We’ve all been there… whether you’re the proud owner of a luscious, thick set of locks or are struggling with seemingly lifeless hair, the issue of thin strands is something we’ve all come across at some point or another. The idea is… it can look a little lifeless from time to time. Heading over to your hairdresser for a quick haircut can indeed give you a fuller looking hair, but in case you weren’t born with it, it won’t last you that long.

What you might not know is that there are plenty of tricks you can try to turn your hair into a real-life version of Farrah Fawcett’s iconic bouncy blowouts. From what you eat to the type of conditioner you use, it all makes a difference in achieving supersize, thick hair. Let’s start by pointing out the most common reasons for hair thinning and what you can do to prevent them.

Why Is My Hair Thinning?

What are the factors that contribute to the thinning process your hair goes through, resulting in limp, lackluster strands? Well, for the most part, it starts with what you eat on a daily basis. A balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and fatty fish will significantly increase the resistance and shine in your hair. If your diet is lacking in essential vitamins and minerals, don’t’ expect your hair to look any better than what your food does. To balance things out, try to change your eating habits and take a multivitamin every day. An essential fatty acid supplement is also recommended if you don’t eat a lot of fatty fish as well.

Other reasons that play an important role in losing hair thickness are hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, stress, certain medications and even heredity. Luckily, you can always search for better solutions to prevent thinning and restore your hair’s vitality. Here are some tips and tricks to help you do just that.

Volumizing Shampoos

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Opt for specially-formulated shampoos that will give your hair a fuller look. These products work to get the follicles on your scalp to perk up and can make hair appear thicker. In case you don’t want to pay your hairstylist a visit each time you need to wash your hair, choose products that are known to gently remove residue and DHT from the hair and scalp, as well as provide nourishing vitamins, proteins and amino acids.

Tip: Shampoos that contain niacin or Vitamin B3 are ideal for pumping up the volume in your hair.

Watch out for the Conditioner

The conditioner you use should also be addressing the issue and most importantly, not cause your hair to look flat. When you choose a volumizing conditioner, make sure to apply it only at the ends of your hair and not at the roots, if you want to avoid wispy looking tresses. As unbelievable as it may sound, you can find conditioners that volumize and don’t flatten, but you need to be picky when it comes to choosing the right one.

Spray, Mousse and Blow Dry

Although not exactly in that order, the post-shampoo ritual will make a big difference in how thick your hair looks. You’ll need to lift at the roots in order to create volume, so start by using a thickening spray on your still-damp hair. If it’s heat protectant, even better. Take a round brush and blast with your dryer, focusing at the roots. Hold the hair a few inches above your scalp and pull the brush up toward the ends of your hair, starting from the back.

You can also try to flip your hair to one side and blow dry from root to tip, repeating the process both forwards and backwards. By doing so, you create an all-over fullness and prevent your hair from falling flat in its usual part.

Mousse is another great product you can use for when you don’t have too much time in the morning. So, after washing and towel-drying your hair, apply a thickening or volumizing mousse and simply let it air dry before brushing it all out.

Color on

Those in need of noticeable, immediate thickness can also resort to subtle highlights or clever placement of darker colors underneath the surface of the haircut. A good colorist will be able to advise you on the best solution for making your hair look thicker through micro-balayage or baby lights. If your hair is dark, you don’t have too much to worry about as darker hair can naturally look thicker, but if your goldie locks suffer from a limp and thin appearance you might want to try adding a few highlights to your hair. Think of it as adding dimension and depth to your look.

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Brunettes, on the other hand, can try several shades of chocolate rather than going for one all over color and play around with shorter haircuts. Something above shoulder length with voluminous layers and some cleverly placed highlights and lowlights will make your hair appear much fuller.

Fake it ‘till you make it

Possibly one of the most effective ways to an instant, volumizing hairdo is to try some hair extensions. Yup… they’re not just for length anymore. No need to go full head, instead ask your hairstylist to add a few extensions in at the sides and no higher than the top of your ears, enough to leave your hair looking fuller and thoroughly thicker. Whether we’re talking clip-in, tape-in or keratin-bonded, extensions create fullness and volume where there are none to begin with.

So, next time you’re wondering how to achieve thicker, fuller-looking hair, consider these tips and tricks and make it happen!

Use a blow dryer

Rather than just letting your hair naturally dry, use a blow dryer. Seal in the settings at the least hot mode, bend your head upside down and start blow drying your hair. Always wait till the hair are mildly damp. Section the hair using hair clips and blow dry, individually covering as many portions of hair as you can.

Use rollers

Once your hair are dry, use a hair roller. Start at the tip of the crown, folding the hair inwards. This is actually a nice way to give hair a bouncy look. Directly use a blower in cool settings over the hair while the roller is still on.

After removing the roller, you should cover your hair with an after style moisturizing hair cream. Just a little is needed. Large amount will volume down your hair giving them a flat look, that we don’t want. Sprinkle hair spray straight over the tresses from roots to tips. You can though skip the hair cream part if your hair aren’t dry and damaged.

Try layered haircuts

No matter your hair are medium or long, if they’re thin, you shouldn’t be getting a simple V or U shaped haircut. Give your hair a chance to work with 2 to 3 layers. It deciphers the actually volume and makes hair look thicker, bouncier and fuller.

Avoid daily head wash

You don’t want thin and brittle hair to tangle. If you wash your hair everyday, there’ll be maximum chances that you’ll be losing some precious strands each time. In fact, you shouldn’t ideally come up with styles that need a lot of brushing. Thus, avoid braiding, until necessary.

Use a wide tooth hairbrush

The logic is simple, a wide tooth hair brush leads to less hair fall while detangling. Less push and pull leads to less hair fall and practically keeps the hair free of split ends.

Switch and Ditch the Part

Another simple but effective way of making your think hair look thicker is by switching the parting that you have been using in your hairstyle on a regular basis. For example, if you have been using centre part, next time, flip your hair on either side of your face. This will force the hair to bend in a direction that they have not done in a long time. The overall result is elevated hair which add a lot of volume.

A short ‘Not-to-do’ guide

Now that you know what to do to add volume to thin hair, we have also fabricated a short list of what Not-to-do. Have a look!

1)Do not fold wet hair in a towel. It results in tangling that causes hair to unnecessarily break.

2)Do not brush wet hair. Infact, turn your head upside down to brush your hair at all.

3)Do not use a leave in conditioner. It will make your hair look much flatter than they even are.

4)Do not eat junk. Yes, diet plays its own part in hair thinning and thickening. Eat right to gain volume.

And with this, we come to an end of our styling and pampering tips to give thin hair a fuller look. Do leave in the comments section if any of these tips helped you as much as they helped us?

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