Firstly, Iíd suggest a visit to your hairdresser, to discuss whether your current cut and style are working for you. It might be that with a few minor changes, your stylist can give you a cut that will help to make styling your naturally wavy hair and managing your thick locks much easier. A cut is also the best way to rid your hair of its dry damaged ends Ė which if left uncut could end up fragile and prone to further breakage. Youíre very lucky to have naturally wavy hair Ė as youíve found, you can quite easily style your hair both straight and curly Ė so embrace your natural kinks without relying on heated appliances using products that will encourage your natural texture and play up your natural waves. Sea salt sprays are a great way to do this; simply spritz in to damp hair and watch your hair fill with movement and natural waves of varying sizes. Using these sprays also gives the hair more texture and body, and will help to conceal some of the natural oils through your roots. ...More >
If you prefer to reduce the weight in your hair (which is common in women that have very thick hair) then smoothing the hair out is an alternative. For a long-lasting smoothing solution that wonít straighten your hair, but will instead make it more manageable, will restore moisture to your dry ends and will smooth away frizz, you could try a professional keratin treatment. This type of treatment Ė which we offer at Westrow, but is widely available at many salons Ė can make hair that is very thick and difficult to control much easier to style on a day-to-day basis, and it will prevent the need to rely on heated appliances so much.
As youíve rightly pointed out, the downside of using heated appliances, such as your hair straighteners, is that excessive use can cause lasting damage. There are, however, several ways to protect your hair from heat damage on the occasions when you do rely on your straighteners, so donít worry. If youíre going to straighten your hair, prep it first with a shampoo and conditioner that will inject a serious dose of moisture to your dry damaged ends. This will help to kick-start the smoothing process, meaning you donít need to rely on your straighteners quite so much. Choose products from a professional haircare range that offers nourishment to undernourished locks, like yours, that can easily become prone to frizzing and breaking. Look for a great thermal protectant to, to provide protection from appliances. When looking for a heat protective product, choosing between a cream, oil and spray comes down to personal preference Ė but donít shy away from oils thinking they will make your roots greasier. Formulas rich in oils can actually create an effective protective barrier for the hair, without making it feel greasy or heavy. Next, make sure youíre always using a high quality straightening or curling iron and select the right size iron for your hair, to help minimise damage. Finally, avoid falling into the trap of over-washing your hair, thinking it will prevent it from becoming greasy. Over-washing can actually strip away precious oils, which then causes the scalp to go into sebum overdrive to compensate. Instead of washing your hair more frequently, you can rely on a dry shampoo to absorb excess oils and leave your hair looking refreshed and oil-free between washes.