Thick hair is often viewed as the ideal type of hair to have, but those who were born with a full head of thick, luscious locks are definitely familiar with the struggle of managing their mop. Sure, having volume is great and there are tons of options for creating versatile hairstyles, but what about the constant frizz and the time it requires to style that hair? If you’re struggling with the upkeep of thick hair, not to worry, we have crafted an entire guide of everything you need to know about caring for your thick mane. From products to accessories and healthy habits, follow along for the ultimate thick hair care guide.
Thick hair tends to be more on the dry side of the hair spectrum, so it’s important to use products that keep your hair hydrated and keep the frizz at bay. If you’re a thick haired babe whose struggling to keep her hair tamed, especially in these humid summer months, below are our top product recommendations.
Why does frizz happen?
Before diving into which products to use to tame frizz, it's important to understand why frizz happens. Frizz is caused when the outer layer of your hair cuticle is lifted, causing moisture to pass through and swell the hair strands. When the cuticle is flat and not raised, the hair strands remain smooth and frizz free.
This lifting of the cuticle can be caused by multiple reasons, but the most common reason for thick haired ladies is dry hair, leaving the hair cuticles more prone to lifting. Let’s say you have thick, dry hair, and you go outside when it’s humid...what happens to your hair? Because your hair is dry and the outer layer of your hair strands are lifted, moisture from the air will rush into your hair strands causing each strand to swell, resulting in big, frizzy hair. So, how do we combat this?
If you're a thick haired gal suffering from dry hair, hair oils are going to be your best friend. The key to maintaining frizz is keeping your hair strands moisturized and nourished, which can be obtained with a few different types of hair oils.
It's no secret that we love Coconut Oil here at Luxy Hair, and for good reason! Coconut Oil has moisture retaining properties, Coconut Oil stays inside the hair, moisturizing the hair strands from the inside out, making it one of the most effective hair oils for frizzy hair. Coconut Oil is best used as a moisturizing hair mask. Simply coat your hair with the oil from root to tip, pop a shower cap on, and leave the oil to do its work for about 20 minutes. Then, rinse off your hair, shampoo and condition as normal, and enjoy smooth, moisturized, frizz-free hair.
Argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil, is packed with beneficial nutrients like vitamin E, ferulic acid, fatty acids, and antioxidants. Just a few drops of Argan Oil will give your hair that extra boost of moisture to help fight dryness and frizz. Argan Oil is also not as greasy as Coconut Oil, so it's perfect to use everyday as a finishing oil.
When it comes to choosing the right hot tools, it is important to choose the right hot tool for your hair type. Contrary to popular belief, not all hair dryers, straighteners, or curlers are made the same way, and certain materials are more beneficial to maintain the hair's integrity as well as prevent the hair from drying out. Ever wonder why professional hot tools cost so much more than your run of the mill drugstore brand or why your hair always looks that much smoother and shinier when you leave the salon? It's because your hair stylist has invested in higher grade hot tools, which you should too!
Sidenote: hairstylists mastered the art of the blowout, which is also why your hair looks so perfect after the salon. Click here to learn how to recreate a salon-worthy blowout at home.
If you have thick hair, you'll know the struggle of washing your hair and spending the next hour fighting with it to dry and style it. An ionic hairdryer cuts down hair drying time for thick hair, by using negative ions to break down water droplets on wet hair, leading to dry hair fast, while controlling frizz and boosting shine.
Again, thick hair is usually much more prone to drying out, as the natural oils are unable to travel all the way down the hair shaft. This is why if you have thick hair, the ends of your hair will likely suffer from dryness naturally—especially if your hair strands are thick as well. Experimenting with a DIY hair mask is an inexpensive and convenient way to bring moisture and lustre back to your tresses. Masks are important for every hair type, thick-haired girls included!
As mentioned above, the easiest and quickest hair masks you can do is a Coconut Oil mask, however, if you're looking to really boost the moisture in your hair, we prefer to add a few more moisture retaining ingredients to the mask. Check out our favorite avocado, egg, honey, and Coconut Oil mask below, or click here for our five favorite DIY hair mask recipes.
Avocado hair mask
This hair mask works wonders to restore shine to your hair, fight frizz, repair any damage and add moisture. The eggs, rich in Vitamins A, D, and E, proteins and fatty acids, help retain the luster and shine in your hair while Coconut Oil and honey draw in moisture from the air, locking it in the hair strands.
You will need:
- 1 Avocado
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon of Honey
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl
2. Apply to your hair from the ends to the roots, and put a shower cap on
3. Let it sit for 15-20 mins, then rinse the hair mask off and shampoo and condition as normal.
Luckily girls with thick hair don’t need to make many adjustments to their diet to help thicken their hair any further or grow more hair, but it’s never a bad idea to focus on eating foods that contribute to your overall hair health. Just because you has thick hair doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy! Follow along for a few tips and recommendations that your can incorporate into your diet to keep you thick hair looking luscious for longer.
