If you’re here you know, thin hair can be — let’s say — challenging to work with. You know what you want your hair to look like, but your hair doesn’t cooperate. Or you see all that hair volume on the TV or in magazines, and you want that.
But let me tell you a little secret.
All women look at other people’s hair and want what they seem to have, but what they have 9 times out of 10 is an illusion. Not only that, you can create similar looks with cuts and styles that work for your hair.
And everyone has bad hair days, no matter their thickness.
The truth is, you can make your hair beautiful. You just have to stop fighting against your hair to achieve a fantasy and work with what you’ve got.
And what you’ve got is beautiful hair.
Modern Beauty Standards and the Emphasis on Women’s Hair
Historically, hair is considered a very important part of feminine beauty. The implied importance of thick, voluminous hair dates back all the way to ancient times.
Sampson and Delilah, anyone?
Hair has traditionally been seen as representative of femininity. We all know how it feels when we have a good hair day. Don’t we?
The fact is, your hair is what you make it. And just like a woman with super thick hair can’t pull off a bob without looking like a poodle, you might not be able to pull off long wavy locks that would put Lady Godiva to shame.
But that’s okay.
You’re not Lady Godiva. You’re you.
Self-Consciousness Resulting from
Thin or Thinning Hair
If you feel self-conscious about having thin or thinning hair, don’t be. You’re not alone. Many people have ridden this road before and have come up with solutions that will make you happy with your hair.
Thin hair vs. thinning hair
Yes, there’s a difference between thin and thinning hair.
Thin hair, you’ve lived with all of your life. Thinning hair is probably the result of age or condition, and it’s new to you.
If you’ve had a full set of hair your whole like and all of the sudden you look in the mirror and it’s thinning — you notice. And it could be shocking. After all, you’ve known forever how to handle your hair, but now it’s different, and you’re lost.
Some of the conditions I’m talking about can be reversed and some can’t. But whether you’ve had thin hair your whole life or it’s new to you, the solution is the same — work with what you have right now.
And we’ve got tricks for you.
Tips for increasing volume
There are many things that you can do to maximize volume for your thin hair. One thing is finding the right shampoo and conditioner that will build volume.
Another thing that you can do is make sure that your scalp is as healthy as possible. When you use too many harsh chemicals on your scalp, or
shampoo either too little or too much, you can develop skin problems. These skin problems can lead to impaired hair growth.
So, avoid using thickening products that will leave behind a residue, which can block your follicles. You should also avoid products with a very high pH that will throw off the pH of your scalp.
While we’re talking about avoiding: Avoid the use of hot hair tools, such as curling irons and blow dryers. These things really do damage your hair, believe it or not. And you might think brushing your hair belongs on the avoid list, but it doesn’t.
Brushing your hair every day serves multiple purposes. Here’s what it does:
- Exfoliates your scalp
- Distributes natural oils into your hair
- And protects your scalp and hair from damage
Taking a multivitamin can also be helpful. It can boost healthy functioning and growth in your hair follicles. Look for one specifically designed for hair, skin, and nails. It’s a trifecta of goodness.
Now for the good part: Picking a hair style you can rock the runway with.
Best Hairstyles for Thin Hair
There are many great hairstyles for thin hair that you can try. You may not be able to control the amount of hair on your head. However, you can certainly do things to maximize the volume that you do have and control how it looks.
Deep Side Part
If you have thin hair, you should generally avoid parting your hair right in the middle. It will make your hair look flat. Instead, pick a side that you see to be the most flattering, and then make a part about three inches from the center.
It will likely give your hair a good amount of volume, seeing as how you are putting most of your hair together on one side.
Layered or Aasymmetrical Bob
A bob is a great option if you are looking at hairstyles for thin hair. It suits pretty much every face shape, too!
Basically, this involves getting your hair cut to chin length and having it tapered even shorter at the back. You can get it with layers or an obvious lack of symmetry. Either way, it looks great and really maximizes what you have.
This is a great option for women with thin or fine hair. It’s very low maintenance and will look great in different styles. You can part this very short hair or shape it however you want.
Most likely, you won’t have to spend nearly as much time styling it as you would with longer hair. Bonus!
Another great idea in terms of hairstyles for thin hair is the wrapped ponytail. It’s fairly easy, and there are a couple of ways you can do it.
All you need to do is find a hair tie, a bobby pin, a clear hair tie, and dry shampoo.
Check out how PollyPocketBeauty uses these items to perk up her pony.
Bangs actually serve as a great distraction from the thinness of your hair. They can add waves and volume to a look. What they do is draw attention to your gorgeous face. Also, they add density to the front of your hairstyle, which is what people are going to see for the most part anyway.
Choppy and uneven layered bangs can allow you to style your hair in different ways. You can part them in different areas, or you can sweep them off to the side.
Side note: Unless you really know what you’re doing, don’t cut your own bangs at home. I could tell you horror stories, believe me.
Talk to your hair stylist about bangs. Remember: layers equal volume!
Before You Head out to the Salon
Okay, so you’ve chosen a hairstyle — maybe — and you’re ready to go to the salon and just get it done already.
Before you do that, pump the brakes a little.
Not every hairdresser knows how to deal with thin hair. Sure, they might have addressed that in cosmetology school to get their license, but that doesn’t mean they have experience in the area. So, don’t go to just any ol’ stylish. Be choosy!
Find out if they have experience with thin hair, and what their ideas are for a great haircut for you. If you don’t like the answer or they don’t have experience cutting and shaping hair like yours, find another one. There are lots of hairdressers in the sea.
Kia has some tips for you below that are going to help you before you even think about entering the salon.
Now That You’ve Seen All These Great Hairstyles…
You probably realize that having thin hair really isn’t a big deal. In fact, it can be great!
Those who have thin hair have many tricks up their sleeves to achieve the look they want — and now you have some of them too.
Try these out, see what you think, and then come back here and tell us all about it in the comments! We would love to see your new hairstyle.