How to Style And Color Thinning Hair For More Volume

July 10th, 2018          Written by a Staff Member of Hair Loss in Women

how to style and color thinning hair

Getting a Hair Cut

When cutting thin hair, it is important to note that this should be done with straight cuts. Thinning the tips is not necessary as this only takes away the density of the hair. Adding layers is another thing. This adds volume which makes it much easier to manage with less product.

Don’t go too long before getting a cut. Shorter hairstyles naturally call for haircuts more often but it is also important to know that split ends can also cause further damage. Split ends over time end up traveling up the shaft of the hair, causing more breakage and damage to once healthy hair. Trimming a 1/2 inch each month will help keep those locks healthier.

Shorter Hair Styles

The first thing you can do to style and color thinning hair is to wear a shorter style. A bob, pixie or boy cut all have rounder silhouettes which are ideal for fine hair.

A shorter hairstyle will reduce the look of thinning hair. Longer hair weighs more, which will show more of your scalp. Additionally, if your hair isn’t too thin, layers can increase volume as well. Bangs are another option to consider, especially if your hairline is receding. Perms can make your hair thicker as well as add texture.

Brushing Your Hair

Brush your dry hair from underneath.

Brushing your dry hair from underneath, up and away from your scalp will help increase the appearance of volume. If you brush your hair down towards your scalp, your hair will not look as full. And don’t use metal brushes, which will heat up and damage your hair. A better choice is one with soft, natural bristles (such as a boar brush).

When your hair is wet, the cuticle of the hair is still open which means the hair strands are more delicate. We suggest using a wide-toothed comb if you want to brush your hair when it is wet.

Don’t let that hair pile up on your hairbrush. Old, dirty hair builds germs and bacteria which then get put on your new, healthy hair each time you brush. Be sure to clean our your brush after each use so it stays clean. We also recommend a deep cleaning each month which can be done by soaking your comb or brush in baking soda and water. This will remove build up oils on the brush or comb easily.

Blow Drying Your Hair

An oldie but goodie is to blow dry your hair with your head upside down. This will lift your hair up and add volume. To reduce the amount of damage to the hair with blow drying, hold the blow dryer at least 5 inches away from your hair, and use a nozzle or diffuser. This will reduce the amount of heat you’re subjecting your hair too (heat damages your hair).

Be Careful With Heated Styling Tools

Remember that all chemical hair treatments damage your hair, and increase your chances of breakage, so make sure you’re properly taking care of your hair afterward.

When drying your hair, don’t use high heat, which will make hair more brittle. Many experts recommending limiting your blow dryer usage to two to three times per week, even on a low heat setting. One way to minimize damage to your hair before blow-drying is to apply a heat protectant spray, serum, or mousse before blow drying. And never use flat irons or curling irons on wet hair.

In this video a stylist shows several techniques she uses to add volume for a woman with thinning hair:


Hair Coloring For Thinning Hair

A great resource regarding how to style and color thinning hair your hair stylist. Talk to your hair stylist about how to color your hair. You may want to do it yourself, but your hair stylist will have access to more options and often better options.  And they have a lot of experience, which can save you a lot of time and aggravation.

You may consider coloring your hair a shade or two lighter, which will help reduce the contrast of your hair to your scalp, reducing the look of thinning hair. But don’t go too blonde, which can make your hair look transparent. And getting a combination of highlights and lowlights can create the illusion of depth.

When coloring, use a permanent hair color, which thickens hair by penetrating the cuticle and volumizing the hair. Permanent hair color will last until new hair grows in, which is longer than demi-permanent (around 28 washes), and semi-permanent hair color (6 to 8 washes).

Remember that all chemical hair treatments damage your hair, and increase your chances of breakage, so make sure you’re properly taking care of your hair afterward.

If you insist on coloring your hair yourself, stay away from products with more than 20% peroxide, and don’t use bleach! Bleach can damage your hair and can make your hair too blonde, which makes your hair transparent.

More Coloring And Styling Ideas For Fuller Looking Hair

A great idea is to google the name of famous female actors in their fifties, sixties, and beyond. At the top of the page, you can click on the “images” tab, and you’ll only see pictures. Many movie stars older than 50 are dealing with thinning hair, but they have the resources (money for great stylists) to hide it.

You may get some ideas on how to color and style your hair to hide your hair loss. Share these pictures with your hair stylist to see if they’re doing something that may work for you. Some stars you may want to look at are Meg Ryan, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Cybill Shepherd, Kim Cattrall, Ellen Barkin, Diane Sawyer, Glenn Close, Iman, Jaclyn Smith, Suzanne Somers, and Annette Bening.

Some other ideas would be to get a “permanent wave“. A permanent wave has a similar process to a perm but does not create tight curls. We recommend a gentle wave. This should only be done on healthy, non-brittle hair and done by a hair professional due to the extreme chemicals that are used on the hair.

Do you have tips or secrets to make your hair look fuller? Please comment below.

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