Styling your thinning hair shouldn’t be something you dread in the morning. Even though our hair thins as we age, it still has a lot of life in it—we just have to treat it a little more gently and show it a lot of love. The process for giving your strands an extra splash of volume starts at the salon and carries through to your own hair habits at home.
Whether we’re mastering no-heat styling tricks or using every tip we know to add thickness to thinning hair, there are tons of ways to get that bit of boost. Below, you’ll find some tricks for adding volume to even the thinnest hair—including some of our best no-heat hairstyles and hacks. Say goodbye to dull, flat hair and hello to volume!
Get A Volumizing Haircut
Thin, aging hair will get a lift from a cut that is catered toward their hair type, whether it’s curly, straight or in between. There are plenty of hairstyles for both long and short hair that will add some volume, it’s just a matter of finding that perfect shape. Your hairstylist can help you figure out the right cut for you.
Trick the Eye with Color
By using a technique called hair contouring you can make your aging hair appear fuller just by changing up your hair color. Hair that is all one color can appear flat and lifeless, but by contouring it (adding highlights and low lights) you can instantly add more dimension, making it look more vibrant and voluminous.
Get a Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner
A volumizing shampoo and conditioner can work in tandem to add volume as well as moisture to aging hair without weighing it down. You can also add a fortifying hair and scalp serum that nourishes the scalp and promotes thicker hair.
Use a Hair Mask for Hydration
Another trick for styling thin hair is to make sure it is getting enough nourishment and moisture. A restorative hair mask, like our Keratin Hair Mask can be used up to 3 times a week to treat dry, brittle hair. A mask will knock out frizz and keep strands silky smooth.
Pick Lightweight Products
As a general rule, you should be doing everything you can to make sure that you aren’t weighing your hair down unnecessarily. Many products that are designed for volumizing are formulated to lift at the root and thicken strands. For fine hair though. This won’t always work because the hair ends up getting to weighed down and instead falls limp.
Spray Most Products Into Your Hand, Not Your Hair
By spraying products directly into your hair, you’re more likely to over-apply them or get product where you don’t want it. Your hands can massage products like serums, gels or mousse into the right places without overcoating your strands and making them fall flat.
Apply Products in Horizontal Layers
Of course, there are some products that should be directly applied to the hair, like dry shampoo. For those, instead of spraying them directly at the roots, separate your hair into layers horizontally and apply the product this way. That way you are getting some of that product underneath the top layer to provide lift and to keep the top layer from becoming weighed down.
Get Over Your Fear of Mousse
Unlike the mouse of golden years that dried out your hair and froze it in place, todays formulas are more elegant and hydrating. Comb a small coin size amount of volumizing whip or mousse from your roots to your ends on wet hair. Be careful not to apply to much or it will weight your hair down. Then blow dry to activate the volumizing products.
Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down and Opposite of Your Part
Flipping your hair upside down when blow-drying is one way to add volume. By adding heat to your hair while it’s hanging over your head, you’re encouraging the root to stand up rather than lay down. Once it’s dry and you flip it back over it will have an added bit of lift. This works especially well for thin, curly hair since it easily falls victim to gravity’s pull, which loosens curls.
Another way you can add volume while blow-drying is to dry to the opposite side of your part. If your natural part is in the middle, give your wet hair a side part and dry it that way. If your hair naturally parts to the left side, dry it with a middle part or part it to the right. Drying your hair while it’s unnaturally parted will do the same. When you flip your hair back to your natural part, it will have a bit of volume where you dried it. You could also change your part completely. Tricking the hair by changing the part will move that root ever so slightly into a new position and before you know it, you’ll have instant volume.
Skip the Round Brush Until the End
Flip your head upside down and start by rough drying using nothing but your hands. This will lift the roots and roughen up the cuticle. When hair is 60-70% dry, flip it back over and start blow-drying using a ceramic brush to smooth ends and add softness to the style. Don’t pull too hard though or that will just flatten everything out.
Keep Dry Shampoo In our Bag
Dry shampoo and volumizing powders are the best friend of anyone with thin hair. They tend to give better hold and longer lasting volume than hairspray. With the dry shampoo, instead of spraying and then brushing out, leave it be. The powder and starch will build on each other. Try keeping a travel sized dry shampoo or volumizing powder in your bag for any midday pick-me ups your hair may need.
Backcomb Your Hair at the Crown
For a no-heat styling trick that will give you volume, try backcombing your hair at the crown. Instead of teasing your hair too high, tease it just enough to give it some life. Lift your hair up in layers and use a fine-tooth comb to backcomb it at the root. Top it off with a light pass of hairspray to hold it into place.
Set Rollers at the Roots
Another great, no-heat way to get some volume is by using sponge or Velcro rollers right at the root. While your hair is damp, place the rollers right at the root and then let your hair dry. This is a great overnight trick for volume when you wake up.
Use a Crimper
Before trying this one be sure to use a heat protectant spray, like our heat guard. Pull the top layer of your hair up so it’s out of the way, and crimp the roots underneath. You only need to crimp the hair closest to your head because you just want a little bit of lift for volume.
