Firstly, thick hair needs to be looked after properly, it's in a class of its own. A large percentage of guys still don’t invest in a good shampoo or conditioner, but it’s essential to use high-quality products in order to keep your specific hair type in its very best condition.
Stealing your girlfriend’s/boyfriend's shampoo might seem like a good idea, but if you don’t have fine/colored hair and that’s the shampoo she/he uses, it just isn’t going to be helpful to your hair.
With thick hair, it’s important to use conditioner and shampoo, even if it’s not used every time. This will help moisturize the hair and scalp and smooth the hair cuticles, giving your hair a healthy appearance and making it all the more manageable.
1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR...
These are the things you need to know when dealing with your thick, wavy or unruly hair.
2. GET THE RIGHT CUT FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE...
Choosing the right haircut is extremely important. Be realistic with your choice of hairstyle and think about the amount of time you have to spend styling it every day. The biggest issue guys with thick, wavy hair have is that they expect it to simply fall into place without any work. ..
When getting your hair cut ask your stylist for tips and advice on how to recreate your style at home. They may suggest using a hairdryer and/or straighteners and they should also go through what products to use. I know some clients just think they are getting a sales pitch off their stylist but you should actually listen to what we have to say – I am certain you will see the results and benefits of using salon quality products on your hair. Going to a supermarket and picking products randomly isn’t going to help you get that salon look at home.
I know that time is a major factor to consider with thick or wavy hair, so trying a shorter style will seriously reduce the amount of time you need to spend getting ready in the morning – if this is what you are looking for, or you just feel like a change, the current trend in wavy hair is to keep the back and sides aggressively short, leaving length through the top (see examples above).
I would always suggest paying a bit more for a decent haircut, especially when dealing with thick or unruly hair. This is because you’re not looking for a basic style here – you need someone who really understands how to remove bulk and weight from the hair. You also need a stylist who will give you the confidence and information you need in order to style the cut at home.
Texture is very important with this type of hair, so a barber who uses clippers for the whole haircut is not going to provide you with what your hair needs to look good.
Another way of creating texture within a haircut is through coloring. Now, many guys won’t even entertain the thought of having their hair colored but I’m sure that is because when I mention color to my male clients they instantly think of having bleach in their hair. Having color in your hair is about adding different tones to avoid the hair looking like one solid block color. This is especially true for dark brown or black hair, which is very difficult to create any form of texture or any definition.
There are several ways of applying color: it can be painted free-hand or placed in foils. I wouldn’t advise going for the old-fashioned highlighting cap, because this can make the coloring appear slightly chunky and, depending on the length, can sometimes look quite spotty around the hairline as well.
3. YOUR TEXTURE AND HAIR COLOR ...
The products you use on thick hair can make or break the style.
Your styling product is your most important consideration.
As your hair is thick, you will need to be prepared to use a decent amount of product. Start by applying a small amount and work it through damp hair, making sure you get right down to the root area – if you still feel you need more, you can re-apply.
Building up your styling product gradually is the best advice I can give you because there’s nothing worse than spending time blowdrying your hair and then overloading it with too much product!
These products are designed to help make your hair more manageable and should hopefully allow you recreate your hairstyle with consistency and ease each and every day.