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5 Practical Tips for Girls with Thick Hair Problems

Struggle with a head full of thick hair? Here’s five of my best tips to help you embrace your mane rather than fight against it. Goodbye thick hair problems….hello gorgeous!

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Struggle with a head full of thick hair? Here's five of my best tips to help you embrace your mane rather than fight against it. Goodbye thick hair problems....hello gorgeous!

I have the mother load of thick, thick hair.

Every hairdresser from the time I received my first haircut, has commented about how much hair I have. In fact, this still happens, and I’ve been with my stylist for the past three years!

While there’s plenty of girls who would probably be jealous of my thick head of hair, it truly is a curse when it comes to washing, styling, and keeping it that way. Five minutes to get ready? You’ve got to be kidding. It’s practically an hour-long workout to blow dry and straighten. And whenever I take a shower at night, it’s still sopping wet come morning.

Gah! #thickhairproblems

When this video went viral on Facebook, I knew I had finally found my tribe of girls with thick hair. EVERY single one of these things has happened to me—no joke!

But rather than fight against my mane, I’ve learned a few tips to help me embrace it for what it is. If you’re a fellow thick-haired girl who struggles with the same issues, you’ve come exactly to the right place! Here’s how to convince your locks to finally play nice.

1. Find a Good Stylist

A good stylist ranks at the top of my list because you need to find someone who either has thick hair of their own, or at least knows how to work with it. This is very important! Stylists always have a bag of tricks to keep your hair extremely manageable.

Tips to remember:

  • Long layers help weigh your down and keep it from being too poofy. This style is also very low maintenance. Score!
  • Ask your stylist to thin out your hair with thinning shears. It’s amazing how much hair they can take out with this small tool.
  • Be very careful if you try a short cut. The layers have to be just right so it doesn’t take on an unflattering triangle shape. Here are a few styles that actually work.

2. Use a Really Good Conditioner

I almost always go through an entire bottle of conditioner before I finish my shampoo. That’s because thick-haired girls need a lot of conditioner to make our hair behave! It doesn’t have to be expensive either.

I’ve recently been experimenting with Suave Professionals, and not only are they super affordable, they really work! I am really impressed with this line of products and love the Coconut Oil Infusion collection. It smells like tropical bliss every time I take a shower.

suave-products

You’ll also want to add a deep treatment mask at least once a week to keep your hair adequately moisturized. Conditioners are great, but a deep treatment goes so much further. I promise you’ll notice a big difference.

3. Be Smart with Your Blow Dryer

Blow drying your hair right after you step out of the shower will leave you with an achy arm for the next hour. Thick hair does not dry easily, and if I’m not patient enough, the roots underneath stay damp. This is what causes my thick hair to poof and get frizzy in the humidity!

Over the past few years, I’ve experimented with many different blow drying systems—here’s what I found works best for me: 

  • Blow dry my side bangs, then let the rest of my hair air dry for at least 30 minutes.
  • Rough blow-dry hair until slightly damp.
  • Use a paddle brush and round brush to smooth out hair as I finish the blow dry. I use a paddle brush for the top, and a round to slightly curl the ends under.

I used to blow dry on HIGH and HOT, but this actually made my thick hair even more of a mess. Even though it takes a little longer, I dry on WARM, because it does a lot less damage. I also only dry on the HIGH setting when I’m doing the rough blow-dry, but when it comes time to smooth, I switch to MEDIUM so I don’t accidentally rough it up.

4. Style in Sections

If you want to wear your hair down rather than up, the key to styling it right is to do it in small sections. I use duck bill clips to keep the hair I don’t want to mess with yet on top of my head. It usually takes three to four of these heavy duty clips to make my hair stay where I want it!

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I then take very small sections of my hair and either straighten or curl. The smaller the section, the better the results, especially if you have super thick hair.

This styling method takes a fairly long time, so it’s not something I do too often. I don’t care to stand in front of the mirror ALL day, so generally my hair goes up in ponytail or bun if I don’t have to go anywhere. I’ve tried to cheat the system by straightening or curling bigger sections to see if I could get away with it, but alas, my thick hair protests!

5. Product, Product, Product.

A lot of people balk against product because they feel like it weighs their hair down, but if you have thick, frizzy hair, you need to weigh it down! This is the only way it’s going to be manageable ALL day.

Here’s what I use:

  • A smoothing cream while my hair is damp. {This is one of my best beauty splurges!}
  • An oil {like Suave} after it’s completely dry.
  • Hairspray to keep everything in place long term.
  • Sometimes I will also use a texturizing spray the second day to give my straighten hair a tiny bit of volume on top.

