My friend is a hairstylist who loves my (really) thick and wavy hair.
How I normally deal with it is I iron out the bangs and don't bother combing my hair, just put it up in a side ponytail with a cute little headband, as seen on the right photo. What he did was to amp up my usual everyday hairstyle.
On the left photo, Mycke did away with the ponytail and teased my hair to his heart's content, after which he curled my bangs into a glamorous '50s style.
I often wish I had limp pin-straight tresses, but slowly I'm learning to love the way my hair is—easy to shape and reshape!