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    Apr 30, 2020

    22 Products For Anyone With Thick Hair Who Knows The Struggle

    Want receipts? Most of these have thousands of positive reviews.

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    1. A pack of dependable large hair ties to hold all of your hair back without: snapping, fraying, needing to be doubled-up on, stretching out, tugging, or giving you a creeping headache.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "As I came here to re-order these, I decided I should give them a review. I have long and thick hair. The standard hair tie you can get at any store has always disappointed. Constantly adjusting ponytail during workouts or runs, breaking and losing their elasticity all the time. Two times around ponytail is not quite enough to hold, three times and I feel like I'm being scalped. So tight on my wrist it leaves indentations. Burly Bands have changed all that. I bought these nearly THREE years ago and they JUST started to stretch out. My old bands barely lasted a month before either stretching out too much or breaking. I run and do yoga and I never have to adjust these bands. Nor do I have to readjust in an entire day of wearing my hair up. They are also so soft that they do not break my hair or get snagged or tangled. These are great and I recommend them for anyone who has experienced what I have with bands of the past." —LD0708

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99 (available in different sizes and 6 colors).

    2. This 12-pack of velvet scrunchies so you can accessorize and trust this scrunchy will keep your hair up (or, look cute covering your hair tie).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These scrunchies are amazing. So soft and comfortable. I always put my hair in a bun and it usually feels heavy, because I have such thick hair. But somehow, these scrunchies offer very good support and I don’t get headaches. It also doesn’t put weird waves in my hair, like typical hair ties. Highly recommend!" —FootballMom

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69 (available in 10 pack varieties).

    3. A Revlon air brush to help you get the blowout of your dreams — without blowing out your shoulder as you wrestle your hair with a round brush in one hand and your hair dryer in the other.

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    Promising review: "I have very thick, wavy hair. I can never blow out my hair because it's too hard to hold the round brush and hair dryer in the right spots. THIS!! It is everything all in one and the oval shape makes it so easy to use. It gets really hot. It is a little loud on high, but I've found if my hair is already a little dry then I can just use it on low. I used a blow dry primer spray to accelerate the drying time and protect my hair. I'm in love! This flat iron always flattens my hair and makes it look dry. This straightens and retains the volume and gives it a soft, non-damaged look." —SAHM2011

    Get it from Amazon for $56.89 (available in four colors).

    4. This L'Oréal quick dry primer spray that will drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to dry your mane, and protect it from all that heat necessary to dry it in the first place.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Cut my drying time in HALF! It totally works! The spray smells amazing and cut my drying time in half. I was actually shocked how quickly my hair dried. I have long, thick, color treated, and naturally wavy hair. Usually takes me 20 minutes to blow dry with a flat and large round brush and my dry bar blow dryer. Using this primer I was done in 10 minutes flat. For the price I’d highly recommend giving it a try. Totally worth it!" —EllieDox

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    5. A pair of trusty hair thinning shears so you don't have to pay 60 bucks for a trim (or wait for hair salons to re-open) just to get your hair thinned out.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I have SUPER thick hair. I hate going to the hair salon, period, especially going every couple of months just for a thinning — not even an actual cut. I'm not even CLOSE to being a hair stylist, but I thought what the heck and tried these out on myself. I looooved how easy it was to use and how it fits in my hand and how sharp they are. My hair feels amazing now! There's lots of YouTube videos if you want to thin your hair yourself at home — make sure to watch before just going in with the shears. I also recommend having someone to help you with the back of your head — I had my husband do that part since it was hard for me to make sure I was getting a perfect cut." —Erin Ledet

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    6. This silicone hair and scalp massager that will help you really scrub your roots in the shower — removing any product buildup, improving circulation, and giving you a relaxing massage.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing! At first I thought, how is this going to be any different than my fingers? But this honestly is addicting and feels like a massage. I’m a black woman with very thick type 4B/C hair, and this got down to my scalp and made my hair feel so clean!" —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    7. A Kiss Instawave automatic curling iron to curl your hair for you — literally. The prongs detangle your hair as it wraps around the ceramic barrel, and voila!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Oh my goodness!! Best purchase ever!!!!! I’ve tried so many hair styling tools to get the look this one gives me. I have long very thick hair. Had my whole head curled within 10 minutes. I’ve had a hard time getting the look I want especially the back of my hair. Total game changer!! Heats up super fast and love the fact that it beeps to let you know the curl is finished. At first it seems as if it will tangle your hair up but it doesn’t. Wow. I love it." —Momof2

