7 Ways to Disguise Thinning Hair

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 11, 2015

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If you are struggling with thinning hair, happily borrow our smart styling solutions taken from some of the best experts. These will help you disguise thinning hair effectively without much effort.
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    Your Hair could be Revealing Your Age

    Laugh lines are not the only age-revealers. Hair, just like skin, ages too. As we age, our scalp produces fewer hairs, and the strands themselves get thinner. But your hair doesn’t have to look the part just because it is thinner. There are some lasting solutions available like minoxidil serums, hair transplants, and laser therapy that are long-term. But you don’t want to get caught in the awkward gap between treatments and results. Here are 7 smart styling solutions for a fuller, healthier look, no matter how much you’re working with.

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    Chop it Off

    Cutting your hair off is one of the fastest ways to create the illusion of abundant hair. Go for a style that lops off inches and adds strategic layers. Shorter hair tends to look healthier and have more volume, since it’s not weighed down by extra inches, believe experts. Ask your stylist to concentrate the layers near your face while the back is left full; this will add ample volume and create the illusion of both body and thickness. If bangs are your style, make sure they start further back on your head so the fringe looks full.

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    Colour ’em Light

    If you have grays to cover up, that may work in your favour this time. Hair colour swells your hair’s cuticle, making it bigger in diameter and lending extra volume. For a healthy colour plan, touch up roots just once a month and highlights every two to three to avoid weakening the hair by over-processing it, and aim a few shades lighter than your natural colour to make visible patches of scalp or a too-wide part less noticeable.

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    Choose Carefully

    Shampoo makes a lot of difference even if it is on your scalp for a few minutes. When your hair is thinning, choose a volumizing shampoo that doesn’t contain sulphates and detergents that are harsh on your hair and are not necessary for a cleaner scalp. This type of formula strikes the perfect balance: It removes excess oils that make hair look limp, but is gentle enough to support a healthy shine. You could ask your dermatologist to prescribe a brand that removes residue without sulfates or parabens and nourishes roots.

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    Get Help

    Those precious minutes before your hair dries post-shower are the prime time to add volume. Lift roots by working a volumizing mousse or spray into hair near the root. Choose a product which creates lasting volume that never feels stiff or sticky. It should also add bounce to your hair without parabens. No matter which you prefer make sure it’s the only product you’re putting on your hair post-shower—too many products, even volumizing ones, will weigh down your hair.

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    The Prep is Important

    If you expect your hair to look livelier, you need to take your blowout seriously, too. And it’s going to take some elbow grease. Using a round brush, pull sections of hair up and in the opposite direction of the way it naturally falls- all the hair that rests on the right side of your head should be pulled toward the left, and vice versa. While you’re at it, protect your hair from damage by using a natural-bristle round brush. Metal brushes put too much heat directly on strands, which is especially tough on fine, delicate hair.

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    Cool it

    Drying your hair with another hot tool can overwork its texture. Instead, further pump up hair by letting it cool on Velcro rollers that have a mix of sizes that work for your length of hair. Roll hair away from your face in sections, concentrating on hair from your forehead to your crown, and let set for at least 10 minutes before removing.

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    Disguise it

    Creating maximum root lift is a start, but if your scalp is peeking through or your part is wider than usual, you’ll need to turn to hair fibres to fill in the gaps. The tiny, pigmented cellulose fibres bond to your hair for a thickening effect, while the colour, which should be similar to your own, camouflages visible scalp.

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