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Master your thick hair with these tips

Salon Secret
16 November 2018
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You’re the envy of every girl around you – your thick, luscious (and all-natural, by the way) hair is always pumped up with plenty of body and bounce. Thinning is never a problem, and a goddess-sized afro is a matter of a few seconds of styling. What’s not to love, right?

But they don’t realise that there’s a dark side to having thick hair. Tangles, dryness and general lack of manageability can quickly make this blessing feel more like a curse – unless you’ve got the inside scoop on how to keep it in check. A good routine goes a long way, and this 4-step care regimen is the perfect foundation for every aspect of your haircare. Take notes!


Frizz is the most commonly-heard complaint when it comes to thick, coarse locks, and dryness is usually to blame. For black girls with particularly thick hair, natural oils from the scalp often have a hard time reaching the end of each strand due to a tight curl pattern. That’s where a good moisturising shampoo comes in. Control frizz and dryness by washing only once a week if you can, and use a deep moisturising shampoo like Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo, which is jam-packed full of natural oils such as coconut, olive and marula. These condition and deep-hydrate hair for easier styling.

A good routine goes a long way, and this 4-step care regimen is the perfect foundation for every aspect of your hair care.

Richard Nienaber National Education Manager Redken and Pureology South Africa


The best way to avoid tangles is to gently tease them out BEFORE they get stuck in place – and that means while your hair’s still wet. After washing, make sure you use a nourishing conditioner, like L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Conditioner, for thick hair. Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle while you wait for it to absorb, then rinse thoroughly – we guarantee combing and brushing will be a million times easier after taking this crucial step.


We hate to say it, but if tangles are your #1 gripe, it’s probably your own fault. The way you dry your hair has plenty to do with how easy it will be to manage once the water’s all gone, so while it might be tempting to rub vigorously with a towel (especially if you’ve got LOADS of hair that takes forever to air dry), a gentler touch is in order. Pat, dab, and squeeze your hair with the towel – NEVER rub – then leave it to dry naturally as usual.


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The finishing touches

Your hair is now clean, soft and almost-dry – time to tame those last few errant strands with a great serum for maximum frizz control. Try something like Redken Frizz Dismiss FPF 30 Instant Deflate, a powerful leave-in smoothing serum specifically designed for coarse hair. Apply evenly to towel-dried hair, before blow-drying, and style as desired.

Thick hair is known for both its big impact and the, erm, big amount of time and effort it takes to manage – but no more! All it takes is a great care regimen and a few products designed with your specific hair challenges in mind. And if you’ve got more questions about the right treatments to turn thick, coarse hair from frizz to fab, be sure to ask your favourite professional stylist – they’ve seen every hair type and tried out every product, and will be able to point you in the right direction.

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