Most people would argue that having thick hair is a huge blessing. Our fine-haired friends think we’ve got it easy because thick hair is equivalent to voluminous hair. However, anyone who has thick hair knows it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, when the sun happens to be shining the most, thick hair can be a drag. Summertime heat and humidity don’t totally gel all that well with thicker strands. Luckily, there are ways to manage thick hair and keep it looking summertime-smooth. Here are some tips you can use to get the most out of your luscious locks without getting them thinned at the salon.
With thick hair, you need a powerful, professional-grade dryer that utilizes ionic technology. This will allow you to achieve that gorgeous blowout look. To save you time and energy, we suggest towel drying your hair until it’s about 70% dry. This will minimize dry time, but also save your hair from potential damage and make it much more manageable to style. You’ll want to also be sure you use a narrow concentrator nozzle so that you can streamline the air to be anti-frizz and pro-sleek.
You probably already know that thicker hair can get into tangly messes, especially when it’s a little humid outside or you’re just stepping out of the shower. To avoid the breakage that normal brushes create (for all hair types, but especially thicker hair), you’ll want to get your hands on the Unbrush. This brush delicately but efficiently combs through even the toughest knots without tugging the hair from the scalp. It’s perfect for brushing out when wet, which is necessary for anyone with thick strands.
When you think about styling your hair, you’ll want to pull it into a look that doesn’t take away from your thickness, but rather highlights your volume without looking out of control. Perhaps during the colder months, you could stand a seriously voluminous look that enhances your thickness; however, during the hotter months, that just isn’t sustainable or practical. That’s why using braids to style your hair is a fantastic go-to when you’re in a pinch or looking to tame your bountiful strands. Not only are they easy, but they also transform frizz to chic in a matter of minutes with minimal styling tools required. Use braids for a chill summer night look or to relax by the pool. No matter what, you can rest assured that the hair is styled yet out of the way.
It might sound counter-intuitive to go for longer hairstyles in the summer when you’ve already got so much hair that you are working with, but hear us out. Gravity works wonders on longer thick hair because it disperses the weight of the locks evenly throughout the style. It allows the look to elongate rather than expand horizontally. A good rule of thumb is to keep your hair at a length that goes below your shoulders. If you decide to go for layers or bangs, keep those long too so as to not add an illusion of width. It’s a very flattering way to frame your face.
Split ends can make coarse hair more difficult to untangle. Plus, damaged hair doesn’t do your thick locks any favors as it enhances any frizz you might already have. To fight damage, you should always, always use a heat protectant before using any styler. You can pick up some deep conditioners and bond-strengthening at-home treatments to keep your hair looking sleek and glistening all summer long. In addition to fighting damage, a smoothing serum or hair mist is going to be really helpful to help maintain the glow and strength of the strands. Plus, it adds a very manicured touch to voluminous hair by taming flyaways.
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