Scalp health is essential for healthy hair, so proper cleansing and conditioning is a must. Wash your hair with cool water to avoid dehydrating it, which leaves it prone to breakage. Aggressive towel drying can also cause breakage, so gently blot wet hair and comb it out with a wide-tooth comb. To create volume, blow dry using a round brush to direct hair straight up and in the opposite direction it naturally falls.
One of the fastest and most effective ways to create the illusion of thick, full hair is to cut it short. Shorter hair also tends to look healthier and have more volume because it’s not weighed down by extra inches. For women, a stacked bob or a pixie cut are good options, as well as a face-framing cut with heavy layers or fringe. Men’s hair looks dense and thick when scissor cut with choppy layers on top. Getting a trim every 4 to 6 weeks will keep the cut sharp and prevent split ends that make hair look thin and stringy.
Getting to the root
There are a variety of products available that are specially formulated to support thinning hair and stimulate growth. Paul Mitchell’s line of Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning products gently cleanse and condition, and stimulate the scalp. Nioxin’s personalized solutions treat an unhealthy scalp, while increasing hair density and diameter.
The power of products
Styling products can be an effective way to bulk up hair. They coat the outside of the hair shaft making skinny strands look and feel thicker without the feeling of heavy product. Try Biolage Volumizing Whipped Mousse or Paul Mitchell Extra Body Thicken Up Styling Liquid for denser looking hair.
Color it in
Color swells the hair cuticle which gives hair extra volume, making it an effective way to thicken the appearance of your hair. Another color trick to try: Shadow root. Coloring your roots one shade darker than the rest of your hair gives the illusion of more hair. Dimension and movement can also be created with highlights and gray blending.
If thinning hair is a challenge you’re dealing with, talk with your stylist about solutions that would be right for you.