Picture every damaging thing you can do to your hair — I have done it.
From bleaching the absolute sh*t out of it, straightening frazzled ends, and simply neglecting it for many years. These days I recognise how lucky I am to have my hair type and take much better care of it.
In this article, I am going to share with you the products I use to care for and manage my thick hair and my review of my go-to styling tools.
My Thick, Long Hair Routine
Note: These are the products I use on my thick hair but most can be used to care for and style most hair types.
Shampoo & Conditioner
I use the hair growth shampoo and conditioner by Bondi Boost. You might be asking, why are you using hair growth products if you have no trouble growing your hair?
Well, I have tried a number of shampoo and conditioning products over the years. Everything from salon-recommended, expensive products to drugstore.
I love the post-wash feeling from using these products. Your hair feels incredibly smooth and silky and I don’t have to use a tonne of conditioner to detangle my hair.
In fact, I tried the Rapid Repair shampoo and conditioner from Bondi Boost and found it was nowhere near as good as the hair growth products.
About once a week I will use the Olaplex No.3 Bonding Treatment. As I get highlights every few months, I need to ensure I am treating and repairing any damage associated with colouring and styling.
This product is easily one of the best-selling and top-rated hair treatments on the market, and for good reason. It makes your hair feel amazing by working to strengthen it from within. You can read more about my thoughts on Olaplex No.3 here.
I use a wet comb to brush the treatment through my hair and then let it sit for 10 minutes.
Summer can be incredibly humid, so even the best frizz control can not always tame my hair.
The first drop of moisture in the air and I get instant frizz. To manage this, I use Virtue Un-Frizz Cream after washing and towel drying my hair.
Finally, if I need to add a little shine, I will apply a small amount of Moroccan Oil mostly to the front section of my hair.
Hair Styling Tools
I have never been someone who can just wash my hair and go. My natural hair is a weird mix of wavy, frizzy, and straight.
When I am not getting my hair professionally blown out, I will typically blow dry my hair at home with a hot airbrush. My go-to hot airbrush is the Hot Tools Black Gold Volumiser.
Here is how I style my hair:
- Apply a heat protection spray
- Start by drying the hair with a normal blowdryer until it’s about 80% dry
- Divide your hair into sections — I usually start from underneath
- I run the hot airbrush a few cm’s from the root curling the ends
- Repeat the process for the remaining sections
- When you get to the front section, gather pieces of hair from both the left and right
- Blow-dry the front middle section of the hair
- Apply a little amount of shine spray or oil
If I want tighter curls around the front/my face I will use a small-barrelled hot airbrush.
I don’t typically straighten my hair as I love the look of a bouncy blowout. When I did straighten my hair in the past my go-to brand was always ghd as I find their products are durable and high-quality.
Having tried everything from drugstore to salon-quality products I have come to know what works and what doesn’t for my hair type. That said, I am always looking to try new brands and products to tame my long, thick hair. I will update this post as I find amazing products to share with you!