Have you been blessed by the gods with a thick, full lion’s mane of hair? Are you the envy of your thin, fine-textured hair friends? That is all well and good, but at the end of the day, thick, coarse hair can be a real headache to manage. Let’s learn about some great thick hair products that help you maintain your beautiful hair without a lot of stress.
Just like with any hair type, thick hair requires some magic tricks to conjure up healthy, shiny tresses and good hair days. Our tips for thick hair gorgeousness include better techniques and the best thick hair products to make you love your hair the way it deserves to be loved.
What the Heck Is Thick Hair?
This is actually a great question, and LaLa Daisy has the answer: it depends on what you mean by thick.
Some people refer to thickness when they mean density, as in how many hairs are on your head. If your ponytail busts through any barrier and takes a year to dry, you have thick hair density.
The other kind of thick hair is more about the texture of the strands themselves. If you compare one strand of your hair to a piece of thread, is your hair thicker? Bingo! You have thick hair.
Most coarse hair is thick, because the circumference of the hair strand is thick, but not every type of thickly dense hair is coarse. And now you know.
What About Daily Care?
The thing about thick hair, whether coarse or dense, is that it can stay dry on the ends, even while the roots may have excess oil. This unfortunate situation means that daily shampooing may not be the best approach for the health of your hair.
Instead, opt for shampooing every few days. If your scalp needs a pick-me-up, use dry shampoo to absorb the excess oil and add volume where you need it. Just be sure to massage it in and brush it through to prevent any powdery residue.
Speaking of brushing, regular brushing of your hair, preferably with a boar bristle brush, is an easy way to redistribute the natural oils away from the scalp and to the ends that are begging for it. If your hair is wet, however, use a wide toothed comb to gently remove tangles and prevent frizziness.
Should You Use Conditioner?
In a word, yes. Conditioner is your thick hair’s best friend. Get one that is thick and nourishing, and concentrate application on the strands and ends. Our customers are in love with Joico K-Pack Conditioner because it has a rich formula that goes deep into the cuticles for the ultimate shine and manageability.
When looking for thick hair products be sure to avoid, volumizing shampoos and conditioners; the last thing you need with a full head of hair is more volume.
Are There More Must-Have Thick Hair Products?
Treat your hair like you would your skin with serums and masks to lock in nutrients and promote healthy growth. For example, Obliphica Seaberry Omega 3, 6,7, & 9 Serum for medium to coarse hair is like a magic elixir that fights frizz at the cuticle level. Apply it after shampooing and before styling to see the transformation.
Another product thick hair should not be without is a good deep conditioner. Use one once a week or so to undo the damage from heated styling or environmental exposure. We like Leonor Greyl Paris Masque L’Orchidee Conditioning Mask to soften the coarseness and add shine and strength.
How Do You Style Thick Hair?
Thick hair is more versatile than you would think. Tame it with a high-watt hair dryer and flat iron for smoothness and shine, or let it air dry for natural waves and curls.
Another advantage of thick hair is its braidability. Okay, that may not be a word, but who cares? Thick hair is begging for braids, from tight French braids to loose, bohemian fishtails. Take advantage of your hair’s willingness to weave and wear it up when you do not have the energy or time to dry and style it.
For more coarse, dense, or thick hair products to add to your rotation, check out the selection at LaLa Daisy. We also have more helpful advice for thick hair at our LaLa Daisy Beauty Resource Center to help you maintain those thick, lush locks.
You can get more information in this article from Allure on how to deal with annoying thick hair problems.