Not all of us are blessed with thick hair. An obnoxiously small ponytail, bald patches, breeze styled hair, and people constantly telling you that your hair is thin (as if I don’t know!) and what they think you should do – well, all of that ends today!
Here are a few tips to make your thin hair look luscious and full.
Styling Tips To Make Your Thin Hair Appear Thicker
1. Shampoo And Conditioner
Wash your hair with a thickening shampoo and conditioner as they contain ingredients that aid hair regrowth and strengthening. Stay away from hydrating shampoos as they can make your hair flat.
2. Volume Spray
Volume spray – it’s in the name! Volume sprays contain polymers that coat your hair shafts to make your hair look fuller. Make sure you spritz on a generous amount to make your hair look as full as it can.
3. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo adds volume to your hair. It absorbs the excess oil from your hair so that it doesn’t look greasy and flat. It saves you from having to wash your hair every day.
Stay away from dry shampoos that use talc and aluminum starch octenylsuccinate in their products. Use products with natural starches (like rice) in them. They will give your hair a refreshed and voluminous look without causing any issues.
4. Round Brush
Combing your hair with a round brush makes it look voluminous. Place your brush underneath your hair, combing it downward and towards your face. This will give your hair a C-shape, making it look thick. Brush your bangs away from your face and let them fall.
5. Hair Dryer
Flipping your hair down and blow drying it is an age-old way of adding volume to your hair. Flip your hair forward, point the hair dryer downwards, and run your brush through your hair continuously. Move around to all parts of your hair.
Keep the heat on medium setting as you don’t want to burn your hair or dry it out.
Backcombing or teasing your hair is a great way to add faux volume. It makes your hair look thick and full. Take a small section of hair and, using a fine-toothed comb, comb it downwards from the mid-section to the roots.
When you have thin hair, use mousse instead of a gel. A gel is much thicker and will make your hair strands greasy and stick together. A mouse is light and not sticky. You can style your hair without making it look like anything has been applied to it.
8. Highlights And Lowlights
Highlights and lowlights can add dimension to your hair and make it look thicker than it is. It also depends on your face shape. Check with stylists to find out which of these will look lovely on you. A blend of light and dark colors at the right places can make your hair look full and shiny. This also helps in showcasing your natural hair color.
9. Take vitamins
Just like your body needs nutrients to grow, so does your hair. Vitamins will help strengthen your hair follicles and aid regrowth. You can find multivitamin tablets at your local pharmacy or general store.
Oiling your hair is the best way to nourish your hair follicles and moisturize your hair. Use coconut oil or Jamaican black castor oil as they have nutrients that help stimulate hair growth and protect your hair from any damage.
This is key! Get a haircut that accentuates your best features and makes your hair look full and bouncy. Layers and bangs add dimension to your face and texture to your hair, making it look voluminous.
12. Hair Extensions
If you have really thin and fine-textured hair, hair extensions are a simple and great way to add more hair. They are also easy to attach to your hair. You can choose among weave extensions, clip-on extensions, and sewn-in extensions.
13. Hair Plugs And Implants
If you want a permanent fix for your hair thinning issues, try hair plugs and implants. In these procedures, hair follicles are transplanted from a donor to the recipient. Some clinics work with your own hair. They take hair from the back of your head and place it on your bald patches.
Curl your hair away from your face and brush it outwards. This makes it appear more voluminous. The same goes for wavy hair as well. You will definitely notice how bouncy and thick this makes your hair look.
15. Pancake Your Hair
Make your braids look more voluminous by tugging at each weave of the braid. This is known as ‘pancaking’ your hair. You can try this when you twist your hair and then pin it or even on a ponytail.
16. Velcro Rollers
Velcro rollers are a simple and easy way to bring volume to your hair. The best thing about velcro rollers is that they latch on to your hair and make sure that it doesn’t slip off the roller.
17. Massage Your Scalp
Whether you’re oiling, shampooing, or conditioning your hair, make sure you massage your scalp so that the products reach your scalp and nourish your hair from the roots. When using oil, make sure you massage it into the roots as it strengthens and nourishes your hair. When shampooing your hair, take a dollop of shampoo and massage it on your scalp to prevent any build-up or flakiness from remaining on your hair.
A pouf done on a ponytail, bun, or even loose hair will make your hair look thicker. Sweeping your hair to one side and pinning it in place will also make your hair look voluminous. While slight waves can make your hair look fuller than it is, side-swept bangs add dimension. Tease your hair near the crown to give it a perfect rise near the hairline. Avoid tight ponytails or buns as they can lead to hair fall.
- Short Hair: Short hair that ends at your shoulders or higher makes thin hair look incredibly thick. A shag haircut, an edgy textured bob, or a pixie cut can add dimension to your hair.
- Layers: Layers add dimension to your hair, which personifies volume. If you have thin hair, cutting all your hair in one length is not the best idea.
Stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss. The more stressed you feel, the more your hair will fall. So, de-stress! Take a holiday or, if you have too much work, try splitting it up into small tasks rather than doing it altogether.
20. Lose Weight
Yes! Being obese can cause hair loss. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) determines how much your body should weigh depending on your height and mass. Consult a physician to understand what steps you can take to reduce body weight along with exercising and eating healthy.
No one wants thin, lifeless hair! We all want our locks to look voluminous and not depend on the hair salon as a safety net. So, give your hair the care it needs by following these tips. Comment below to let us know what styling tips you use to make your thin hair look thicker.