Let’s be honest: how many times have you been wondering down the street, only to be stopped dead by the sight of another woman’s dazzlingly thick hair? Well, if you’re anything like us, it’ll have happened more than once. But imagine, instead of staring green-eyed at another person’s locks, those flowing strands were actually yours! Nope, we haven’t ‘lost it’, because we’re actually going to show you how to get thicker hair (yay!).
Now, while there’s no way to actually make your hair fibres thicker, there are a number of nifty styling hacks that can create the appearance of fuller locks – and we’re going to share them all with you! So, read on and take a look at our helpful guide on how to make your hair thicker and ramp up the volume of your thin locks.
1. Wash hair with warm water
Make sure the temperature of your water is warm. This will help to open up the hair cuticle, improving the penetration of your shampoo. And as much as you might enjoy very hot water, avoid it: it can irritate your scalp.
2. Do not overwash your hair
Over-washing your hair can strip your scalp of its natural oils. So instead of washing daily, try to aim for twice a week or less if you are not engaging in vigorous activities. Do use a dry shampoo to keep hair feeling fresh in between washes.
3. Be careful when brushing wet hair
You’ve probably heard that brushing your hair in the shower is a bad move because it can damage your tresses. Well, there’s some truth to that: when your hair is wet, the strands are more prone to breakage.
However, you can help limit the stress put on your hair by applying conditioner to your lengths and ends. Thereafter, gently comb through with a wide-tooth comb to distribute the product through your wet strands before rinsing.
4. Apply mousse before styling
When it comes to how to make your hair thicker and fuller, applying a mousse before styling your locks is a clever way to achieve instant thickness!
Simply take a small amount of the product (about the size of a golf ball) and apply it to damp hair using your hands. Then use a comb to evenly distribute the mousse from mid-lengths to the ends of your tresses, and you’re ready to style!
Editor’s pick: For superior, touchable, natural-looking volume, reach for TRESemmé Volume & Lift Styling Mousse. Perfect for lacklustre locks, this volumising mousse won’t weigh your hair down.
5. Layers can make all the difference
If you’re really looking to commit to having thick, full locks, then there is a more lasting solution: layered haircuts. Whether you have long or short strands, layers are an amazingly simple way to ramp up the volume and movement of your thin tresses, providing you with the appearance of enviable, thick hair!
6. Invest in a good texturising spray
If you have thin hair, applying a texturising spray when you style your mane, is a surefire way to create the illusion of thicker locks. Simply lift up small sections of your hair and spritz your texturising spray directly onto the roots, before backcombing your tresses, to create added volume and texture.
Editor’s pick: For a lightweight hold with all-day natural movement, we love the TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray.
7. Use dry shampoo just before bedtime
What you might not have known, is that this miracle product can also function as a hair thickening product giving your hair extra volume. Yep, it’s true!
For optimum results, apply your dry shampoo before your go to bed, as it will work its magic by absorbing excess oil on your roots overnight – meaning you’ll wake up with fresh-feeling, fuller-looking locks in the morning. Dreams do come true, after all!
Editor’s pick: We suggest trying the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo, since it leaves an almost invisible residue.
8. Use Velcro rollers
If you’ve tried all of the above and still haven’t achieved your desired hair volume, there is another neat styling trick you can try: velcro rollers. These hair rollers are sure to become your new BFF for achieving thicker locks since they’ll provide an instant lift, and are oh-so-easy to use!
All you need to do is position your rollers in the top part of your hair and blast warm air onto the rollers with your hairdryer, for approximately 30 seconds. Once they’ve cooled, simply take them out, and admire your thicker, bouncier tresses!
9. Minimise friction
A good way to keep your hair thick and healthy hair is to dry your locks with T-shirts and sleep on silk/satin pillowcases. How does it help? Silk pillowcases are softer on strands and don’t suck moisture from your mane while you sleep. And T-shirts have a smoother texture than towels, which helps to reduce friction.
10. Turn down the heat
Be honest: how much heat are you using on your hair daily? The truth is, over-styling with electrical appliances or incorrectly using heat is a major contributing factor to hair that lacks volume. We know they can be difficult to give up completely, so why not aim to lower your usage, instead.
Editor’s pick: Committed to your curling wand or hair straightener? Be sure to prep your hair with a generous spritz of heat protect spray like the TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray.
11. Boost your nutrition
It’s not only what you put on your hair and how you handle it that determines the look and feel. So if you want to know how to grow thicker hair, it may be time to think about what you eat (and don’t eat).
Eating a balanced diet is a no-brainer, but what types of foods do you need for a luscious mane? Protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, like wheat, grains, corn and sweet potato, are all important for the production of healthy hair. So, make foods like eggs, avocados and kale staples in your diet.
Don’t forget to consult your doctor for advice if you have any serious concerns.