Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thick and Straight (ish) hair

My hair is thick! I mean thick!! That can cause a lot of challenges (huge hair anyone) and joy (I'm not going bald). So, I asked a top Seattle stylist for the skinny on thick hair care and this is what he said.

Your Good Fortune: You have a lot of hair - thick, lush, and full.

Your Challenge:  You have a lot of hair - heavy and a bit coarse. As the humidity rises, it probably tends to expand, usually into a triangular silhouette, widening at the bottom.

Your Ideal Cut:  Length helps keep a mass of hair from becoming overinflated - but you don't have to grow your hair down your back. A cut that falls at least to your collarbone has enough weight to give you the extra control you need. You also want long layers, starting about four inches above your ends; they're key to keeping your hair from stacking into that pyramid shape. And a good idea is to use thinning shears on the last two inches, to take some of the bulk out of this hair type.

Steer Clear Of:  Blunt lines. They'll make your hair look, and feel, even heavier. You don't want a cut that's perfectly even at the ends. And while long layers are a must, short ones will make it more difficult to contain your hair's fullness - the last thing you need is a shag!!

Your go-to product:  A light-hold spray gel

Your Salon Checklist:
  • Collarbone length or longer
  • Layers starting four inches above ends
  • Thinning the bottom 2 inches


  1. I have super fine hair, and I am constantly putting more layers in this puppy to make volume to have it appear thick.

  2. jealousy, jealousy....warning
    i always wanted thick locks :) but my best friend always wanted thinner...oh...dear

  3. This is great advice. I have long thin hair. It only looks thick in my pictures because it is wavey. I always think it is a great idea to listen to an experienced stylist: they generally know what they are talking about =)

  4. You are lucky, my wife battles with too thin hair, that is according to her, I see nothing wrong with it. I however love long, thick, almost wild, unruly hair.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Uhhhh...yes...great tips:) Thanks sweetie

  6. This is my hair too (the triangle thing) and long layers have helped in the past along with a big round curling iron. I recently tried an a-line and that has been great for my hair too.