15+ Tips & Tricks for Girls with Thin Hair

The best tips for making thin hair look thicker are revealed, with tips on adding volume to thin hair and the best haircuts for 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!

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.

Use good quality shampoo and conditioner. I swear by Peter Lamas’ Chinese Herbs Stimulating Shampoo 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.

Julianne Hough bob haircut

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.

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.

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 (right), 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 (left) 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 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!

66 thoughts on “15+ Tips & Tricks for Girls with Thin Hair”

  1. Super fine, thin, straight dry hair – light bangs, 47 and going grey with wiry short grey hairs. Not a short hair person, tired of the tangled snarls that just make me lose more hair with brushing – no matter how careful. Argh! I guess it is what it is…

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

  13. 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: http://www.fleurlabs.com/products/hair/

  14. 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.


  15. The first time I went to a “professional” hair stylist he told me I had “fine” hair, being a pre-teen I thought that meant good. I later learned that was not a positive thing. I know use a non-alcoholic beer rinse for body, Helen of Troy Hot Air brush to dry my hair, then add velcro rollers for about two hours to my hair. This gives me body clear to the roots and lasts several days.

  16. Thanks so much for some great tips! Since I have long, thin, curly hair, I thought I’d add my 2 cents worth. I love the tip from the commenter about using a t-shirt instead of a towel. Also, I quit using shampoo; there are great cleansing conditioners out there – my favorite, and I try them all, is Pantene Co-wash (in the brown bottle – hard to find, but Walmart has it online). Also, I never use a brush since it just creates frizz. Brushing or combing before washing doesn’t work for me; I need conditioner to ease out tangles from the curls. The number one thing that prevents frizz for me is to keep my hands out of my hair, especially as it is drying. It is hard to resist fluffing it, but trust me, it just adds to the frizz. There are tons of serums out there, but to prevent weighing down your hair, only use it from the shoulders down. As for vitamins for hair, it is all about the Biotin. Target has gummy vitamins for women with enough Biotin that it’s all the vitamin I need. I don’t know if any of this will help anyone else, but these are the things that work best for my thin and curly hair. Now, I am going to get a satin pillowcase!

  17. Could not love this article more! And hands down agree about Big Sexy Root Pump Plus mousse being the best tool for thin hair!

    Anyone have suggestions for hairbrushes for everyday and brushes for teasing???

  18. My problem with clip in extensions is that my hair is so thin that you can see the clips. I can usually use 2 (out of about 5) pieces that they give you, and I have to put them in close to my neck. It does still help however!

  19. Please don’t take prenatals for hair! Too many people want to fix things by dosing themselves with medications or vitamins without researching the proper balance for such things. We’re not meant to take that much folic acid all the time, without supporting a pregnancy. And its the pregnancy that causes the great hair, not the vitamins. If you throw your body off balance to what is recommended for you, you could cause yourself health problems down the line. The body is very, very delicate and requires us to walk a thin line between too little and too much.

  20. I also usw revlons wax blast.. it is THE BEST at volume and texture..is not heavy…and doesnt gunk up you hair so that you feel like you have to wash it everyday.. ive tried other products…but i swear by Redken Wax Blast…usually cheaper off amazon

  21. Omg finally I’m around people who I can connect with! I’m south Asian and practically everyone around me has full, thick manes. Anyhoo things that I do to make my hair feel and look thicker. I’ve invested in finese volumizing shampoo and it does wonders for me ! When I really want to add further volume I wash my hair in the sink by flipping it over, i don’t know how but it does add more volume. I regularly oil my hair 15- 30 mins before showering so I don’t really use a conditioner cause the oil does that for me. I wanted to know if there someone out there using babyliss big hair styler? And whether it works or not. Replies would be appreciated.

  22. why spend all that money on dry shampoo when you can simply use corn starch, arrowroot starch or any other starchy you probably already have in your kitchen. May not have that great smell but for $3 a bag vs $9 a can i’ll take the savings.

  23. Okay I have really thin flat hair
    I tried the thing where you flip your head upside down and massage your scalp for a couple minutes before you take a shower and it works wonders for me. My hair grew a couple inches in 2 weeks to one month and it looked fuller. I totally recommend this if you want your hair to grow and look amazing 🙂
    Also, avoid styling your hair with heat if you have thin hair. It burns easier

    • Hi Mirela,
      Did you ever find something that has worked to improve your thin hair with a product? If not, would you be open to hearing about a new product on the market that could help with this issue?

  24. Thanks for the great tips! I have struggled with my hair for years, I would like to mention I have tried the crimping the root of the hair to make it thicker, it works to a certain point until you get to the top of your hair where you can see the crimp through the hair, or you get a funny curve at the top of the head by the parting, fantastic if you want more volume but don’t have fine hair

  25. 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. 🙂

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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)

  38. 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 🙂

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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!!!!

  48. 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.

  49. 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! 🙂

  50. 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! 😉

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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!

  54. 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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