Extensions are good for more than just adding length, they can also add volume. The trick to making extensions look seamless is by having our hairstylist help you trim and color them to match your natural hair.
They say a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life. Whether that is true or if you are just bored with your current look, making a big hair change can change you whole perspective. But haircuts and sometimes major hair changes can happen by choice or necessity, so here are a few tips if you’re getting ready to go under the scissors (or dye!) and are feeling nervous about the process.
Wear something cute.
This might seem like a bit of odd advice, but we think it’s helpful to go to your favorite hair salon wearing something cute when you’re going to come out with a very different look. Cutting off a lot of hair can be a bit shocking, but if you’re wearing your favorite dress when you see your new look for the first time, it can soften the blow and help show you just how good that new cut can look once the shock wears off! Speaking of shock…
Give it a week.
Don’t write off a new hair cut or color for at least one week. It might take you a few days to get over the “wow that’s different” feeling to actually “see” what you look like. So, give yourself time. Don’t pin or hide your new look for at least a week, look at in the mirror often and get used to it before you decide whether it’s right or wrong.
Know what you want.
Of course, while it takes time to adjust to a new haircut, you should also have a very fixed idea of what you want if you’re going for a major change. Create a Pinterest board with the new style you want to try and try seeing the style from different angles (front, side, back, etc.) to get a very firm idea of what you’re going for. If you’re dyeing, do you know what shade you want—even if you decide to go blue, it could be dark, pastel, more aqua or an Ombre! Know what you want and bring loads of pictures and examples to your hair dresser to help you communicate the new style clearly.
Be willing to go in stages.
It will definitely help you adjust to short hair to go for an in-between cut for about a month before the final chop. With dyeing, it can take a few visits as well, especially if you want to go for a bright, unnatural color. So, don’t get discouraged if you book an appointment and find out not everything can be done in one day. This is also important to remember in reverse—once you commit to certain styles, it will take a while to get back to what your hair was before, so know what you are getting into.
Remember it’s all temporary.
If you take the plunge with a style and it ends up not being what you want, try not to worry too much because it’s all temporary. A lot of decisions you can make in life can have permanent or at least lasting consequences, but hair? Hair isn’t permanent. Bad cuts will grow out, as will dye which will also fade (usually quicker than you want it to). In a few months or a year, no one would even know you had blue hair or a shaved side cut.
“Looking for a two-in-one tool? Well look no further, with their thin shape and slightly rounded edges our 1.25″ Professional Performance Ceramic, 1″ Hybrid Pro Titanium, Pro Elite Ceramic and 1″ Premium TitaniumFlat Irons are all perfect for both straightening and curling hair.
“On dry hair,brush out any tangles using our detangle brush. Starting at either your part or the back, take a small section of hair (about 1/2 inch) and place the flat iron about 3/4 of the way up. Close the flat iron and twist it away from your face one time, then pull it slowly down the rest of the strand of hair, leaving it clamped down. If you do not receive the desired curl try these tips: slide the flat iron slower down he strand of hair, giving it more time to get each part of the hair hot enough. You an also try taking smaller sections. If your curl is only curling at the ends try holding the flat iron slightly longer at the top. If your curls come out kinked then you are gripping the flat iron to tightly. You don’t have to grip it really tight to get it to curl. Repeat on the remainder of your hair.
If you want more waves and less curl, lightly run the Salon Styling Comb through your hair. Once it is combed out it will look more wavy and less curly. Use a couple drops of our Renewing Argon Oil Hair Serum to finish off the look and keep your locks shiny and smooth.”
“With Easter approaching quickly it’s time to start thinking about hairstyles for those family pictures and Easter events. No matter what the hair type there’s a perfect hairstyle for you. Be sure to stand out with one of these charming and unique hairdo’s…”
1) The Simple Gibson Tuck
Sara Lynn Paige gives a great simple tutorial on how to achieve this classic look.
2) The Hair Bow
No need to buy a bow when you can make one with your hair. Katie Shelton’s tutorial will show you how to master the hair bow in six quick steps.
3) The Beehive
A classic that never goes out of style! This great in depth tutorial from A beautiful Mess will show you how to create the perfect beehive!
4) Something For The Shorties
Hot crossed buns anyone? This great look can be pulled off on any length hair. The Beauty Department shows you how in this great tutorial.
5) The Double Braid Gibson Tuck
Looking for a great 10 minute style that will turn heads? Then check out this tutorial from Uber Chic for Cheap for the step by step on how to create this simple, playful look.
6) The Pull Through Half Up
A unique idea from The Small Things. Quick and easy, this look will definitely hold up through all of your Easter activities.
7) The Twist And Flip Bun
Another great tutorial from The Beauty Department. Classic elegance and style in just eight simple steps.
8) The French Twist With A Twist
The Freckled Fox gives us a great tutorial on how to make an easy french twist with a twist.
9) The Side Bun
Love Maegan shows us how to create a classic side bun in just five minutes.
10) The Braided Bun
The Beauty Department shows us how to easily create this stunning braided bun.