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15+ Tips & Tricks for Girls with Thin Hair


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This is for the girls who seethe with jealousy every time they watch a Victoria’s Secret commercial. For the ladies who have tried every single thickening spray on the market. For the women who treat the detangling process like open-heart surgery, desperate to preserve every possible strand.

This one goes out to all of the thin-haired ladies of the world — I am one of you, and I feel your pain.

Yes, I’ve battled static-y, flat, flyaway hair my whole life… and it hasn’t been fun. However, in my years of experience, I’ve also gained some pretty good knowhow about the best ways to combat thin, flat, lifeless hair. And today, I’m going to share them with you!

Quick disclaimer before we begin: I’m no hair expert — I’ve never been to cosmetology school, and I’m definitely not a “beauty guru”, whatever that even is. These are just the tricks that have worked for me. (YMMV.) Share your own tips by leaving a comment!

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1. Avoid tangles like the plague.

When your ponytail’s diameter measures a half an inch, losing any strands to rough brushing is something you want to avoid. The problem is, thin hair is more susceptible to static and wind, which are both major contributors to tangly hair. Also, teasing combs and hairspray, staples in a thin-haired girl’s styling kit, can also cause serious tangling.

Of course, loading up on conditioner seems like an obvious fix. However, the heaviest, most tangle-busting formulas come with the unfortunate side effect of weighing down your hair, canceling out any natural bounce your locks may have. It’s a total catch-22.

However, all is not lost! After much trial and error, here are my best tricks for avoiding knots and tangles:

Brush your hair before you shower.

Dry hair is stronger than wet hair, so de-tangling before you shower will preserve more strands.

Peter Lamas Chinese Herb shampoo

Use good quality shampoo and conditioner.

I swear by Peter Lamas’ Chinese Herbs Stimulating Shampoo (above) and Conditioner, but I only use them every other wash because they’re kind of pricey. I really do think they’ve made my hair much fuller and thicker, and the conditioner is great for lightweight detangling.

Condition your hair, but don’t go overboard.

Only apply conditioner to the bottom 2/3rds of your hair, and be sure to rinse thoroughly.

Spot-treat tough tangles with leave-in conditioner.

There’s no need to weigh down your entire mane if there’s only a couple trouble spots.

Never brush wet hair!!

It’s age-old advice for a good reason. If you have to detangle wet hair, a wide-tooth comb is much gentler than a brush, and you’ll have much less breakage.

Sleep with your hair in a loose braid or ponytail.

I’m no stranger to those awful, dreadlock-like knots that develop behind the nape of your neck. Give your hair a quick brush before bed, and tie it back to avoid some trouble.

Invest in a satin pillowcase.

If you always wake up to tangles, consider swapping your cotton pillowcase for a satin version. While cotton can rough up your hair as you toss and turn, satin reduces friction, meaning less breakage, fewer tangles AND better hair in the morning. Some even claim that satin pillowcases give you better skin!

2. Make your haircut work for you.

In my experience, it’s a myth that thin-haired girls can’t pull off certain haircuts. From long manes to chin-length bobs, I think you can pull off any style with a little bit of research.

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When I had a bob haircut, I found that layering my hair worked best. Layers gave my hair a fuller appearance, and worked well with the styling I did with a large round brush and blow dryer. When my hair was short and cut more bluntly, it kind of gave me a weird, triangle-shaped news anchor kind of look. Not cute.

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Now that I have long hair, however, I actually prefer fewer layers. I don’t want to take any volume away from my ponytails, braids, or curls, so I like to have as much hair as possible to play with. I typically don’t use a round brush when I blow dry anymore, so maintaining a specific shape isn’t as important.

However, this is just my experience: I’ve heard many girls say the complete opposite about their own cuts. My best advice is to talk to your hairdresser about your morning routine and your level of blow-drying knowhow. Together, you can come up with a great cut that will work with your hair.

3. Have some great styling tricks up your sleeve.

This is probably the most important arrow in a thin-haired girl’s quiver. There are hundreds of products out there that promise to solve your flat-hair problems. Although I’ve yet to discover a magic bullet, here are a few styling tricks that work well for me.

Make friends with dry shampoo.

Thin hair tends to get oily fast — there’s just not enough of it to sop up the amount that your head produces. However, constant washing and blow drying will cause breakage. To counter this, dry shampoo is an absolute lifesaver. Not only does it keep your hair looking clean and smelling fresh, but the powder gives your roots a ton of body, especially if you tease them a bit as well.

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo

Although aerosol dry shampoos are really easy to use, I’ve found that they only last a couple weeks. Also, it’s hard to apply the amount that I like (and let me tell you, I lay my dry shampoo on thick!). I’ve found that powder forms, like my favorite, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo (above), work best for me.

To apply dry shampoo, sprinkle a bit on your fingertips, flip your head upside down, and rub into your scalp in sections. Okay, so maybe an easier way to apply it is to use the convenient pointed nozzle and apply directly to your scalp, but I find that my way disperses the powder a lot more evenly. If you have dark hair, be sure to brush through so your hair doesn’t look gray-ish!

Boost your roots!

A fast and easy way to do this is by blow drying your hair upside down. Be sure to comb your hair really well first, to avoid tangling.

Another way to do this sans-product is to tease sections of your hair at the crown. I’ve found that teasing combs with three rows of teeth work miracles on my hair. (I’m an Oklahoma Sooner – it’s practically part of our uniform to poof the crowns of our heads!)

Big sexy hair mousse

Another good way to add some volume is to spray in some product and go at your roots with a round brush and blow dryer. I’ve used Big Sexy Hair Spray Mousse (above) for probably ten years now, and it’s my absolute favorite root lifter on the market.

Think About Texture.

I have very straight, very slippery, thin hair. It makes curling my hair – or even giving it any form of body – very difficult.

About a year ago, I started spritzing my hair with beachy salt spray before blow drying it — and it has made a world of difference! It gives my hair twice as much volume, and curling it right then or the next day is easier than ever. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, although very pricey, is the best salt spray out there.

Bumble Surf Spray

Of course, this might only work because I have straight hair. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, I imagine that blow drying salty hair could turn it into a crazy, frizzy mess.

If that’s the case, try rubbing a dab of smoothing cream through your hair instead, or even using a combination of salt spray and smoothing cream. Only use a little bit of cream so your hair won’t be weighed down, and blow dry either with a diffuser or a vented brush, depending on the kind of texture you want your hair to have.

4. Here are a few more tricks I’ve rounded up online…

  • Some websites claim that you can add body to your hair by braiding/crimping the bottom layers and leaving the top (or the sections that you can see) straight. This sounds kind of like a crazy mess to me (not to mention time-consuming), but if you’ve tried it before, be sure to leave a comment and tell us about it.
  • Other sources say that taking folic acid or other prenatal vitamins will make your hair grown in thicker and fuller. I’ve never tried this either, but my friend who does it says that she has to pluck her eyebrows and shave her legs twice as often, too… (Um, no thanks.)
  • I’ve heard that massaging one’s head increases blood flow, which might stimulate your hair to grow faster. I don’t have the patience to try this and see if there are measurable results, but I can see how this might be somewhat helpful.
  • Hair extensions are not only great for adding length – they can also add volume and mass. I briefly had glue-in extensions a few years ago, and while I loved how thick they made my hair look, it was hard to ever get my scalp feeling clean. Not to mention, when I removed them, my hair felt thinner and more damaged than ever. I’ve actually heard that clip-in extensions, like the popular HairDo by Jessica Simpson extensions, are really easy to use and won’t damage your hair since they clip in and out so easily. Have you used extensions before? What did you think?

