How to deal with long thick hair

Me and my hair, It a never ending story. Here is how to deal with long thick hair and how to stop it being a lifeless mess.

I seem to have some sort of magic hair that doesn’t ever stop growing. I mean that in all seriousness. One minute is just below my jaw-line – the next its past my jawline and flowing down on my back. Do you remember those dolls that you twist the arm and it hair would grow? Yup I’m like those dolls but without twisting of the arm, obviously.

Everyone say to me it a blessing I have such long lovely hair – but honestly it a pain in the neck! It really is. No matter what I do – my hair won’t stop growing and it often would grow twice as much as before.

 how to deal with long thick hair

My hair when you feel the individual strand it very fine and brittle, but get a big handful and you can feel how thick my hair is. For some reason it astonishes people how thick my hair feels. Once they get over their astonishment they always ask me on how I managed my long thick hair and what do I do to achieve this lock of hair?

I can contribute to some of my hair thickness to a course of steroid I was taking a few years ago. Back when I was trying for a baby I was prescribed a course of steroid and the side effect its will add a few more hair on me.  With this course of steroid, I instantly notice the side effect, put on weight, and became very hair! My magic hair still grew as it normal speed but it grows very thick and more and more strands appeared overnight on my head.  The steroid seems to accelerated my hair growth and thickness and it didn’t stop even after I finish taking them.

So I’m curse – yes it is a curse which long thick hair. I’m the real life Rapunzel but without being trapped in a tower. It a nightmare to maintain and to do anything with. It really is. If I try to plait my hair it seriously starts to get very knotted and if I try to curl it, the curls never seem to last. After brushing my hair, it an awful mess as it looks like I been brushed through a tangled bush or something. It a lifeless lump on top of my head that doesn’t like to do anything other than just sit there in a big knot.

So I’m doomed I tell you – I’m doomed forever! Well not quite. Despite my hair being a real life medusa snakes and see to have a mind of its own, I have learned a few tip and trick on how to deal with long thick hair. I have after all read every hair articles on this subject, hoping there is a solution to my hair curse, I also been asking a few hairdressers on their trick of the trade.

 how to deal with long thick hair

If you seem to be having a few problems with long thick flowing hair, these tips might help you.

Shampoo & conditioner and brush. I might as well start with the basic right? I swear both using shampoo and conditioner help managed my hair on a daily basis. I wash my hair every other day and I seem to find that using shampoo & conditioner eliminate the amount of knots my hair gets after a hair wash. Ok this isn’t exactly ground-breaking but I find using two lots of shampoo and then one lots of conditioner really help calm my hair down.  Ok that not all you can do – when you are putting on your shampoo, try to give your hair a good brush. Honestly I don’t always do this but I find wet hair doesn’t pull the head so much and also eliminate the tanged.

Flip your hair when drying. Now you might do this already but I find when I’m drying hair with a hairdryer I always flip my hair upside down. This I’ve found stop my hair getting really knotted and looking like a hot mess. If it easier, you can always section part of the hair off while drying.

If you can dry naturally. This is only recommended in the middle of summer or in a warm climate. Don’t want to do it in the middle of winter and get all cold. I brush my hair while wet then cover it up with a warm towel and then leave it for an hour. I find if you dry your hair naturally help your hair becoming a complete mess. Or if you do use a towel then put your hair up in a ponytail.

Use a scrunchie.  Not the most fashionable hair accessories but it does stop your hair from being pulled to tightly. Broken strands doesn’t help your hair health so using a scunchie help it.  Avoid using thin small hairband.

Use the right brush. The problem with long thick hair is the fizz – those for I don’t get so much of this (it a lifeless lump, remember) a lot of people do suffer from it. Static from regular brushes is just an electric charge which seem to make you look more like Diana Ross than Kate Middleton. According to Cosmopolitan, a boar bristle brush will distribute the hair’s natural oils, which adds shine and helps manage fizziness. I also advise to try a tangled teaser brush.

Try layering. One thing you can always do to make the hair more manageable is by asking the hairdresser to add some layers. I’ve done this in the past and it has work well for me. I find adding a few layers give your hair more texture (rather than be a lifeless lump), they help thin it out a little and stop hair looking one dimensional.

how to deal with long thick hair

Those were my tips; do you have any to add? Just from looking at those photos my hair is long over-due for a haircut and colour. It a complete mess and you can see my root colour, I said this before but I hate natural hair colour. Oh well I will do that in the new year.

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6 Comments
  • Chloe
    December 2, 2016

    Gosh you have beautiful hair! So long and full of life! Mine only has become long and thick since having a baby? Hormones apparently.

  • Chloe
    December 2, 2016

    LOVE your thick hair! When my hair was shorter I thought it was super thick, but as it grows longer it is becoming a little thinner. Could not agree more with letting your hair air dry- makes all the difference in the world!
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  • Susan
    December 2, 2016

    I find that putting a small blob of conditioner in and working it through and NOT rinsing it out helps my long, thick hair stay manageable. A tiny tiny dab of coconut oil is nice, too, as a styling aid.

  • Janine
    December 3, 2016

    Nice post dear! Can you post some hairstyles I can do for everyday look? Thanks!

  • uprunforlife
    December 3, 2016

    I have super thick hair too. I remember growing up that it was always thin and lifeless. One afternoon, I decided to let someone at my dads barber shop cut my hair really short. They cut it a bit shorter than I wanted too. But after that it came in super thick. Right now my hair is just above my waist. This is the longest that I have had it. Overall, it is fairly healthy but could use a trim. I don’t dry my hair very often. I usually air dry it. I also condition it well.

  • Mel
    December 4, 2016

    I love your hair such a lovely colour too, I would be more than happy if it were my hair! mine is frizzy and I hate it so I have to wash it then put a treatment on it every tie I wash it for a whole hour then blow dry using lots of hair products to smooth it down then finally i straighten it, it early stays straight I usually end up in the mornings with some sort of bouffant going on, can we swap hair please lol

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