Make Your Hair Look Thicker: Styles for Thinning Hair

What are the best hair styles for thinning hair?

Some of us are born with thin, fine hair. Others of us may notice our hair gradually thinning. As men and women age, both genders have increased hair loss., with female hair loss primarily diffuse hair thinning throughout the scalp, as opposed to male balding patterns (whether due to telogen effluvium or androgenetic hair loss). Additionally, hair can be damaged from heating, processing, products, and styling, which makes it much more challenging to find the right cut or style that works with your hair.18

The Big Tease?

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No, we are not suggesting turning your hair into a mass of 1980s big-hair frizz or the 1960s beehive. But back-combing, when done properly, can add height and volume without damaging your hair. Here’s how, from The Makeover Guy Christopher Hopkins: 283

However, other experts warn that teasing your hair does damage it—so perhaps save this tip for special occasions only. 74

Consider Curls

For more volume, you may also curl the hair. Use a curling iron if your remaining hair is thicker or healthy. Using a hot roller set can add fullness and volume to the hair, but watch out for over-heating the already-fine locks and let your hair cool before styling. If your hair is very thin or fine, use sponge rollers that do not require any heat, and therefore are friendly on your hair. Then, arrange the curls so that they conceal the problematic thinning areas. 283

Lighten Up

If you have thinning hair, consider going to a lighter color since it will reduce the contrast between your scalp and the hair you do have, making thinner areas less noticeable. 284

Cuts and Styles for Women with Thinning Hair

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Cuts and styles that are appropriate for women (for men, check out Tips for Men) with thinning hair include: 284

Accessories for Thinning Hair

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Accessories can do wonders for adding thickness to your hair’s appearance or disguising areas of thinness.283

Accessories to Avoid

When considering hair accessories, remember that the goal is to add height and volume without weighing the hair down. Do not use tight elastics that will actually accentuate the scalp that is showing through hair. Avoid any heavy accessories that pull on the hair too much, as this will actually cause further damage to the already-delicate strands. Avoid wide-toothed clips, or other accessories, that slip through fine hair. If your hair is very thin, you can also use bobby pins to anchor your fine locks underneath the accessory.

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