Thin or fine hair is very common, and whilst often it is genetic and you may have family members with similar hair, sometimes it is also due to hair damage such as excessive use of chemicals on the hair or over using styling tools.
But there are a few things you can do to help with thinning hair – whether this is treating it, or simply trying useful techniques to disguise it with hair styles.
Keep it shorter
If you have very fine or thin hair, you may wish to ask your hairdresser for a haircut that will help to ‘thicken’ your hair. Shorter styles can often appear thicker and fuller, and especially avoid too many layers as this can make your hair seem thinner.
If your hair appears thinner on the top, try teasing the crown slightly to give volume to the hair which will disguise any scalp that may be peeking through. Try using a small, thin, bristle brush to back comb the crown from under the hair, and then once you have created the volume, lightly brush over the top to sooth it out.
Washing & styling
There are many shampoos and conditioners designed for thin hair, and one in particular stands out – Nioxin. Nioxin is three step system including a cleanser, conditioner and a treatment, which work together to nourish the scalp and give thicker looking hair.
You can also use volumizing products to help add body. This can be volumizing shampoos, styling liquids and even finishing sprays which will help to make the hair appear fuller and thicker. A great place to look for these is Hairtrade.com which is full of salon exclusive hair care. However it is important to remember to not use too much of a product as it can easily weigh down fine hair – choose lightweight products with water as a main ingredient.
Fine hair’s thin diameter makes it very fragile compared to normal hair – so you have to take extra care when styling. If styling tools such as hair straighteners are necessary, then make sure you use a heat defence spray to protect the strands from heat damage. Otherwise, it is best to use a hair dryer and paddle brush instead of a straightening iron.
When blow drying, add instant volume by pulling your hair straight up at the roots using your hair brush which will create more lift than turning your head upside down!
A final tip is to consider using hair extensions to create extra volume. Clip in hair extensions are the easiest and quickest to apply and it means you can use them when you want, such as for a special occasion. Providing they are 100% human hair, you can also cut them to blend in with your own hair style, making them extremely natural looking and blend seamlessly with your hair.
Laura is a hair and beauty writer with extensive knowledge in Beauty, Makeup and hair care.
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