Thicker, fuller, swishable hair can be yours!
We like our hair how we like our music…with plenty of volume! But annoyingly, as we get older, our hair can become thinner and less voluminous. In fact, 1 in 5 women in the UK suffer from hair thinning or loss.
Before you panic, it’s totally normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair a day so don’t stress if you notice a clump in the plughole or in your hairbrush. Put into context, you have around 120,000 hairs growing on your head at any one time.
Stress, diet and ageing can all lead to hair becoming finer. Hormones play a big part, too. New mums may notice some shedding, as well as those going through the menopause. And then there’s those that have always had fine, thin hair. Whatever your hair history, there are tips you can implement to stimulate, or even fake, fuller tresses.
For starters, it’s worth spending a few minutes massaging your head with your fingertips while your conditioner is on. It will relieve tension and boost circulation to maintain peak scalp health. Avoid heavy masks and products as they will only weigh fine hair down.
The right cut and style can help too so take some celebrity hairspo with our volume-boosting gallery.
Corkscrew curls add height, width and depth to hair on the finer side. Use a small barrel tong to create tight ringlets like Fearne Cotton.
The best thing about The Night Manager wasn’t Tom Hiddleston…it was Elizabeth Debicki’s gamine crop. This choppy pixie cut is ideal for thinner hair.
Add volume with clever highlights. By using varying tones through your hair – from deep chocolate to champagne blonde – it gives the illusion of thicker hair. Jennifer Lopez has the right idea!
Kate Moss’s hair is naturally thin, but she makes the most of it with choppy layers and a heavy fringe.
A blunt, chin-length bob will make even the thinnest of hair appear thicker. Just look at Rose Byrne’s luscious locks!
Jen’s mid-length ‘do is great for giving the illusion of thickness. Ask your hairdresser for a midi-cut with long layers to get the look.
A heavy side fringe is a flattering look for those with smaller shaped faces, who can’t pull off a full fringe as easily.
A blunt cut will make your locks appear a lot thicker than wispy layers. Get a tousled look like Halle Berry, loosely curl sections using tongs then separate curls with your fingers.
Try sweeping your hair round to one side in a wavy style like Nicole. While the waves add texture, having the hair in a deep side parting creates the illusion of thickness. It’s also a great old school glamour ‘do!
Tousled waves like Sienna’s are a great way to add texture and depth to your hair. Curl first then rough up the look with your fingers for a natural look.
This textured look gives a modern twist to the low pony and will make your locks look fuller. Start by backcombing your hair into a beehive, then plait down one side of your head loosely. Seal with a thin hair band and plenty of hairspray.
Curls are fine and thinning hair’s best friend. To get Amanda’s look, comb your hair into a deep side parting and curl with a big-barreled set of tongs. Next, pin half the hair to one side for a voluminous evening ‘do!
A deep side parting like Julianne Moore’s will give hair an added volume boost. If you’re going to wear your hair long, steer away from centre partings, which will make your hair appear flat.
Using big barreled tongs to create tumbling waves is a super glam volume-boosting look.
Lisa Snowdon’s high pony is a great thickness booster. Try wrapping a piece of hair around your hair band and pinning in place for a polished look.
Shiny hair looks thicker and more full of life, so make you rub a glossing oil into your locks before blow drying, Finish with a shine-boosting mist for healthy-looking locks like Gwyneth.
Blake Lively shows that roots can actually be super glamorous! Ask your hairdresser for a graduated ombre style, which will add texture to your locks. Style in loose waves for a relaxed, on-trend look.