15 styles for thick hair
The color! The waves! The Nashville star's locks are enough to provoke a serious case of hair envy. To get this kind of easy glamour, Pasquale Caselle, celebrity hairstylist for IT&LY Hairfashion, suggests using a volumizing spray and blowdrying with a large, round brush to create fullness. Next, curl large sections with a two-inch iron, which will create a bit of bend, rather than a defined curl. Lastly, shake hair out with your fingers and set with hairspray.
With hair to spare, you can have two looks in one: say, a topknot and long, flowing locks. Want to extend the time between shampoos? Try a powder like Göt2b Rockin' It Encore Fresh Dry Shampoo to give hair a quick pick-me-up and leave more time for singing quirky ballads.
The middle ground, chin-to-shoulder length can be hard to work, but loose waves and bangs add interest to an in-between style. Not sure how to get the look you want? Have a pow-wow with your stylist. "I use both shears and razors on thick hair, but I decide which based on the final look we are going for," says Kristen Bretz, a stylist and manager at Brooklyn's Hair Metal Salon and an educator/color specialist for Keratin Complex. "A razor allows me to take out weight and encourage the hair to sit or bend in a certain direction, and for a more 'lived in look,' since it does not create a straight line or broom-like effect. And I use shears to slice out specific heavy areas for a sleeker look without creating a 'mushroom' or frizzy look."
To keep hair from looking weighed down, add a little extra body at the crown. "Using a round brush, blow hair out by pulling directly up, then rolling the brush back down and allowing it to cool before removing," advises Bretz. "Once the volume has been created, gently tease small sections of the hair with a rat-tail comb, using a light hairspray, if necessary, for extra lift. Keep aside one small, unteased section in the front, gently lay that section of hair over the shape you have created, and spray in place."
Bangs and sharp waves are always a winning, girly combination. This face-framing 'do plays up the singer's bright smile and big eyes.
Thick hair provides plenty of material for updos. For a big evening out, experiment with a more elaborate style that shows off your neckline, like a chignon with extra volume in the front.
A great updo starts with smooth hair, which you can get by applying a heat-protective product before drying. "I highly recommend Thermoflat from It&ly Hair Fashion to speed up drying time and make the style last for days," says Caselle. Then, create an easy elegant look by pulling your locks into a ponytail, and wrapping a small section around the base to conceal the rubber band.
A sleek blowout and side-swept bangs show off Kardashian's subtle highlights. For long, straight hair, "request more texturizing in the last four or five inches and keep hair long in the crown area to keep it from looking bulky," recommends Caselle. At home, try using Goody's ThickFix Boar/Nylon Hot Round, an oversized brush designed for blowdrying thick hair with boar bristles to promote shine.
The singer's simple bouffant evokes retro glamour. "Blow dry hair with a round brush to create fullness, using a volumizing spray in the root area — I like Pure Volumizing Eco Spray from IT&LY Hairfashion, as it gives volume without stickiness," says Caselle. "Use hot rollers on the ends, allow hair to cool, and remove the rollers. Then run your fingers through, brush out your hair, touch up as needed with a smaller round brush and blowdryer, and tease the crown area. Finish by spraying in place."
If you've got pretty, healthy hair, a few loose waves are all you need. To create gorgeous spirals at home, wrap small sections in opposite directions around a quarter-inch curling iron, and leave the tips straight, advises celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims. Finish with a dash of salt spray.