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Having hair that looks thick and luscious is basically the ultimate hair goal, isn’t it? There’s just something glamorous about a voluminous-looking mane. But if your hair is thin, then you may feel like this just isn’t achievable for you. The good news is, there are a few hair hacks you can try to help temporarily make thin hair appear thicker—and these hacks don’t require much effort, making them easy to add to your hair care routine. Below, find five hair hacks to help make thin hair look thicker. Try them out for yourself!
One of the easiest ways to help create the illusion of thicker-looking hair is to chop off a few inches. Trimming your hair can get rid of length that could be weighing your hair down (the opposite of what you want if you’re looking for a more voluminous ‘do). As far as what type of style to ask for at the salon, consider telling your stylist to add layers to your hair, as these can help create the look of more volume. Your stylist can help you decide on a cut that will be most flattering to your features.
A deep side part could be all that you need to help make your thin mane look a little more voluminous. Plus, it’s super elegant. While middle parts have their time and place, a deep side part can help add volume—and it’s totally on-trend. Just flip your hair over to one side and you’re good to go!
When you have thin hair, it all starts with the products you use in the shower. Reach for a system of volumizing shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner. The EverPure system helps weak, thinning hair look thicker while caring for the scalp. You can also try the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner.
Ready to fake the look of voluminous hair? It’s time to stock your vanity with mousse—and upgrade your blow-drying technique. To start your at-home blowout, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse evenly throughout damp hair. This lightweight mousse can help provide a long-lasting, bouncy, and voluminous look. Bonus: This mousse also provides heat protection and extra strong hold. Once you’ve applied the mousse, pick up a round brush and your blow-dryer and get to work, drying your hair section by section. Start with the front and sides of your hair, working your way to the back of your head.
You can help enhance your hair’s natural texture—without the use of heat tools. All you really need is a wave spray! After hopping out of the shower, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray evenly through damp hair, braid, and allow your hair to air dry. When your hair is dry, remove your braid to reveal effortless, loose waves that will help create the appearance of thicker hair.
Want to help make your thin hair look fuller? Hair extensions could be a good option for you. Whether you opt for clip-in extensions, tape extensions, or beaded extensions, they can help add the look of volume and fullness to your mane.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, your hair styling products can make all the difference in your thin mane. Consider applying a thickening hair pomade, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Thickening Medium Hold Cream Paste, throughout your hair to create a messy, piecey, thicker-looking mane.
Not only does dry shampoo help refresh your locks, but it can also help add a bit of volume to thin hair. To try this hack, grab the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo and spray directly onto your roots along a few different part lines, making sure to hold the can six to eight inches away from your head. Brush through to make sure the dry shampoo is evenly distributed and you’re all set!
In the past, you may have avoided putting your thin hair into a ponytail for fear of emphasizing its lack of volume—but no more! Create a double ponytail to fake the look of thicker, volumized hair. Here’s how:
Start by sectioning your hair into a top and bottom section. Keep your sections of hair relatively even in size and clip your top section up on top of your head to get it out of the way.
Put your bottom section of hair into a ponytail and secure it with a clear elastic.
Pull your top section of hair into a ponytail right above your first ponytail. Secure with a clear elastic.
To fake the appearance of one large ponytail, take a small section of hair from your bottom ponytail and wrap it around the base of both of your ponytails! Secure into place with bobby pins.
Backcombing, or teasing, is one of the most popular ways to add practically instant volume to your mane. This technique is especially effective for adding a boost of volume to your roots. Learn all about how to do it in our article, How to Backcomb and Tease Your Hair.
Decided to braid your thin hair? Braids are undeniably stunning—but less so when they’re thin and lacking volume. To create the appearance of a thicker braid, use the “pancaking” technique. Gently tug at the sides of your braid to do so. Hello, volume!
Think you don’t have enough hair to put into a bun? Think again! A sock bun can help create the appearance of a thicker, more voluminous bun—even if you have thin hair! Check out our article, How to Create a Sock Bun, the next time you want to rock an updo.
Once you’ve mastered these hair hacks, check out the 25 Best Haircuts for Thin Hair.