Reducing Thick and Heavy Hair

Published: 01st February 2011
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People with curly hair want straight hair. People with straight hair yearn for some bounce and curl. People with thin hair wish it was fuller, thicker. And, of-course, those who have an abundance of thick hair, long for lighter, thinner hair. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence it seems.

It's not just wanting what you don't have that causes people with thick hair to want to reduce their locks. Thicker hair can be quite difficult to deal with. Not only is it more likely to tangle, it also carries a lot of weight. The added weight can make styling a challenge, but it can also cause headaches and other issues. Many women complain of hair headaches after wearing ponytails or up-do's because of the weight of their thick hair.

Fortunately, thinning out hair is much easier than trying to make finer hair fuller. Most hairstylists can reduce the volume of your hair by using layers created with a razor. These layers reduce the length of a large portion of the hair, leaving it lighter and less dense. The overall look of a nice full head of hair remains, but in reality a good portion of the hair has been cut away.

You can also thin out your hair at home. Thinning shears have slotted blades that you can use to reduce the volume of your hair without hurting the overall length. It may take some time and practice to get the hang of using them, but it's quite effective at thinning the hair.

Aside from cutting, you can also keep the weight and thickness of your hair at a minimum by choosing light weight shampoos and forgoing the conditioner. Conditioners are heavy by design, and actually add volume to your hair by coating each strand of hair. This adds volume and weight to your locks, which is great for thin hair, but not so great for those suffering from too much thickness.

If you find that skipping the conditioner allows too many tangles to form in your hair, try using a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, or a conditioning shampoo itself. These types of products are typically lighter and rinse cleaner than adding conditioner separately.

In the end, those with thick hair have the most choices and simplest solutions when it comes to correcting the problem. So if your hair is simply too heavy and full, you can take heart in the fact that it doesn't have to stay that way.

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