As a final thought, remember to embrace your hair for what it is. While you might get frustrated that you’ll never have the full, waterfall-like mane like the models on TV (who are almost all wearing extensions, by the way), know that there are hundreds of girls out there who are insanely jealous that your hair only takes five minutes to blow-dry.

You’re unique and beautiful in your own way, and now you have plenty of tricks up your sleeve to enhance what you already have!

Share Your Tips!!

Do you have thin hair, too? What tips and tricks can you share your your fellow CF ladies? Have you ever tried hair extensions before? Do you use any kind of special shampoos or hair products? How to you keep your hair tangle-free? Leave a comment and help us out!

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130 Responses to “15+ Tips & Tricks for Girls with Thin Hair”

  1. 1
    January 24th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Thank you so much for this post!!
    Although I don’t necessarily have thin hair, I do have very FINE hair and I majorly crave volume! I’ve heard a lot about that sea salt spray so I think I’ll bite the bullet and shell out the extra cash for it.
    I’ve also been blow drying my hair upside down for years and it does work but adding some product to it on top of that would probably have even better results.

  2. 2
    January 24th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Thank you! I have crazy thin hair that is extremely prone to static and whipping around in the wind. I can’t wait to try some of these.

  3. 3
    January 24th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    These are great styling tips. Also keep in mind that thin/thinning hair can be a sign of a medical problem, like a thyroid hormone imbalance or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Go to the doctor if you have any doubts! It is how I found out and started treating my condition (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).

  4. 4
    January 24th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I think it should be noted that curlies thin hair or not should never brush their hair dry and should only finger comb or use a wide tooth comb in the shower while conditioning.

  5. 5
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I bought a tangleteezer a few months ago, and it works like a dream! I really reccomend trying it out.

  6. 6
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    My hair are very fine, but fortunately they are not that thin. I noticed that the salt spray makes the hair not just thicker, there are also less flyaways… but when i use salt spray in my hair, its even harder to curl them…

  7. 7
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    My hair is fine, not thin, but I do have problems with volume so this helps a lot! I really need to try salt spray, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Thanks for the tips!

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    January 24th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    The crimping the under layers does work! I section my hair, crimping as close to the root as I can, and cover the crimped roots with the uncrimped top layers. Adds so much volume! It also creates an excellent base for teasing, as with fine hair it rarely holds for long!

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    January 24th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    really like this post :] :] :] really helpful I have had really thick hair but I damaged it really badly and had no idea what to do with it so nice to see this :] :] :}

  10. 10
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    These are great tips! Thin hair runs in my family so this really helps! When I braid my hair I pull the side of my braid out to make it look thicker.

  11. 11
    January 24th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Mane n’ Tail shampoo and conditioner and Biotin (5000 mcg) also work great for thin hair. I’ve been using all of these since products since November and my hair has grown almost 2 inches (which is more than it ever has in that amount of time) and has gotten increasingly thicker/stronger as well. I highly recommend both!

  12. 12
    January 24th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Best. post. ever.
    Thank you soooo much!

  13. 13
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    If you can avoid blow drying, DO! The less heat styling you do, the better condition your hair will be in. If you do heat style, please do use some sort of heat protection spray!

    Also, avoid very tense hairdos, such as super tight high pony tails or buns, because excessive tension on the scalp can cause hair loss too.

    Thanks for the great tips! :)

  14. 14
    January 24th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I have thin hair and these tips are great!

  15. 15
    January 24th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I sleep in a medium-high bun after letting my hair air-dry. I wake up the next morning with big waves and find that it helps volumize roots too. :) Thanks for the tips!

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    January 24th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Taking Biotin works wonders! I lost a big chunk of my hair due to an allergic reaction to a medicine a year ago. I started taking Biotin (about $10 a bottle that lasts about 2 1/2 months). It has restored all of the loss and makes my hair so shiny!

  17. 17
    January 24th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Are there brushes recommended for thick hair? I might buy a denman soon because I’ve had the same crappy one from cvs forever.

  18. 18
    January 24th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    These are so helpful! Any advice to deal with static on these winter days when the heat is kicking so high my hair is literally sticking to my face?

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    January 24th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hey girls, so glad to know these tips helped you all out! @Michelle, I heard that rubbing dryer sheets through your hair eliminates static…I keep forgetting to try this, but it makes sense that it would work.

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    January 24th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    @Michelle I’ve tried the dryer sheet tip and it helps (not a cure all, but it will noticeably help!)

    Anyone have any dry shampoo recommendations? I hate the aerosol ones bc they clog, and the oscar blandi I’ve found gets the job done but doesn’t give very much volume. I used to love Ojon, but the non-aerosol can was discontinued, so there goes my fave beauty product!

  21. 21
    January 24th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    These tips are so great! I have a question though. I have wavy hair, but right now I have short hair. I wondered if anyone had tips on blowdrying short thin hair? I really wish I could make it look bouncy, but when I blowdry upside down my hair goes nuts and all over the place, and my bangs like to stick out, and when my hair dries enough, it doesn’t want to get back in place!! I never had this problem with longer hair. Help?

  22. 22
    January 25th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    An fascinating discussion will be worth comment. I do think that you should write on this topic, it might not often be a taboo subject but generally persons are insufficient to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  23. 23
    January 25th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Exactly what you said, we need to accept our hair as it is, genetics are genetics and all we can do is adapt to it. Great article, we really got some great advices from you Chelsea!

  24. 24
    January 25th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Could you also do an article on hairstyles to try, especially if you’re like me and have a mixed heritage. When wet, my hair instantly curls (which is super cute!) and I can strengthen my hair to be straight (it doesn’t get poofy). So yeah, what kind if hairstyles do you suggest for women of color :D

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    January 26th, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I confirm the prenatal vitamins part: this year I had to take folic acid and inositol because I wasn’t getting my period (without being pregnant) and, more than getting thicker, I noticed my hair getting more frizzy, with the effect of adding volume (but detangling was a pain).

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    January 27th, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Chelsea, thanks a lot for sharing your tips))) So many useful ideas! But how do your ‘daily magic’ with hair usually look like? I guess it’s impossible to use dry shampoo and mousse at once?

  27. 27
    January 27th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Hooray! I have fine, thin, corkscrew-curly hair which is always a complete mess! But I cannot be bothered with extensions or straightening every day (or I’ll end up with no hair at all by the time I’m 30!) I’ve already got a microfibre towel to reduce frizz and I’m definitely going to invest in a satin pillowcase. Because I wear my hair up for work I’ve collected loads of up-dos that work for my hair (and that are a bit more interesting than a ponytail!)

  28. 28
    January 27th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    @Nell: I usually wash my hair only two or three times a week, and when I blow dry I use salt spray and some root boosting mousse in my hair. In between washes, I use dry shampoo in the mornings. Hope this helps!

