If nature gave you thin hair, it can be hard work trying to give it volume and keep it looking the way you want after you leave the house each morning. But the good news is that there are plenty of ways to achieve this.
Bright Side put together a list of the best tips to help your hair look fabulous every day.
Play around with the length of your hair
Many stylists agree that the optimal length for thin hair is no lower than your shoulders, since short hairstyles like this give the impression of greater volume. Hair this long is also much easier to arrange. Given the choice, volume over length might be the better option.
Give yourself a multi-layered hairstyle
Another hairstyle that helps give the impression of greater volume is a multi-layered one with an uneven or messy fringe. Another advantage of this kind of haircut is that it suits virtually every type of face and hair.
Add some color
You can add volume to your hair using not only scissors but also color. This might be ordinary highlights or the shatush method, where you use several different shades of one color.
Wash your hair the right way
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Even something as simple as washing your hair a different way can help add volume. All you have to do is follow a few basic rules:
1. Apply the shampoo only to your roots, then spread the lather along the length of your hair. The ends of your hair are always drier and more brittle, so you shouldn’t rub them.
2. Apply conditioner or a mask only along the length of your hair. Moisturizing shampoos, when applied to the roots, only make them heavier and flatten out your hair.
3. Wash your scalp on a regular basis. This will improve blood circulation and get rid of dead cells.
4. Try not to wash your hair every day. This can remove a protective layer from your hair that results in it being weaker, in turn depriving it of volume. It’s also better to use dry shampoo.
Lift up your roots
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Nowadays, there’s a multitude of options available for you to give your roots more volume, beginning with special sprays and hair tongs and ending with the curlers our moms and grandmothers used. If you don’t have any of these to hand, try using ordinary hairpins. Just place them in your wet hair and allow it to dry before removing them. Your roots will be slightly raised, but without giving you too much volume that looks unnatural.
Avoid using too much styling foam
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An excessive amount of styling foam can glue your hair together and make it heavier, in turn making it very difficult to achieve that additional volume. Apply the following rule: for styling short hair, all you need is a ball of foam about the size of a walnut. For medium-length hair, it should be approximately the size of a hen’s egg, and for long hair the size of a tennis ball.
Apply the principle of ’creative chaos’
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Smooth, carefully combed hair often looks far too smoothed-out and flat. A little bit of chaos, on the other hand, can be your best friend if you’re seeking more volume. This can be achieved by styling your hair in light waves, holding it back only loosely with a hair band, or using styling foam.
Use dry shampoo
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Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver for those who have no time to wash their hair or spend hours styling it. It removes dirt from your roots and also helps lift them, helping to give volume as well as cleanliness. The same effect can be achieved by using baby powder.
Dry your hair from below
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An ordinary hair dryer can also help give you extra volume. Simply lower your head so that your hair hangs down in front of your face, and direct the hot air from your roots to your tips. Alternatively, simply lift the upper part of your hair and dry it in a vertical position.
Adjust the parting in your hair
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Instead of applying your habitual center parting, try doing it differently. You have lots of choices here: a zig-zag, a side parting, a low side parting, or even going without one at all. This simple trick can add volume to your roots.