How to Care for Thick, Frizzy Hair

thick frizzy hair

Before we get started, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing.

You know you have thick, frizzy hair when:

  • You run out of conditioner before shampoo, every time.

  • You avoid any product with the word “volumize” on it

  • If you put your hair up in a bun when wet, it will still be wet 12 hours later

  • When you get your hair cut, there is an embarrassingly large amount of hair on the floor, but you only got a half-inch cut off. Meaning they have to cut “out” so much (layering). And you feel like you lost 5 pounds.

  • Blow drying your hair is exhausting, but a good arm workout.

  • The 80’s were a good hair decade for you.

  • This:

thick hair problems

So if you relate to any of those, you are in the right place. I happen to have crazy, frizzy, extremely thick hair. Huge. I get it from my Dad. So after years of trying to figure out what works to manage “the beast”, I’ve got some tips for all my thick-headed readers.

Tip 1: Shampoo every 2-3 days

Thick hair is often very dry too, so try to shampoo as little as possible. When you do shampoo, use a moisturizing shampoo and be sure to flip your head over so you can get the underside of your hair. As I Am Coconut Cowash is my favorite shampoo, by far.
(Read more about Cowashing your hair)

Tip 2: Shampoo at night

When you do shampoo, wash your hair at night. Style if you need to, and sleep on it. This will help cut down on the frizz and volume if you give it a night to settle (read: flatten). And don’t, whatever you do, sleep next to a humidifier or you will wake up to this (!):

thick and frizzy hair

Tip 3: Put smoothing products on while hair is still wet

I use a smoothing serum after I wash my hair and apply it while my hair is still pretty wet. I have found that this really helps cut down on the frizz and helps it to not dry too crazy if I air dry.

Tip 4: Use an old t-shirt to gently towel dry

Use a soft, old t-shirt to gently towel dry your hair, instead of rubbing it with a towel. This will cut down on breakage and frizz. Be sure to be really gentle. I like to kind of squeeze the t-shirt onto my hair instead of rubbing it around.

Tip 5: Deep condition often

Your hair will greatly benefit from a  deep conditioning treatment as often as once a week. If you can’t do it that often, and least deep conditional once a month.

I like to apply even amounts of coconut oil and shea butter to my hair while it’s dry, and leave it on for an hour or two while I’m cleaning or doing something around the house. If you can, use your blow dryer on the warm setting for a few minutes to really seal it in. Then wash and dry like normal. You will really feel the difference!

Tip 6: Limit the use of flat irons and curling irons

Give your hair a break from hot flat irons and curling irons as much as possible. People with thick hair usually require the tools to be on a really hot setting, and it’s extremely drying to hair. Always use a heat protectant spray before using. I use CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray.

Tip 7: Don’t skip the haircuts

Find a good hair stylist and go often. I know, it’s expensive. But thick hair requires a really thorough cut, with good layering and probably some thinning. A good stylist and regular trims will keep your hair much more manageable.

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One comment

  1. I just want to thank you for this post!! I’m finally confronting the fact that I give better care for my thick, frizzy, dry hair–we absolutely have the same kind! And I totally related to everything! I’m researching hair products too because I want to learn how to style it so I would at least look nicer before I walk out the house–I’m currently very much into the tousled, wavy lob kind of look. But management is the most important thing and this helped!

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