Can't manage it! Can't tame it! Can't style as you want!
Whether you realise or not that you have what others desire isn't the issue. You must get control over this hair!
So maybe your hair has grown a lot, over the past few months, and seems to be equaling in thickness the inches it's growing in length...
Maybe you're newly natural, and the growth thickness and strength of your new hair sans relaxer is more than difficult to manage...
Or you were just born with it! Nothing has changed; this hair of yours has always been too thick, too long or just too much to control. Well, DHA's DIY has some tips for you.
Here are 5 ways, tried and tested, to help get a grip on that head of hair of yours.
Number 1: However long a hairstyle should take on a normal head of hair, you need to multiply by the number of normal heads of hair your hair holds, size wise, to get an accurate estimate of how long your thick hair should take to style. Sometimes unrealistic expectations lead to undue frustration; you have big hair, you need big amounts of time to do it. Let's be realistic about the time it needs.
Number 2: See your hair as sections. No need for a definite order, just whatever sections work best for you. So, feel free to decide the size and direction of each section, whether it be three, four or five, it's your choice. Organising your hair this way when you're washing, twisting, setting or moisturising your ends helps you track your progress, and keep a calm, clear eye on the finishing line.
Number 3: when your hair feels dry, with tangles in their multitudes and it would take all of your fave leave-in conditioner to bring your hair back to a semi-state of moisturised normality; save your leave-in, and head straight for the shower head. Rinsing, applying conditioner, and rinsing again, will not only do the major detangling work for you, but also moisturise your hair, so you need less leave in.
Number 4: Have a good hair detangling regimen. Use sections, and use water, and, if your hair reacts positively to natural oils like olive oil, vitamin E or castor, then apply to freshly conditioned damp hair to aid detangling. Castor oil is also good as a coating to hold in the moisture, whilst your hair dries. Don't let air get to it while it's still damp; put it away to dry securely in plaits, twists, rollers, bantu-knots. That way it will be easier to manage and style, however you desire.
Number 5: You don't need a touch-up, relaxer, perm, or semi-permanent straightening treatment to get your cumbersome hair in control. Being patient and finding products that work well for you (particularly conditioners), are important. But what's crucial is developing the practice of applying sealing products to your hair once freshly washed and conditioned. You must put in place a good after-washing hair care system. Yep, system. And remember: washing your hair is a great way of going back to the drawing board when dealing hard to manage hair. Even just rinsing with conditioner can get your tresses back on track without the damaging wear and tear from stressful styling.
This saves a world of hurt and hair frustration, easing the workload of carrying around larger-than-life hair, and helping you to appreciate having what others wish for: Thick, Bountiful Hair.
Bonus tip: Style your hair in ways that require little daily intervention which can be done on your dedicated hair day, whether damp or dry.
If you just don't have the time for the upkeep, and braids, or protective styling updos don't interest you, you can always cut your hair to a length that you can maintain, a length that suits you. Even if it means rocking the beauty of short hair...
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