When your hair has started to thin or fall out, it can be very hard to style your hair. If you use too much heat, get it done at a salon, or pull on it too much, you could be exacerbating the problem. You don’t want to pull out more hair if it is already falling out in clumps! So, that leaves you with the question… how do I style my hair and make it look good without making my thinning hair worse?
General Rules for Thinning Hair
The key is to switch up your products. You will want to choose products that help you achieve immediate results but still help repair and regrow your hair in the long-term. Basically, the products will help your hair regrow and become healthier but will also provide instant body and volume to fake the look of fuller and thicker hair. No matter what you do, however, you should be very gentle with your hair. If you can, now is the time to take a break from hot styling tools like a curling iron or hair straightener. Let your hair air dry instead of using a hair dryer, and if you do need to use hot styling tools from time to time, be sure to use a heat protectant spray. Spray your hair first and use the hot styling tool on the lowest heat setting to avoid further damage.
If your hair is suddenly thinning or falling out, take a break from the salon unless you are just getting a haircut. You do not want to dye, bleach, or use a chemical treatment on your hair right now. It could cause your already fragile hair to thin or fall out even more.
The Best Products for Styling Thinning Hair
First, you’ll want to change up your shampoo and conditioner to make it easier for your hair to style. A shampoo and conditioner that is targeted for thinning hair can help resolve the problem while providing much needed body and volume. Look for a shampoo that will stimulate your scalp to help hair follicles grow. Look for a conditioner that is made for your thin hair that will not weigh it down but will only provide moisture and make your hair more manageable. Many conditioners will also provide volume as well.
Some of the best styling products for thinning hair are mousse, serums, and a styling spray. A mousse is a great way to add body, volume, and is especially great for curly or wavy hair. It can protect against further breakage while providing a smooth and shiny look. Look for a mousse that doesn’t make your hair stiff. Some mousses are also great to add to damp hair and can protect your hair against heat if you choose to use a hair dryer to complete your look.
A serum can be great for any hair types to achieve a fuller, thicker, and shinier look. Ideally, you would want to use a serum that also stimulates your hair follicles to help your hair grow and prevent breakage. Many serums are also great if you have split ends but do not want to get a haircut. It can help hide the look of dead ends. Remember that less is more when it comes to serums. If you use too much product, your hair may become greasy looking even if you just washed it.
Lastly, a styling spray can provide instant lift and bounce. It can also protect against heat if you choose to use a hot styling tool. When applied at the root, it can give you instant lift and volume. When you spray a styling spray at the root and tease it a bit, you can give the illusion of a lot of extra volume. It can also help boost your hair’s strength and elasticity to help fix the root cause of your thinning hair and hair loss. Many of these products can also help set your style, especially if you are in an environment with high humidity.
When choosing a hair style, you will want to avoid anything that pulls your hair too tight like a bun or a ponytail. Opt to keep your hair down or wear a loose hair style. Even some barrettes, pins, or hats can pull on your hair or irritate thinning and damaged hair. Use your best judgement and avoid anything that feels like it is irritating your scalp or your hair.
If you have thinning hair, what are your favorite products to help you achieve more voluminous looking hair? What products do you avoid that cause further damage to your hair?
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