How to Thicken Fine or Thin Hair

Updated on June 3, 2015

How to Naturally Thicken Your Fine or Thin Hair

Are you a member of the fine or thin hair club and want out or have been wanting out your whole life? Look no further! Learn how I nearly tripled the thickness of my formerly super fine and thin hair, all naturally too and with some helpful products. In this article, you'll find:

  • My guide to thickening hair (6 tips)
  • Bonus instructions on how to style your hair in the following ways and looks: the voluptuous blow-dry, big-and-messy, or big-and-soft curls/hair

Good luck!

A Guide to How I Naturally Thickened My Hair: Six Tips

1. For Thicker Hair, Trim It Every Six Weeks.

Get rid of your split ends by taking an inch of hair, twirling it around with your finger and trim the extra bits of hair that stick out. These are your split ends and getting rid of them is not only conducive to healthier but thicker hair.

2. Take Vitamins (Recommended: Viviscal) For Thicker Hair

One of the main reasons I feel my thin, fine hair has truly thickened is down to ‘Viviscal Maxium Strength Tablets’. You can use as many products as you like on your hair, but healthy strong hair is only really possible if you're taking the right vitamins. You can buy a load of vitamins from your local supermarket very cheaply and this should have the same effect. I personally prefer to use Viviscal as the vitamins are targeted to accelerate hair growth and is more practical to take just the one vitamin a day. Tons of models swear by them and you may see the added bonus of thicker eyelashes and eyebrows!

3. Don't Wash Your Hair Too Often

Try to keep washing your hair to a bare minimum, I usually manage twice a week. This allows the natural oils to condition your hair as well as keep breakage to a minimum. Since your hair is thin, it probably becomes greasy quickly as well. Washing your hair too often will only encourage your scalp to produce even more oil, thus making it greasy quicker. Having said that also try to not let your hair become too greasy. I find if my fine, thin hair is too dirty it starts shedding more than usual. So it's all about keeping some balance. Try this process for washing your hair:

  1. Mix sunflower oil, rosemary oil, and jojoba oil together and really soak your hair with it. Sunflower oil is brilliant for damaged hair. Also, both rosemary and jojoba oil stimulate cell division and dilutes blood vessels which in turn stimulates hair follicles.
  2. Leave the mixture in your hair for an hour and then rinse it out with organic apple cider vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar balances your natural pH levels so that it won’t dry out your scalp like most shampoos do. It revitalizes your hair, leaving it soft and shiny. There is also the added bonus of ensuring it properly rinses out the oils you have just used in your hair.

These ingredients are available cheaply at any supermarket or chemist and will go a long way to doubling or even tripling the thickness of your fine, thin hair.

4. Use Follicle Stimulating Shampoo

After rinsing your hair with the vinegar, use a follicle-stimulating shampoo. I recommend L.A. Science Hair Follicle Stimulating Shampoo. These types of shampoo contain peptide complex, which is meant to help strengthen the hair follicle. I found that less of my hair came out when combing it after washing—it also left my hair very soft without the need for any conditioner (which will only weigh down thin hair).

Note: You could also try a shampoo which doesn't contain any sulphates and parabens, such as Sukin hair shampoo (the protein one will be best for fragile hair), which will be better for your fine, thin hair in the long run.

5. Massage Rogaine Into Your Scalp

Every night, just before you go to bed, spend a good five minutes massaging Rogaine for Women into your scalp. I tend to focus on the areas of my scalp that produce the thinnest hair, and have noticed some extra growth around my temples. Dermatologists also claim that Rogaine generally works better for women than it does men. So, this will certainly aid your mission for tripling your fine, thin hair.

6. Regular Intake of Collagen for Thicker Hair

My absolute top tip for thickening fine, thin hair: incorporate the regular intake of collagen. I use the Neocell Super Collagen powder (initially on a daily basis and now on a weekly basis). In the beginning, I started this regime for my skin but was thrilled to see my hair looking a lot fuller and bouncier without styling it after about 7-8 weeks of use. It also grew by a good two extra inches than it normally does.

The regular intake of collagen has been shown to support and increase the body's hair-building proteins. Although I would highly recommend collagen intake, make sure it is not in any way replacing a healthy, normal diet. It will work much better when combined with a healthy diet rich in vitamins and especially proteins!

Your Fine and Thin Hair is Still Beautiful

After following the six tips listed in the above regime vigorously for a good 2-3 months, I’ve realised that as long as fine hair is well looked after and is in the best condition it possibly can be, it can look really beautiful. Fine hair tends to become very soft and wispy looking when healthy, which is just as lovely looking as stronger and thicker looking-hair.

Before Styling: Try Hair Building Fibers

Before I start styling my hair, I use Toppik Hair Fibres. Although this was specifically designed for people who are balding, I have found it very useful for adding some oomph around the front of my hair. The microfibers completely cover any thinning and give the illusion that you have a lot more hair than you actually do. This product just gives me an extra bit of confidence when I’m on a night out. You can get them in any hair colour.