  29. 29
    January 28th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    My hair is very fine and thin & gets damaged very easily. My hair has gotten a lot healthier since I switched to using sulfate free shampoos! They clean your hair without stripping the natural oils. I love the Big Sexy Hair mouse, but have just started using a mouse by Alterna and really like it.

  30. 30
    January 28th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I would love to see a post on how to manage curly hair. Like how to revive curly hair after sleeping on it and not washing it every day.

  31. 31
    January 29th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I use pro naturals moroccan oil that comes with a heat protector for those of us who have gradually become addicted to electronic hair tools haha… you can check out this page to see lots of interesting hair tools and products… pretty good :)

  32. 32
    February 3rd, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    heat tools do super damage your hair, but a lot of these tips don’t work as well for curly haired girls with thin hair. i curl my hair with a flat iron pretty much everyday. it adds loads of volume for me–i’m really not crazy about how my hair looks straightened–but it still look super polished. very damaging though, so be careful to get regular trims and use a protectant like an oil.

  33. 33
    February 15th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    @Chelsea Sorry for my long absence) Now it’s clear, thank you))) I asked because I read somewhere that Charlize Theron uses some dry shampoo on just washed and dried hair (for the roots only) to keep the volume for long.

  34. 34
    February 25th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I tried lots of different shampoos and never get any actual volume. But recently I got Goldwell Dual Senses Ultra Volume Gel Shampoo – it’s totally terrific!!!! Never tried something better than this. My friends say that hair looks shorter than before and I feel so much volume! You can get it at the hair salon or by internet, not sure about the store.

  35. 35
    March 3rd, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Thank you for your post. I learned some new things. I also tried a Peter Lamas’ Chinese Shampoo and i ca say that it is really great. Thanks again I hope you will write more about hair care.

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    May 23rd, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I have tried tons of products. My hair is fine and thin. I love Abba Pure Volume Shampoo and Gel. I also use Tresemme Heat Taming spray to protect my hair and to reduce frizz. I spray it on my brush and brush it through my hair. I have tried homemade salt spray when my hair was short, but not since it is longer. I just mixed regular table salt with water in a spray bottle and sprayed it on. It worked great. I also love dry shampoo. I use it on my roots after I blow dry everyday. I like Suave, but the regular one smells a little odd so I buy the Keratin infused one or Garnier Fructis and Dove have good ones too.

  37. 37
    June 6th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I have extremely thin hair! I have tried everything! I am about to get extensions because I cannot stand it anymore! Lol!
    I just wanted to share a tip. I get a lot of static all year round in my hair. I have found that the spray that you spray on clothes to reduce static, ALSO works wonders on my hair!!! I spray it onto my brush after I have blow dried halfway. And then all I do is finish blow drying! That’s it! No more static! And you can touch it up during the day by spraying a small amount on a brush and lightly running it through your hair, or spray it on your fingertips and run them through your hair. Hope I helped! ;-)

  38. 38
    June 9th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I have always had thin dry hair, but about a year ago I started using this product called mane n’ tail. It’s actually used for horses hair, but I saw it in shoppers drug mart and decided to give it a try. It did wonders on my hair! I now have long, shiny, very healthy hair….my hair has never been this long or healthy in my life. I could notice a major difference after just using it for a month!! I highly recommended it for anyone who wants to get rid of their dry damaged hair and wants luscious locks! Also from experience NEVER get glue in extensions if you have thin hair….it just destroys your hair. hope this helps! :)

  39. 39
    June 14th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I also have extremely thin hair. I have been using seamless tape in extensions and those help a lot. I don’t really have a lot of breakage or hair loss. I only add a little bit for the extra thickness. You could try those. I can’t live without them.

  40. 40
    June 26th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Got a sample of the Shielo Volume shampoo and conditioner and I swear its the Best thing that ever happened to me!!! I have alot of naturally wavy hair, that I was told was thin…and doesn’t do well in humidity. Ive practically tried every shampoo and conditioner out there and Shielo was IT for me!!!!!! Makes my hair feel soft and silky! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!

  41. 41
    June 27th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Wow, I never knew brushing wet hair was bad for your hair. I usually brush my hair when it’s wet cause it’s easier to have it where I want it. Didn’t know I was slowly damaging my hair to no end.


  42. 42
    July 5th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Excellent list! Thanks so much! I have fine, thin hair that I absolutely torture. Here are some product recommendations and warnings I’ve come up with over the last ten years of trial and error:

    Square Uplifting foam – I used big sexy hair for years before finding this root foam and it is slightly superior. I won’t go back. I apply it generously to roots and blow dry upside down, then curl my hair with the bed head curlipops one inch reverse wand. It is very narrow at the base by the handle, and gets bigger toward the end. The design is genius because it creates tight curls on the crown for volume and looser, naturally curled ends. It’s very hot ands the narrow base allows you to get very close to the scalp. I use got2be cashmere hair spray. I forget the exact name but its the pink bottle.

    For in between wishes I use Salon Graffix dry shampoo for brunettes. This is key for darker shades because it won’t leave a white, ashy residue on your roots like pretty much all other dry shampoos out there. Also great for volume and texture.

    Regarding clip in hair extensions, use caution. They are totally addicting; it got to the point where I was wearing them every day for many hours. Recently I learned that over use can result in permanent hair loss at the site of clip on. The constant tension and pulling, which can be painful after a while, eventually kills the hair follicles causing something called “traction allopcia.” So you’re left with even thinner hair than before. They are honestly a beauty miracle. So glamorous. Putting them on is akin to losing ten pounds. You just feel great. But seriously, use extreme restraint and only wear them for special occasions or for short periods of time.

    It’s so nice that we can all help each other out! Fine, thin hair is such a nightmare. I find myself staring at girls with thick, healthy hair and wondering how much easier their beauty routine it. Imagine just getting out of the shower, brushing your hair, drying it a bit, and heading out the door. Not in a million years! Anyway, good luck to all of you!

  43. 43
    July 5th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Shoot, auto correct messed me up! Square uplifting foam should actually say “aquage uplifting foam.”

    Also, if you wann buy clip in extensions the best place to look is ebay. Or amazon. Make sure you look for 100% Remy human hair. Indian is best. And try to buy 90 grams or above. Less than that is not worth the money, and they are spendy. Around $70 – $100 for a good set. Do not buy from china, and make sure your retailer allows returns.


  44. 44
    July 25th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you so much Chelsea for taking the time to write out your numerous tips.

  45. 45
    July 27th, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I have been looking for a hairstyle for my thin hair for ages but the only problem is that my hair is so thin that I can’t layer it but I asked my hairdresser about it and she said if you cant have layers then build up layers of colours for example get highlights, it looks thicker now! :)

  46. 46
    July 31st, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Hello.I think your tips are helpful.I would like to add that strategic placement of color and highlights can help anyone with their fine hair.It can help camouflage.Also there are a lot of sprinkle and spray hair powders.My last little tip don’t be afraid of hot rollers,foam rods,or sponge rollers.Even if it’s too curly your can brush through it and create a bun or updo!It’s all about working with what you got.

  47. 47
    August 2nd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Cute tips. Also adding my five cents. Use gentle hair ties. So far I’ve found that Coil hair ties work the best. and they look so trendy! Bought on amazon. Avoid very cheap ones though.

