10 Legit Hacks That Make Thin Hair Look Thicker
As far as hair is concerned, the great-hair-gene pool completely skipped my generation I think. It’s rather sad that my siblings and I haven’t inherited either my mum’s thick and wiry South Indian hair or my pa’s kinky curls. All we got is fine, limp hair with confused texture that’s neither straight nor wavy. Obviously, the three of us are very particular about our diet, maintaining healthy hair habits, and religiously popping our multi-vitamin supplements. While these steps are mandatory to ensure my hair stays healthy, there are a few cheats I’ve come to rely on when I want to make my hair look fuller. Because a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?
1. Flip your hair
Always works. When in doubt, flip your hair and change your part. It instantly makes your hair look voluminous (and sultry, if I may say so!).
2. Try reverse straightening
It’s not rocket science. Straightening makes your hair look sleeker and thinner. So here’s what you do instead. Don’t run the straightener down your locks. Grab a section of your hair and work the straightener in an upward direction. However, reserve this trick only for special occasions because heat styling regularly does no favours for limp hair.
Now don’t go to town backcombing your hair into a Brigitte Bardot-esque hive. Use a fine-tooth comb to gently tease your hair along the crown. It will give your hair some much-needed volume while still looking natural. The key is to restrain yourself from going overboard.
4. Use volumising products
Either invest in a texturising product like a sea salt spray (these are some of our favourites), or give your hair a boost by dusting in a volumising powder.
5. Dry shampoo to the rescue
Nothing pumps up the roots like dry shampoo. When in doubt, pull out that bottle of dry shampoo. It will soak up excess oil from the roots and make your hair look thicker and voluminous in minutes.
6. Condition where it’s needed
Repeat after me, girls – shampoo your scalp and the roots of your hair, and condition only the lengths and ends. Also, avoid rich and heavy conditioners. They will weigh your hair down and make your hair look flat and lifeless.
7. Cover bald spots with eyeshadow
This is legit. Visible patches on the scalp are dead giveaways of thin, limp hair. Dust a dark eye shadow that’s closest to your hair colour directly on your scalp. It helps disguise bald patches effectively.
8. Curl them
Nothing, and I mean nothing, can beat the va-va-voom effect of a full head of curls. Take a curling tong with a 1.5” or 2”-inch barrel and curl your hair from root to tip. Nothing’s more fabulous than bombshell waves.
9. Wave it
If heat styling isn’t up your alley, sleep in braids for looser curls. In the morning, unravel the braids and spritz some medium-hold hairspray to hold your curls in place.
10. Get layers
Because one length can look terrible when you have thin hair that’s also pretty limp. Plus, if you have long hair, it weighs down thin hair. Shorter pieces around your crown will add some bounce and texture.