Ask Jenny About How To Keep Thick Hair Up / by Jenny Strebe

Wow, I can't believe that Christmas is right around the corner. My family and I will be heading up to the NW this Christmas to Walla Walla, WA where I grew up and I couldn't be more thrilled. With the holidays right around the corner, I've been doing a lot of fun Hair Tutorials that would work out beautifully for any festive occasion. I've gotten a lot of wonderful feedback with my Hair Tutorial's and I've also gotten a couple of questions regarding pinning thick hair up. So today's "Ask Jenny" question's comes from a viewer named Shawna and anther one who remains anonymous. This is what they wrote in:

"Do you have any suggestions for people with super thick hair, on how to do this and getting it to stay in place? I have long layers and my hair is just halfway down my back. I also get headaches really bad and sometimes when I use bobby pins it feels like spikes in my head! I love your hair style tutorials! And you are so nice and add descriptions for us! Thanks for your time." -Shawna

"I love all of your hairstyles and have been trying to incorporate them for my hair. Your hair looks a lot thinner than mine and easier to work with. My hair is really thick and it seems like I can only style it when it is wet. Any thoughts? Ideas? Thank you for sharing your creativity!"-Anonymous

OK girls......where do I start. Yes, I have very fine textured hair, but that doesn't mean thick haired ladies cant enjoy my fun hair tutorials. I find that the three biggest reasons for thick hair to not be able to hold updo styles is your hair cut,hair product used, and your hair texture.

Alright so first off, if you are wanting to achieve an up style that will hold with thick hair, first things first. You need a good hair cut. I know you don't want to hear it, but I'm just being honest. Now, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that you have to cut your hair super short or anything. But, you can ask your favorite hair gal or guy to do a few things that will help you achieve the up style you are going for. If you're hair is thick and heavy, it naturally will want to fall out of your bobbi pins or elastics, due to heaviness. No surprise there. I suggest just asking them to shorten your layers up a bit and have them thin your hair out by texturizing it. I swear, just this alone will make a HUGE difference by having thinner tresses.

OK, second of all if your hair is heavy and thick the products that you use in your hair is crucial.The reason for this is that you need to make sure you hair has lots of texture. By texture, I mean your hair needs to have grip to it and hold. If you hair is thick and has a slick texture, it will just fall out. You need the texture so that the bobbi pins have more to grip on it. Plus, using the right hair products will help create volume in the right areas, which will create your up style to look more balanced. Let me elaborate..... If your hair is thick and heavy, you are already most likely lacking volume as your thick hair tends to be weighted down. If you use a root lifter or a mousse at the roots it will create volume and lift. When doing this and creating your up style shape, it will look more balanced as you wont just have a huge bun or updo, and flat roots. It will look more balanced all over. Plus having product in your hair will create hold.

Products that I'd recommend for texture,hold and volume are a root lifter, like TIGI Root Boost, or a mousse like Keratase volumactive, or a lite weight spray gel. You would want to apply these when your hair is damp and blow dry them in the opposite way your hair lays so you get ultimate lift.

Another big one for me for hold is prepping your hair by curling it.This also helps with the hold to your hair. If you hair is straight, it usually doesn't have as much bounce to it as curly hair. Try prepping your newly thinned out out hair with some volumnizing products and curl it with a 1 to 1 1/2 inch size curling iron. Try these technique's and let me know if it helps out with your thick hair dilemma.

Having hair trauma you want an answer to? If so, feel free to email me at jennystrebe@hotmail.com