  48. 48
    August 6th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you so much for this post Chelsea!! Fine haired girls need love too!

    I just recently saw a great article about volumizers in Lucky mag… It says that most products use an ingredient called PVP, which definitely works but the volume is easily deflatable and can be dry/stiff. The new volumizers use a different ingredient that supposedly creates shinier volume that lasts longer. Their examples were Kerastase Lift Vertige and Pantene Pro-V Triple Action mousse.

    I’ve been using Big Sexy Hair mousse too but it has PVP in it – thinking about switching now to see if there really is a difference!

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    August 7th, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I have fine, thin, darker hair and fair skin. I noticed that when I first colour my hair it looks full at the root. One of the reasons is it that it colours the white part of my scalp. Now, the last thing I do after styling my hair is dab Lise Watier’s eye shadow (the same shade as my hair) along the line of my part. I use a small stiffer makeup brush. I like this brand as it stays on really well. Thanks so much for the tips. I am looking forward to trying some of your suggested products and those of past commenters.

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    August 8th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Whatever you do thin hair gals, do not let a stylist razor your hair! My stylist told me this would make my hair appear thicker. Wrong! It made my ends appear wispy, which made my hair look even thinner. Haircut makes all the difference for us thin hair girls.

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    August 9th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I have a curling tip to share too: after curling your hair with a curling iron, briefly hairspray and coil the curl up (following the spiral you created) and bobby pin the curl close to your head. Keep the pins in for 40 minutes to one hour while your hair completely cools, then take the pins out. You will have pretty, SOFT (not crunchy with hairspray/product) curls that last at last 7-8 hours. I don’t know if they last longer because I finger-combed mine out. However, the finger-combing left me with soft, wavy hair that was also pretty. Hope this helps!

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this post and comments. I will have to try reducing the number of times I wash my hair per week, because my ends are dry somehow.

  52. 52
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Invest in a mini crumpet (I got mine at Walmart) lift up the top layer of your hair and crimp the roots underneath and continue crimping the roots where you want more volume but make sure you have a layer to hide the crimp so you can’t see it and it helps hold volume in your hair all day!

  53. 53
    August 17th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much! I have CRAZY thin hair! Thanks again

  54. 54
    August 17th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you so much! I have CRAZY thin hair! Thanks again it really helped

  55. 55
    August 19th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Great tips and advice. Thanks for helping me out.

  56. 56
    August 28th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I have always had fine thin hair, always a problem because it never looks good like others who have a lot of hair that has body. I have used Nioxin Cleanser, Nioxin Scalp Conditioner, and Nioxin Scalp Treatment for about 16 years now. It is the one product I can depend on to actually make a big difference. Nioxin has different types of the above product but I use #3 which is for thin chemically treated hair. Recently my hair has been falling out on the sides creating thin thin hair around my face. I am trying #4 which is for noticeably thinning hair. We’ll see if that works. This is a good forum for people with this problem. Thank you.

  57. 57
    August 30th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Keep a loose-fitting hat in your car and wear it when you drive with the windows down to prevent crazy tangles and being whipped in the face! Gather your hair on top of your head to keep it on and preserve your hairdo.

    Wide tooth combs are the way to go when untangling hair, and always start brushing from the bottom of your hair, working your way up, holding each chunk if hair to prevent strands from being ripped out of their root.

  58. 58
    September 11th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Aquage Uplifting Foam is amazing! You spray it in your hair while it’s damp, blow dry and it gives fantastic volume, but it doesn’t feel heavy and gross or make your hair look greasy. I’ve also noticed that it helps my fine, thin hair hold curl better.

  59. 59
    September 21st, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Saved as a favorite, I love your wweb site!

  60. 60
    September 24th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Hey thank for the tips was trying to find a way to do my hair before picture day!! yikes!!

  61. 61
    October 6th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

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  62. 62
    October 8th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Instead of dry shampoo, at night I use corn starch that I put on my roots and then brush through my hair. I do that every night in between washes. My hair looks thicker and I can go 3-4 days instead of having to wash every day. Works for blond or gray hair. I haven’t noticed any negative effects and it’s a lot cheaper than dry shampoo.

  63. 63
    October 18th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I have long thin hair. I do NOT use ANY shampoo or conditioner with SULFATES. I HIGHLY recommend Dessert essence lemon with tea tree for OILY hair. This is kinda pricey and you can only find it on line but I swear but it! Also buy a clarifying shampoo and a sulfate free conditioner you can find these easier in stores. Normal shampoo is very bad for your hair and with this shampoo I can go 3 days WITHOUT washing my hair before I even touch dry shampoo. ! Also use sulfate free soap for your body. Use sulfate free leave in conditioner in spray form when you get out of the shower and your hair is damp. Do NOT use a normal towel to dry your hair this causes breakage. Buy a micro fiber towel OR a large white absorbent t shirt to wrap your hair in. After you put in leave in conditioner (only on bottom half of hair) but A LITTLE alo Vera tanning lotion to the ENDS sounds crazy but by doing this every other day (that’s when I wash my hair usually) I have not had ANY split ins in 3 months! And my hair is very healthy. Let your hair air dry STOP using any form of heat unless you REALLY have too. Also do not touch your hair much this will make it oily. I sleep in braids I love that idea you gave. I’m 17 but I have done extensive research on my hair

  64. 64
    October 26th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Great article! I have been using Biosils which seems to have generated a lot of new growth. You can buy at Whole Foods but I find it is less expensive on Amazon. Comes in drops or capsule form. A coworker swears by it & seems to hand good results using with biotin as well.

  65. 65
    November 3rd, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Hi Chelsea,

    Thanks for these tips. It’s great to get support for having this kind of hair (which people who don’t have it will never understand the pain of having it.) By the way, my husband went to the University of Oklahoma and we are both big OU football fans!

    My hair is even more frustrating because it is very fine, somewhat thin, but wavy and not straight (I used to be called Cousin It in Middle School!). Many volumizing products make it look dry and crispy, which is even worse. I’ve also colored my hair to get more volume, but I think this is wrecking my delicate hair. Finding the right products to use is a nightmare because I have to maintain some moisture, but not weigh my hair down and cause it to look greasy. I may try the Tail and Mane Shampoo to see if that works.

    Best of luck to you and everyone.

    P.S. L’Oreal has some new products for thin, fine hair called Volumetry. They do not contain PVP. It is a new approach to creating volume in thin, fine hair. Go to the Allure Magazine website to get more information about this new product.

  66. 66
    November 3rd, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you for the post. I’m currently trying to grow out my hair. I do coconut oil masks once a week and rinse my hair with Apple cider vinegar mixed with water. My hair is very soft, shiny and it creates a lot of volume

  67. 67
    November 8th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for all the advice. Be careful with Tail n Mane if you have dyed blonde hair as it strips the colour, otherwise is great!

  68. 68
    November 10th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Hi. My hair is very fine and thinning due to hyper tension medication. Any ideas how I encourage it to grow back would be great .

  69. 69
    November 16th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Hi! I have super thin hair, and hate it! I would do a lot of these tips but here is a big problem: My hair is also curly. I’m not ethnic, and my curls are very ringlet-y. My hair is very soft and quite long if you straighten out the curls, but I’m not wiling to do layers, and I can’t really avoid tangles because of the curls. Any tips? Just so my ponytails aren’t super small!

