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    Coarse and Thick Hair – is the most resistant to curling

    You, more than likely, have lots of admirers wishing they had as much hair as you—meanwhile you are probably trying to find more ways of getting rid of some of it. Am I right? It’s true . . . the grass is always greener elsewhere.

    “the haircut is most important for coarse and thick hair type”

    Coarse hair and thick hair type is normally dry and generally resistant to curling. Experiment with how long you can go between shampooing and still have your hair look good. Some people with Coarse and thick hair can go as long as a week between shampoos and see their hair become softer and shinier during the process.

    Try just a water shampoo, (massaging your scalp with water) in the shower in-between regular shampooing. This will add much need moisture to your hair without striping away all your natural oils.

    Conditioning is important. It’s your lifeline to softer, shinier, more manageable coarse and thick hair. Condition after your faux (water) shampoo daily and do a deep conditioning basically when you feel your hair getting too dry and dull. For your thick and coarse hair once every two weeks wouldn’t be too much.

    You can use any thick, concentrated conditioner for doing a deep conditioning treatment. If you want to read more on how-to do a deep conditioning treatment at home, check out my article Hair Type – Straight Hair with Body.

    As you might have learned from past bad experiences, that the art of the haircut is most important for coarse and thick hair type. Your hair type requires a talented hairdresser . . . period! It takes experience and know-how to be able to make your coarse and thick hair submissive and keep it under control. The correct thinning techniques on you will work wonders but, the wrong ones will leave you with a mass of uncontrollable frizz.

    It’s well worth your time and effort to search and find an experienced hairdresser. It will save you countless hours of unnecessary pain and frustration in battling with your hair. Although chemical treatments can be done on your hair . . . less is definitely better than more. Lean towards more gentle hair color treatments. Perms can be absolutely explosive unless done with TLC and kept to a minimum. But again, done artistically these processes can be good, especially when tamed down with creative styling techniques


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    1. Hi friends, I have thick hair and it appears to be all the styles I find are for more slender hair which simply don’t work for me. I dont care my hair. I’ve short hair and am over due for a touch up however I’d truly like a change!I am planning to get thoughts on styles that are complimenting from different individuals who additionally have thick hair.

      Comment by alica molik — April 25, 2015 @ 1:57 am

    2. Hi Detra,

      Straightening your hair is always an excellent option if you’re looking for a change! Curly hair is bouncy and full of volume, so a straight, sleek hairstyle may be just what the doctor ordered. Hair Straightening: Here are your Options is a fantastic article that provides insider tips and suggestions that can help you find the best option for you.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — November 30, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    3. My hair is thick, coarse, curly, and frizzy. I get so many compliments on my curly thick hair, but my thing is I used to have straight hair but since having my kids, my hair is ringlets all over my head! I usually go back and forth between long and shoulder length haircuts, but the volume of the curls once dried is huge!! I don’t like the stiff feel of some of the products I’ve used to help tame the volume, any other suggestions?

      Comment by Detra — November 30, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    4. Hi Kim,

      I’m sorry to hear about your bad experience with hairdressers. Check out the article Hair Cuts for Every Hair Type. The article provides great information about the best haircuts for every hair type, even some fantastic ideas for thick hair. Take a look today!

      Hope you have a marvelous hair day!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — April 20, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    5. I have found that having my hair thinned/layered with scissors is better than having it razored. The razored ends tend to stick out. After having a HORRIBLE haircut last year I am afraid to try new stylists. This stylist’s idea of thinning was to take a pair of thinning shears and snip around my entire head 1″ from my scalp. I had a halo for months before the hair grew long enough to lie down!

      Comment by Kim — April 17, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    6. I have very thick hair. Bangs, otherwise all one lengthn to my shoulders. I literally takes me 45 minutes to dry it and then burn it wirh the flat iron. I waer it up everytrhing. Its wavy underneath. I want something easy beside going short. What about a Perm???????

      Comment by tracey — December 30, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    7. My hair is insanely thick. And I finally got it under control, but I had to take drastic measures. First I got something done called “razor striping” where they cut the hair at the scalp in rings around your head, so you can’t see them but it takes out quite a bit of bulk.
      Then I had pretty serious layers put in, and the combination of the two got my hair thin enough to be workable.

      Comment by Alicia — June 17, 2011 @ 1:18 am

    8. I have long thick course lightly wavy hair and I’m grey at temples and interspersed with my dark redish blond hair. I use conditioner and I have avoided protein volumising shampoos and conditioners and go for nurishing. I am also a vegan and would like animal free and preferably organic products. Could you recommend a salon in London that can help me chose a cut and treatments. Also would love photos of successful course hair cuts and style

      Comment by Rhea — March 16, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    9. Yea, like what u said. But Its not the back of my hair that I’m creating a big fuss out of it. But its the fringe. Its just so damn thick hair! Even after trimming, it will grow out very fast. I dont really get a good fringe cut. I dont know what kind of fringe should I cut! (I’ve got an oval face?)

