How To Make Fine Hair Look Thicker
by BRENDA L. / JUN 10, 2022
Reading Time: 6 Minutes
Fine hair? No problem. I get it - whether you were born with naturally thin hair or it changed over time for some reason, you may be looking for a way to repair the damage and get a fuller, thicker mane. Or perhaps, you’re looking to recreate a particular look and your fine tresses won’t cut it.
Many are the factors that influence your hair’s growth and fullness: from hormonal changes such as in health conditions, menopause, and pregnancy to diet, aging, and more.
Either way, don’t worry: although you can’t immediately change the texture and type of hair you currently have, there are a few solutions you can adopt in order to change your hair game for a special occasion! For this, I have worked out a mini-guide on how to make fine hair look thicker. Let’s dive deep into this article and find out!
1. How To Cut Fine Hair To Make It Look Thicker?
The first thing to consider when talking about getting a fuller look, is your haircut. Are you getting the best out of your hairdresser’s scissors? Chances are you’re probably not - especially if you’re sticking to the same old haircut, too afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Short Hair
One could easily be tricked into believing that longer hair equals a more youthful, thick mane. This isn’t always the case, hence why many women (especially after their 50s) resort to shorter haircuts. Short, layered haircuts are easier to style and to give volume to.
But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you have to go through dramatic change and get a dreadful pixie cut; collarbone lengths and medium length hairstyles are still good to go for finer hair.
Short hair doesn’t mean Hair Extensions aren’t or shouldn’t be an option. So, if your hair is on the shorter side, whether it’s a bob, a pixie cut or if you simply wish to grow out your hair, click on our How To Choose The Right Hair Extensions For Short Hair blog to know which extensions are right for you and your hair.
Don’t Get Bangs
One of the biggest mistakes you can do, in case your hair is dramatically thinning, is getting bangs. This will actually remove hair from where you need it the most - but don’t worry! You can still layer strategically to get a face-framing effect without compromising on fullness.
Layers, Layers, Layers!
When talking to your hairdresser, make it clear that you’re looking for a textured haircut, not choppy layers. You’re in no position to get a wrong haircut, especially since you would struggle a lot in fixing it over time - and you don’t have enough strands to arrange some type of cover-up. Instead, speak to your hair stylist and explain how you’d like them to focus on density and texture.
2. Get Hair Extensions For Thin Hair
If you don’t really want to give up on long hair yet you may want to resort to human hair extensions. If you have never tried getting hair extensions fitted on, you will probably curl your nose at the thought of wearing them now - especially if you’re scared of them being obviously visible through your thinning mane. But don’t worry - there is a type of hair extension designed for people with your hair type too. So why not give it a go?
Seamless hair extensions are the best option for fine hair. They are a type of clip-in hair extension whose clips blend in perfectly with the rest of the hair, naturally hiding in your tresses. If you’re unsure on what hue would suit you the most, get in touch with us - one of our experts will be happy to assist and find the perfect shade for you. Easy, no?
Hair extensions are the easiest, quickest way to give your hair natural volume, texture and fullness. Depending on your hair type and what kind of hair issue you’re trying to solve, there’s different kinds of hair extensions that you could try. If you’d like to know more about how to make fine hair look good with hair extensions, you should read our blog and find out which hair extensions types are best for thin and fine hair.
3. Hairstyles For Fine Hair
Another way to make your natural hair appear more voluminous and dense is to switch up the way you style your haircut. Sometimes, a small change such as switching the way you part your hair (left, right or centre) can go a long way - sometimes, you need to put in a little more effort.
Find out more on parting hair in our Complete Guide On How To Part Hair.
How To Make A Bun With Fine Hair
Updos can be a real lifesaver, and sometimes it’s what you need - not only to look good in the comfort of your own home but also to sport a classier ‘do for a special occasion. If your hair is naturally fine or thinning, getting a thick, voluptuous bun can seem like a difficult task. But don’t fret: there is a solution for this too.
- Start with dry shampoo on your roots: this will help lift your hair at the root, creating the illusion of more volume.
- Pull your hair up in a ponytail.
- Attach a clip-in ponytail hair extension to your natural hair.
- Wrap your new, fuller ponytail up in a bun. Alternatively, you can also use a sponge donut to make it look even fuller.
- Pull out a few strands of your natural hair to get face-framing tendrils, or a messy bun.
- Finish by styling your tendrils (you can braid them, straighten them or curl them).
- Apply abundant hairspray to ensure a long-lasting hold.
Another way to make long and fine hair look fuller, is to create waves and curls on your length. Many people get a little scared when it comes to styling fine hair, especially as the thought of scalding heat-based styling tools coming close to thin tresses can be concerning.
Always remember to keep the heat of your styling tools to the minimum, and you shouldn’t have any issues.
How To Make Curls Stay In Fine Hair
Fine hair sometimes struggles in maintaining a good blowout, and if you decided to put some effort in your look and curl your strands the last thing you want is for them to flop down after a couple of hours. In order to avoid this, you can look into slightly changing your hair styling routine and implement a couple of extra steps.
- Always style your curls on day-old hair. Freshly washed tresses won’t hold styling the same day.
- Pay attention to your heat settings. Whilst we always recommend to keep it to the minimum, this doesn’t always work for everyone. Grab a small section of hair and experiment with slightly higher temperatures until you find the perfect one for your hair.
- Use curl-boosting sprays. This will help to prep your strands for a curling session.
- Invest in the right styling tools. No curling tool is the same, and curling wands, irons and hair straighteners all give different results and holds.
- Let each strand cool down after styling before using hairspray on it.
- Don’t pull your strands when you’re done with your curling wand/iron etc. This will make the curl flop down easily.
- Always work in sections. Learning how to section your hair is extremely important to get the best out of your styling!
Having fine or thin hair is a natural condition common in many, many individuals. With the right tools, techniques and why not? Even investing in your styling skills can easily change your hair game and help you get the most out of your tresses, even when they are going through changes that can seem a little scary, such as hair loss and hair thinning.