  70. 70
    November 23rd, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I love this post! I have that boring, thin, has it’s own mind type of hair, I don’t know how long time I’ve waisted on trying to curl it but it always ends up flat unless I use a whole can of hairspary each time(feels horrible and heavy and it prince charming comes along he will get stuck in that horror).
    If I were to give you a tip organic shampoo and conditioner really help since they’re not heave in any way and then I use Moroccanoil after every shower and it made my hair healthier and therefor thicker but I just lost that from stressing -.- so now it’s full on oil again :) and I try to brush it as little as possible because my roots aren’t strong

    we thin haired girls have to stick to gather :)

  71. 71
    November 25th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I have been pleased with micro crimping my roots at the crown of my head for added volume. I did purchase extensions, but have yet to try them. It really is a costly investment to go extensions and find out you’re not comfortable with passing off someone else’s hair as your own. I used to perm my hair, which I really enjoyed the volume it produced. I am debating on a body wave and or trying Nioxin System.

  72. 72
    November 26th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Hi, I read this article with great interest as I have extremely fine and extremely thin hair. I have tried most of the suggestions above, mostly without success. I have tried drying my hair with my head held upside down but there isn’t enough weight there to make my hair hang in the first place, this makes styling a very tough job indeed . I have tried clip in extensions but have found these more trouble than they were worth- my hair is so fine I cannot hide the clips- small as they are. The only product I have found that works is a talc like product. ‘got2be Powder’ful by Schwarzkopf. It gives my hair volume but I have found it is only suitable on short hair and is impossible to brush once its on without damaging the hair to some extent( it is applied when the hair is dry)

  73. 73
    November 30th, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Lovely advice thank you

  74. 74
    January 1st, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I have both thin and fine hair. Bought all the products and tried everything you recommended. Sadly, none of these things made any difference on my hair.

  75. 75
    January 8th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    My daughter has very fine and thin hair that is long and highlighted. I have tried MANY products and techniques, many that have been mentioned here. Crimping at the roots underneath the topmost layer is very effective. However, I worry about the heat damage and it doesn’t tend to be something you do every day. Her routine is to blow dry upside down, then using a really big round brush blow dry in sections concentrating on the roots (lift and pull opposite to the direction it grows using heat and then a cool shot with blowdryer). It doesn’t take long and she doesn’t spend much time at all on the ends. Two products that have worked well for her that weren’t mentioned are: Marc Anthony Instantly Thick Hair thickening cream (small amount, dime-size, on towel dried hair, combed through, before blow drying) and Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor (maybe 2 times a week..Wash, squeeze out excess water, put conditioner in liberally, leave on 2 minutes or more, then rinse and add a little SHAMPOO and wash lightly around roots, rinse again). I can really see a difference in the thickness of her hair when using the Keratin conditioner for some reason…but we always do that final light wash out after conditioning. A couple more things to try!
    p.s. She did a ‘body perm’ at one point, which did give the appearance of volume when blown out, but she lost the shiny, silky texture that is a nice attribute of fine hair, and for some reason all of her hair lightened a couple of shades and she lost the highlights..ended up all one color, looked kind of brassy and showed a clear line as her hair grew out. It wasn’t a good move for her. The permed hair is still growing out (takes a long time with long hair), and it is dry and VERY easily damaged (curling irons are very bad). Think carefully about body perms, particularly on highlighted hair.

  76. 76
    January 9th, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I have very fine thin hair and wore extensions for years (glue in, heat bonded and links). Took them out about 6 months ago and the damage to my hair was unbelievable. Hair extensions look great but you run the risk of losing what little hair you do have. I am now wearing wigs most days, they look great and i am not damaging my natural hair by fussing and styling it everyday.

  77. 77
    January 12th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I’m 23, & have been dealing with my thin hair forever. Because of my thin hair, it’s very hard for me to ever get it to grow. At the age of 17 I started to wear clip in extensions. Clip ins are meant to be a temporary hair piece not permanent, but my clip ins became an everything day hair accessory for 5 years. I stopped wearing them due to hair loss where I would have the clips fixed in my hair. Obviously I still wanted my length and thickness that my clip ins gave me so I opted to purchase a new type of extension called the Halo. The halo is a weft attached to a ‘miracle wire’ which is actually just fishing wire, and then you adjust the length of the wire to your head so that the Halo will sit securely on the nape of your neck without slipping off. It’s a pricey purchase, and I am bitter sweet about the purchase. It’s been less than a year since I have been wearing the Halo and my hair has grown dramatically! About 3-4 inches! For all of you with thin hair you can imagine my excitement!! :) the bad part is that the Halo lasted less than a year, where as my clip ins can last for over a year and 6 months. I’m a extension fanatic and I honestly believe they are my life savor and enable me to have that glorious supermodel looking hair that I see in magazines. Without my extensions I feel like a naked lion withouts is mane. Any how, I’ll be purchasing new extensions next month, which are called micro bead/ loop extensions. These are really great because they are not damaging to our hair at all. I would really recommend anyone who has the extra money to splurge on these crazy hair products to just look into extensions. It pretty much equals out to the same cost of up keep. :)

  78. 78
    January 14th, 2014 at 4:22 pm


    I wore micro bead loop extensions for about a year. it got to a point where i couldn’t wear them anymore because my hair was breaking off at the root so bad that there was less and less hair to attach them too. I know you love the look of hair extensions, I do too, but eventually you will have no hair at all due to wearing extensions. There are other options out there besides extensions

  79. 79
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I just want to say it is fantastic to see that I am not the only person who suffers from thin AND fine hair. Seeing all the gorgeous hair around, it always feels like I’m the only one. I’ve had it my whole life – in fact, when I was 3 and a half, my hair looked like a 6 month old’s hair :/ I have had 2 hairdressers tell me I have less hair than cancer patients, which is always what I want to hear…. NOT!!!! My hair sux. It refuses to grow past my shoulders, and looks shorter because of the thin- and fine-ness of it. I loathe it. Any way of getting it to actually GROW?? I’ve tried vitamins for hair skin and nails, and nothing. Mind you, only ever needing to shave my legs and do my eyebrows every month or 2 is quite wonderful ;)

  80. 80
    January 29th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    I have found tat after a shower flip your head upside down and completely dry your hair and only dry the top. It gives you great volume in the morning.

  81. 81
    February 20th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Great work. Thank you so much for sharing these tips. I learned so much from your post. I hope to read more of your blogs. Again, thank you.

  82. 82
    February 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Hi there! I too, am a fellow OKIE. Go Thunder! I am an older lady (62) so I have a lot more time invested in our mutual problem. My hair is so fine, when it is freshly washed, you can’t even feel it, it is so soft! It is also platinum Blond. One thing I have been using for more years than I can remember, is cornstarch. It works great on the lighter hair because it blends in and doesn’t look powdered. Put a small pile on the counter, press is onto your three center fingertips, separate hair around the crown, temples, wherever, and lightly touch it onto the scalp area, all around. Tip your head, fluff it all over with your fingertips. Give it a couple of minutes to absorb, then lightly fluff the scalp area with a small clean towel, lightly comb, and viola, hair that looks clean, smells clean, and is fluffed up like freshly washed hair. It usually lasts me a couple days! That’s my dry shampoo. Hope it works just as well for all you blondies out there! :-))

  83. 83
    February 25th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you for this! I will definitely look into the salt spray. Is there any particular conditioner you prefer? I have had clip in hair extensions for many years! Not only is it a surprise to others when they find out, but it has been the biggest life savor for making my hair look much thicker! I absolutely love hair extensions. Sally Beauty supplies is the only company in which I can find local that carry the exact color of my hair. However my hair is becoming so damaged that it’s constantly breaking. It has always been extremely thin so with a few years of damage from the straightener, and from blow drying it there is not only any life but when I brush it hair always falls out. I have been a vegetarian for 15 years as well so I am not sure if possibly it could also be a mix of my genetics and my diet.

