As we’re in the midst of this year’s seasonal celebrations, we’re trying to look our most beautiful. This includes our hair. Unfortunately, while some people are blessed with enviable, voluminous hair, others are sadly deficient in the hair volume department.
There are many reasons for thinning hair – be it simply what Mother Nature intends, ageing takes its unfortunate toll particularly around the temples and sides of the head, or hair loss caused by misuse of chemicals and negligent hairdressing.
Thankfully, times are a-changing and thinning (and bald) hairstyles are finally being embraced, removing with it any stigma of hair loss. Our ‘Celebrity hair loss champion, Ricki Lake’ and ‘#alopeciaisfashion campaign challenging perceptions of beauty’ blogs cover the all-important topic of thinning (and balding) hair.
While our aforementioned earlier blogs might provide reassurance for those of you struggling with thin hair, you may also be pleased to learn that there are plenty of tips and tricks to give the appearance of thicker hair. Here we present three easy steps to dreamy hair this Yuletide…
1. Get a great haircut as your foundation.
It all begins with a visit to the hairdresser. We mean a good hairdresser! (So, make sure you recognise the ‘Bad salon warning signs’!) With poorly cut hair, its weight will pull it down making it seem lank and lifeless. In comparison, a strong shape, graphic cut, fringe and feathering will combine to create the effect of volume.
The same can be said of well-placed highlights and other colouring techniques. By adding texture and contrast through strategic application of colour, the depth you see presents the illusion of thickness overall.
2. Use clever styling to further enhance your hair’s volume.
There are lots of quick styling hacks to support your quest for thicker hair as well. If you usually have a middle parting, flip it over to the side instead. Centre partings tend to look flatter so you’ll instantly add body by doing so. Another handy styling hack is backcombing. Use a mixed bristle brush (rather than a comb) on the roots at the crown.
Then there’s the way you dry your hair. Don’t blow down on hair from the top of your head. Re-direct your hairdryer underneath the root and upwards. It’s a small drying adjustment but it makes a big difference to the end result.
3. Invest in the right hair products and accessories to maintain body.
Don’t let your efforts go to waste by buying products which negate everything else you’re doing to achieve thick-looking hair. Avoid hair masks and heavy conditioner. As an alternative, opt for shampoo and conditioner advertised as volume boosting with the correct ingredients to do the job.
There’s mousse and similar hair finishing products too. Volumising and plumping mousses create lift and maintain hold straight from the roots without being sticky to touch. And don’t forget filler pieces. Place stealthily in your hair to thicken it out. With the clever products available in the market, no one will be any the wiser that they’re there.
With mention above about hairdressing and dyeing treatments, it’s timely to end with a reminder about the importance of choosing a reputable salon and stylist, and knowing what to do if your hair appointment ends in disaster. For the former, stay clear of bad salons, always insist on the necessary pre-dye tests and follow our step-by-step guide to the hairdressing claims process.
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