Having hair that looks full and luscious is basically the ultimate hair goal, right? Well, it likely is anyways if your hair is anything but. That’s because, like most things in life, we tend to crave the things we don’t have, which means that for those of us with finer-than-fine hair, thick, bouncy, voluminous-looking manes are typically at the very top of our wish lists. Unfortunately, as anyone with baby-fine hair will tell you, achieving even the slightest bit of body and volume can feel like a near-impossible task. Trust us—we’ve been there. That’s why we recently tapped our team of in-house hair care experts to give us the scoop on the quick and easy hacks that are guaranteed to help make our thin hair appear fuller and thicker. Trust us when we say, these tips can make all the difference.
Get frequent trims
Have you ever noticed that your hair always feels a bit thicker in the days immediately following a hair cut? That’s because even the slightest trim can help remove unwanted split ends and even out your hair, making it feel less straggly and stringy, which we all know is a thin-haired girl’s worst nightmare. For an instant thickening solution then, we recommend getting a quick trim every six to eight weeks to ensure your ends stay well-maintained.
Reconsider your cut
Speaking of frequent trims, if your hair if on the thinner end of the spectrum, you may want to reconsider how you’re cutting your hair in the first place. While long hair certainly has its perks (dramatic hair flip, anyone?), a shorter, blunt cut can actually do a lot to help add body, volume, and fullness to naturally thin, limp hair as longer styles tend to weigh the hair down, making your hair goals that much harder to achieve. The next time you go to your hairstylist then, ask about ditching some of your length in favor of a super trendy bob or lob cut. The shorter style is a surefire way to add instant thickness and body to otherwise lank hair, while also ridding your mane of any unwanted breakage and damage.
Cleanse and condition the right way
As if dealing with thin hair wasn’t already challenging enough, it’s no secret that these hair types also tend to become greasier faster than other hair types, as the shaft of fine hair tends to be smoother and less porous, which allows oils to sit more visible on top of the hair. To help combat this, we recommend not necessarily shampooing more often, as that can dry your hair out if done too frequently, but rather focusing your shampoo (preferably a volume-boosting, sulfate-free formula) on the roots where these oils tend to collect and build up. Once properly cleaned, it’s also highly recommended that you avoid applying conditioner to your scalp as it can weigh the hair down. Instead, use just enough to coat the strands from the mid-shafts down, as this will help keep your hair looking fresh and voluminous up top.
Choose better products
While we love the benefits of a nourishing hair oil or styling cream just as much as the next girl, heavy, oil-based products typically aren’t the best option for those with finer hair. Hydrating and effective though they may be, they can also weigh your delicate hair down, causing it to look—that’s right, you guessed it—flat and greasy. But don’t worry—that doesn’t mean you have to give up on styling products completely. Instead, we recommend sticking to those that offer “hold” and “texture,” like a non-aerosol dry shampoo, sea salt spray, texturizing mist, or volumizing mousse. Not only are they light enough for your thin strands, but they can also help give the appearance of thicker, fuller hair by coating the hair shafts in polymers, which act as a sort of thickening agent.
And don’t worry, should you feel the need for an extra dose of hydration, shine, or thermal protection, we’ve got you covered. Our leave-in treatment, though rich and nourishing like a styling cream, is also fully customizable according to your hair type, which means that even those with ultra-fine hair can reap its restorative benefits without the risk of any buildup or residue.
Play with your part
Okay—hear us out. We know it sounds simple, but switching up the way you part your hair is actually one of the easiest ways to get the look of thicker hair. Tend to opt for a straight forward middle part? Try altering your look with a deep side part for an instant dose of body and volume. Seriously, you’ll be shocked at the number of compliments you receive.
Rethink the heat
We all know that heat styling isn’t exactly the best thing for our hair, but let’s be honest, sometimes we just need a sleek, polished blowout to help get us through the week. That said, if you’re dealing with thin hair, you may want to reconsider your hot tool usage—especially if a flat iron is involved. While great at adding extra polish and smoothness to hair, it can also cause your hair to appear a bit flatter and thinner, which is something you definitely don’t want. Instead, try using your flat iron to create sleek beachy-style waves, which will not only help give your strands some extra width but will also add dimension and texture so that hair appears fuller. Even better, allow your hair to air dry naturally first to help enhance your hair’s natural texture before finishing it off with a few spritzes of texturizing sea salt spray.
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