The Big, Messy Hair Look

  • For a more naturally unkempt look, start by curling your hair with a large-barreled curling iron. I personally use Babyliss Pro Professional, with the extra large barrel curling tong.
  • Then, deconstruct it with your hairdryer to give it that relaxed messiness.
  • For hairspray, I then use Bumble and Bumble thickening hairspray, which makes my hair look much raunchier and bed-heady for that sexy messy look.

What Heated Rollers make your hair look like:

Big and Soft Hair

  • Set your hair from mid-length in your heated rollers.
  • Pull your hair back from your forehead in a triangle shape and make sure some strands of hair are left behind.
  • Then, back-comb from the clipping point backwards to get height at the crown. I also use a hairpiece underneath to create some much needed height.
  • I finish off by lifting sections and spraying dry shampoo which gives some volume and dries out any grease that may be starting to show.

Extra Tips for Thicker Hair

  • Don’t forget to use heat protection spray before doing any of the above.
  • All of these are great for a night out but can also be tailored to suit your everyday needs.
  • On occasion, if I can’t be bothered to do any of these, I'll spray some dry shampoo all over and simply use a hair bun and wrap my hair around it to give the illusion of a nice thick bun. I make sure I leave a few strands around my face to soften the look.

I really hope that this article has helped you to feel more confident about your beautiful hair. Feel free to ask any questions! :)

Questions & Answers


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        7 weeks ago

        Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don't know what to do. My hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should I do to regrow hair?

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        6 months ago

        Which biotin brands are best? What to pick?

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        17 months ago

        Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don't know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

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        21 months ago

        Hi i have a question. Are you sure its ok to take viviscal pills and use rogaine at the same time?

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        Marie Petite 

        23 months ago

        Liza16...Go natural....stop the blow drying, straightening, and dyeing. If you need to dye, use henna. Do wet sets to get the straight look...if all else fails, see a doctor for blood test to check out hormone and vitamin levels.

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        2 years ago

        I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 40s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don't want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn't found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there's no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        2 years ago

        Thanks for the encouraging article. It is very difficult to feel as confident and pretty as other women look when you have thin, stringy hair. Really excited to try all of your helpful tips!!

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        3 years ago

        I get you, OP! I have thin hair too, and although it isn't optimal (I can't grow it waist length because it breaks too easily, looks greasy, etc...), there are some benefits! Boys have told me my hair is really soft to run their fingers through, volume isn't really a problem when I let it down (it's so fluffy!) and since it's so thin, it captures the sunlight and the colour looks absolutely golden and radiant! My grandmother passed down some tricks for me too: dye your hair light blonde when you're really old so that it blends in with your scalp, never straighten or braid your hair (everyone'll notice) and do get layers. You can put dark powder on your scalp too, but I'm too chicken to try that. Anyhow, happy hair day everyone!

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        Ana Maria Orantes 

        3 years ago from Miami Florida

        I like your hub. You did an excellent research about what is good for your hair. I used collagen. It does help a lot for the healthy hair. I listen to many people that used other products for their hair. Anything natural and organic work perrfect. Congatulations for a great article.

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        3 years ago

        Woow !! Tripled?! No side effects on " Viviscal Maxium Strength Tablets" or the collagen drinks?

        Thanks for sharing your success story with us. A before/after picture would be nice, thought.

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        4 years ago from London

        Hey Janice!

        Yep when I use the oils I use in equal amounts. Having said that though different people's hair will respond differently to each oil so you will most probably find some will work better than others. It's just about experimenting and finding out what works best for your hair. Sunflower oil works the absolute best for mine. X.

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        4 years ago

        I am so excited try your mix of oils in section #3, but you don't mention the amounts, should I use equal parts of all three oils?

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        saby narula 

        4 years ago

        I use sunflower oil n sesa hair oil treatment n i warm it before applying...i want my hairs to be shiny long enough ..i want to focus on hair length my hairs are wavy fizzy shoulder length n dry...wat should i do for long hairs

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        David V 

        4 years ago

        Wheatgerm oil is great for adding vitamins to hair follicles.

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        4 years ago

        I liked ur advice n ill surely try it

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        4 years ago

        Having fine hair can be a pain in the *** sometimes, it gets damaged soooo easily! I have to use no alcohol or sulfate hair products, which is probably a good thing. Right now I’m using Pro Natural’s moroccan argan oil shampoo and conditioner, they really do what I hoped for :) Really recommend this brand.

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        4 years ago

        I have worked with hair products as a stylist for 30 years. I have use a;; expensive to inexpensive products! After using the Shielo Sealing Mist on my clients for the last 2 years - I noticed that it was also healing their split ends. Even on really short or really long styles. Besides the fact that it smells great, my clients hair soft and a lot easier to comb through. Add Your Comment...

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        5 years ago

        i have thin hair and over the past year i feel as if im losing more im 17 :( and worried about it a lot iv always had thin hair don't know what todo


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