Thick Hair? Don’t Make These 5 Styling MistakesApril 15, 2020
I always say that my long, dark and thick hair is a blessing and a curse. Don’t get me wrong. On the one hand, I love that it allows me to style my strands however I want. But on the other, it can be very difficult to manage, especially during those days when your hair wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. As it turns out, though, there are common mistakes that people with thick hair make (myself included) that can make styling a whole lot harder. Find out what those mistakes are and how to avoid them for beautiful, thick hair, ahead.
Thick Hair Mistake #1: Thinning it Out Too Much
One of the most popular ways people 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 the hair properly is the best way to ditch any extra bulk you may have without compromising the look or integrity of the hair.
Thick Hair Mistake #2 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 mean less work. If you’re looking for an easy, breezy style, a short haircut may not be the best option because it requires a lot of time and commitment when it comes to styling. If you are looking for a shorter style that will work well with thicker hair, try a triangular long bob that is 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.
Thick Hair Mistake #3: Getting It Chemically Straightened
Many people with thick hair opt for a chemical straightening treatment 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 that create texture to smooth it out and compress the cuticle. These treatments are also not permanent as they wash out over time and eventually restore your hair’s natural texture.
Thick Hair Mistake #4: Not Using the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
Another common mistake made with thick hair is using the wrong products. 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 oil more 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 L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner.
Thick Hair Mistake #5: Avoiding Layers
If you are part of the thick-hair family, you’ve probably experienced the fear of a new haircut. 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.