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Not everyone's hair easily transforms into a sleek, shiny mane. Sure, some gals can just lather up with any old shampoo and end up with smooth locks, but other ladies may end up with a frustratingly puffy mess. Your hair's thickness and texture have a lot to do with this, and while you can't change the type of hair you have, you can make your hair behave with the right tools and techniques.
Switch to a different kind of shampoo to control puffiness. Stay away from volumizing shampoo, which will only add more body to your thick locks. Instead, try a smoothing or moisturizing shampoo to give your hair more moisture and make your locks look smooth and sleek. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, and use a deep conditioner once a week to give your hair a little extra hydration. Also, don't feel like you have to shampoo every day. Try skipping a day or two to let your hair's natural oils smooth out your locks.
Sometimes, seriously stubborn puff just can't be tamed with shampoo and conditioner alone. If switching shampoos doesn't solve your puffy hair dilemma, give your locks a helping hand with smoothing products. After you wash your hair, work in some smoothing cream to fight puffiness and frizz. Since everyone's hair likes different stuff, you may have to play around with different products to find what works best for you. If smoothing cream doesn't cut it, try shine serum, straightening balm or leave-in conditioner.
Use hot tools to help deflate your puffy locks. After you work in your preferred smoothing product, mist on some heat-protectant spray to shield your hair from heat damage, then blow-dry your hair on low heat while you run a brush through your strands. Angle the blow-dryer down to help your hair lie flat. If your hair still feels too puffy, clamp down on individual sections of hair with a straightening iron for an ultra slimmed-down do.
Some hairstyles just don't work with full, thick hair that's prone to puffiness. If smoothing products and hot tools still leave your hair feeling too bloated, head to a salon for a slimming cut. Hair stylists have special thinning shears that are designed to de-puff extra puffy manes and help hair lie flatter. To reduce bulk and make your hair look sleek, ask your stylist to cut thinned-out layers in your hair with thinning shears.