Here's what you should do differently.
Managing thick hair is no easy feat, but it's a lot harder when you're going about it the wrong way. But what if you don't know that you're committing any blunders in the first place? That's where we come in. Read on for four common thick hair mistakes that are getting in the way of a perfect hair day out of the salon.
Mistake #1: Washing Every Single Day
Do you wash + shampoo your thick hair every single day? If the answer is yes, then chances are you are stripping your hair of vital oils it needs to be healthy, and thus causing unwanted dryness, damage, and breakage. Stick to a hair-washing schedule of once or twice per week. When it comes to picking a shampoo and conditioner for your thick hair, steer clear of products that help amplify volume.
Mistake #2: Getting the Wrong Haircut
A good haircut is the foundation on which a good style is built. Thick hair types should speak to their hairdresser about achieving a cut that has the right amount of layers for movement, frames the face well, and-of course-is manageable for his/her lifestyle. Can't spend lots of time in the morning on your hair? Be sure to vocalize that to your hairdresser who can suggest a low-maintenance cut that complements your hair type and facial features.
Mistake #3: Not Protecting Your Tresses
Thick hair may be able to handle more heat than finer hair, but it's not invincible. You still have to go the extra mile to protect it from heat damage. Apply a heat protectant product to your thick hair before using a hot tool (the new Mythic Oil Huile Originale smooths, hydrates and protects against heat!), turn down the temperature of the tool(s) to the lowest setting, and never blow dry your hair when it's sopping wet. Instead, use a microfiber towel to remove excess moisture or allow your hair to air dry first. This should cut down the amount of time spent applying direct heat to the hair.
Mistake #4: Neglecting Regular Trims
We've said it once and we'll say it again, neglecting to cut your ends can have negative results. For thick hair, especially, regular trims can help remove some of the hair's "bulkiness" and weight. Be sure to head to your local salon for a trim every six to eight weeks.