The only time you probably don’t want to use a lot of product is if you want to get 2-3 days out of your hair. I know for myself, the thought of washing my hair again after I put so much effort into it is heart-crushing! I’m a huge fan of The Small Things Blog, and Kate has a great tutorial on how to make your pretty hair last.

For as much as we despise our thick locks, there are plenty of girls who are super jealous of them. I think it’s a good reminder to appreciate the hair we have, no matter the thickness. We are ALL beautiful….some of us just take more taming to get there!

How Do You Manage Your Thick Hair?

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12 Comments

  1. I have such thick hair as well! I’m still having trouble with it but I will be taking these tips for sure! #thickhairstruggles

  2. I feel you so much on the thick hair thing. It is definitely a blessing and a curse. Thanks for these tips. My family always groans when I say it’s a hair wash day (which is only a few days a week) because they know the mood it puts me in. haha. I have a hard time washing it and have started pulling the top half up with a clip so I can actually get to my scalp in the back!

    1. It can be such a time-drain on your day! Using clips while styling has definitely been a game changer for me. It always felt like it would take more time to use clips, but it actually saves time since the smaller strands dry much more quickly.

  3. I love Suave so much! I used to pay a fortune for fancy shampoo and conditioner. I visited my mom one time and forgot shampoo, so I used the Suave Rosemary and Mint Shampoo and conditioner in her bathroom and I was Floored. I liked it so much better than the expensive stuff I was using. That was 5 years ago. I’ve 4x’d my income in the last 5 years and still use Suave. 🙂

    1. It’s amazing how often inexpensive products outperform the “premium” ones. 🙂

  4. What a load of misguiding marketing nonsense. Why would you want your thick and long mane to behave? And to whose standards , the rest of the population who struggle with thinning hair and receding hair lines? If you have thick hair it means hair fall is something you do not worry about. I am a guy with long wavy and gorgeous hair and only an insecure idiot will fall for this kind of mass opinionated b.s.. girls get smart and take your health into confidence and be smart about what you choose. Take pride in being unique and make the rest feel tough about it.

    1. Hi Victor,

      I’m not sure where to begin here. First, I do find it funny how girls with thick hair, like myself, always want what we perceive to be easily manageable straight hair while my friends with nice straight hair fawn over thick hair styles. It’s definitely a grass is greener mentality, that much we agree on. But all that doesn’t change that:

      – I don’t like the way my hair frizzes in the Florida humidity
      – I hate hair bands that break daily
      – I find so annoying that my hair clips end up being single use only because they bend so easily
      – I really don’t have time in my day to spend 3 hours drying and styling my hair

      Those are my problems. They aren’t thrust upon me by anyone else. I am also aware that I’m not alone {see comments above}. So I thought partnering with Suave for a product that I love and helps me out was a perfect fit.

      As far as marketing non-sense, yes – this is a sponsored post – but I only take sponsored posts for products that I use, love, and would feel comfortable recommending. You’ll have to take my word on that but just this week I turned down hundreds of dollars on a sponsored post opportunity for an airline that I absolutely hate. I could have easily written a post and it would have fit seamlessly into Creative Savings, but it would not have been authentic because I have flown that airline….and I will never fly it again, so there is no way that I would recommend it.

      Below you say: “They want your to buy their products” – of course they do! That’s how businesses work. But for me personally, I want to buy products that work and I look to friends {both online and in person} to recommend products that work for them, and that’s exactly what I do here. Whether or not you buy it is completely up to you.

      If you have any questions about how I do sponsored content you can see my full disclosure policy here: https://kalynbrooke.com/disclosure-policy/

      Thanks, and have a great day!

  5. Also basically they want you buy their products and make you part with your cash. Simple business as usual..

  6. I will definitely try these product very soon because my hair also very thick I hope my hair grow further with your product I hope see you soon with great feedback.

  7. I have very thick, frizzy hair. I actually hate it. It hate washing, drying and flat ironing it. I have to flat iron it everyday. It has a mind of it’s own. I’ve never been able to have a hair style I want. I have always used very expensive hair products in my hair. It would be great to use Suave products and have them work. About every 16 weeks I get a Brazilian blowout in my hair to help it be more manageable.

    1. Hi Tamie,

      Have you tried this brush/hair dryer combo from Revlon?! I just started using it a couple of months ago and it has cut down the time of styling after a shower by quite a bit.

      1. Hi! Have you ever considered that getting your hair thinned out is what is contributing to your frizz? Also, if your hair is frizzy it may be curly/wavy. I agree with getting a layered cut, but other than that, embrace what you’ve got and stop fighting against it .

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