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How to wash and care for thick, wavy, curly and frizzy hair

Updated on February 1, 2010


All my life I have lived with more hair on my head then I can handle; and of course it‘s frizzy, wavy and so thick.  I was the child screaming like I was being tortured when it was time to brush my hair, and back then little girls didn’t have short hair, not unless it had been tainted with the latest flavour of Hubba-Bubba. So finally after we won’t say how many years but finally I can keep my hair healthy and manageable. Of course it takes work, but I refuse to spend a fortune for great looking hair. So here is some of the options that I my self use to help dryness and frizz.

To control frizz



To control the frizz I do several things, I rarely use a blow dryer only in an extreme emergency. I don’t use a lot of mousses, gels’ or hair sprays. And most important I only put soap in it once maybe twice a week. Shampoo’s no matter how expensive strip your hair of not only the dirt but the naturals oils as well. These oils help keep hair shiny and manageable; for example when I wash my hair consistently it looks dry and damaged, the bits and pieces stick up no matter how much hair spray I use. When I wash my hair  less and sometimes add more natural oils my hair looks thick but hardly as dry, the natural waves come out and it is so much easier to style.

Unfortunately not all of us have the luxury to wash only twice a week, some work in dirty or dusty places, some are heavy smokers or live in big cities. All this can leave daily grim and build up on your hair, in these cases you should wash as often as you feel necessary with a very mild shampoo or make your own cleaner (recipe below). Because you will be washing away a lot of your natural oils make sure you use a mild conditioner. Then after my secret ingredient…apply a teaspoon or so of olive oil in you hands rub it around and rub through your wet hair. You can use a little baby oil, or vegetable oil as well Olive oil is best.. Also mayonnaise and eggs will make you hair shine…if you’re into doing that.

Dry hair and scalp



I find dry hair comes naturally with thick hair, maybe it’s just me. And…if you have dry hair your probably have dry scalp as well. You have to combat both in order to keep you hair and your head healthy. For me personally I’m sure it doesn’t help that I colour my hair, this is a great way to completely kill my hair and dry the heck out of my scalp…so thorough cleaning and conditioning helps fight these issues.

Conditioning can be good and bad too much you get nasty build up and just gross feeling hair, not enough and your hair is crispy and brittle, so here the solution. Only condition once or twice a week and when you do make sure you have cleaned your scalp really well, then allow the conditioner to sit for at least five minutes. Let your hair folical’s soak it up. Now either rinse as usual or rinse half way and leave a little in for the day, it won’t kill you. Just make sure it’s a good conditioner, no dollar store crap; Next day or that night rinse out with warm water. It is always best to use warm water not hot. Do this once in a while to keep your hair moisturized and your scalp too…


So basically wash less often or at lest use less shampoo, condition and oil thoroughly. Try not to use too many products, hot curlers or blow driers  And.. for extra healthy hair keep it trimmed at least every two months and get a style if you can once a year….


Homemade hair cleaser recipe.


1 tbsp. Regular shampoo

½  cup water

1 tbsp baking soda


Shake well and wash hair scrub scalp and rinse with warm water. Condition if necessary


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      Tom Brooklyn 5 years ago

      I have thick hair that is course and wavy. I have tried no less than 20 different frizz reducing sprays over the last 15 years or so. I have tried the designer ones and the drug store ones and every one in between. Yes, even the expensive moroccan oil! I keep coming back to the Antioxidant Leave in Protecter from the Shielo brand. NOTHING works better to calm the frizz, add shine and protect hair from all the heat styling instruments.

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      gracen 5 years ago

      that really helped me. I have thick and curly hair so i really needed a way to clean my hair. thank u for helping me!! =)

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks for this hub. I would add a few more suggestions. For thick, wavy, curly and frizzy hair shampoo only once a week if necessary. You can still rinse your hair in the shower daily just as long as you are not washing with shampoo. I also suggest that you finger comb your hair instead of brushing or combing because using a brush and/or comb increases the frizzies. The key is finding the best conditioner for your type of hair and there are a few products out that work well.