Win With Thin
Your mission: Employ a few easy styling tips to fake a thicker mane, and leave no strand behind.
1. Comb-overs: Vote no
If you really need an explanation why, look to POTUS. Growing hair long to make up for less of it just makes the strands you’ve got look thinner and more fragile. The best solution, according to Bernabe: “A classic short on the sides, two inches on the top.” This leaves enough to style, which can help add volume and make hair appear thicker, but not so much that you look crazy.
2. Don’t avoid washing
The idea that shampooing your hair often makes you thin faster is an old wives’ tale. When hair thins, your scalp produces more sebaceous oil, explains hair-care expert Michelle Blaisure. “That oil is bathing the scalp, and over time can clog hair follicles and lead to inflammation,” she says. That can create even more loss and slower regrowth. Blaisure recommends shampooing regularly and being extra-gentle when massaging in product. Be sure to condition, too, she adds, which “smooths the hair fiber,” making it more resilient.
3. Go light on product
What happens when you put a heavy product on thin hair? “If you’re a wee bit bald, suddenly you look 10 times more bald,” says O’Callaghan. Stick to a peasize amount of airy products — light creams or mousses — and style with your fingers. “Combing, brushing, blow-drying, using a towel: All of those rough up the texture and cuticle of the hair,” says Blaisure. “And that causes more damage and loss.”
WHAT TO USE
The lightweight R+Co Aircraft pomade mousse plumps up thinner strands and gives them thicker, bedhead-like texture. [$29; randco.com]
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