There are rumors going around that thin hair is easy to care for – that may be the case for some, but for many, thin hair is notoriously difficult to manage. If you’ve got a thin, wispy mane, the information we’ll cover in this article will be extremely helpful. Keep reading for some pro-level haircare hacks for thin hair!
Use Volumizing or Thickening Products
Got thin strands? There’s a vast selection of hair products formulated to make type one and two hair look fuller than it is! Thickening, texturizing, and volumizing products have ingredients that plump up your strands in minutes. Although these products are typically geared towards straighter textures, people with hair types three and four can also benefit from trying them. Some are even packed with ingredients that help improve hair growth and thickness from the source – your scalp.
Part Your Hair on The Opposite Side
One easy way to give thin type one hair a boost is to part it on the opposite side than you normally would. If you usually part your hair to the left, try switching it to the right. Going against the grain of your hair will give your roots some instant lift. Switch up your part every now and then and kiss flat hair days goodbye!
Give Your Hair Some Texture
Waves and curls can help camouflage thin type one strands and give your hair plenty of touchable volume. They create the illusion of depth and fullness. And this isn’t limited to just type one hair! Add some texture to types two, three, and four hair anytime your hair needs a little more oomph.
Note: Thin hair is more susceptible to heat damage than other hair types, so try heatless styling methods instead of hot tools to create your curls. Think braid outs, pin curls, and roller sets.
Blow-Dry Your Hair While Its Upside Down
Just stepped out of the shower? Flip your head upside down while your locks are still damp and blow-dry your hair. As you dry your hair, gently tousle your roots with your fingers to encourage more lift. This will create plenty of body and leave your locks looking full and voluminous with minimal effort. No matter your hair type, upside down blow drying will give you a natural-looking volume boost.
Switch to Weightless Product Formulas
Thin hair is more likely to be weighed down by heavy products and oils than other hair types. If you have fine type one, two, or three hair, try not to overload your strands. Opt for lighter-weight product formulas and ingredients. Doing so will help reduce your chances of developing product buildup, which leaves thin strands looking limp. Type 4 hair is a bit harder to weigh down, so feel free to use midweight to heavyweight formulas if your hair tolerates them well.
Thin hair often looks stringy, flat, and lifeless. A great way to combat this is to go shorter. Why? The longer thin hair is, the flatter and more weighed down it will look (this applies especially to hair types one and two). Also, all hair naturally tapers to a fine point at the ends. By removing your thin ends, you can make the rest of your hair look fuller and more voluminous. Not ready to go short just yet? Try a mid-length cut like a chic lob.
Thin hair has its challenges, but minor changes to your hair care and styling regime will leave your locks looking full and luscious. We hope the hacks we’ve gone over in this article are what you need to help you unlock the voluminous hair of your dreams!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.