    Lastly I completely stopped using shampoo and conditioners as they strip the natural oils from my hair. Therefore baking soda and apple cider vinegar have provided me with a slight difference as I’ve only been using them a couple of weeks. I also put coconut oil at the ends of my hair as I have to stay away from the tops due to it just creating grease all over my head due to my hair ring so thin therefore I make sure my hands are completely oil free before touching more of my hair. The differences I’ve been able to tell with using baking soda as shampoo in the shower and Apple Cider Vinegar is that before my hair was just dead all day, but now my hair seems less oily and remains more full feeling throughout the day. Best of all I finally do not have to wash my hair everyday either! However, my hair still remains more of a dry feeling at my roots which is why I am currently
    seeking a good idea to help with that as well

  84. 84
    February 28th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I have long hair and horrible flyaways. I have tried so many products and many things in this article, with no results. My hair is thin and fine but I have a lot of it. I have even tried olive oil. I ready to give up and cut my hair short.

  85. 85
    March 10th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I love love love sallys beauty’s ion thickening solutions shampoo and conditioner. I have quarter size pony and it doubles with this stuff. It’s miraculous!

  86. 86
    March 12th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I keep reading about fly away hair. I have really thin hair and I recently started using 1 quart water and 1/3 Apple cider vinegar on my hair. .. you mix it up and in the shower put a cup full in your hair and massage it in for one minute and then shampoo. Don’t have to use conditioner… this stops fly away hair cleans your hair and makes it elastic so it stretches instead of breaks. .. use it only twice a week. .. amazing how much more your hair is able to manage!!!

  87. 87
    March 12th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I have fine, thin, stick straight & oily hair. I have to wash my hair everyday. I’ve tried dry shampoo, baby powder–you name it, and I just feel disgusting. But I switched to sulfate free thickening shampoo (the L’oreal brand) and after a week I can see a big difference. I keep my hair cut right above the shoulder (shorter in back) with layers. I have always longed for my hair to hold a curl including volume. I use big sexy powder play (small bottle of powder but LESS IS MORE), and this past weekend I used a friends wave maker curler thing from bed head…LOVED IT! Even with my hair fairly short, it gave it so much volume and I used a wide toothed comb to break apart the waves. I bought one tonight so I’ll be trying the look out on my coworkers tomorrow. I will say with thin hair–you gotta accept it and move on and figure put what works for you. I hare to say–I’ve found the more pricey products are the ones that work for me, and I’ve finally given in to it now that I’m over 30.

  88. 88
    March 15th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Great post thanks! I’ve battled with thin hair as does my mum and sister. Mums always had a perm and is now really paying the price for it (v damaged hair) my sister blow dries and dies hers and because of that keeps it very short.

    I’ve done back combing, curling and many different hair extensions, I would not advise the glue in ones at all, clip ins are ok for a night out but DO pull out a lot of hairs when you take them out, both in the clips and because the hair tangles with your own. Sew in extensions were great (the method used for Afro Caribbean hair) although I’ve seen bald sections on the front of girls scalps who use this method all the time, as it really pulls at the hairs. If you’re desperate for long hair I’d advise the sew in, but only do it about once a year and only keep the extensions in for about 6 weeks.

    I never EVER thought my thin hair would grow, and I always curled and back combed to compensate. A few years ago I stopped styling my hair- including use of any irons, curlers even my blow drier. Yes my hair was flat, but it really grew fast (I think it was saying thank you) and now 2-3 years on it is quite far down my back. I do low dry and curl it occasionally, but for the most part I try to leave it. I’d love to get a perm but in the long run it’s not worth it. My hair falls out of volume styles and curls so quickly, I just try to embrace it.

    If I want big hair I pile it on my head & put flowers in it. There are also loads of implants you can get now which will do far less damage than backcombing. If you are going to backcomb use the correct technique (dry hair, small section, use small tooth comb and slowly pull down hair towards the root starting an inch or 2 above the scalp. Don’t pull up and down or try to do massive or long sections in one go.)

    Phew! One day they’ll have the answer, until then- try to be thankful for what you got!

  89. 89
    March 24th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    DO NOT TAKE FOLIC ACID IF NOT PREGNANT. Folic acid is known to cause certain cancers when taken unnecessarialy.

  90. 90
    March 25th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Oy, all my life I had “too much” of my wavy/curly hair, and kept it shoulder length and layered. A few years ago I grew it out long, and it was great, till it started thinning. It turns out I have both a thyroid issue and PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome). Yay! My sister still has the thick ponytail I used to have, I’m so jealous… I look forward to trying some of these tricks – I used to use sulfate free and silicone free products, then got lazy about it and think I will have to switch back, as my hair felt better using them.

  91. 91
    April 25th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Thank you! Tips I’ve discovered at 33 and so wish I had figured out earlier:
    1. Wash hair just before going to sleep for the night
    2. Pull hair up as if putting it in a high ponytail before laying down so the roots are all going up
    3. Lay down for the night with wet hair
    4. Wake up with more volume than any styling product can give you
    5. Only condition your hair twice a week and use a very deep conditioning treatment when you do (too much protein can make your hair brittle at the ends making you think you need more conditioner when you actually need less – I was shocked to see my hair get more moisture with conditioning less)
    6. Try not using a brush, use your fingers to comb through hair in the am when hair is dry – saves more strands.
    7 Massage that scalp like your life depends on it – every chance you get and a prenatal vitamin plus biotin will give you more hair to work with.
    Next I’m going to try cotton or microfiber fabric to dry my hair with and see if it helps with texture and shine.
    Hope this helps someone out there.

  92. 92
    June 4th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Sadly these tips are stuff I already do, however crimping the bottom bits of my hair from the roots to half way down really helps. Try it!

  93. 93
    June 8th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I found it helpful to take a shower before you get ready for bed; then spend about 20 (?) braiding your hair into about 6 small braids ( depending on how thin your hair is, the smaller the braid the better). Then in the morning, let the braids out, and brush it out. My hair will puff out. I then straighten it so it appears thicker.

  94. 94
    June 8th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Great work. Thank you so much for sharing these tips. I learned so much from your post. I hope to read more of your blogs. Again, thank you.

  95. 95
    June 11th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tips. Some of these things i already to but, I did learn a few new tricks. I too was born with extremely thin, fine hair and as I get older the thinner it gets. I do use the clip in hair extensions and they work great. Also, I have used a product called Toppik (if I’m spelling it correctly) I buy it at Sally bauty supply. It is a powder substance that matches your hair color. You apply it to your roots and scalp then add a short spritz of hair spray to set it. It sure makes covering up thinning spots, like the temple area, much easier.

