Whether you were born with thin or fine hair or have lost some volume over the years, there are some tricks for making your hair look thicker.
Wash your hair more often
It may seem counter-intuitive to wash thin hair more frequently but experts say that washing your hair will stimulate your scalp, which can help new hair grow in. When excess oil builds up, it can cause hair to separate, exposing more of your scalp. Steer clear of extra moisturizing shampoos, which can weigh thin hair down and clog pores.
Exfoliate your scalp
Don’t be afraid to rigorously scrub your scalp in the shower. It won’t cause your hair to fall out but it will get rid of dead skin and stimulate your hair follicles. Exfoliating your scalp can actually help strengthen the hair you have. A shampoo like Paul Mitchell Tea Tree can help invigorate your scalp as well.
Keep it short
If you have thin or thinning hair, avoid letting it get too long on the sides or back, where your hair is fullest. The key is the proportion. Have your stylist blend the top with the sides and back for a look that’s clean and proportionate.
The blowdryer is your friend
Don’t be afraid of the blowdryer. Air drying just leaves hair looking flat. Try running some air through it and roughing up your hair with your fingers to give it more volume. Plus, you can try a thermal protectant spay, like Sexy Hair 450 Blow Out Spray. It’ll give you some volume while protecting your hair from heat damage.
Find your match
Hair products make a big difference in how your hair looks. Choose products designed for fine or thin hair and avoid products that are too greasy or waxy. Creams in general can weigh thin hair down too much. Look for lightweight products with a matte finish, like a paste or clay, like Redken Wax Blast.
If you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle against losing your hair, products lines such as Nioxin, can help you hold on to the hair you have. Specifically formulated for thinning hair, Nioxin’s treatment systems can help your hair look thicker and denser. Ask your stylist for recommendations if you aren’t sure which system is right for you.