape.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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