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How to Make Thick Hair Look Less Heavy

It's called "notching."
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Q: I am 5'5" with brown eyes and dark brown-black hair that has never been coloured. My hair is very thick, and when air-dried—which is every day—it is slightly wavy. 

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Yuan wants a new style for her thick, volume-challenged hair.

My hair is not very difficult, but it can be dry and lacking in volume. Thank you so much for offering this service, it is greatly appreciated. — Yuan

A: Miss Yuan, thank you for submitting your photo. 

Your natural approach to your style is commendable.

You should grow your hair much longer and have the mid-shaft and the ends notched with scissors. (Not thinning shears nor a razor—these will make your hair fuzzy and hard to style.)

Vanessa Hudgens at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.

Camila Alves at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Camila Alves at Macy's Aventura in 2013.

Notching in the right places will release weight in the hair, add volume to the mid-shaft, and texturize the ends where necessary. 

It will also make the ends tapered, which will remove weight and help to promote your wave.

Try not to wash your hair any more than your roots need it. There's no need for greasy roots, but washing too often makes it difficult to keep control of this style.

With this cut, leave gel and a ridiculous amount of conditioner in your ends. With the help of a little scrunching, this will add wave to your ends.

The longer the better for your hair, Yuan. And your part could be anywhere it wants to be with my advice.

PS... Please stay away from colour to get the most out of your hair.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Salon at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.