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

    8. These game-changing spiral bobby pins so that you don't have to go through an entire pack of bobby pins to hold your hair in place for updos.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising Review: "Whoever invented these things is brilliant: easy to use, keeps my long thick hair in place without having to put it in a band first, doesn't snag hair going in or coming out ... they're perfect! I can toss my hair into a messy bun or do a more elaborate, sophisticated bun, and the spin pins hold both in place easily, comfortably and invisibly. The pins stay put until I take 'em out and they contain my super fine neck hairs that always escape normal buns. Also, the color of the spin pin doesn't matter as they disappear completely into the hair: I've got graying, very light brown hair, and the black pins are totally invisible when in place." —Athena PN

    Get a pack of eight in black from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in brown, blonde, and red).

    9. An HSI professional straightener (with over 25k positive reviews!!!) to straighten even the thickest of hair, leaving you with silky smooth locks.

    amazon.com, amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm actually really impressed with this product, especially for the price. I have really thick, curly hair that's hard to manage, and I live in Florida, so the humidity and heat has my hair curly again within a couple hours of straightening it. I ordered this straightener because the reviews were so good and I'm glad I did it. My hair is pin straight and it's been that way for about 10 hours. Even with the heat and humidity, the thermal spray it came with is keeping the frizz and curls away and it still looks awesome. I would definitely buy this straightener again." —Saramae49

    Get it from Amazon for $39.89.

    10. These sturdy DRYBAR Hold Me Hair Clips that are perfect for sectioning off your hair so you can actually get through all of it (you know, instead of using three different clips you managed to find that don't really hold your hair the way you need them to because they're not meant to section).

    Amazon

    Promising Review: "These clips are the absolute best when it comes to sectioning my hair off for blow drying or straightening/curling. My hair is super thick and I didn’t have to reclip it back 1,000 times as usual. They stayed in place." —Sissy

    Get a pack for four from Amazon for $16.

    11. This vegan Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to smooth out your hair and calm any frizz without further weighing it down.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff! I always have really frizzy hair and it is super thick so it always takes forever to dry, but with the super skinny serum, it takes less than half the time to dry and tames frizz instantly. A little goes a long way, so even with my long, thick hair this bottle easily lasts me six months!" —elycia clemans

    Get it from Amazon for $21.

    12. The Tangle Teezer Ultimate Hairbrush that will detangle your hair with ease and dry-style without the frustration (like that point where you'd rather rip the whole knot out than detangle it because, hey, you've got more than enough hair anyway).

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I love this brush. I started with the handle-less one and prefer it to any other wet brushes on the market, but I had trouble holding it, so this is the perfect solution. I have very thick and crimpy hair that gets tons of snarls — this brush out-performs everything." —katiediloreto

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available in black).

    13. Or, this Wet Brush Detangler – it detangles ~wet~ hair and is great for sensitive scalps (especially if your head gets sore from the weight of your hair). And it's got over 3k positive reviews.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising Review: "This brush is frigging magic. I would have never considered purchasing this if I had seen it in a store, the bristles are very 'flimsy' and I would have assumed it would do nothing to my super thick, curly, coarse (currently bleach-damaged) long hair that turns into a cavewoman wig by the end of one day. The great reviews persuaded me to give it a try. SO happy with the results! The brush is very gentle, and I see very little hair on the brush even after going through the worst of rats nests. It is simply amazing. This would be perfect for anyone, definitely a great brush for a parent brushing children's hair. Even my four-year-old son loves having his hair brushed with it, and he normally wines at the tiniest of tugs on his hair. I was so tired of brushing my hair I was actually considering chopping it off. So happy I tried this brush first!! If you are on the fence, order this sucker! It is a game-changer!" —Jen Downey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.94.

    14. A Kenra Platinum blow-dry spray with a lightweight formula to cut your drying time in half AND detangle, smooth and soften your hair, too — what more could ya want?

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. I was honestly quite skeptical but I recently had to switch up my routine to shower in the mornings now. My hair is thick and long and annoying and frizzy and impossible. It used to take me around 15-20 minutes to blow-dry my semi-wet hair. Now it takes me maybe six minutes for hair that is semi-wet, and if I am in a rush and have to do it immediately, it takes around 20 minutes to dry my soaking wet hair. I definitely recommend for people with longer, thick hair. Though this product makes my hair feel so silky and smooth as well. 10/10 honestly. Smells great, feels great, and makes it easier. Sign me up." —Heather Sim

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $19.50 (available in a two-pack and in three sizes).

