thin hair 12 Genius Ways to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

Thin and lifeless-looking hair? Never heard of her!

January 31, 2022
Thin Hair Tips


Ask any hairstylist, having a thick and voluminous-looking mane is #hairgoals. But for some — especially those with thin hair — that big and bouncy look might not be easily attainable. No matter how much time you spent on your hair, it just never seems to turn out the way you envisioned. The good news is, there are a few hair hacks you can try to help temporarily make thin hair appear thicker. Best part of all, these tips and tricks don't require much effort, making them an easy addition to your hair care routine. So if you’re ready to transform your limp strands into bouncy ones, here are 12 hair hacks to help make your thin hair look thicker.


1. Make The Chop

One of the easiest ways to help create the illusion of thicker-looking hair is by starting with a haircut. Trimming your hair gets 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 styling your hair goes, consider asking your stylist to add layers to your mane, as these can help add more volume. Your stylist can help you decide on the cut that will be most flattering to your features.


2. Change Your Part

Even though Gen Z has declared middle parts as in, a deep side part could be all that you need to help make your thin mane look a little more voluminous. While middle parts have their time and place, a deep side part can help make your tresses appear fuller. Plus, they can be super elegant. Just flip your hair over to one side, and you're good to go.


3. Use A Volumizing Shampoo And Conditioner System

When transforming thin hair into thick hair, it all starts with the products you use to wash your hair. Reach for a system of volumizing shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Volume Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Volume Conditioner. This EverPure system helps weak and thin hair look thicker while caring for the scalpYou can also try the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Sulfate-Free Thickening Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Sulfate-Free Thickening Conditioner. Bonus: All of these options are paraben and sulfate-free and safe to use on color-treated hair.


4. Blow Dry Your Hair With A Volumizing Styling Product 

Another way you can fake the look of voluminous hair is by stocking your vanity with mousse and upgrading your blow-drying technique. To nail 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 fuller look. It also provides heat protection and an extra stronghold that will keep your tresses in place all day long. 


Once you've applied the mousse, pick up a round brush and your blow-dryer and get to work. Start with the front and sides of your hair. Dry your hair section by section and finish up by working your way toward the back of your head for a thick-looking mane.


Editor’s tip: For maximum volume, try the on-trend, ’90s blowout that everyone’s buzzing about. It’s all about body, bounce and, of course, volume.


5. Air-Dry Your Hair

Good news: You can enhance your hair's natural texture without the use of heat tools. After hopping out of the shower, spritz a texturizing or wave 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 a thicker mane.


6. Consider Getting Hair Extensions

If you want to fake fuller-looking hair, hair extensions might be a good option for you, too. Whether you opt for clip-in extensions, tape extensions or beaded extensions, they can help add the look of volume and body to your mane.


7. Use A Thickening Hair Paste

No matter your hair texture or style, hair styling products can make all the difference in transforming your mane. For thin hair, in particular, consider applying a thickening hair pomade, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Putty, throughout your hair to combat thinner tresses. This hair paste is the key to achieving messy, piecey, thicker-looking strands.


8. Use Dry Shampoo On Your Roots

Not only does dry shampoo help refresh your thin tresses, but it can also add volume to it. To try this hack, grab the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo and spray it directly onto your roots, making sure to hold the can six to eight inches away from your head. With your fingers, massage the product through to make sure it is evenly distributed, and you're all set. 


Editor’s tip: If you have darker tones, you can use the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair instead. And if you have lighter tones, try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair. Neither will leave you with white residue — just lifted, voluminous hair.  


9. Double Up Your Ponytail

PSA: Even folks with fine hair can transform their flat and limp ponytail into one that is bouncy and lively without hair extensions. Start by parting your hair into a top and bottom section and make sure to keep them even in size. Clip your top section atop your head to get it out of the way. Put your bottom section of hair into a ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Then, pull your top section of hair into a ponytail above your first ponytail and secure it with an elastic. And there you have it — no one will ever notice your fine-looking tresses.


10. Backcomb Away

Teasing is one of the most popular ways to add instant volume to your mane. This technique is especially effective for livening up your roots. Learn all about how to do it in our article, How to Tease and Backcomb Your Hair.


11. Beef Up Your Braids

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. By carefully gently tugging the braid apart, you’ll be creating the illusion of a fuller-looking braid. Best part of all? This technique can be used on any plaited hairstyle that suits your fancy, from French braids to fishtail braids.


12. Rock A Sock Bun

If you think you don't have enough hair to tie up into a bun, think again! A sock bun can help create the appearance of a thicker, more voluminous-looking bun. Check out our article, How to Create a Sock Bun, the next time you want to rock an updo.


Next: 5 Haircuts To Make Hair Look Thicker



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