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Anyone with hair thick will often tell you that complex hairstyles just don’t work with a super-thick hair. Plaits always fall out, elastic bands are never tight enough, and don’t even think about straightening or curling it (it takes hours!). Stick to no-fuss hairstyles which are easy to achieve and won’t leave your thick hair in knots by the end of the day. Below are just a few hairstyles to try on very thick hair.

1. Wavy locks

Long, thick hair looks gorgeous with a bit of body and bounce, especially on a night out. If you don’t want to use a curler or straightening iron to achieve this look, simply take freshly washed hair and spray some sea-salt lightly through the ends. Then leave to air-dry, or use a diffuser on cool and lightly dry the ends. This should create a sexy hairstyle which is quick and flattering on thick hair.

2. Low side ponytail

Sick of constantly styling your hair down? Try this simple look to create body at the crown, and show off your luscious and thick hair. Simply part off your hair and pull the ponytail to your preferred side. This look is supposed to feel very ‘undone’ so if your hair slips out at any point or starts to loosen, it will only add to the look. Leave out any layers or your fringe, then lightly curl the ends. This will give some extra body to the ends of your hair, then lightly mist your crown with hairspray to keep it bouncy and voluminous.

3. Modified French braid

If your hair is thick and doesn’t hold curls very well, this next hairstyle is just for you. Section your hair off near the crown, then do a French braid keeping as close to the head as you can. Proceed to pin this underneath your hair (you may require a lot of clips for this part). For the rest of your hair, brush it out with a Tangle Teezer ($29.95) to remove any knots or imperfections. Lightly spray a texturising mist at the ends, and scrunch up with your hands for extra volume.

Hot tips

  • Thick hair can often result in more knots, especially around the nape of the neck so be careful to brush it out each time you wash your hair.
  • A hair masque can often help to improve the feel and texture of thick hair, especially around the ends which can suffer due to increased exposure to heat. The Goldwell Dualsense Rich Repair 60 Second Treatment ($13.80) is perfect since it nourishes split ends and leaves hair feeling silky-smooth in just 60 seconds. Alternate with your regular conditioner and comb through hair to easily detangle any knots.
  • Constantly tying your hair into a ponytail or top-knot can be painful for people with thick hair. Not only do they put pressure on the strands, but also on the crown of the head. Try to keep your ponytail low, or just leave your hair down if you suffer from this.

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By Felicia Sapountzis