Help A Reader Out: What Are Some Tricks For Making My Thin Hair Look Thicker?

You've got questions, we've got answers! Each week on Help A Reader Out, we'll be taking your fashion and beauty troubles, turning them into informative guides. DEAR GLOSS: I have thin hair and I hate it. Even though I know there are plenty of products out there called 'volumizing' and 'volume enhancing' and 'big giant enormously sexy hair,' but I'm afraid to use products because in the past I've had it fall flat under the weight of them. How can I make my fine hair look fuller?

Hello, dear reader! Just as is the case when dealing with a surplus of hair in unwanted spots, having fine hair can be a big challenge. No fear, though-even if you don't naturally have hair like Fran Drescher, you can still get the volume you desire.

There are plenty of means by which to enhance your fine, flat locks without making them look ridiculous or teased like you're in an '80s hair metal band.

1. Blow out your hair with your head upside down.

It sounds silly, but it works! This creates volume and simply involves adding an extra element to a step you probably were already going to do. Just make sure to use a lightweight protectant spray-damaging your hair with heat will make it look frizzy, not full.

2. Get the right haircut.

There are tons of hairstyles that make hair look fuller (and, in contrast, many that make hair look flatter). You know how it's kind of annoying when people humblebrag about their oh-so-thick hair? Plenty of these are cuts that those folks can't actually wear all that easily without looking like their faces are massive (as one of those people, I can attest to this).

Get a straight set of heavy bangs to make the front of your hair look thicker a la Zooey Deschanel, or get a cool pixie cut that will look purposefully smooth and chic, not accidentally flat. Layers can make it look fuller and more dimensional, while a sleek bob looks sexy and sophisticated. If you've been wearing your hair in a long and shapeless style for years, you could be making the crown portion look flat, weighing down the overall look instead of enhancing it. Consult your stylist on the best style for your face shape and hair type.

3. Rinse, rinse, rinse.

As you mentioned in your question, too much product can make your hair look worse rather than better. In addition to the ones you choose to use post-shower, this rule applies to unintentionally left-in products. Make sure to always rinse your shampoo and conditioner out completely, otherwise the residue can make your hair look greasy and flat.

4. Use a large-barrel curler.

Adding some big curls to your hair helps to add a bit of volume, even if the actual shape of the curls doesn't last very long. If you're worried about frizziness in addition to fineness, this can help smooth out the appearance of the follicle, as well.

Click to the next page to see 6 more tips for getting thicker-looking hair, including what not to use, how to avoid snapping it off, and which styling products to try!

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