Styling Ideas for Thick Hair

February 23, 2012
Thick hair can be both a blessing and a curse.  It's a lot better to have too much hair than not enough, but sometimes thick hair can be overbearing and time consuming when you have to style it day after day.  If you have thick hair, here are a few tips to help make your life easier:

1.  If you can get away with it, only wash your hair every 2-3 days.  Invest in a dry shampoo for the in between washing days.  When you do wash your hair, avoiding putting conditioner on the roots.   Too much conditioner on your scalp will make your roots look oily quicker. 
2.  After you wash your hair, wait a half hour or so before you start blow drying to cut down on drying time.  If you have naturally curly hair, invest in a boar bristle brush.  Boar bristle brushes have a lot of tension.  Using one while you blow dry will take out a lot of the wave, leaving you with less work when it's time to flat iron.
3.  Next time you have your hair cut, ask to have it thinned or texturized.  Taking out some extra hair will help your hair style lay better and will make styling your hair less work.  
4.  Invest in these bobby pins.  They are larger then normal bobby pins, and have a tight hold.  These will make throwing your hair up so much easier. 
5.  If you want more body, apply a volumizing mousse or root pump, blow dry your hair upside down, and then put your hair in a ponytail on top of your head while you do your makeup.  Letting your hair cool off while it's in the high ponytail will set the body in place.  
 6.  Here are some different ideas for ways to style and pin up thick hair:

-One advantage of having thick hair is that braids will always look good on thick hair.  Some people would die for a nice, thick braid!  If you take the time to learn how to braid on yourself it will open up a world of cute hairstyles.

-Top knots always look great on thick hair.  Since your hair is so thick, you don't have to worry about making your bun big enough or messy enough, it will do that by itself!
-A ponytail can be really heavy on someone with thick hair, so rather then trying to make a high ponytail have enough volume, try a low ponytail or low side ponytail instead.

-Here are a few more ideas for thick hair updos-
 Image on left:  Love Maegan
Image sources:  Hair Romance, Love Maegan


  1. love this post!
    I think what my hair stylist told me is that i have fine hair but sooo much of it! which sounds silly, right? lol
    But it does take my hair forever to dry, and I don't like using the hair dryer. But thanks for these tips! I need a root volumizer for sure.
    love your new look too ;-)

    1. Anonymous11/12/2012

      My hair dresser said the same thing! :)

    2. What the check me too!!

  2. Thank you Steph! I definitely need to practice braiding my own hair, but I'm a little handicapped in that area haha. Also, you know I have super curly hair which I've used the book Curly Girl: The Handbook by Massey to learn how to style it (which you should buy if you haven't heard of it!!!). I haven't straightened my hair for nearly a year (I've kind of embraced the curly hair), but these styles are a great start for me and would work well with curly or straight...thanks again!

    1. That's awesome you've embraced the curl! I think more people with curly hair should do that, it is so pretty! And so much easier and better for your hair!

    2. PS I looooooved your hair in your engagement pictures!

  3. I LOVE all these styles. I need you to do my hair one day!!

  4. Hi Stephanie, I have very wavy hair and I like style hair a lot, myself and others, but on me my baby hair always gets in the way (even if I am far to old to be even considered a child). I have tried countless hair products, but none of them work for me.

    I love you hair tutorials and tips!!!

  5. Gorgeous updo hairstyles. So easy to do but really beautiful. Enigma Hair Studio | Best Hair Salon in NJ

  6. Love this post and all the styles!!! I have red, super thick, curly hair, but it has a fine, not coarse, texture. Point 2 makes me sad though!!! Curly girls should embrace their curls instead of investing in brushes in order to better flat iron their hair, as if that is the only option. Flat ironing and all heat treatment including blow drying is SO bad for your hair!!! But, like michellezan said, most of these hairstyles look great with straight AND curly hair!! So kudos!

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