5 Tips For Thick, Wavy Hair

Fashion and beauty were always second nature to me. Researching a new style or makeup trend was a source of relaxation. I could practice winged liner or be brave and try a wild maxi skirt. Styling my hair? Now that was a challenge. I have naturally thick, wavy, slightly coarse hair. For years I straightened my hair every day (all through high school) and damaged my hair to the point that it was getting thin and the ends were completely broken. In college, I started a journey to repair my hair and am happy to say my hair is now healthier than it’s ever been! Even though my hair is now in good condition, I still struggle with styling it. However, after years of trial and error, I have a few tips for managing thick coarse hair.

  1. Serum– A good serum can reduce frizz and add shine to dry hair. I use a dollop of serum when my hair is still wet (after applying a leave-in conditioner) and usually use a little on the ends of my dry hair every day until I wash it again.
  2. Air-dry in a bun or braid– I notice that when I let my hair air dry in a bun or in a braid, my hair has minimal frizz. It also helps smooth out the front pieces of my hair that tend to be frizzy or have a messy curl pattern.
  3. Curl with a straightener– If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, you know what a struggle it is to have to blow dry your hair straight before using a curling iron/wand  to achieve smooth waves. I find that if I let my hair air-dry then use a straightener to smooth out my roots AND curl my hair it is much easier than having to first blow out my hair and then go in again with a curling iron. With this method, you can still achieve smoothed out curls while only using one heat tool.
  4. Deep condition-often– Thick wavy/curly hair tends to get dry and lack moisture. I find that using a deep conditioning hair mask at least once a week keeps my hair hydrated, shiny, and easier to manage.
  5. Heat style the front pieces only– If I’m in a rush and can’t be bothered to heat style my entire head, I tend to smooth out the front pieces of my hair with a blow dryer or use a curling wand or straightener to refresh my natural waves. With the front pieces styled, it’s easy to pull the hair into a low bun or side braid that looks polished.

3 thoughts on “5 Tips For Thick, Wavy Hair

  1. I have long, thick waves, too, and a lot of these tips have worked wonders on my hair in the past – I swear by my vitamin e serum and frequent hair masks! Instead of heat styling, though, my frizz is much more toned down if I blow dry while keeping it a bit damp and then put it rollers in. I saw the best product on Shark Tank for these rollers and they make my life a whole lot easier (I don’t even have to brush in the mornings). They hold the curl for the entire day, even with my heavy hair.

    I really enjoyed this post and will definitely use some of these tips in the future! Thanks for sharing.

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