These little-known tips will have everyone wondering how you did it.
People constantly ask me my secret for having thick hair. Genetics? A super secret hair mask recipe? Many girls rush to order hair extensions to save their thinning hair, but I know that can be costly. Plus, after spending hundreds on someone else’s hair, you’ll have to purchase another set which can eventually damage your hair depending on the type you get. Buying hair extensions is not a bad idea, but investing in my own hair has helped me boost my confidence and reduced upkeep. Today I’m spilling my secret on how to get thick hair without extensions. I use a handful of products that saved my hair from falling out and help it grow long and strong while still being able to use heat. (Hallelujah!)
Step 1: Leave-in Conditioner
After I wash my hair and towel dry, I put a few pumps of leave-in conditioner. This helps moisturize your hair and prevents breakage. I use It’s a 10 plus Keratin to keep it stronger than the normal formula, but either one works.
Step 2: Heat Protectant
I typically shower at night so I let my hair air-dry and then put this on before curling my hair. However, if you prefer blow-drying, spray the heat protectant while the hair is still damp and then blow dry. This minimizes frizz and damage. I used to never do this, but it helps much more than you think! If you don’t want to do the extra step, I alternate between using my leave-in conditioner and my blow-dry protectant cream since it provides both moisture and protection.
Step 3: Styling
This is the step that most people have struggles with. I will walk you through what I do, but I am in the process of making a video tutorial as well to show you better. The L’ange Ondule 25 mm wand is pictured in the photo I used. I can use it with ease, but the quality is definitely not my favorite. If you have thinner hair or you struggle to hold a curl, I recommend using the Beachwaver S1.25 wand. I talk about the Beachwaver all the time, but it is incredible! To create maximum volume, curl away from the face and hold each curl for 3-8 seconds each. I curl my hair one layer at the time and I don’t touch any of the curls until everything is completely cooled.
Step 4: Texturizing
This is the secret on how to get thick hair! Spraying something like a sea salt spray close to the scalp gives the roots volume and the appearance of thickness. Hair becomes texturized and doesn’t necessarily become thicker, but it gives hair body without weighing it down. Sea salt spray can sometimes dry out your skin so using a root booster is another way to achieve this!
Step 5: Oil and Brush, Brush, Brush (optional)
Oil is the cherry on top! I use either Morroccon Oil or Marula Oil. Put oil ONLY on the bottoms because you want to avoid oil on the roots at all costs or all your hard work will be for nothing. This helps against your ends drying out and breaking. Also, if you are a firm-believer in dry shampoo, the oil SAVES your ends. You’ll thank me later! I put the oil in and brush through the curls with my WetBrush to break them up so they don’t stick together. Finish off the look with some hairspray and you’re done!
Hopefully, my tips will help you have those gorgeous wavy locks you desire. I know it sounds like a lot, but this entire process lasts 15-20 minutes depending on if you blow-dry. I’ll share my other tips on how to get thick hair on my video so keep an eye out for that! If you have any questions or hacks of your own, comment your suggestions below.