I was never one to complain about my hair. It was actually one of my better features and I was blessed with tons of it. Now that I’m experiencing postpartum hair loss (a common problem with hormonal shifts after having a baby and stopping prenatal vitamins), I’ve joined the thin hair club, and the struggle is real. My once luscious, thick hair has become a faint memory of the past (for now let’s hope!), and I now know what it’s like to crave voluminous, full hair. However, there are some tricks to faking it that don’t require extensions or backcombing, so read on, thin-haired friends.
1. Choose the right hair cut. If you have fine, thin hair, hanging on to super long hair isn’t doing you any favors. And while it might feel like you have more hair, that length is weighing it down and making it more flat. Stick to medium length or shorter, and have your stylist cut choppy layers to create movement. Now might be time to embrace the popular lob.
2. Wash thoughtfully. Choose your shampoo and conditioner carefully. Volumizing formulas won’t leave a residue, which can weigh hair down, and combing out your hair before jumping in the shower can help with tangling and breakage. You can also invest in a hair towel or use an old t-shirt to mop up excess water when you’re fresh out of the shower. (Rubbing your hair with a standard towel creates frizz and more breakage.)
Products from left to right: Tangle Teezer, Deva Curl Deva Towel, R+Co Dallas Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner, L’Oreal Paris Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner
3. Build your arsenal. Choosing the right tools is key. To beef things up, add a light-weight volumizing mousse from roots to ends. Hair powder can do wonders for lifting the roots and adding texture (you can also use a little dry shampoo) in dry hair. Learning how to give yourself a good blow dry will give the illusion of thicker strands. When drying, use a large round brush to create volume at the crown.
Products from left to right: Ibiza Large Round Brush, Harry Josh Pro Dryer, Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Powder Play, Toni & Guy Sculpting Powder, Bumble and Bumble Thickening Mousse, Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse
4. Tie it up. In-between washes, sleep with your hair on top of your head. Secure a bun with a scrunchie or other soft, stretchy fabric, which eliminates breakage and those dreaded rubber band kinks.