  96. 96
    June 25th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I also blowdry upside down. Garnier fructis has good dry shampoo and voluminizing mousse. I apply the mousse on damp hair and use my fingers to rub it in before i blowdry. I works pretty well it just goes flat if i play with my hair too much so i hairspray it lightly

  97. 97
    June 26th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Blowing hair upside down is a must for fine/thin hair if you don’t want your hair to lay completely flat.
    I have stopped drinking all carbonated beverages which are very acidic and bad for you – period – and I have noticed a lot of regrowth of my hair these past 6 months. Not that I will ever have celebrity-big kind of hair (and even some of those gals cheat – LOL) but every strand counts, right?
    I had some extensions put in about 3 years ago where they use that little silicone-lined bead. STAY AWAY from them. When the stylist took them out 7 weeks later, just about all of my hair came out too. I was devastated to say the least. Not to mention they were extremely painful to sleep on!! It took almost 2 years for it to grow out. As you all probably know, fine/thin hair grows at a much slower rate than thicker hair which only compounds our plight!!
    I have been adding hair oils to my scalp every nite and covering with a cap. Again, it takes time to show results because fine hair grows slowly but I am noticing less breakage and more shine. Black castor oil is great although can be a little dense and hard to wash out so I mix it with some of the other lighter weight oils. If you go to Sally’s Beauty Supply, they have an array of such oils that are already blended and most have a nice aroma. Believe it or not, hair oils are not just for our African-American sisters!!!
    Coconut oil is suppose to be good so I am going to give that a try as well.
    Of course, I have been using sulfate-free products for years. Every chance I get I use one of those hair cholesterol products as a leave-in conditioner when I am not leaving the house. Leave in a couple of hours, wash it out, blow dry upside down. Hair feels fuller and softer.

    I NEVER brush my hair when it’s tangled/wind-blown. I wait until morning when I have to wash it anyway, use a lot of conditioner and detangle with a wide-tooth comb right in the shower – very careful not to tug. Apply the conditioner (after washing) from the top of your head down to the ends, then run just a little water on top of your head to help evenly distribute throughout your hair, let the conditoner sit on your hair for a few seconds and then the comb should easily slide through the tangles. Just rinse a little more to get out the excess product.

    I never pull my hair back at nite before sleep. I find that using bobby pins, rubber bands or anything else that has potential to apply pressure to the roots/hair shaft will cause more breakage than it’s worth. Putting it up loosely under a plastic cap or a used, cutoff leg of an old pair of panty hose is preferrable.

    Hope these ideas might help someone.

  98. 98
    July 10th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I have struggled with fine hair, too. I use Nairobi Wrapp-It Shine upon coming out of the shower after shampoo-ing. It actually adds body and allows me to blow-dry and use a curling iron with minimal damage. Also, it never leaves scaly, itchy residue. Oh, and by-the-way, I use straight vinegar after EVERY shampoo. It really clears my scalp of any hair product residue, such as hair spray, and absolutely prevents dandruff.

  99. 99
    July 12th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I have very very thin hair. My hair seems to grow a lot faster and nicer since I’ve been taking prenatals for a year. But yes, I do have to shave every day but I do not mind :)

    Since my hair is so thin I cannot put much heat to it. Even heat protecter products don’t work enough to help. I wash my hair every day but I do not dry it anymore; I let it dry on its own. It gives it way more body and full look to it, and I curl the ends a little.

    Thank you for your helpful tips! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with problem hair!

  100. 100
    July 20th, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Great advice! BOOMER! SOONER! (oklahoma pride here! im in okc)

  101. 101
    July 30th, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Cutting your hair down is one of the first step you must do after facing a hair loss problem. If you have longer hair, it will be much more heavy to your scalp. Cut your hair as short as you can. It will be much more easier for you.

  102. 102
    August 2nd, 2014 at 5:16 am

    my hair are so thin and i have a lot of hair fall

  103. 103
    August 20th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I have the most thin, fine hair out of anyone I know. My hairdresser cut my hair last year from very long to very short and it’s never grown back. To desperately try to fix this problem, I tried extensions- tape in extensions. They say it’s supposed to be the least damaging. While I think this is true, it made my hair SIGNIFICANTLY thinner than it was before! The problem was that I did double sided tape, twice the amount of hair you can put in than single sided and made it super long. Also- playing sports I wore a hat a lot and got dreads with the hat rubbing against the tape ins. I didn’t take all of my extensions out for months so I didn’t realize these dreads were pulling a lot from my own hair. So overall I would recommend SINGLE SIDED tape ins for people desperately looking to compensate but the best option is to just take care of your own hair.

  104. 104
    August 22nd, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve always had a problem gaining any type of volume to my super fine straight hair. Recently I’ve found this product at Sally Beauty Supply and it’s actually a great value for a good amount of product. I spritz it all over my roots and massage it in before flipping my hair over and blow drying. I dry my roots while massaging my hand through it a little and then brush the rest of my hair so it doesn’t dry weird or get rid of the volume. I’ve also been using the new loreal advanced shampoo and conditioner for fuller volume. I swear by these products and will leave the link below for the root lifter spray at Sally’s. I highly recommend it!

  105. 105
    September 19th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Great tips! I tried dry schampoo and different hairsprays but it makes my blonde hair heavy and dark and even after schampoing twice there are still leftovers. I stopped using schampoo and spray. Now I only use vinaeger instead of schampoo which makes the hair really easy to untangle. No conditioner needed. And I dont need to wash it more than a couple of times a week, with regular schampoo my hair got greasy just after one day. Instead of hairspray I use lemonjuice that I keep in a spraybottle in the fridge. But I will defenitly try to make a saltspray to add volume!

  106. 106
    September 20th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I too have very fine hair but lots of it.

    The best gadget I have found is the babyliss big hair. It’s a rotating hair brush which also blows out hot air. It gives my long hair a lot more bounce and volume , more than I could ever get with a brush.

  107. 107
    September 27th, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I too love hair extensions. The clip in ons can cause damage as well. I recommend the halo extensions. Good for fine hair and doesn’t damage the hair at all! This is a great find. My favorite brand is Halo Crown. Pricey but worth it to have gorgeous hair that is not being damaged in the process.

    My new favorite trick I learned was a new and easy way to tease hair and not damage it with excessive hairspray. Its a mattifying/texturizing powder. It runs from $10-$15 but so worth it because you put the powder in and tease and the tease stays like you hairsprayed it. It stays so well that even when it starts to get a little flat all you have to do is put the tips of your fingers around the crown of your head and it plumps it all up again. This is my new favorite find.

    Big Sexy Hair makes one called “Powder Play”
    Schwarzkopf makes my favorite called: “Osis Dust it”
    There are also some other brands as well Redken.
    Sally Beauty supply sells Beyond the Zone “Rock On” and Vintage Glam Texturizing powder which work well as well.

    My personal favorite is Dust it by Schwarzkopf but big sexy hair’s “powder play” comes highly recommended too I hear.

    You MUST try this if you constantly tease your hair for added volume. This not only looks better than using hair spray but my hair is in such better condition because you really do not have to even put any hair spray in it for it to stay. I think i only would if it was a really windy day.

