Tips to Make Your Hair Look Fuller and Thicker

Updated on September 3, 2017

A luxurious head of hair is a crowning glory. And, as they say, if some is good more is better. Should you be one of those millions cursed with thin or thinning hair, there is new hope for you. Scientists have developed and tested new products and techniques that will help you make the most of what you've got, and then some!

While many hair styling products damage hair follicles, these six products and style tips are guaranteed to improve the fullness, as well as the overall health of your hair.

Use a “Wet Hair” Brush After Showers

Begin each styling session by maintaining those precious hairs you do have. Wet hair brushes have flexible bristles that gently part hair and remove tangles. Designed not to pull hair out by the root, these brushes can be used to detangle wet or dry hair and works equally well on both thin and thick hair.

If you have children with long hair that is prone to tangles, these brushes will save time and tears. They work miracles by removing food, leaves, and anything else your kids may have gotten into.

The Paddle Brush style Wet Brush is the most versatile option for both wet and dry hair.
The Paddle Brush style Wet Brush is the most versatile option for both wet and dry hair.

Switch From Mousse to Sea Salt Sprays

Ever notice how healthy and full your hair feels after a few days at the beach? Now there are natural products available to give you this same experience at home. Our favorite is the Sea Salt Texturizing Spray from Aquage; its second ingredient is nourishing salt from the Dead Sea.

Mousse gives roots a boost and creates volume, however it can add stickiness in humid climates and on rainy days. For healthier, fuller hair, opt for a sea foam product to add hair follicle volume and beneficial minerals to your scalp. Spray the Sea Salt Texturizer over the scalp while hair is damp and comb through. Be careful though, as a little goes a long way.

To add a texturizing effect, lightly spray your hair with two to three spray pumps while you are blowing warm or hot air through your hair. As you continue to dry your hair, test the texture; it is important to build the texture gradually, drying it completely before adding more.

Your hair should move freely, if it is getting sticky, you have added too much sea salt spray. If this happens, spray with water and gently towel dry to remove excess sea salt. To add additional texture, lift and scrunch a little to separate strands without adding additional spray.

AQUAGE  SeaExtend Salt Texturizing Spray, 8 oz.
AQUAGE SeaExtend Salt Texturizing Spray, 8 oz.

Aquage's Sea Salt Spray is made from salts from the minerally rich Dead Sea. With just a few sprays necessary to volumize hair, this bottle will likely last over a year. In addition to adding volume and texture, we have found that it also helps nourish the scalp and banish dandruff!


The Best Way to Blow Dry and Add Volume to Hair

The best technique for adding volume is to begin by blow drying your hair upside-down. While you are drying it, gently massage your scalp with your fingertips in one inch circles. Dry upside-down until the roots are dry, and the length of the hair is 80 percent dry.

Flip upright and style dry your hair with it parted on the opposite side than you intend to wear it. Once completely dry after styling, flip hair upside down for one last fluffing at the scalp. Then part as normal, for an amazing extra lift on your roots.

The dyson blow dryer moves a lot of air while styling, without damaging the hair follicles, as standard blow dryers do.
The dyson blow dryer moves a lot of air while styling, without damaging the hair follicles, as standard blow dryers do.

Keep Your Hair Length Above the Shoulders

The longer hair is, the more it tends to separate into strands. Once hair hits the shoulder line, it is physically divided into three sections, causing each section to look thinner. Keeping it above the shoulder allows hair to sway and bounce, giving the impression of greater volume.

In addition, ask your stylist to trim the underlayer of your hair one inch shorter that the outer layer (the hair from the crown). The shorter under layer of hair will support the longer hairs making them lighter and bouncier, giving a fuller appearance.

Add Highlights and Color

Note how much thicker her hair looks after Balayage.
Note how much thicker her hair looks after Balayage. | Source

Adding highlights to colored hair accomplishes two goals in one process. Multidimensional color gives the illusion of greater density, as the lighter hair appears to float over the darker, seemingly thicker layers.

Additionally, peroxide, present in varying degrees in light and dark permanent colors, adds volume to each hair follicle, giving the color treated hair more physical volume.

Add FORMULA 18™ to Hair Color to Strengthen Fine or Damaged Hair

Formula 18, made with pea peptides, penetrates between uplifted scales in the cuticle to create a stapling type effect with a smoother, healthier appearance.
Formula 18, made with pea peptides, penetrates between uplifted scales in the cuticle to create a stapling type effect with a smoother, healthier appearance. | Source

"We love FORMULA 18™," says Les Bouska, Creative Director at Atlanta Hair Studio. "This product has changed the lives of more than a few of our clients. Those with thinning hair due to age, pregnancy or chemical treatment, are seeing immediate improvement in the look, feel and manageability of their hair. And it gets better with each treatment!"

FORMULA 18 works by using the cystine within the PEA PEPTIDE, RESURRECTION PLANT, and TAMARIND to create or rejoin broken disulfide bonds. When disulfide bonds are reformed it leaves hair looking much more manageable and healthy. Here is how it works.

Damaged hair has a raised cuticle, while healthy hair has a smooth, closed cuticle. (See the image above) As FORMULA 18penetrates between uplifted scales in the cuticle, it creates a "stapling" type effect with a smoother, healthier appearance for each hair follicle. Ultimately this blend is highly effective at reducing and fixing past damage done to the cuticle, through color or styling, to strengthening the hair fiber.

Microblading and Micropigmentation

Many women find themselves in the uncomfortable position of extreme hair loss. While men can take the macho route of shaving their heads completely, most women prefer a more feminine coiffure. Microblading has been used for several years to thicken the appearance of eyebrows or to change their natural shape. Now people with large patches of missing hair are looking to this technique to give them the appearance of full hair, by darkening the bald areas of their scalp.

Microblading differs from tattooing in that during the microblading process a special microblading pen is utilized to draw on individual strokes one by one. This gives the appearance of individual hairs resting across the scalp and allowing the natural hairs to blend over the microbladed areas. It's a meticulous process that takes around two hours for each area to complete. However, these semi-permanent results last up to three years before beginning to fade.

Once the microblading has been performed, the client can opt to add micropigmentation to enhance the effects of the microblading. Micropigmentation is a permanent tattooing method done with a digital machine. In this process, the color is implanted deeper into the skin. As it is implanted deeper in the the dermal layer, it lasts longer than the microblading method alone.

Microblading on beard, eyebrows and scalp, before, during and after procedures.

Avoid These Hair Thinning Practices

  • Don’t wear your hair in a ponytail rubber band. These products break hair, leaving it thin and frizzy looking. Instead, use butterfly clips to get your hair up and away from your face.
  • Don’t wash your hair on a daily basis, try to wash every other day. Beauty pageant contestants prefer their hair on day two after washing; remember the age old complaint, “I just washed my hair, and I can’t do a thing with it.”
  • Avoid heavy conditioners, and shampoos made with sulfates.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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