Let’s face it: Gorgeous hair is luck of the draw. Because genes control the texture of your hair, there’s only so much you can do—and for fine-haired women, that can be downright depressing. Although it’s impossible to truly thicken each individual strand, these tricks from hair experts will help you make the most of what you’ve got.
“Too much layering can actually cause your hair to look even thinner,” says celebrity stylist Mika Fowler, of Kim Vo Salon in Beverly Hills. “You need to have a good balance in your haircut, where you have heaviness at the bottom and lightness on the top. Keep the ends of your cut very blunt, which will give the illusion of thicker hair.”
Choose the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
Fowler recommends starting with products like Joico Body Luxe Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner ($13.99 each, joico.com). “They power up the body, volume, and thickness of strands without weighing hair down,” she says.
…And Stock Up on Dry Shampoo
“When used on the scalp and massaged through the hair, it creates a grit-like feel and pumps up the volume at the base of the hair,” says celebrity stylist James Cornwell, of Cornwell Styling.
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Bring Out the Rollers
“Roller setting your hair will add volume, curl, and body to your hair until the next shampoo,” says Hair-care expert Ky Smith.
Use a Thickening Lotion
“They have thickening polymers so they bind onto the hair shaft and help it temporarily expand,” says Rita Hazan stylist Eugene Toye.
“Blow-dry hair in the opposite direction of its growth pattern,” suggests Toye. This will help create more volume than pointing the dyer in the direction your hair naturally lays.
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Skip the Serums and Leave-In Conditioners
“After blow-drying, avoid heavy leave-in conditioners, shine serums, and styling products that will just weight your hair down,” says Fowler. Try using Powder Play by Sexy Hair ($16.95, sexyhair.com), which is a volumizing and texturizing powder, instead. “This product is great because it’s weightless and it’s a powder that instantly liquefies when applied, allowing hair to absorb the product,” says Fowler.
Use an Old-School Teasing Trick
“Gently tease hair at the root, and spray the area to lock in the volume,” says Toye. Smooth it over with a brush to make it look polished.
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