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#TressDistress: How To Deal With Thinning Hair & Bring Back Volume

The wedding season is on and we are sure you want to look resplendent. Sure, your skin needs some lovin'- but don't neglect your hair in the process. With colouring, a top knot and the blow-dryer being your go-tos, your hair is bound to lose its volume and shine. In fact, it will start looking finer and limper than usual. If you feel like your mane isn’t as voluminous as it should be, we tell you a few ways on how to deal with thinning hair that can make your locks look fuller and feel healthier too.

How To Deal With Thinning Hair

1. Get Some Layers NOW

How To Deal With Thinning Hair

Nobody looks good with scraggly ends. It's a known fact that short hair tends to look healthier and have more volume, since it’s not weighed down. Chop off just a few inches of those thin, damaged ends and add layers with the help of a professional hairstylist. Layers will frame your face better, adding some extra volume, bounce and thickness.

2. Opt for Some Colour

How To Deal With Thinning Hair

The upside of colouring your hair (besides looking awesome and turning heads) is that the coat of colour adds slight volume to your strands. You can touch up once every 40-45 days: just choose a colour a few shades lighter than your natural hue. Also, one-dimensional colour (a single colour all over your hair) can make your strands look thin; try getting highlights as multi-dimensional colour makes your mane look fuller and healthier by catching light.

3. Avoid HOT showers

How To Deal With Thinning Hair

There's nothing better than a hot shower on cold mornings. But using really hot water can make your hair dry, leaving them brittle. The heat can trigger your scalp into producing excess sebum which leads to additional shedding often without you knowing it. Using tepid water will help you prevent frizz by sealing the hair cuticle .


5. Use a Wide-Tooth Comb After Shampooing

How To Deal With Thinning Hair

Our strands are most vulnerable post-shampoo. The hair cuticles don't close fully when they’re wet. Make sure that you don't dry your hair vigorously with a towel. We suggest you change your post-shower habits. Step out of the shower and blot or gently rub your hair with a soft towel (go for 100% cotton). Then use a wide-tooth comb (instead of a brush or a fine-tooth comb) to ensure lesser breakage.


6. Loosen That Hairstyle

How To Deal With Thinning Hair

We know the top knot is the most convenient thing to do when you don’t have time to style your hair or just want to get it off your face. But opting for tight hairstyles very often can cause excessive tension on hair follicles and result in damage. This can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and stunts hair growth. Try wearing your hair down whenever possible (especially while sleeping). When you do tie your hair up, keep it relatively loose.

7. Use Some Va Va Voom Products

How To Deal With Thinning Hair

Add a bit of bounce to your hair with a volumizing shampoo, preferably without detergents and chemicals. We like BBlunt Full On Volume For Fine Hair, that has rice and protein extracts and Schwarzkopf Bonacure Volume Boost Shampoo, with bamboo lift complex. Make sure you clarify your hair once a week by applying a paste of baking soda on your scalp and washing it with tepid water. Also, if you’re dealing with thin hair, mousse is your best friend. Whether you’re blow drying, styling or just leaving your strands to dry naturally, work a lightweight mousse into your roots like Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Foam for that extra boost and plenty of volume.

8. Flip It Over and Blow Dry

How To Deal With Thinning Hair

One sure-shot way to add life and fullness to limp, thinning hair is by blow drying your locks upside down. Flip your hair over and blow dry your roots for some extra volume, bounce and life. It’s a simple technique that will give you amazing results.



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Published on Nov 25, 2014
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