    15. This extra-hold, humidity-resistant TRESemmé hairspray that sprays on like mist and is strong enough to hold your hair without turning it into a helmet.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Lightweight with good hold, even for my thick hair! Up-dos. Pony tails. Long curls. Twelve-hour nursing shifts. This is definitely my "go to" spray!" —JSav

    Get it from Amazon for $4.89.

    16. These spiral hair ties to secure your heavy hair without leaving a dent when you take it out.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is my first time using spiral hair ties, and I’m in love. I have super thick, curly hair, and these can hold it in any hairstyle. After one wear they stretch out and will keep getting stretched the more times you wear them, but they always go back to their original shape after a few days. I even wore these with my hair in a bun for a 12-hour shift and my hair looked the same when I took it out. Definitely buy these!" —Bridget

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $7.99.

    17. A steel-tooth comb that definitely won't snap or bend, so you can always count on it to comb and detangle your hair.

    Steeltooth

    Promising Review: "The teeth are rigid and durable, yet slender and thin like those on a fine-tooth plastic comb, even beveled slightly at the tips, giving less resistance. Also, the thickness is close to one sixteenth of an inch, but this is in no way a flimsy product; I came home from work and wanted to try it out, half-expecting the thing to have a permanent bend after digging it through my grimy work mop, but instead it flexed right back. This is definitely something I'd recommend for people with thicker hair." —Benjamin K

    Get it from Steeltooth for $16.

    18. A Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask, made with sweet almond oil, to penetrate and hydrate even the thickest of hair.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Absolutely the BEST hair treatment I have found to date for my thick hair. I have purchased practically every brand of hair products and have spent lots and lots of money of expensive and inexpensive treatments and by far this is the best. I don't have to use a serum or oil or anything else to tame flyaways. I can let my hair air-dry and it remains silky smooth and manageable. With other products my hair would be a thick unmanageable mess, and I would have to use several other products just to get it manageable. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!" —Stacey O.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.17.

    19. This woven hair turban for thick hair that prevents your hair from breaking when wet and cuts drying time in half without a hair dryer.

    Sephora

    Promising Review: "This turban is easy to wear, comfortable, elasticized on the ends so it stays in place, and definitely reduces frizz and dry time. It's worth the price, especially for someone with long, thick hair. Treat yourself!" —jasmineeileen

    Get it from Sephora for $40.

    20. This professional Trezoro Ionic hair dryer to dry your hair super fast. It's also lightweight (only 1.5 lb!!), so you no longer have to tire out your arms.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I figured it was time for an upgrade and finally searched around and decided to get the Trezorro since the wattage was higher than my old one and the price was right. This hair dryer is lightweight and soft to the touch. Multiple settings for speed and heat are great, and it really dries my long thick hair very fast. What I am most impressed with though is how soft and tame my hair comes out. I'm getting salon quality drying results without using any product or fancy brushes. I just flip my hair over and dry it upside down while brushing and voila it looks like I've been drying in sections and using a straightening shining brush...which again, I am not. I probably would have paid more for this dryer considering the results but combining that with the low price this is definitely a great buy!" —Laura Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $49.85.

    21. A cruelty-free, nourishing conditioning cream for thick hair that reduces frizz and keeps your hair looking sleek as it air-dries.

    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I have super thick hair that is frizzy. I hate blow-drying my hair so I’m always on the hunt for something that will help it air dry smoother. This stuff is AMAZING. I got a sample of it and was shocked how well it works. My hair air drys with ZERO frizz. I'm obsessed. I recently tried some other products too just to compare and they didn’t work as well or made my hair greasy or straw-like. This stuff keeps your hair really soft. Must try!!!" —Chantal8888

    Get it from Sephora for $31.

    22. The classic Batiste dry shampoo to help you get by between washes, combatting oily roots and adding some volume to weighed-down hair — plus, with thick hair, sometimes you just can't wash (and then dry) as often as you'd like since it's such a production every time!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I love this stuff. It gives my hair a little extra life. I have thick, oily Asian hair, so I was never one to be able to get away with skipping hair washing. However, Batiste has made that a little more possible. I also like using it on days where I want more volume in my hair, so I'll spritz some in after drying and styling. I like this scent the most. Some of the other ones are so strong that it's almost offensive. I've splurged on $30 bottles of dry shampoo before, but I always go back to Batiste because it doesn't run out as quickly, accomplishes the same goal, and is much more affordable." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39.

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