Taming the Tresses: Problem-Solving Challenges with Thick Hair

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Taming the Tresses: Problem-Solving Challenges with Thick Hair


As a seasoned hairdresser, I’ve had the privilege of working with diverse hair types, but one that stands out as both a blessing and a curse is thick hair. While thick hair possesses enviable volume and lusciousness, it comes with its own set of difficulties. 

In this article, I aim to shed light on the common challenges that come with thick hair and offer practical problem-solving tips to all clients who may be struggling with theirs.

  1. Time-consuming Styling:

Thick hair tends to require more time and effort when it comes to styling. Blow-drying, straightening, or curling thick locks can be time-consuming.  To address this issue, Using high-quality hair tools that work well with thick hair can also expedite the styling process. Making it simpler to carry out effective 5 minute styling options daily. 

  1. Weight and Volume:

While many people envy the voluminous nature of thick hair, those who have it may struggle with its heaviness. The sheer volume of hair can sometimes lead to headaches, especially when worn up in a ponytail or a bun for extended periods. To tackle this, opting for layered haircuts can reduce the weight while retaining the volume. Layering also allows for more versatile styling options. Additionally, educating clients on appropriate hair care products, including the correct shampoos and conditioners, can help maintain the health and manageability of thick tresses.

  1. Prone to Frizz:

Frizz is a common nemesis of thick hair, particularly in humid conditions. To keep frizz at bay, recommending anti-frizz hair products and serums can be beneficial. Sulfate-free shampoos and silicone-based products can help maintain moisture and smoothen the hair cuticles, reducing frizz. Encouraging the use of wide-tooth combs instead of brushes can also minimize friction and frizz during styling.

  1. Difficult to Hold Curls:

Thick hair can sometimes pose a challenge when attempting to hold curls for an extended period. The weight of the hair tends to drag down the curls, leading to a loss of bounce. Prepping the hair with a heat protectant and using a high-quality curling iron or wand can aid in creating longer-lasting curls. Additionally, suggesting the use of a strong-hold hairspray can help maintain the curls throughout the day.

When curls are naturally, professional guidance can offer easy solutions for you to enjoy those oft cursed, curls.


Working with thick hair presents hairdressers with a unique set of challenges that can be tackled with creativity and the right techniques. By efficiently managing time, incorporating suitable hair products, and offering tailored hairstyles, we can transform the struggle of thick hair into a delightful and empowering salon experience for both clients and stylists alike. 

Embracing the beauty of thick tresses while addressing the associated difficulties is the key to ensuring happy clients and more importantly educating you to care successfully for and manage your thick hair at home, taking the stress out of your daily hair routine.



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