Easy Hairstylist Hacks That Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

Lacking in the hair volume department? You’ve come to the right place. While body comes naturally to some, for others, volume can be frustratingly elusive. Adding oomph and guts to hair (without weighing it down), is all about creating the illusion of thickness, even if the real thing is hard to come by. Here, Vogue speaks to hairstylist Luke Hersheson – who works with everyone from Dua Lipa to Victoria Beckham – to learn the expert hair hacks he uses to make thin hair look thicker, and fast.

Don’t rely on shampoo and conditioner

You might be under the impression that voluminous hair starts with a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner, but Hersheson says it’s more about what you don’t do at this stage. “Using the wrong conditioner, or too much of it, can weigh hair down and make it feel flatter, which in turn will make it appear thinner,” he says. “I’d advise against using hair masks and heavy conditioner, to help maintain volume and body.”

It’s all about a great haircut

The key to hair that looks as thick as possible? A great haircut, of course. “A decent haircut is the foundation to any form of styling. You need shape and a graphic cut to be there first, otherwise it’s a bit like a building without foundations – and badly cut hair won’t defy gravity, because its weight will pull it down,” he says. Without it, you can use any product or tool in the world and you’ll still struggle to create volume.

Ask for shorter pieces

Whether a grown-out fringe or some feathering around the face, incorporating some shorter hair at the front of your style can also help make hair look thicker. “It helps elevate the feeling of thickness, versus anything flat, straight and curtain-like,” Hersheson says.

Make use of “hair filler”

It is common to struggle with thinning hair around the temples and sides of the head, especially as you get older. Filler hair pieces – or a patch of extensions at sides – can help to thicken it out a bit,” Hersheson says. Stealthily-placed hair pieces are ultra subtle, and don’t have to look like the obvious hair extensions that have gotten a bad name. According to Hersheson, multiple stars wear them on the red carpet, “and you’d never know”. 

Flip your parting

An easy and quick volumising trick is to change your parting and flip your hair over to the other side. “Think Kim Basinger with her big flick-over,” says Hersheson. “A middle parting will always make hair look flatter – flipping it over is an easy way to add more body.” 

Tease hair at the crown

Remember backcombing? The age-old technique comes in handy when trying to create the illusion of thicker roots, says Hersheson – but avoid doing it the old-school way, with a comb. “Get a mixed bristle brush and hold the hair up, pushing the brush downwards just behind the roots at the crown – it creates a Brigitte Bardot effect, and helps frame the eyes,” he says.

Find the right product for your hair

A new generation of hair mousses can really help add grit, lift and hold into roots, for a more voluminous effect. Hershesons new Zhoosh foam helps to swell and thicken the hair, giving it guts and hold without being sticky. Other products to try include Oribe’s Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse, and Virtue’s Volumising Mousse.

Blow dry upwards

When you blow dry your hair, ensure you direct the airflow underneath the root and upwards, rather than blowing down on top of the head. “It’s little things like that which make a real difference,” says Hersheson.

Experiment with colour

Well-placed highlights and general colour can help add dimension to hair. “The minute you start adding texture or contrast with colour, you start to see more depth, and that can give the illusion of thickness,” says Hersheson. “Adding very subtle, different tones throughout will do the job well.”

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There Are “No More Dry Hair Days” for Shoppers Using This $5 Conditioner

With time, aging, and the use of hot tools, our hair is put through a lot. It’s perfectly normal to notice a change in the appearance of your hair over time, but as experts previously advised InStyle, there are means of caring for your strands. As for these Amazon shoppers, one under-$5 deep conditioner has been a “miracle” for repairing dry, damaged hair.

Given the ingredients and nature of the L’Oreal Paris Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, it’s no surprise that shoppers call the hair product “perfect.” Deep conditioning treatments provide hair with added moisture and in the case of this deep conditioner, you’re getting double the hydration, thanks to its inclusion of sunflower and camellia oils. One shopper experienced a difference in just the first use, and wrote, “My hair was silky, shiny, and felt healthy…It took the frizz away and gave me a smoother look.

Shop now: $5, amazon.com

Others wrote of similar results, including a reviewer that dubbed the product a must-have. “After using this conditioner, my hair feels softer and looks vibrant,” they wrote. “My hair had a luster and softness I haven’t had since I was in my 40s. No more dry hair days for me.

Intended to be applied while hair is wet, you just need to leave the conditioner in for a minute before rinsing. Reviewers confirm there’s no residue left behind after rinsing and the conditioner washes easily from the hair. A shopper with fine, color-treated hair noticed an improvement mid-rinse, and wrote,”It almost instantly turned my hair from tangled and knotted into soft and silky. I could feel the tangles gliding right out as I was rinsing the conditioner out. When combing my hair out after, my Wetbrush glided easily through my hair. There was no more ripping and breaking trying to untangle my hair.

Those with curls, long color-treated hair, and thick waves were among the many hair types that benefited from this conditioner. One shopper fell so in love, they now refuse to try another product. “This mask brought my hair right back to life after just one use. I absolutely love it,” they wrote.

Fall in love for yourself and pick up the deep conditioner for just $5 on Amazon now

INSTYLE

The Best Beauty Launches of 2021 (So Far)

Peace Out Retinol Eye Stick

This squalane-based balm not only nourishes dry under-eyes, but it also is packed with concentrated encapsulated retinol (which is more gentle on the sensitives skin region) to smooth the look of fine lines. 

Buy at Sephora $37

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

This magical tube of mascara went viral on TikTok right after it hit stores thanks to its ability to transform stubby lashes in a few swipes — and believe us, it really does live up to the hype.

Buy at CVS $12

Living Proof Curl Elongator

From the brand’s first foray into the curly hair category, this cloud-like cream — designed for type 4A, 4B and 4C coils — gives game-changing definition. It also contains a Healthy Curl Complex, which provides a protective, strengthening barrier around each strand. 

Buy at Sephora $50

Supergoop! Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40

Combining the two most important A.M. skincare steps, the first-ever hybrid Vitamin C and SPF lotion gives you no excuse to say you forgot either one.

Buy at Nordstrom $46

Sol de Janeiro Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment

This mask’s three Brazilian butters deeply nourish damaged ends. The best part? The warm, tropical scent makes you feel like you’re on vacation, which we’re all craving right now. 

Buy at Sephora $47

Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Serum

Besides looking oh-so gorgeous on your vanity, this pretty pink potion really does pack a punch. The eco-conscious brand (this packaging is 100% recyclable through Terracycle) partnered with Harvard University to develop a patent-pending booster that’s proven to pump up your skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid and collagen.

Buy at Spacenk $50

Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide24 Moisturizer

The fragrance-free cream contains peptides that penetrate deep to perk up your complexion. Bonus: The texture feels just as luxurious as fancy formulas. 

Buy at ULTA $39

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