Having coarse hair can often mean extra maintenance, especially if you’re after the best of both worlds i.e. great volume and a natural healthy shine. Here are ten simple ways in which you can care for thicker hair.
1. Firstly, make sure you’re keeping your hair in tip-top condition. This means getting it trimmed every 6-8 weeks to minimise split ends – which can often leave your hair looking frizzy and lifeless.
2. Check your basic hair habits… do you wash your hair too much? Washing your hair too often can strip it of the natural oils that provide moisture and shine, so leave at least a day in between shampoos. If you have naturally oily hair, there are plenty of dry shampoos available to keen hair looking clean.
3. After washing, be careful that you aren’t damaging the hair while wet. Your hair is in its weakest state after being washed, so excessive towel drying and brushing can be damaging even to thick hair! It is better to pat the hair with a towel to absorb moisture, then tease major tangles out with a wide-toothed comb.
4. To keep thick hair soft, use a conditioner suited to your hair type. For dry hair, a conditioner with glycerin or collagen can aid with moisture, whereas oily hair will require a more lightweight conditioner, applied only to the ends. If you have coloured your hair, try to avoid conditioners that contain silicone – as this can sometimes fade colour.
5. With thick hair, letting hair dry naturally isn’t always an option, but regularly blow-drying hair can be damaging; so try blow-drying your hair on a medium to low heat, or letting it dry partially before you do so.
6. An essential tip is to always use a heat protecting product before straightening or curling your hair. Just like over-washing hair, frequent exposure to heat products can strip your hair of its natural oils which keep your hair looking healthy, so always use a spray or serum.
7. Serums can also be used to keep hair looking glossy and feeling soft. They are particular good if you’re dealing with thick, frizzy hair – just apply a small amount to the ends while your hair is still damp for a smoother feel.
8. For seriously damaged tresses, you may want to try a deep treatment. These are available to buy either in a bottle or as single sachets for one off treatments, and often specialise in a particular hair type. For thick hair, Aussie’s ‘3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor’ is particularly effective in restoring a healthy sheen and leaving hair soft.
9. If you prefer to leave your hair in the hands of a professional, most salons offer similarly nourishing hair treatments for hair in need of some TLC, so ask your local hairdressers to see what they have to offer.
10. Finally, try not to overdo it with the styling products. Experimenting with different styles is great fun, but overloading your hair with product can dry it out and the chemicals in some sprays can be damaging – so be sure to give your hair a break every now and then.