(Closed) How to make my thick/wavy hair more versatile

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well, I don’t have any advice for you, commenting so I can find  this thread later. I am in the sme boat, kinda wavy thick hair which ends up in a pony tail almost always. It looks best if I blow dry it straight and then sleep on it to flatten it out a bit LOL.

I do have a blowdryer that has a brush attachment and that works well, but still not sure what kind of product would be best. I hope you find something 🙂

Post # 4
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have similar hair. It might not be as coarse a yours, but it is VERY thick and “somewhat” wavy… which means that depending on the weather it is either fairly straight with cowlicks, fairly straight and frizzy, or wavy/frizzy/poofy, or on a good day… wavy, almost curly, and not frizzy.


If i want to air dry my hair (in the evenings), I find that using “hydrating” products rather than “Anti-frizz” works best. I use Aveeno’s leave-in spray, I believe it is called “Nourish”. Sometimes I use a curl activator as well (often John Frieda’s “curls up”).


My advice to you, for quick styling after a blow dry:


1. Put a thermal-protectant spray in your hair (I use Pantene Pro-V for curls spray)

2. Add a little curl mousse

3. Blow dry

4. Use a TAPERED curling WAND (no “flipper” on it)

5. Section hair into top and bottom layer.

6. Divide each layer into 4 sections.You will be curling just 8 sections of hair total.

7. Wrap each section around the curliing wand, starting about halfway down the length of your hair if it is long. Start higher for shorter hair. Hold for 15-20 seconds *you will prob have to use one of the highest heat settings for very coarse hair*

8. Finish with a light layer of (frizz-taming) hair spray.

9. Rake fingers through hair to make loose waves.

10. *optional* finish with a smoothing or frizz-taming creme/serum. I usually skip this step unless it is really humid out.


This is a lot faster than straightening your hair, will work with what natural waves you have, and is very pretty and professional.


It only takes me about 15 mintues to complete, but does require a signifcant variety of products to tame frizz/hold the curl.


You can view lots of “how-to” videos for the curling wand on youtube. I just got one, and I LOVE curling my hair now, where before I HATED it, and it took forever and never turned out right.

Post # 5
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you insist on using the blow dryer, you need a round metal brush that will heat up and smooth your hair. It will take some practice to be able to brush and hold the blowdryer (facing down the hair shaft so as not to damage the hair) at the same time. I have the large sized Paul Mitchell brush for this purpose but I have used it maybe twice. I used to have a friend who went to Paul Mitchell school and could do serious magic with that brush but I can’t get used to it.

I don’t even bother with that, since my hair is already frizzy enough as it is I try not to use too much heat on it. I find that if I condition it well, put a little serum or leave-in conditioner in while it is still damp (but towel dried) and let it air dry, then it will become wavy-frizzy. I will either sleep on it (best results) or if it’s daytime, go ahead and wrap pieces *around* a large barrel curling iron (1.5-2 inch.) I just pull random pieces that look frizzy and rap them alternating ways. This way you still have a lot of the natural wave/curl without the frizzy look, but if it gets humid/windy/whatever outside your hair won’t look like a cake that melted lol. In fact the ‘do gets better with a little wind-whipping etc.


Post # 6
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It sounds like we have the same type of hair and honestly, I have yet to find a miracle product that I can put in and just be done with it. I always end up flat ironing at least part of it, just to make it look decent enough to wear down.

My hairstylist recently suggested Be Curly by Aveda to use before blowdrying and diffusing my hair. I haven’t tried it yet, but he seemed to think that it would be a good product to use when I don’t want to spend a lot of time on my hair and just wear it wavy.

I also apply Smooth Infusion (also by Aveda) to my hair when it’s wet. It’s not the perfect solution but it does seem to help with the flyaways and general puffiness of my mane.


Post # 7
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

I have very thick, wavy hair.  I had troubles styling my hair all throughout high school, as blow drying and using a flat iron takes me 45 minutes or so.  On an every day basis, I will put in Garnier Triple Nutrition Nutrient Spray (for dry or damaged hair.. also helps me detangle).  Then, Garnier Sleek & Shine Serum to reduce frizz.  Then, I spray a scrunch spray all over my hair (currently use Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly), flip my hair upside down and scrunch.  Then I let it air dry.


I also only wash my hair every 2nd or 3rd day because othewise it dries out.


Post # 8
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@onceinalifetime122113:  I should add that I almost never use a hair brush. Just a wide tooth comb and my fingers. The only time I brush is when I plan to straighten my hair. My hair is not wavy enough to use a diffuser, I just use my fingers to rake through as I dry, or scrunch if that is the aim.


I also try to let my hair air dry 90% of the time. And I only wash it every other day at the MOST, often I wait 2-3 days in between shampoos.

Post # 9
2496 posts
Buzzing bee

@onceinalifetime122113:  I use a leave in conditioner (L’Oreal Liss Ultime – I think it’s a salon product but you might be able to find it in drugstores) and distribute it with a wide-toothed comb.

Have you tried velcro rollers? I have awkwardly wavy hair, and I have to put some sort of curl in it to make it work. You can put the curlers in and do your makeup while you wait for them to set. It does take some practice though.

Oh, and I always finish my hair with a flexible hold hair spray.

Post # 10
5399 posts
Bee Keeper

It sounds like we have similar hair and I’m here to tell you that I’m in love with my hair! I spent my teens loathing my hair because it was the early 00s and the only thing cool was stick straight hair. My hair may be curlier than yours, but I’m not sure without seeing a picture. I will tell you what changed my hair life.

I got a trial kit of devacurl products along with the book curly girl and it changed how I take care and style my hair. I don’t use the devacurl products anymore so I’m not saying you need to use them, but the big difference is that you should switch to a sulfate free shampoo and stop using styling products with silicone. You also can’t use a towel to dry your hair either because it causes frizz. Another important step is using a leave in conditioner after you get out of the shower. Basically you can find all this out online without even buying the book, but the book is helpful. 

So, I use natural hair products to wash and condition with, and then a leave in conditioner after I get out of the shower and let it air dry. The key is to give your hair enough moisture because when you do that, frizz disappears. You could also pretty easily diffuse your hair if you can’t let it air dry. I also like to wash it at night and let it air dry while I sleep because I end up with more volume and curl. 

After you let your hair air dry, you can curl random pieces of hair around the outside of a curling iron (don’t use the clamp) and this will give you a polished look if you want something “nicer” than air dried hair. 

The products I use are the brand acure from whole foods for shampoo and conditioner and the leave in conditioner I use is made by a company called beautiful curls. I don’t use gel or anything for hold because I don’t need it if my hair is well conditioned, but I’ve heard great things about kinky curly gel. 

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