11 Genius Hacks Every Girl With Thin Hair Should Know
Let’s face it. When it comes to appearance, it’s pretty much a universal truth that we want whatever feature we don’t have. A sprinkling of adorable freckles? We drool. High and chiseled-to-perfection cheekbones? Mhmm. And for those of us with finer-than-fine locks, a full and voluminous head of hair is at the top of the list. True, we may have minimal hair sweat during the hottest days of summer, and it may take us less than an arm, leg, and a full 60 minutes for an at-home blowout, but what girl doesn’t aspire for locks à la Adriana, Chanel, and Gigi? (Yep, that’s what we thought). So, to lend a helping hand, we’ve scoured the internet to come up with a list of the best hacks to give your thin hair the va-va-voom factor it’s been yearning for. (Hair-flip optional.)
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Have you ever noticed that in the days immediately following a fresh trim you feel like you actually have more hair? Even if you’ve removed some length, your hair probably feels thicker due to how clean and fresh your ends are. Frequent trims and end maintenance will help prevent hair from reaching that straggly and stringy point of no return, which just exacerbates the appearance of already thin strands. To keep ends sealed (and your hair glossy and full), we love Redken Extreme Length Sealer ($24), which can be applied on damp and dry hair.
Despite our infatuation with long hair, a shorter length can be totally chic and just as jaw-dropping. So, if your hair is on the finer end of the spectrum, it may be time to throw in the towel, take that gulp, and embrace a shorter ’do. When hair is thin, it can easily verge on the aforementioned straggly and stringy side—ugh. Not only is it not a good look, but it also does absolutely zilch for your #volumegoals. A shorter length will encourage body and bounce with virtually no effort, to boot.
Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse ($27)
When it comes to fine hair and product, more is definitely not better. In fact, your arsenal should be pretty darn small (we’re talking two to three products, people). A volumizing mousse (this one applied to damp hair works wonders) followed by a dry texturizing spray and or a dry shampoo should be your one-two punch. A volumizer will help fatten up thin strands during the drying process, while a texturizing spray will add some extra body and oomph a day or two in. Need further convincing? Celebrity mane maven Jen Atkin has likened Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42) to Botox for hair.
Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Conditioner ($24)
We’ve preached the benefits of extending your blowout as long as humanly possible time and time again. Simply put, fewer washings equates to healthier hair. However, oil and grease plague those of us with fine hair a heck of a lot faster than those with thicker locks. Thus, we’re undoubtedly going to have to suds up a bit more often—sigh. So, the new modus operandi wiIl be incorporating a volume-boosting (and preferably sulfate-free) ’poo and conditioner into your shower regimen ASAP—remembering to only apply conditioner from the mid-lengths through the ends. This will help keep your strands clean while also promoting some voluminous bounce.
Paul Mitchell Pro Tools Tease Hair Brush ($14)
Okay, okay. So teasing may be one of the most stigmatized hair practices around. However, we happen to think that D.J. Tanner and Jon Bon Jovi might have actually been onto something (kind of joking, kind of not). When done strategically, teasing can actually add some super-soft volume to lifeless locks. And if you’ve ever wanted to create the coveted model-off-duty bed head, it might just be your ticket.
Goody Ouchless Elastics ($5)
As much as we love ponytails, they tend to be a dead giveaway when it comes to thin hair. However, here at Byrdie, we actually have multiple tricks for making your tail appear fuller, not floppy. Our favorite (and easiest) hack? Prop it up. Doubling up on hair ties will instantly counteract slouch and give your pony some added lift.
Conair Carded Pocket Comb ($1)
Always part your hair on the exact same side? Well, welcome to the club—you’re a serial hair-parter. Switching up your part is one the easiest and chicest hacks in terms of giving fine hair an added boost and instant makeover (seriously, you’ll be amazed at the number of compliments… even if people can’t detect exactly what’s changed). Try a deep part on the opposite side of the scalp for some serious volume and a look that we deem super alluring.
Nutiva Coconut Oil ($28)
We know. This statement is practically slander—going against current beauty religion and pretty much everything we’ve been telling you since coconut oil became, well, everything. However, coconut oil and thin hair do not a match make. Essentially, coconut oil (which is extremely heavy) acts as a coat of shine, rather than a dose of legitimate hydration. Eventually, the oil will lead to icky buildup on fine strands and will discourage volume by weighing hair down. So, instead of using coconut oil straight-up, try applying a well-balanced hair mask that incorporates the oil (because, shine!) but integrates other hair-healthy ingredients as well. We’re currently loving L’Oréal Oleo Therapy Deep Recovery Mask ($9).
Harry Josh Premium Oval Brush ($25)
News flash: Not all brushes are created equal—especially when it comes to your individual hair type. For those with fine and delicate strands, gentle and soft bristles are key. Investing in the right brush will help your precious strands maintain silkiness and encourage scalp health (which will help prevent further thinning).
Hot Tools Self-Grip Rollers ($4)
Yes, you may feel like a desperate housewife, but strategically rolling the top few layers of your hair into Velcro rollers may just be the best thing you can do for your tresses. Doing what our (still) wondrous wands and curlers cannot, rollers add volume exactly where we want it—at the root. Dry, roll, pin, and carry on with the rest of your primping duties (or Netflix binge). Then, right before heading out the door, remove rollers, fluff, and spray with a light-hold hairspray—stylists love this one by Oribe ($33).
ghd Platinum Professional Styler ($249)
Sorry to burst your bubble, but you’ve been flatironing your hair all wrong. After blow-drying (and applying a heat protectant!), grab sections of your hair, pulling them taught, and run your flatiron over your strands in an upward motion, versus downward. Um, we’re pretty miffed that we didn’t come across this one sooner. Instant volume.
What’s your secret for a fuller head of hair? Share your tips with us below!
This post was originally published on January 4, 2016.