Thick hair refers to the thickness of each strand of hair (you could have just two hairs on your head but they could be individually thick), commonly though the term thick hair is applied to those of you with very dense hair growth (a lot of hair in a small space). Whichever type you are you will find some answers to your thick hair problems on this page or the linked pages. The thickness of your hair will effect everything from which hair cuts are suitable the hair products you use and the hair styling tools you need (brushes and electrical hair styling aids) and even colours and perms need to be adjusted to suit thick hair.
One of the biggest
problems with thick hair is the associated itchy, flaky scalp.
This is often caused by insufficient rinsing during the shampooing
process, which can leave behind a residue of 'soap' on the scalp.
Conditioner (which seals down the outside of the hair making it
smooth and easy to comb) will then seal any remaining 'soap' to
your scalp. Simply rinse for longer. Check out
shampooing and conditioning habits
for more ways to get around this problem.
Points to think about
when choosing a style for thick hair
- Thick hair works either really
short, where the cut keeps it under control, or long enough
that the weight of your hair holds it down. Mid lengths tend
to result in sticking out hair.
- Layers or thinning works well
to relieve some of the bulk, but the shorter layers or pieces
should not be too short, or they can provide added volume instead
which is not what you need.
- When thinking of a style change
with color bear in mind that permanent colors and bleaches
leave the hair slightly swollen and therefore thicker. It maybe
better for you to use semi-permanent colors that don't have
the same effect.
- Curl or wave again adds bulk or
thickness so go for styles that are worn straight if your natural
hair texture allows.
- When coloring your hair go for
high or low lights rather than all over co lour. Solid hues make
your hair look like a wig, different colored pieces break the
hair up and soften the solidness. Lighter colors also make
the hair look thinner, where dark tones add density.
Ponytails for thick hair:
Control is often the thing you want with thick hair and the simplest form of control is the classic and ever practical ponytail. But even with this there and be issues so try out this tip:
- If your hair is exceptionally thick it can often be very difficult to get a clean smooth finish to the hair on the scalp, as sections of it tend to lump and clump forming bumps. Try making the pony tail in two sections the first from just below the crown down to the nape and secure. The second section being the rest of your hair from hairline to crown can then be smoothed with a pad brush and secured over the first section with a second band.
and combs are
better suited to thick hair so check out some of these as well.
|Image Barney Martin, Sydney. Creating different textures makes a feature of thick hair.
|Big is beautiful from Shane Henning @ NOK, Sydney. Its the hair style that never ages and you have got to have plenty of hair for this!
|Smoothing out the fringe area and letting the rest of your hair be as big/thick as it wants to be is a simple way to give your hair style without too much work. Image from Nigel Hazon.
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