Javayria is a hair styling enthusiast who loves to experiment with ways to do hair for everyday wear and formal occasions.
Managing Thick and Dark Hair
With all the fashion going around nowadays, all of us want lovely, luscious manes that are healthy and look beautiful. But with thick and dark hair that never manages to stay tame, always poofs up when brushed, or just tangles way too easily, getting a shiny head full of healthy hair sounds like it involves a very expensive trip to the salon. Instead of damaging your hair further with chemicals, there are plenty of fail-proof ways to get gorgeous hair naturally. These handy tips are a must and will save you money as well.
1. Keep It Moisturized
If you have thick yet dry hair, you know the struggles that you face due to frizz and the poof. To cut down that frizz, you need to keep your scalp moisturized to lock in all those oils that are essential to its health. A hair mask made from Coconut oil and honey applied every week is perfect to soothe the scalp and get shiny hair. Mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 1 tbsp of honey. Apply on wet hair, and leave on overnight. Rinse with lukewarm water.
I would highly recommend using 100% virgin coconut oil. I have bought it and used it for cooking, body moisturizing, and hair conditioner. It is very good quality and comes in a club value pack. Coconut oil is not cheap, and this product comes at a very good value that lasts a long time.
2. Oil It
Coconut oil is not the only way to go. Many woman with silky and thick hair oil their hair with olive oil and argan oil as well. Apply about a handful to the roots when wet and use as a conditioner. Otherwise, you can apply on dry hair in the scalp, and rub it along the ends. After leaving it on overnight, rinse your hair with warm water and use a conditioner to soften it. Oil should be applied every week to get optimum and silky results.
3. Braid Your Hair When Sleeping
Want to know why your morning hair ends up looking as if you got hit by a tornado? When you sleep with your hair open, it rubs against the pillow making the ends get tangled and creating a lot of static. Trying to calm down that hair in the morning is really tough, and let's be honest, who has the time? Instead, try braiding your hair in a French or a normal braid during the night to keep down frizz. Plus, you will also get bonus waves when you open it in the morning!
4. Find the Right Hairstyles
No matter how much you want to, don't wear your hair down normally. It will add frizz, make your neck hot, and just not look like that pretty look you were going for. Accept the fact that you have thick hair, and try finding some hairstyles to suit it. Thick hair looks very sleek in braids (such as French and Dutch braids), buns, and half-ups.
4. Get Layers
Do not, and I repeat, do not cut your hair to your shoulders. It may be tempting, as you think it will be easier to handle and wash, but trust me when I say that if you have thick, poofy hair, it will turn out majorly "blockish". Short hair allows the hair to spread out, looking more like a crazed up mess than a cute bob.
Instead, grow your hair longer so that the strands stretch to appear silkier and straighter. Go to the stylist, and cut your hair in layers. That way, you can keep the length and the look of thick hair, and it will be much easier to take care of.
5. Get the Right Brush
Ever heard of brushing your hair 100 times per day? You have probably noticed that when you brush your hair, it gets tangled, it poofs up, and a lot of hair just breaks off. Believe me, buying your brush from Dollarama or Walmart is not the right way to go. Those metal bristles damage your hair and make it get tangled. Instead, get a paddle brush that is made of bamboo or a boar bristle brush, as the bristles are widely spaced out.
I use the large paddle bamboo brush from the Body Shop. I honestly wish I had found out about this brush earlier. My head would hurt because of the hard bristles of many brushes, and this one glides through my hair with ease. It is perfect for any medium to long hair that is thick. The handle is sturdy, and the quality of the brush is excellent. Removing hair with a comb and washing it after each use will make it last a long time, as these are very stable brushes.
6. Brush It the Right Way
Now that you have a good quality brush that doesn't do damage to your hair, remember these tips when brushing.
- Do not brush hair when it is wet. It will damage it further as the hair is softer when it is wet.
- If oil is applied before taking a shower, it will be easier to brush your hair. Take a wide-toothed comb and start detangling the ends first. Then split the hair into sections and brush from the bottom to the top. Do a few long strokes to straighten the hair out and voila!
Remember, It's Your Hair!
These tips are a great way to manage thick hair and make it silky and soft. However, keep in mind that it is your hair, and you should do what you know is best for it. So next time you are attacking your head with a brush, stop and try some of these tips out. Keep reading, and stay tuned for more hair care and style tips!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: How can I stop my hair from breaking?
Answer: Hair usually breaks because it is too thin, dry, and damaged. To stop your hair from breaking, oil it with olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil every week around two days before taking a bath. it will really strengthen it over time. Also, consider changing your hairbrush to one like a bamboo brush. The plastic ones really damage hair because they are too rough. Also, don't brush your hair right after showering. I hope that helps.
Question: Is it okay if my hair is just past my shoulders if I have thick, frizzy, poofy hair?
Answer: Yes, it is absolutely fine if your hair is just past your shoulder! In fact, these tips will help your hair grow longer and healthier if you continuously do them every week. Good luck, and thank you for reading!
© 2018 Javayria M
Comfort on July 14, 2019:
I need full and thick hair what will l do
Javayria M (author) on October 30, 2018:
I am so glad that these tips helped you! And honestly, that brush is a lifesaver,(or should I say hairsaver?)
Emily on October 29, 2018:
Love your article . Thanks for giving us good tips to use for are hair . I have dark , puffy , frizzy hair and these tips help me in so many ways unimaginable . Thanks for the tip about the hair brush . It came in this week and I love it !
Aleena on October 10, 2018:
Great article for thick hair. I have really thick and dark hair, and my hair has become so soft from using these tips! Can't wait to read more!