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How do you make long, thick hair, long and sleek, not bushy?

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Genevieve489 Wed 21-Apr-21 11:24:45

I began to grow my hair a couple of years ago and, of course, it turned into lockdown hair and is down to the middle of my back now. I'm lucky in that it's quite thick and I've still got some colour in it, although some of the hair around my face is silver. I've just been looking at the best haircuts for over 50s and the pictures of long hair look lovely. However, if I don't tie it back, because it's thick, it just looks bushy. I'd love to be able to have it long and sleek. Can anyone recommend any shampoos/conditioners/treatments that would achieve this? Or am I asking for the impossible?

Casdon Wed 21-Apr-21 11:37:46

My hair is the same Genevieve489, and I’ve never found any product that works, if it’s got a natural wave and is a bit frizzy like mine the only thing to try is hair straighteners, but it’s a pain to have to do that every day.

Riverwalk Wed 21-Apr-21 11:49:29

A friend with long thick bushy hair uses something like this - think it's used on dry hair, and certainly gives a straight polished finish.

There'll be a video somewhere on how to use it properly


Callistemon Wed 21-Apr-21 11:50:16

That's why I've kept mine short for years.

It's now in a short bob, looks ok for about half an hour after washing, straightening then pings off again in all directions.
I've tried all kinds of products

No help at all, sorry, Genevieve but I shall follow this thread with interest.

Callistemon Wed 21-Apr-21 11:52:13

Ooh! I'm going to send for one Riverwalk, thank you.

I have a Babyliss roller brush but it curls it too much.

jaylucy Wed 21-Apr-21 11:54:25

John Frieda's Frizz Eaze?
Otherwise I have found that using shampoos and conditioners containing keratin and making sure you change to shampoos and conditioners are for dry hair.
I also found that I have to make sure that my hair is properly dry after washing helps.

Dee1012 Wed 21-Apr-21 12:06:37

Moroccanoil is great and you only need a small amount, another good product is Olaplex (although quite expensive).
I find the Ultimate Blends Shampoo works for me...trial and much error as my hair has always been very thick and frizzy, in fact it's thickened more as I've got older.
A hairdresser did tell me to keep some length to it once as the weight "helps keep it down", not sure if that makes sense but I used to have layers which needed daily straightening! Since growing them out, it's been easier to manage.

seacliff Wed 21-Apr-21 12:07:14

Babylis big hair, use when almost dry.

SueDonim Wed 21-Apr-21 12:52:48

My hair tends to frizz now. Rather than conditioner, I use a hair mask, which is thicker and seems to calm it down more. I sometimes use Frizz Eaze products, too.

I have a heated brush but it’s not much good, in all honesty, and I’ve given up with it.

Shinamae Wed 21-Apr-21 12:59:51

I also had a heated brush and didn’t find it any good at all for my hair,which is thick and wiry so sent it back and got a refund now I just stick with my GHD‘s ......

Shandy57 Wed 21-Apr-21 13:02:50

Straighteners work, have you tried them?

Genevieve489 Wed 21-Apr-21 13:09:11

Thanks all for your help, much appreciated. I've been looking at the Babylis brush video, Riverwalk and it looks really good. May well buy that. I have tried Frizz Eaze, but haven't had much success with it. Yes, my hairdresser told me the same thing, Dee1012 about the length holding it down, but not sure if it's really true! I have also got hair straighteners, but can never get the straightness and polish that the hairdresser gets - don't know why as they're ghd, so supposed to be the best. I'll be having a look at Olaplex and Moroccan Oil as well, Dee1012, so thank you for suggesting those.

Callistemon Wed 21-Apr-21 13:27:14

I've ordered one, so I hope it works 😀

MaggieTulliver Wed 21-Apr-21 13:42:04

I have what sounds the same hair OP and it’s about shoulder length. The only thing that works for me is straighteners and serum (not too much) on dry hair. I do get lots of compliments though so the hard work is worth it.

grandtanteJE65 Wed 21-Apr-21 13:44:46

Nothing works on really bushy hair. Just enjoy it, while it lasts.

You will miss it when it disappears in favour of thin old-lady hair.

I would love to have my bushy hair back, but that isn't going to happen.

dragonfly46 Wed 21-Apr-21 13:46:20

When I had long hair I took a tip from a Spanish hairdresser. When you wash your hair put two big rollers on the crown of your head then wrap the rest of your hair around your head like a giant roller. Let is dry naturally. My frizzy hair always dried straight. It is what the Spanish ladies do. Of course this was before straighteners were invented.

Dee1012 Wed 21-Apr-21 15:18:30

Genevieve489 I can't remember the name of the site but you can get a small bottle of MoroccanOil which would be worth trying first perhaps?
I only need a very small amount so it lasts a long time.

Callistemon Wed 21-Apr-21 16:06:58

I have tried Frizz Eaze, but haven't had much success with it.

Me neither, nor the Elastizer.

Puzzler61 Wed 21-Apr-21 16:13:35

Straighteners Genevieve. The best ones you can afford.
Most hairdressers use these :

Callistemon Wed 21-Apr-21 16:24:29

I think DD has those.
Good for long hair, like Genevieve's

but not for shorter hair unfortunately.

GagaJo Wed 21-Apr-21 16:33:35

Brazilian blow dry. Chemicals used to tame and straighten on a temporary-ish basis. Meghan Markle uses it.

I had a friend with very thick, bushy and wavy hair. She had them every few weeks.

GagaJo Wed 21-Apr-21 16:34:39

Callistemon Wed 21-Apr-21 16:38:06


Brazilian blow dry. Chemicals used to tame and straighten on a temporary-ish basis. Meghan Markle uses it.

I had a friend with very thick, bushy and wavy hair. She had them every few weeks.

Like an anti-perm?

I heard of something similar years ago but it has obviously advanced a lot since then.

GagaJo Wed 21-Apr-21 16:42:55

It's not hair straightening, which is an anti perm. This is a longish but temporary thing. The hair eventually goes back to normal. It should leave the hair lovely and silky too.

Callistemon Wed 21-Apr-21 16:52:50

If I was younger I might think about it!

Actually, my hair has got more frizzy as I've got older, it never used to be like this.