How to Tame Thick Hair

Updated 03/31/19
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Thick hair comes with its own set of challenges. It can be unruly, hard to handle, and takes forever to dry. Luckily, with the right tools, thick, luscious hair can be tamed. If you’ve been blessed (or cursed) with a super-thick head of hair, these tips will help you get your mane under control. Thanks to some experts, we've got all the advice you need to control a full head of hair. 

Consider a Chop

Of course, the easiest way to control very thick hair is to simply cut it short. A shorter length can be a great option for those looking for a low-maintenance style. Depending on how it's cut, a shorter hair still leaves room for endless styling options. 

Grow it Out

Does your hair stick straight up when it's short? In that case, growing your hair out to a longer length may help keep flyaways weighted down. For stubborn hairs that refuse to lay flat, try using a smoothing cream like John Freida's Frizz Ease Secret Weapon. 

If you still want the freedom to wear your hair down or up, a longer style is a versatile option. 

Find Products That Work for You

If everyone had a perfect head of hair, we wouldn’t need styling products. For thick hair, a styling product will give you some control over your excessive crop. Product will add weight and allow you to create nearly any style you want. 

Amy Adams' hairstylist, John D, a Tresemmé celebrity stylist, used TRESemmé Thermal Creations Styling Aid Blow Dry Balm to keep her hair smooth and in-place for a long night on the red carpet. The best part? It's only $5. 

Let It Air Dry

Excessive heat is damaging for any hair type, but using a ton of heat on thick hair can lead to extreme breakage and frizz. But, even with air drying, frizz is still possible. Using the right products can tame frizz and keep hair looking shiny and make it easier to style. If you don't have time to let your hair air dry on it's own, opt for a cooler setting on your hair dryer. This will add some extra volume and decrease drying time. 

Condition Away

Always use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. After a good shampoo, apply about a dime-sized amount of conditioner to your hair, comb it through with a wide-tooth comb to distribute evenly, and leave it on for several minutes. A good conditioner will help soften your hair and make it more manageable.

Avoid Too Many Layers

While layers can add volume and movement, shorter layers can stick straight up—or out. If you want to remove some bulk from your hair, ask your hairstylist to use a razor to help thin it out. A razor creates more texture and movement than regular shears, but can help reduce areas that may appear heavy or too thick. 

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