Ask Jenny.....thick hair dilema / by Jenny Strebe

Today is my "Ask Jenny" post. I just started doing this post a  couple of weeks ago, andI'm really excited about it. I get questions all  the time, so I figured if one of you lovely ladies are having issues or concerns with something, then someone else might as well. Today's question is from a viewer named Trisha who has a super fun blog madebytrisha.blogspot.com/ that you should diffenitly check out. Here's what she wrote in: 





I've been enjoying reading your blog! You do some very cute hairstyles, but I sometimes have trouble recreating them on myself. You see, I have very long, thick, straight hair with bangs. My hair is all one length, no layers. Don't get me wrong, I love my hair! I think it's beautiful just the way it is! But sometimes, I want to do something special with it. Right now, that "something special" is usually a side braid. Or a diagonal Dutch braid, like Katniss in the Hunger Games.

I'm a low maintenance gal, and I need to get out of the house quickly in the mornings. I don't blow-dry my hair--it dries completely straight. And I don't bother to curl it either--because when I do, it takes forever because it's so thick, and then it falls flat very quickly. I've tried to recreate some of the up-do's, like your side knot bun (http://www.stylushhair.com/2012/04/day-22-hair-challenge.html), but it doesn't seem to work with my hair--the knots are thick, and the ends are too thick to easily hide. Any tips to make a style like that work? Or are there other styles that would work well for my hair and be easy to recreate? 

I've attached a pic of my hair. Thanks for any advice you can give!
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Trisha
http://madebytrisha.blogspot.com/



Trisha, thank you so much for your question. First of all, you are gorgeous and have some pretty amazing locks. I adore Katniss styled braids as well as dutch braids, so classic but stylish. With your hair being so thick, straight with no layers makes your concerns difficult. It sounds like to me, that the knotted updo wouldn't work because your hair is too heavy and you are creating pretty large knots due to heaviness from not having layers and your hair being naturally thick. 

 Since your hair is thick and straight, you want to try up styles that will help hide the bulk, so I think you are really on to something with your braid ideas. Have you tried a braided top knot? Maybe add a top poney tail, braid it, secure ends with a rubber band and then bobbi pin into a bun. Some other fun hair tutorial's that would work beautifully would be the Fishtail updo, it would look adorable with your heavy fringe and thick hair. Or try the Braided bun for some variety and something different. And you can't go wrong with the Milkmaid Braid its youthful, easy and very in. I do want to add that my hair is very fine textured, so unfortunately I haven't posted a whole lot of braid tutorials because I have the exact opposite problem as you do. But, pinterest always has some really fantastic braided upstyle ideas.


 I do want to add that I'm sure your hair is lovely being one length and thick, but I do feel like if you had a lite, seamless layer (nothing drastic) that it will help take some bulk out, therefore helping you achieve some of these styles. Even if it's a few soft face framing layers would help. Also, since you don't blow dry it, try washing it at night, and sleep on it for some extra umph. Plus, products like a lite spray gel with help give it a little texture, hold and will help with your flatness. 

Trisha, thanks again for your question, and let me know if this helps at all.
Do you have a hair question that you are dying to know? If so, email me at jennystrebe@hotmail.com