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Depending on your hair type, you may think that the grass is greener on the other side. For example, if you have curly hair, you may always fantasize about what it’d be like to have straight hair. And if you have thick hair, you may be wishing you had thin hair instead. But thick hair is totally awesome—you never have to worry about volume, and that’s something your thin-haired friends are likely totally envious of. That being said, sometimes thick hair can have the tendency to look a little too poufy, which may have you wishing for thinned out hair.
The good news is, your stylist can help you thin out your hair, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of overly heavy and high-maintenance thick locks. Below, we’re sharing how to thin out hair, as well as a few steps you can take to help make thick hair look thinner. From choosing the best hair care products for thick hair to styling your hair in a way that makes your mane appear thinner, here’s everything you need to know.
Your haircut can make or break your thick hair. One wrong move from your stylist and you could end up with hair that looks way too big. The next time you head to the salon, ask your hairstylist to use thinning shears or a razor to thin out your hair as they cut it. Not only can this help make thick hair thinner, but it can reduce the appearance of frizzy hair, too.
You can also ask for layers to help your hair look thinner and make it more manageable to style. A graduated bob or long layers are two of the best haircuts for thick hair. Before your hairstylist starts cutting your hair, go in for a consultation and express your thick hair concerns so that they can determine which haircut will please you the most and offer you the results you desire.
Aside from having your stylist thin out your thick hair, there are a few other tips you can incorporate into your hair regimen for the appearance of a thinner, more manageable mane.
If your thick hair tends to feel rough, incorporate a hair treatment, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Hair Treatment, to your weekly hair care routine. Rough hair can look frizzy and poufy, so keep your thick hair tamed with this fast-working hair treatment. This hair treatment will leave your strands silkier, shinier, and healthier-looking in just eight seconds. Use two to three times a week on wet hair after shampooing, massaging for eight seconds before rinsing thoroughly. Follow with conditioner as normal.
Another way to help make thick hair look thinner is to choose a smoothing system of shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner. This system can help provide long-lasting frizz control. Apply the shampoo gently to wet hair, rinse it out, then follow up with the conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for one to three minutes, then rinse out. When you have thick hair that you want to look thinner, it’s a good idea to steer clear of volumizing shampoos and conditioners, since these can make your hair look bigger—which is the opposite of your intended goal.
Hot water is not exactly your hair’s best friend—thick hair or not. For starters, hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, leaving it feeling dry and looking dull. This can lead to the appearance of frizz, which can make thick hair look even bigger. So, the next time you hop into the shower, resist the urge to turn up the dial. Wash your hair in cool, lukewarm water instead. Trust us, your hair will thank you!
You know how your thick hair looks perfect immediately after blow-drying, but then it gets bigger as the day goes on? Well, it’s important to use a hair cream that can help control your hair and keep it in place. Before blow-drying, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream, which can help provide long-lasting frizz control. It also offers heat protection. Apply it to damp hair, then blow-dry for a sleek look. In general, reach for hairstyling products that can give your hair a sleek finish, since this can help prevent thick hair from looking too voluminous.
Once you’re done styling your hair, don’t forget to help set it in place. The best way to do that is by applying a hair spray. Choose one that has a shine-enhancing effect, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. Shake the can and spray from 12 inches away. The micro-diffusion spray distributes a mist evenly over hair.
Flat ironing your hair can leave it looking smooth and sleek—and less thick than it really is, whereas curling your hair can make it look thicker. So, if your goal is to make thick hair look thinner, it's a simple choice to reach for your flat iron instead of your curling iron. To get the best results with your flat iron, always make sure to straighten your hair when it’s fully dry. Your hair is most fragile when it’s wet, and flat ironing wet hair could lead to damage.
Once your hair is completely dry, start by separating your hair into sections. Use a lobster clip to keep the upper layer of your hair out of the way. Flat iron the underneath layers of your hair first and work your way up. Apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, before reaching for your flat iron. Once you’ve done that, put your flat iron on the lowest heat setting that you can that allows you to make just one pass through each section of hair. Grab small sections of hair so that you can successfully straighten without having to go over sections repeatedly.
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