    Hope this is a new piece of info for some of you out there! i just recently found out about it and am obsessed!

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    October 12th, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I see above lots of people saying extensions have ruined their hair I can 100% tell you that you’re getting them done in the wrong place. I had extensions for a year and they were amazing, my hair grew underneath and the condition was perfect. It stopped me from washing every day and the hair quality was outstanding. I would reccomend talking in depth to your chosen extensionist. They should give you a good consultation first. She also told me if I don’t look after it, she wouldn’t put them in any more! Which showed she was passionate about my hair not the money I was about to give her. The key is taking bigger sections of your natural hair and attaching thinner pieces of extension hair. This takes longer for the extensionist. If you have a tiny piece of root hair and your extension hair is double that, you have a lazy extensionist who doesn’t care about your hair health at all. I can however, tell you that this is not cheap (hence me only having them for a year :-( ouch!) but still, ladies, if you can afford it do it! But make sure they are reputable, have serious qualifications and scout out their true feelings towards your hair health! I will be going back soon! Thanks for the tips in the article and comments I will definately be taking your advice in between my extensions!

  109. 109
    October 14th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Hey girls! I just stumbled on this and figured I could add my two cents. With dry shampoo I figured out that a super cheap and VOLUMIZING alternative is face powder. Yes, I said face powder. If you have light colored hair (blonde, brunette, redhead) powder works wonders! I usually stock up on the large Almay powders which last me anywhere from 3-4 months.

  110. 110
    October 22nd, 2014 at 11:39 am

    There’s a difference between having thin hair & thinning hair. Thin hair is when you have fine hair, comes from genetics & most (everyone I know anyway) people have had it since they can remember. Thinning hair is also called balding because you’re losing more hair than normal, more than you used to, it’s usually caused by something, stress, certain medicines, etc. I posted this because from reading the other comments, it seems some people didn’t know this. These are great tips that’ll help both thin & thinning hair. I personally have thick hair but my oldest daughter has baby fine hair so I can’t wait to try these tips on her!

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    October 24th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Clip in hair extensions are great, special occasions only as they prob would eventually do harm.
    Dry shampoo works better for me before going to bed. Then it soaks in oil with no powdery look.

  112. 112
    November 4th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I wanted to share my story with everyone, as I’ve found my cure, and think it might help other folks.

    I’m 43 and have fine hair. As I’ve gotten older, it’s also started to break off as it’s gotten longer, despite the expensive shampoos, conditioners, and less frequent washings. I had started to seriously consider extensions, but have heard how badly they wreck the hair you have left, so didn’t want to take that leap.

    The last time i was getting my hair done and complaining, my stylist mentioned that a sales rep from a new holistic company had dropped off some samples of a product called “Hair” that was supposed to address a lot of my problems and he wasn’t kidding. The results have been fantastic! After a month i noticed my hair had gotten thicker, and after three months, it’s grown about 2 inches. It hasn’t been this long, or felt this healthy in years. I’m hooked! What’s better, is i don’t have to use root boosters or styling gels like I used to, as my hair just “holds” better. And it’s all natural, which I love! Here’s where I get it:

  113. 113
    November 19th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    awesome tips, however I cannot help but to say how much it irks me when people use fine and thin interchangeably. one is qualitative and the other is quantitative. i have relatively thick hair that is extremely fine, and its so hard to find tutorials and tips that apply to me because of the fact that people think fine and thin mean the same thing. its so frustrating!

  114. 114
    November 25th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I would like to share the BEST hair secret that I’ve ever learned. This tip is for everyone but it will help those who battle frizz the most.
    Terrycloth is NOT your hairs friend. The little loops in the towels actually grabs onto your hair and rubs it both up and down, which will catch on every split end and split them further. Also, you would never brush your hair upwards, would you? Well that’s what terrycloth does to hair.
    Next time, instead of wrapping your hair in a towel (or even a turbyrwist which is terrycloth btw), try an oversized 100% cotton tshirt.
    Now that I use cotton to dry my hair, I no longer need to blow dry, straighten or heat style my hair. I only do so for special occasions. 90% of frizz is caused by using terrycloth on your hair.
    Try is just once, and you’ll be amazed. I tried it once, 4 years ago and have never looked back.
    Due to this one tiny little tip, I have finally been able to grow my hair to my waist and salon stylists now compliment me on my healthy (tho thin ) head of hair.

  115. 115
    December 4th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I have very fine hair and get a halo of staticy hair in the winter, I’ve found that Patene BB cream works wonders to moisturizer my hair and use and a heat protector/detangler before styling.

  116. 116
    December 8th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I have very fine thin hair :( I started using Deva Curls No Poo and One Condition a couple years ago and it has completely eliminated static. I live in the North-East, so static is a MAJOR issue, I am happy to be done with it! I wash my hair every other day and every 3rd or 4th wash I swap in a different shampoo, as the Deva Curls does weigh my hair down after repeated use. I let my hair air dry most of the way then finish it with an upside down blow dry, then I set it with curlers while I finish getting ready which gives me great volume. I have volume and static under control. What I can’t seem to fix is the breakage. I can’t get my hair to grow past shoulder length. I have been taking prenatal vitamins for a couple years and I am going to start taking Biotin as well. Has anyone found a great way to prevent breakage?

  117. 117
    December 16th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    do NOT use clip in extensions. They killed my hair. literally I lost so much hair and they smell and it’s disgusting. Do NOT use clip ins

  118. 118
    January 1st, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I have extremely thin hair and I hate it. I recently just removed my tape in extensions. I loved them! Except that I felt bald without them and haven’t taken my hair down out of my pathetic little bun.

  119. 119
    January 7th, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Check out Sam Villa’s Textur Iron! It’s absolutely amazing and will make your hair literally look and feel twice as thick! I’ve had thin whispy hair my whole adult life and suffered major insecurities from it. This tool has brought my confidence back ten fold.

  120. 120
    January 9th, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I’ve greatly enjoyed reading this website and all the comments. I’ve been struggling with fine, thin hair for over 4 decades and this is the first time I’ve found a site that understands you can have both issues. A friend with curly hair put me onto to the 100% cotton t-shirt as a towel idea, which does help avoid breakage. I’ve also been using Ogx’s Oil Mist with biotin and collagen, which is inexpensive and has made my hair slightly thicker and healthier. When Iast saw my hairstylist, she commented on the change, which amused me since she had me try expensive products that didn’t make as much of a difference. Thanks for the tips. I hope mine helps.

  121. 121
    January 11th, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for the valuable information about thin hair, i have learned so many things from this article.

  122. 122
    January 14th, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Thanks I’ll be sure to give all these tips a try on my thin tangly hair.

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    January 19th, 2015 at 7:28 am

    hi! in order to avoid chemicals inside shampoos and conditioners, i wash my hair with NaHCO3 and condition it with apple vinegar, or an egg. if you want to lighten your hair, use juice from a couple squeezed lemons and apply it on hair (add some water and olive oil to soften results) and expose yourself at sun for 30-60 minutes.

  124. 124
    February 15th, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I have very thin, straight hair. I have found that a combination of dry shampoo and hot rollers applied at the root of my hair works wonders! I usually tease my hair as well but it produces beautiful volume and curls that keep for a long time! Hope this helps. :)

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