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How To Tame Thick, Fiery Red Locks

Updated: November 2nd, 2023

You love your wavy, thick red hair, but the frizzy fly-aways you get when you brush those curls or the puffiness during humid months? Not so much.

Redheads have fewer hair strands than any other color. Each red hair strand is thicker, which makes it appear that redheads have more hair. Learning to embrace and work with thick hair can be an ongoing love-hate relationship, especially when the weather heats up and frizz comes into play.

Hair can be complicated. Think about it, it’s made up of three layers and thousands of cells. But the reason it gets frizzy is pretty simple. The big problem, celebrity stylist Rona O’Connor, who has worked on celebrity redheads like Debra Messing, Blake Lively and Bella Thorne, said, “Frizzy hair is often drier and naturally tends to absorb moisture from humid air. But, thanks to the use of great products, you can get your red hair under control in no time.”

Here are 11 quick hair tips to get your red hair silky and gorgeous in no time:

1. Use a Shine & Luminosity Shampoo.

If you are looking for a way to keep your red hair shiny and healthy, look no further:

Finally Glossy® Shine & Luminosity Shampoo for Redheads

It took many years to custom-make the Finally Glossy® formula and we’re so excited for redheads to enjoy it. We’re thrilled to release another clean redhead beauty product. It is paraben-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free, mineral-oil, and vegan. It also contains no perfume, is free of gluten and is silicone-free, phthalate-free, formaldehyde-free and cocamidopropyl betaine-free. This clean formula is formulated with Vitamin B3, olive oil, coconut oil and green tea.

2. Use a microfiber hair towel while drying.

When drying your hair opt to use a microfiber towel! Introducing the How to be a Redhead Soft Microfiber Hair Towel for Redheads. Because wet hair is at its most vulnerable, this custom microfiber towel gently and carefully absorbs moisture from your red hair and dries it quickly, all while protecting it from stretching and breakage. This design is uniquely shaped to wrap all of your hair securely (no matter the length), with an elastic strap to comfortably keep things in place. Your hair journey starts here, redheads.

3. Blow dry some of the moisture out of the hair before tackling it with brushes. 

Let your hair air dry about 50% before blow drying. Your hair will still be damp but you aren’t overdoing it with the heat.

4. Use an anti-humectant to create a protective barrier against humidity.

The anti-humectant will keep hair from reverting in humid weather. Try Aveda Brilliant™ Anti-Humectant Pomade.

5. Get it thinned by your hair stylist. 

Embrace layers. They can lighten up your thick hair to make it more manageable and give it movement.

6. Invest in a keratin treatment.

This in-salon hair treatment will smooth and shine your frizzy, thick hair.

7. Use anti-frizz styling products. 

We love a good anti-frizz product to apply after showering and before styling. Try Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream or VIRTUE Un-Frizz Cream (featured in an H2BAR Box!). 

8. Rinse your hair with cool water. 

The cold water helps to seal the hair cuticle, making it lay smoothly.

9. Cleanse your hair with a shampoo and conditioner for thick hair.

Make sure it’s sulfate-free, too! We love Puretanica Cool Bliss Mint Shampoo and Conditioner – featured in an H2BAR Box!

10. Leave a little conditioner on your ends.

This will help to condition and soften the hair. Leave the conditioner on your hair for an hour or opt for an overnight process. We love It 12-In-One Amazing Leave-In Treatment. 

11. Try different hairstyles.

Rock a thick braid, low bun or ponytail. The possibilities are endless!


Tell us about your thick red hair! Comment below. Rock it like a Redhead!