You Can't Make Your Hair Thicker—but You Can Totally Fake It
There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and the fact that you can’t make your hair thicker. Trust me—it’s just not physically possible to double the diameter of your strands. But while it’s true that no shampoo can miraculously alter your genetic makeup, there is some reprieve in the form of products and tricks that will cheat the effects of full hair.
We know this because we’ve tried everything (from root-crimping hair tools to thickening potions) and found that only the products that promise to fake it will give the results we want. These results are getting better; in 2017, we know more about fine hair than ever, from how to style it to which clever formulas can temporarily plump strands up.
So let us pass on what we’ve learnt. Whether you try one or all of these new volumising techniques, you’re bound to see a noticeable boost in the body of your hair. Keep scrolling to discover the hacks, products and salon tips that will give the lift you’ve been looking for.
Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam (£24)
You know by now that dry shampoo is a godsend for lifeless roots. But it’s not without its downfalls—namely that powdery texture that completely puts me off. I’ll tell you what’s good, though: This genius dry shampoo foam mops up all the grease that makes your strands look limp, but without that nails-on-a-chalkboard grittiness. It feels strange at first to massage a foam directly into your roots, but it works a treat. Just rub for 60 seconds until it dries, and you’ll have a bouncier look.
Aveda Pramasana Scalp Brush (£15)
You probably put as much thought into washing your hair as you do into making a cup of tea or putting your coat on. Basically, not quite enough. Thicker-looking hair is all in the prep, and Aveda Advanced Master Creative Director Michael Lendon says that removing excess sebum is paramount. To do so, "begin by using a scalp brush such as the Pramasana Exfoliating Scalp Brush. This will help to loosen impurities and increase microcirculation, which can stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth."
Once you've massaged this over your scalp, wash and condition your hair as you usually would. Then, be sure to blow-dry. "If hair dries flat to the head, it will stay there," says Michael. "Do not let the hair air-dry, which will increase its thin appearance. The best way to build volume and density is to use the right products and get the hair away from the scalp as it dries."
Leave it to Balmain to make even extensions look entirely chic. The brand has created an installation device called Système Volume, which works at lightning speed to seal volumising inserts at the roots of your hair for added lift. Huda Beauty posted a video of this mesmerising tool at work, but there is a catch: You can only reap the benefits at participating Balmain salons. Still, for a tool that works “five times faster than traditional bonding systems,” we reckon it’s worth reaching out to the brand to find the nearest Système Volume.
John Frieda Core Restore Clear Conditioner (£7)
It looks like a shampoo; it feels like a shampoo. But guess what: It's not a shampoo. Instead, this clear, lightweight gel is a conditioner designed for hair that's thin or fine. While there's something satisfying about buttery, creamy masks that whip hair into softer shape, a hydrating formula that won't weigh strands down (like this!) will do away with your biggest bugbear.
Such is the demand for hair colour and cuts that make your locks look fuller that Aveda has launched a Thickening Menu. It's genius, really. They've outlined the highlighting techniques and chopping styles that give hair a "plumping" effect—and every one of the options is completely on trend. The colour side includes Full Body Balayage—a treatment that achieves a lifted effect for hair like Gisele Bündchen's—while cuts range from a plumping pixie with choppy layers to a sleek graduated bob.
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Speaking of the bob, it’s the cut of the season, which is great news for those with fine or thin-looking hair. Chopping languid lengths and wispy ends works wonders at padding out otherwise flat styles. Selena Gomez, Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian West have all traded in their long strands for this body-boosting look. And the result? Well, just look at Selena’s bouncy cut.
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