There’s a lot of advice and videos on the web about how to style thin, fine hair. What I’d like to share with you today are the tips and products that have worked for me. My hair is baby-fine and thin, but having natural curls does help with the appearance of “more” hair. Without any styling or products, however, I have a pretty prominent exposed scalp on my crown, blergh. But I’ve found nifty fixes if not permanent cures:
This unassuming gel gets me off to a good start. Most any gel will add texture to your hair, and provide hold. The Hair Fattener Gel by Toppik is my latest favorite; I find it does thicken individual hairs. This goes on my soaking wet hair after shampooing (twice a week) and gets combed through.
Clips and pins create the magic for curly hair. When my hair is damp, I make finger curls and spirals, and clip them in place with small plastic clips. I rarely blow-dry, but my hair air-dries quickly and I get nice, lifted curls this way. On non-shampoo days I dampen my hair with my fingers and place a few strategic clips. If your hair is straight, a good blowdry is the way to go (see vid below).
A dry shampoo can add volume. I wish I’d invented it; this stuff is great! I have the TreSemme “Fresh Start” spray-on powder as my current favorite; there are lots of good ones. Most days I just lift the top layer of hair on my crown and shoot some dry shampoo underneath. It has a nice fragrance, and I get fluffier hair in 30 seconds.
A sprinkle of hair fibers on my widening back part. I’m using Toppik brand fibers in pure white, as my thinning areas are almost that color now. About eight shakes, and a bit of floofing around the thin spots is all it takes. This stuff is not cheap, but it does a reliable job of creating the look of more hair. I’m worth it : >
Finally, hair spray. How do I love thee? I used to be anti-hairspray because I wanted soft, touchable curls. Now I don’t leave home without it! I only use it on my thinning areas, after gently fluffing them with my fingers. A spritz of spray (current favorite is Alberto VO5 14-Hour Hold) keeps all my camouflaging in place.
If you have straighter hair, and prefer the blow-dry method, here’s a few easy techniques that adds volume:
I’d love to hear about your ideas for managing your hair if it’s thin/fine/both.
Stay fabulous, love the hair you’ve got, and enjoy every sandwich, xo
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