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6 Styling Tips for Thin Hair

6 expert styling tips for thin hair plus product recommendations.
6 tips for styling thin hair

To prep for upcoming holiday festivities, I was sent to Duane Reade to shop for my favorite beauty products for a night on the town:


Of course they have an incredible selection of makeup, skincare, and oral care but this season I'm all about big holiday hair! There is nothing I love more than volume and certain products are needed to achieve a polished, salon-style blow out.

The number one question I get as a beauty blogger is how to deal with thinning hair and style it to appear fuller. Many of my top hair care picks, all accessible at pharmacies like Duane Reade, work great on thick and fine hair alike to create thicker, more voluminous hair.

Last month in Manhattan, I caught up with celebrity hair stylist Jill Crosby at a Women's ROGAINE styling. She confirmed many of my own techniques and offered the following styling tips for thin hair. I've added the hair care products I shopped at Duane Reade to the list:

  • It's all about that volume! "Styling thin hair, you want to use products that expand the cuticle for a quick fix. Look for volumizing shampoos and conditioners and use a mousse, root lifter or a dry shampoo for extra volume and lift.” I couldn't live without my TRESemme, Garnier, and AVEENO dry shampoos. Dove makes a great, inexpensive Whipped Cream Mousse, and I've had success with Pantene Pro-V Root Lifter.
  • “Your hair dryer can be your best friend or your worst enemy when your hair is thin or thinning. Use a low to medium setting and rather than pulling at the root of your hair with a brush to add volume, use a diffuser to help give it shape. Thin hair is often damaged and fragile so I always recommend using a thermal heat protector when styling hair with hot tools.” I like TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray and John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Serum (see how Monica styles her hair into a French Braid and an Urban Wave Hairstyle using the Frizz-Ease line of products).
  • “Creating dimension is incredibly important when you have thinning hair. Try a zig-zag part and use light styling pastes to create a messy, tousled look with more body.” Bed Head makes a Manipulator paste that will allow you to get more body and texture for a fuller, thicker look.
  • “Layered cuts work well for women with thin or thinning hair – whether your hair is curly, wavy or straight, layers create dimension. Ask your hair stylist for subtle layers that frame your face to add volume and lift to your look.”
  • “Color is a fantastic tool for thinning hair and choosing the right shade for your hair is extremely important! Darker hair colors play up the contrast between hair and scalp, while lighter shades that are closer to your skin tone can actually help camouflage thinning hair. Color also helps by expanding the hair shaft making it thicker in diameter, adding volume.” I don't color my hair so I don't have any specific recommendations but if you do, please comment below!
  • “For a permanent solution to hair loss that will not interfere with your styling routine, try FDA-approved Women’s ROGAINE 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol once daily to regrow hair. Clinical studies show that with once daily use of Women’s ROGAINE for 24 weeks, over 80% of women regrew hair, with initial results as early as 12 weeks and new hairs coming in almost 50% thicker than before. It quickly penetrates into the scalp so it won’t interfere with your hair style." Traditionally, men's ROGAINE has been used for regrowing thinning hair but women's ROGAINE is for all women that want full and thicker hair, regardless if your hair is thinning or not.

What say you Glamamoms? What works for you?

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