      How can I actually solve this problem?

      I’m from singapore. Thank You.

      Comment by Hui Ying:] — June 14, 2010 @ 5:38 am

    10. My hair are long, thick hair and coarse, but not dry. The roots get greasy everyday. :( Iwould like to get a short hair. Especialy I like bob haircut, but I’m afraid that with my full-round face and volume hair it will not work well. What could you offer?

      Comment by Egle — November 17, 2009 @ 6:14 am

    11. My hair is long, coarse, and very thick hair. I have tried product after product, but my favorite? Redken Butter Treat. Everyone with thick coarse hair should own this product for shining and smooth tresses. Also, any kind of serum product provides smoothness and shine.

      Comment by Katherine — November 11, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

    12. Kathryn,
      For one thing . . . quit fighting your thick hair. Sounds like your trying to make it do something against it’s nature.
      Get a great layered haircut, which will thin it out and give it shape and have the stylist help you with ideas (updo’s, ponytails, headbands, buns) etc. that will work with your style!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — October 16, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

    13. Myhair is horrible thick hair, im a freshman and have no idea wat to do with my hair for mongram!!! For eighth grade gradation it took 2 hours jst to curl my hair itwas horrible and then all the hairspray came out. can anyone help with what hairspray i should use and or what are cute ways to do hair for school without it taking a long time, and ideas for mongram!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by kathryn — October 13, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

    14. Emily,
      Sounds like your thick hair could use layering AND thinning. Layering is another way of thinning hair. Like I said, find a good stylist who knows how to work with your thick straight hair.
      If you aren’t sure how to find a good stylist, type in a search for that on this site.
      I’m sure a good cut will help tremendously!!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — June 29, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

    15. Hello…

      Soo… i Have T H I C K straight hair… but after showers and swimming it always puffs up… ive tried alot of things …ive even tried straitening my already thick straight hair after a shower just so it wont puff up…sure it works… for about 15 minutes… thun * P U F F * i really dont know what to do..any suggestions??

      Comment by Emily — June 21, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

    16. Sarah,
      Have you tried any of the humidity control type products?
      Ouidad, is a product line specifically aimed at curly frizzy thick hair types. Try their “Climate Control Remedy” which is a heat and humidity gel. It claims to rule, unruly hair in hot and humid climates! Try them at!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — May 22, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

    17. My hair is about and inch past my shoulder. I have one layer and layers that surround my face. i have never really done anything with my hair because it is dry thick hair and frizzy. I usually just put a hat on and put it into a bun. Everything effects my hair the wet and humidity. Like yesterday i straightened my hair, luckily i had a hat with me because within ten minutes it was just a ball of frizz because it had been raining earlier in the day. Any suggestions?

      Comment by Sarah — May 17, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

    18. Autumn,
      You are on the right track, asking for a hairstylist recommendation. Look for an ‘experienced’ stylist, one who has been in the business a while.
      You need to get recommendations, obviously, from someone near you.
      My advice is to ask a number of women (whose hairstyle you admire) who they go to . . . of course if they have thick hair all the better. But if they have a GREAT hairstyle, ask for a consultation with their stylist. If they don’t feel comfortable cutting your hair, they may have a recommendation of someone they know is good with thick hair.

      Hope this helps . . .good luck!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — March 9, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

    19. I need to know WHAT HAIRSTYLES will work with this type of hair. The only thing that has worked for me is to keep it long without layers, and iron it on a regular basis. This is a pain. I want short low-maintenance hair so I can go swimming every day and not have to spend 30 minutes doing my hair afterwards. Is there any hope of a hairstyle that iwll not end up a mess of wavey frizzies?

      Comment by eva — March 2, 2009 @ 12:21 am

    20. By the way about my last comment, can u give me a recommendation for a hairstylist to do something with my hair?

      Comment by Autumn — February 28, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    21. I have extremely thick and coarse hair. i always mousse it down every day and then tightly pull it back in a bun because I don’t know what else to do with it. I’ve tried product but every time about thirty minutes later it’s dry, thick, and coarse

      Comment by Autumn — February 28, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

    22. Monique,

      Have you thought about having it relaxed?
      It’s probably hard on your hair to straighten it all the time.
      I would guess also that your flat iron may not be hot enough and have a tight enough clamp to iron the hair.
      Also you can try a smoothing serum.
      I have a number of atricles that explain all of these options. Just do a ‘search’ on this site to read more.

      Comment by Barb — September 18, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

    23. I have thick hair and i straighten it all the time but within an hour after i straighten it the ends and sticking up and it goes frizzy, what should i do? can someone help me?

      Comment by Monique — September 16, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

    24. I have really thick hair and It’s like you said. People often tell me how much they love it and want it. In my personal opinion its just annoyance and stops me getting a lot of hairstyles as the hair needs to be thinner.

      Right now I have shoulder length hair, front fringe and no layers. However, today I am getting layers cut in, losing an inch and straightening it.

      Comment by Katie — August 18, 2008 @ 5:09 am

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