If you have thick hair and it’s a problem for you, then you are in the minority.

After being a hairstylist for years, I will tell you something: having thick, luscious hair is a good thing. It’s an amazing thing. It’s like the best thing ever.

Yes, it gets annoying because it’s just there all the time. And it needs to be styled, shampooed, and it can turn into a tangled mess if you’re not careful. But let me tell you, it is 1000 better than having thin hair.

That said, we get it – sometimes you want to thin out your massive mane a little bit. And in this article, we’re going to give you 8 ways to do that without ruining your luscious locks for good.

Option 1: Use a flat iron to make your hair look thinner

We like them both - but one is definitely thinner
We like them both – but one is definitely thinner

If you already have straight hair, this little trick isn’t going to work for you.

It works best on people with curly or textured hair. For that hair type, a great way to reduce unwanted volume is to straighten it with a flat iron.

Flat irons are great for making your hair look and feel thinner. Thick/curly hair takes up a lot more space because of its shape. It’s like a road that twists around a mountain instead of just going straight.

Maybe you’ve been around a curly-haired friend when she straightened her hair and then noticed how much longer it was when it was straight? It’s the same concept.

An added benefit is that flat irons can reduce frizz without permanently thinning the hair, like with shears or thinning scissors. Plus, when you have thick hair, it’s harder to damage it with a flat iron.

So now you can have THICK and STRAIGHT hair!

Option 2: Did you know you can thin hair with a layered cut?

Imagine how thick her hair would be if it wasn't layered!
Imagine how thick her hair would be if it wasn’t layered!

Layered hair is one of those things that will never go out of style.

It may not be the most glamorous hairstyle, but it solves a lot of problems and is a great go-to look if you want to change things up and aren’t sure what to do.

Having your hair stylist give you a layered style is a great way to thin out thick hair without over-thinning it.

It’s unlikely that there’s a single hair salon in the United States that does not have someone in it who knows how to give a good layered cut, so you have options!

Ask your hair stylist for long layers if you have fuller hair. Avoid shorter haircuts, as your hair will stick out too much, making it look weird – especially if they are using thinning shears (which they probably are).

But these long layers will help re-shape the hair, giving the illusion of a shift in volume from the top to the bottom. The hair will look less poofy as well.

Option 3: Give yourself a trim

Always start with a tiny little bit. You can always cut off more, but once it's gone, it's gone!
Always start with a tiny little bit. You can always cut off more, but once it’s gone, it’s gone!

This next option is very safe and good for beginners who are nervous about cutting off too much of their beautiful, thick hair.

It’s also easy enough to do on your own, assuming your hair is long enough that you can see it.

Cutting the ends of the hair allows you to re-shape it. The dead bits at the ends usually aren’t of a uniform length, either, so cutting them will keep the hair healthy and help remove some of the extra volume.

If you choose to have it done in a hair salon, chances are you have asked for a trim before. If you tell them that you are getting a trim so you can thin out thick hair, it’s likely they’ll know what you’re talking about and give you what you want.

Option 4: Thin out your hair with thinning shears

Thinning shears are those funky little scissors that your hair stylist uses sometimes at the end of your styling session.

They’re commonly used to add volume and texture to the hair shaft after it has been shaped.

The cool thing about thinning shears is that they don’t actually cut all of your hair, only around 10-20% of it. You can use them with peace of mind, knowing that if you cut too much, you’re not going to cut off all your hair like you would with regular shears.

Option 5: Experiment with other haircuts

An undercut will keep you cool in summer. And winter, too, because this haircut makes you cool
An undercut will keep you cool in summer. And winter, too

Often called an “undercut,” you see this hairstyle quite a bit in humid climates.

Shaving a few inches of hair off the nape of your neck is not going to thin the hair evenly, so you will be limited with the type of styles you can wear.

Also, this type of haircut is pretty much only possible with a shorter style.

And keep in mind that if you do decide to go with the undercut, that you will have to visit your stylist for a touch up once every couple months. Sooner if you want to keep it looking neat.

Option 6: Thin out curly or textured hair with a keratin treatment

Make your hair thinner with a keratin treatment
Brazillian Blowouts are a popular way to thin out hair (without cutting it)

Put away your thinning scissors, because our next option allows you to thin out your hair without cutting it.

Brazillian blowouts are convenient for taming thick hair. In fact, it’s one of the most hassle-free ways of handling this hair type.

But did you know they contain a cancer-causing chemical called formaldehyde?

If you want to transform your thick hair into thin hair, then you’re going to want to look for a chemical straightening treatment that does not contain formaldehyde.

Once you can find one of those, you can rest easy, knowing that you got your hair thinned in a way that will not give you scalp cancer (is that a thing?).

Option 7: Clean your thick hair with a clarifying shampoo

A clarifying shampoo is a great way to rinse all the gunk from your hair
A clarifying shampoo is a great way to rinse all the gunk from your hair

Scalp build up happens sometimes. And when it happens to thick hair, things can get pretty funky.

And look, we get it: washing your hair isn’t easy when your hair type is classified as: “Lion’s Mane.”

But when your hair is so thick, you naturally end up using more hair products. Your thick locks will hold products better than thin hair will. And that means more and more build up.

The sebum (your scalp’s natural oil) that your body secretes mixes with this build up. It can cause clogged pores, dandruff, and all kinds of other stuff you probably don’t want.

One simple thing you can do to combat this is to use a clarifying shampoo.

Washing with a clarifying shampoo will make your hair feel cleaner than it’s felt in a long time. Without anything to weigh it down, your thick hair will have less volume.

Option 8: Get your hair thinned with.. cold water?

To quote Gucci Mane - BRRR
To quote Gucci Mane – “BRRR”

Did you know that cold water can help thin your hair?

This one surprised us the first time we heard it, too. Well don’t worry if you thought the only way to make your hair thinner was to get a haircut, because that’s a common misconception.

Hot water causes the hair shaft to expand, giving the appearance of more volume. Combined with thick hair, this can lead to some serious poof.

Instead, try washing your hair with cold water instead. This will make your hair thinner and reduce volume, without affecting the overall length.

Thick hair also tends to hold moisture a little better than thin hair, meaning you can go a little easier on the conditioner if you want.

Option 9: Shave off all your hair

You know you want to shave your head
You know you want to shave your head

Okay, we kind of put this one in as a joke. Buuuuut…

We know that if you’ve had long hair for a long time, it’s likely driving you crazy.

But it’s kind of like a love-hate relationship. You love your thick beautiful hair, but sometimes you just wish you could shave it all off.

Well.. you can. You’ll look like a cancer patient for a while and will probably regret it. But it’s something that I believe every woman should do once in her life, just so she appreciates what she has.

Final Thoughts

Thick hair is not an easy thing to deal with. Especially if it’s curly, grows fast, and is always in your way.

But think of the benefits! Bigger neck muscles, more attention from boys, and… clogged shower drains?

In all seriousness, having thick hair thinned is something you could consider if you live in a hot climate and want a more manageable haircut. If you can’t put your hair up and want a more permanent solution, then you’re going to want to thin your hair.

We’ve provided 9 awesome options in this article and hope you found at least one of them useful!

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