As a full-time member of the "fine hair club," I totally understand the longing for thick, bouncy, and voluminous strands. Don't get me wrong, there are benefits to having less hair—blow-drying takes no time at all, I don't get ponytail-induced headaches, and my shower drain rarely gets clogged with hair. But if I'm being honest, I'd give all that up for a thick, glossy mane.
Because of my obsession with fuller strands, I've tried just about every hair-thickening option out there, and 90 percent of the time they don't work. Sad, but true.
That being said, if you're intrigued by the 10 percent of methods that actually did plump my fine locks, keep reading!
When it comes to hair washing, sulfates are not your friend. They are foamy detergents that cut through grease in no time, but will likely leave your scalp and hair really dry—so much so, they can damage your lipid barrier and cause irritation. Not fun.
Invest in thickening styling products.
It may sound obvious, but opting for styling products specifically designed to increase volume can make a massive difference to fine strands.
Waves add instant thickness.
Use a curling iron to add waves through your lengths. Not only will it give extra width, but the dimension and texture will make hair appear fuller. Avoid excess damage by prepping strands with a heat protection spray first.
Deep cleanse your scalp once a week.
Thickening hair products are awesome—there's no arguing with that, but the one downside is that they have a tendency to build up on the scalp and strands. A weekly deep cleanse with a clarifying shampoo will help to get rid of any stubborn product residue.
Switch up your parting.
Simply flipping your hair over to the opposite side from where it usually sits, will give an instant volume boost. Add a little volume powder or spritz a lifting spray onto the roots for extra height and hold.
Try tape-in hair extensions.
I know what you're thinking, we've all seen what happens when hair extensions go wrong. But whether you're an extension newbie or a seasoned pro, there's a new alternative to traditional hair lengthening methods and it's worth considering: Tape-in extensions. Yes, these easy-to-apply lengths of hair are stuck to the roots with a medical-grade, hypoallergenic, non-toxic tape.
The best thing about tape-in extensions is the flexibility, the small strips can be placed exactly where you need, giving a tailored approach to extra thickness. A good hairstylist will help you figure out where and how much extra thickness you need. The result? A fuller, thicker finish.
Define your curls.
Give any wispy curls some definition with a curl cream, this will help hair appear thicker and curls fuller.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.