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Volumizing Styling Tips for Thin Hair
7. Lift Your Roots: Adding lift at the scalp is one of the best ways you can create the illusion of thicker hair. Lightly blow-dry your hair until it’s slightly damp, then apply a volumizing product to the roots to set the ‘lift’ created with the blow-drying. This keeps hair from sticking to the scalp. You can also use a curling iron, roller set, or electric curlers at the roots to add volume. Just make sure to defend hair from heat with a thermal protectant!
8. Thicken Individual Strands: Modern volumizing products actually increase the size of individual strands. They also help your hairstyle last longer—which is always a goal for fine hair that tends to lose its shape rather quickly. Volumizing products come in a wide variety of formulas, including lotions, mousses, sprays and gels. Just be sure to avoid heavy styling creams, waxes, molding muds or thick serums. Ask your hairstylist which formula is best for your hairstyle and to demonstrate the right way to apply the product to your fine hair.
9. Switch Your Part. If you’ve worn your hair parted on the left since the Clinton administration, consider shifting it to the right or to the center. After years of being flattened in the same direction, a switch will help lift your hair away from your scalp and make the top of your head look like it has more body and volume.
10. Add Volume With a Curly or Wavy Hairstyle. A curly or wavy style will instantly give you a boost—making your fine hair look more voluminous. For a healthy, heat-free wave strategy, apply a volumizing mousse to clean, damp hair, put each half of your hair into a large braid, let it dry thoroughly, unfurl the plaits, gently rake through your hair with your fingers and voilá! Sexy, beach waves!
11. Turn Down the Heat. In general, the less heat you use to style your hair, the better. Heat can make your fine hair brittle and dry, which can lead to breakage, and who needs that? So air dry your hair as often as possible. When you do reach for your blow-dryer or styling iron, dial it down. A lower temperature setting will be kinder to your fine hair, and locks like yours don’t require super high heat to get the job done.
12. Protect Your Hair From Thermal Damage. A thermal protective product is essential whenever you use a blow-dryer, curling iron or heated rollers. These formulas put up a barrier between your fine hair and the heat and friction of your thermal tools. Use them as a final step after you apply your volumizing or defrizzing styling products.
13. Brush Up on Your Brushes. When it comes to selecting your hairbrush, choose wisely. It’s best, for example, to skip those round metal brushes—they can heat up significantly when you use them with your blow dryer, which can damage your fine hair. Hard plastic bristles can also cause breakage because they tend to snag fine, thin hair. Most pros recommend natural boar bristle brushes or brushes made of flexible nylon. These tend to glide through the hair more easily, they won’t overheat and they won’t catch on your fine hair. For an extra gentle touch, try a brush with a cushioned base. And contrary to popular opinion, too much brushing won’t make you go bald, so go ahead and stimulate those hair follicles as long as you’re using a good quality brush!
Cut and Color
14. Get a Volumizing Cut. There are two key words when it comes to thinking about the best haircuts for fine, thin hair—length and layers. In general, long, one-length hair will make fine hair look finer and flatter. What’s more, the weight of the length can cause your hair to separate and reveal too much of your scalp. Better choices include midlength or short cuts that won’t drag your hair down. Hairstylists also recommend lightly layering the hair, which helps make the texture bouncier and more voluminous. Layers should be placed inside the hair, not on the ends and not too close to the scalp, for maximum movement and volume.
15. Volumize With Hair Color. Hair color can be one of your best friends if you have fine, thin hair, for two reasons. First, the color can be placed strategically to make your hair look fuller. For example, if your hair is dark, your hairstylist can create lighter highlights that will diminish the contrast between your hair and your scalp. He or she may also create a multidimensional look—with two or three shades, such as a medium base with highlights and lowlights--to give the illusion of movement. What’s more, the haircolor itself actually expands the hair shaft slightly so it will appear thicker and more voluminous. However, avoid too much bleach or overlightening, which can lead to damage or breakage.