Let’s face it – everyone has a bad hair day from time to time. But if you’ve got thin hair, you probably find yourself on the wrong end of them more than your fair share. Thin hair is definitely a challenge to work with – it can look flat, limp and lifeless. If you’ve got seriously thinning hair, you may even have embarrassing patchy spots that are tough to hide.
It isn’t a whole lot of fun, that’s for sure.
Fortunately, there are ways to make the most of your hair no matter how thin it is. The key is using the right products and treating your tresses right so you can give the illusion of a sexy, full head of hair. If you’re struggling with thin hair, here are some simple tips for feeling like a bombshell again.
Get the Right Style
When you have thin or thinning hair, the right hair cut can make all the difference. A long style can make your hair look thinner and more limp, so it’s best to keep your hair at your shoulders or above. A chin-length bob is a flattering style for thin hair because it adds volume so your hair looks thicker. With a shorter style, you can also add layers to give your hair some movement that will also help it look thicker.
Use Volumizing Products
When you’ve got thin hair, volumizing products are your best friend. Whether you prefer hair spray, gel or mousse, you can find a product designed to boost your hair’s volume so it looks fuller and thicker. For the best results, though, avoid volumizing products that contain wax – they’ll leave build up in your hair that weighs it down and actually makes it look even thinner. It’s also important to target the right spot when applying a volumizing product – your roots. Use a volumizing mousse at the roots when your hair is still damp. Then, when you’re blow drying, use a brush to hold the hair up at your scalp and create lift and fullness.
Give Color a Try
If your hair is thin but otherwise healthy – meaning it’s not dry and damaged from overprocessing – dying your hair can actually make it look thicker. The dyes in semi-permanent and permanent hair color temporarily thicken your strands, so your hair appears fuller. But coloring your hair can be damaging, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. If you’ve got thinning hair, visit a salon to get your hair colored instead of trying an at-home option from the drugstore.
Limit Heat Styling
While heated styling tools like flat irons an curling wands can certainly create some sexy styles, the heat that they generate can be seriously damaging to thinning hair. You’ve likely noticed that it doesn’t take long – or that high a heat setting – for you to blow dry your hair. Thinning hair is much more vulnerable to heat than thicker, coarser hair, so too much heat styling can lead to breakage and other damage that only makes your hair look thinner. Blow drying is usually all right if you use a low setting, but limit your use of flat irons and curling wands to special occasions – and use the lowest heat setting possible to achieve the desired style. It’s also a good idea to use a heat protectant like TRESemme’s Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray to protect your tresses from the heat.