Are you envious of the long beach waves, cheerleader pony tail, or elaborate wedding hair? Are you wondering just how is it that women around you have this luxurious hair— and so much of it? You’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll discuss the secret to full hair.
What is Fine vs. Thin?
First, let’s establish some facts. If you’re not happy with your hair fullness, you may be suffering from thin hair, fine hair, or both.
Thin hair is a description for when the hair densityon your hair is low; you simply don’t have as much of it as say, Kim K. There are many unfortunate health conditions that can lead to low hair density, but it’s also up to your genetics. Fine hair means the actual diameter of your hair strands is smaller than say, that Jennifer A.
Both of these conditions lead to an appearance of flat, sometimes even stringy hair. When you feel like there’s “not enough” hair to work with, growing out your hair isn’t an option. This will accentuate the problem. Also, there are many products on the market that claim to stimulate hair growth and/or make your hair cuticle thicker. Don’t buy into the hype. These commonly do not work.
Really, there are only 4 ways to go:
1. Go Short
Shorter hair weighs less than longer hair, causing the hair to appear bouncier. Short, layered hair can vastly cover up your lack of fullness. This is typically why older women suffering from hair loss decide to go shorter.
Here are some short hairstyles for thin hair; the more layered, the better.
While we just mentioned growing your hair isn’t a path to fullness, hair extensions are. It’s been a celebrity not-so-secret for decades; very few models today are rocking all-natural hair.
Worried that you don’t have a celebrity budget?
There are new and exciting hair extension methods available today that affordably help tackle thin hair. (We at Mane Society highly recommend tape-in hair extensions.)
For the same cost you may spend at a high-end salon with frequent cuts and colors, you could invest in maintaining semi-permanent hair extensions that achieve lengths and fullness you’ve never seen. For a consultation with Mane Society, click here. Or, read about hair extensions in NYC by method here.
One sure fire way to make your hair appear thinner is to damage it. Using hot tools, brushing your hair when wet, and pulling your hair back in elastics often are all practices that can cause breakage (hello fly-aways and frizz). Also, coloring your hair will make it more porous and weak, leading to breakage and finer hair strands.
So, care for your hair by following best practices:
- Brush a few times a day when dry - never letting it get to total-tangle-state
- Braid your hair at night or use a scrunch
- Stay away from the hair dye— or if you need to to cover your grays, use deposit-only whenever possible
- Don’t blow dry, flat iron, or curl your hair when you don’t have to. Use heat protectant when you do.
No matter what length your hair is, you can style for fullness. First, ensure you have clean hair. Oil molecules from your scalp or products will weigh the hair down, making it appear flat. If you have naturally oily hair, you can prevent oiliness it by turning your head upside down and spraying dry shampoo— even on your clean hair.
Second, choose styles that accentuate fullness. A sleek, stick straight look is not for you. Instead, think big waves, blow outs, and bouncy curls. Support these styles with products that volumize, e.g. root lift, hairspray, and finishing spray. Oribe Texturizing Spray is like a magic potion.
We hope this blog has given you some ideas to achieve fuller hair. Don't be duped by products making claims to change your actual hair's density. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!