I’ve found from personal experience that growing it out really long helps because the weight pulls some of the curl out. But a friend of mine keeps it super short. As far as styling- try a half ponytail/braid. Spray the top of your hair or use some other product that’s specially for thick/curly hair and that’ll keep it tame, and out of your face, then the other half that’s not in the ponytail/ braid can do what it does, but is controlled. If you’ve got the time, you can flat iron it(use heat protectant spray and high heat). You can also use mousse and shape it and let it be “free” but not crazy. If you have any wide band headband you can slick it back and use the headband to keep the top tamed and let the back be free. Check out pintrest- there are alot of ideas on there (I’ve heard).
I think you should talk to a hairdresser you trust. Magazines tend to try to lump everyone’s hair into a clean cut set of rules, but it doesn’t really work like that. I know a couple people with SUPER curly hair that have awesome pixie cuts. So just find a hairdresser you like and ask them what they think.
I have a few: if you don’t mind short hair, you can keep it really short. Invest in a good anti frizz or anti humidity product. Garnier has a good spray gel (get the wonder waves- anything stronger is really gloppy and hard to use) mousse is good, I also like Tresemme hair spray (I use the strongest strength). They help you shape your waves so they look somewhat normal. Or you can grow your hair out really long. When it gets really long the weight of it makes it more manageable. (I know that sounds backwards- but it works!) You could also try using large rollers. When I use large rollers or a large barreled curling iron, it sort of straightens my hair without making it weird like when I use my straightener.
Hope that helps :)
In my experience, no, but I have weird hair sometimes. I recommend alot of conditioner and find a good anti humidity or anti frizz spray to control the frizz.
other followers have any suggestions?
I had no idea just how thick my hair is until I cut it… and then all of the struggling just to keep it normal looking made so much sense!
Find a good anti frizz hairspray or finishing spray. I use Tresemme level 5 hairspray and it tames the frizz. :)
Sorry this has been sitting here for awhile, I’ve been trying to find an answer- okey, so. I know what you mean about the frizz and the weird curls. Is your hair really oily? Because if you have super oily hair and you don’t shampoo that can actually cause your hair to do weird things. (Found that out the hard way.) What kind of conditioner do you use? I bounced around a few brands until I found one that was light, but kept my hair unfrizzy. Layers may or may not help depending on how curly your hair is. A friend of mine has SUPER curly hair and layers make the frizz worse. What kind of hair product do you use daily? Like hairspray, mousse etc? I’ve found with mine that the Treseme hairspray is AMAZING! It’s light, it’s not crusty, and there is NO frizz. I use the strongest one they have and it is seriously AWESOME!
I condition the heck out of the ends of my hair. I condition my hair normally, then I use a little more and just rub it on the last like 5 inches or so because that’s what gets the driest. Also keep it trimmed regularly (which it sounds like you do) sometimes I’ll use hairspray or something on the ends. But mostly conditioner is what I do.
It all depends- I have super thick hair and my sister has finer hair.
What works for me are finger-combing (except when I’m about to wash my hair), and then combing oil through it. When I started doing those, my waves got a LOT more defined than when I was combing every day.
If you don’t want to stop using a comb, you could just switch to a wide-toothed comb so your waves don’t lose their shape.
Another thing that helps a lot for keeping my waves is to braid my hair when damp (I do two braids because my hair’s so thick), and then to sleep on my braids overnight. It gets my hair from almost-but-not-quite wavy to really awesome bohemian waves.
What kind of style are you going for? Like an everyday style? Updo?