An “Ask Al” Question from Rachael
Following on from my recent post “How To Get Big Hair” I thought it timely to answer another reader’s question about thinning hair. I mean let’s face it; getting big hair is in some ways, also a solution to fine or thinning hair.
So, I’m sharing with you my best tips for specifically addressing the problem of thinning hair.
Without seeing the actual person (in this case, Rachael) it’s hard to give personalised style advice, but I’m hoping these tips and the photos of hairstyles will help a little and at the very least provide some style-inspiration for many – thinning hair or not!
Peroxide doubles the thickness of each strand because it swells the actual hair shaft. This of course makes your hair look and feel a whole lot fuller. Another reason highlights help is that a mix of shades helps to give your hair colour more dimension and creates the illusion of texture and density.
TIP: If your part is widening (i.e. your hair is thinning and the part is looking more and more obvious) you should match the colour of your hair to that of your scalp as closely as possible (i.e. don’t go darker, go lighter).
Get A Fringe
If your hair is thin at the crown but still thick at the front, try a fringe. Go a step further and even colour a slice of hair underneath the fringe two shades darker than the rest of your hair. When you bring the top layer of fringe down over the darker section, your fringe looks thicker because of the deeper colour creating dimension underneath.
Layers can be tricky if not done correctly. Ask your hairdresser to cut the under-layer of your hair half an inch shorter than the top layer. This will add extra fullness. Using a razor because for this job can often create frayed-looking ends that may make your hair look even finer and wispier, so be careful. To give more depth to fine or thin hair, it’s often best to keep the ends blunt. Like this…
More Styles to Try
If you have thinning or fine hair, a shorter style often is the best way of adding more volume. If your hair is thinning at the end of the strands go for a blunt bob or short layers. Choppier styles like the ones below can really help add a look of height and volume with little effort. Like these….
Side swept bangs and a fuller fringe will give the illusion of more volume at the front so the attention is diverted from rest of the thinner or fine hair. Like this…
If your hair is full at the crown, but wispy from the mid-length to ends, clip-in hair extensions can give you added fullness in minutes. Today’s synthetic versions really look very natural and many of them are style-able now too (i.e you can curl or straighten them as they’ll withstand the temperatures, unlike older versions). Make sure it says that on the label before you touch them with your GHD though please!
Be kind to your hair. You need to hang on to every strand as long as you can. Let it air-dry 80% then use a round brush to lift the roots and smooth the ends. Or use the Vidal Sassoon Big Hair Styler (see my previous post on How To Get Big Hair). And don’t part your hair where you normally do before you blow-dry or it will wind up flat along the part, which is exactly where you want some extra height. Instead, part your hair on the opposite side. When you’re done blow-drying, flip it back and you’ll have extra volume, instantly.