Incorporate Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s are found in many types of fish, as well as from plant-based sources like nuts and seeds and is one of the best nutrients for strengthening hair, skin and nails. For thick haired gals, Omega-3s can do miracles for adding shine, minimizing breakage and strengthening the hair follicles. Click here to learn more about Omega-3s and their benefits to your body.
Biotin, vitamin B12 and B6 are all essential for maintaining healthy locks. Whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and leafy greens are all strong sources of these vitamins and are important to support hair health. Often people don’t get enough of these vitamins in their diet will see hair loss and this is where supplements can be useful.
Best Hair Accessories
One of the biggest struggles for girls with thick hair is having the right hair accessories to be able to successfully and beautifully style it. Follow along for a few of our favorite accessories specialized for girls with thick hair.
If you struggle with achieving a high bun or ponytail because of your heavy, thick hair, try out the Invisibobble hair ties. These hair ties are made with a telephone cord like spiral, which give the band extreme hold but maximum comfort—perfect for thick haired gals! Often, girls with thick hair struggle with finding the right hair tie, because they pull under the weight of the hair, leading to having to tie a tighter ponytail, leading to headaches. It's a vicious cycle, but but Invisibobbles solve this issue and leave no dents in the process.
Choosing the right hair extensions
Although it may seem counterintuitive to add more hair to already thick locks, hear us out! If your thick hair seems to stop growing at a certain length, Luxy Hair extensions are your solution to achieving thick AND long locks. If you're wearing hair extensions for length, we recommend to go with the 220g set to achieve the hair of your dreams. This set has a thicker amount of hair on each weft which will ensure the extensions blend seamlessly with your thick hair without it looking choppy.
Typically, girls with thicker hair tend to require quite a little more maintenance to keep their heavy locks looking sleek and tamed. Often this means more frequent heat styling or heavy product use, which can result in dried hair and fried ends. To keep your thick locks healthy and luscious, follow along for our go-to healthy hair habits.
Adding layers is one of the first steps thick-haired girls can take to making their hair more manageable. Adding layers gives the hair natural body and movement and also thins out the hair to help tame it and give it shape.
Do frequent hair masks
Hair masks are a healthy hair habit that all girls should incorporate in their self-care routine, but especially those with thicker, coarse hair! As mentioned earlier, the natural oils in thick hair are unable to travel down the entire length of the hair, leading to dry hair, especially at the ends. This leads to frizzy, unmanageable hair, which a hair mask once a week can help fix.
Cut back on washes
This is actually a healthy hair habit that most girls should practice, but it is easiest to do if you naturally have thick hair. Since thicker hair tends to lean more on the dry side than the oily side anyway, you can get away without washing your hair for multiple days in a row before your hair starts actually looking oily. Washing your hair too often can actually strip the natural oils from your hair, leading to a cycle of dry hair, so if you’re struggling with dryness, it's a good idea to cut back your washes as much as possible (even to once a week if you can!) in order for your hair's oils to balance out. And hey, if you're struggling with oily roots, there's always dry shampoo to get you by!
Learn how to perfect a blowout
The perfect blowout will save a thick haired girl from having to use multiple heat products on their hair. We know the struggle of blow drying, straightening and then curling to get your locks in tip top shape, but learning how to master a blowout can knock out a few of those steps and leave you with sleek, voluminous locks. Click here to learn how to go from frizzy to sleek with one blowout. With a bit of practice, you can incorporate this into your routine and really embrace that thick hair without a lot of work!
One of the biggest blessings of having thick hair is the huge variety of styles that you can create that girls with thinner hair might struggle with! From braids, updos and half-up styles, you can try any or all of the above with your thick tresses. If your hair is just too thick to manage for the day, try a beautiful fishtail braid. If you're feeling fun but need to alleviate some thickness, throw half of it up! The hairstyle possibilities are endless with thick hair...lucky you! Follow along for some inspo of a few of our favorite hairstyles for thick haired girls to rock:
Braids always look 10 times more luscious and swoon-worthy when they’re thick and voluminous. Why do you think we're always "pancaking" our braids? Luckily, if you have thick hair, you will have no problem achieving this look with the hair you already have. Of course, if you need extra length to perfect your braid, simply clip in a few wefts from your Luxy Hair extensions. A personal favorite of ours is the ever classic fishtail braid, which you can learn to create here.
Half-up hairstyles can be a struggle for girls with thin hair since they don’t have much to work with. Often when the hair is styled half up, it doesn’t leave much hair down to be styled and can sometimes make thin hair look even thinner (cue Luxy Hair extensions to the rescue!) If you were blessed with thick hair, the half-up style can easily be one of your go-to looks and you too can add hair extensions if you want more length with your look. Learn how to create the half-up bun hairstyle above here.
We hope you found our thick hair guide helpful and incorporate some of our tips to caring for your thick hair. Do you have any thick hair care tips we've missed? Email into us at [email protected] and let us know, or send us a DM on Instagram. We love to hear from you!
Written by: Olivia DiPede