Hair Styling Tips and Tricks for Thinning Hair

By on August 10, 2012
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Thinning HairThinning and receding hair is especially tough on women, because it is such a big part of your appearance. It can be hard to keep self-confidence up when you don’t feel good about the way you look. Fortunately, there are a few tricks to keeping hair healthy, so that damage from styling doesn’t cause hair problems to worsen. In addition, there are techniques to maximize the hair you do have, so you can feel great about how you look.

Strategic Coloring and Cuts

You won’t be surprised to hear that chemical treatments and styling heat can take away from hair health. In fact, overuse or incorrect use of these products is a leading cause of lifestyle-related hair loss. Rethinking your coloring routine to reduce the amount needed is a great start in getting your hair back in shape. For example, staying closer to your natural color or choosing highlights only will dramatically decrease the chemicals your stylist must apply. If you opt for a salon hair straightening treatment, research your options and choose the method that involves the least damage to your hair. Taking these steps now can prevent further hair loss, if your hair is thinning due to this sort of damage.

When it comes to your cut, consider shortening your style. The less weight on your hair, the fuller and bouncier it will appear. A bob is short, classic, and easily styled to camouflage trouble spots or thin areas. If you want to get a little more adventurous, a choppy bob will do the trick, offering all of the benefits of the classic ‘do, plus additional volume from the shaggy look. Women who notice thinning hair on the back of their head or the crown of their head often choose this option, with excellent results.

Those who have the face and neck for a cropped cut with bangs will find that it is both easy to care for as well as an excellent solution to thinning hair. However, if you can’t stand to give up your length, you can go as long as the shoulders with reasonably good results. Angled layers around the face help with the appearance of length, but most of the weight has typically been removed. Under no circumstances should you pull your hair into tight braids, ponytails, and buns, because the stress on your hair can cause permanent recession, thinning, and breakage.

Expert Styling Tips

Once you have the perfect cut, your morning styling routine will polish your look. For a fuller look, focus on how you are using your blow dryer, and select the styling product that will best suit your specific situation. First, remove a minimum of 80% of the water your hair is holding with a quick blow dry on the high heat setting. Just use your hands to move hair as needed, working quickly so your hair doesn’t suffer heat damage. Getting rid of the excess water in your hair will ensure that any products you use stay full strength. Putting volumizer into wet hair causes dilution, so it might not work as expected.

Use a bit of light mousse or styling lotion for lift, staying away from heavier products like gel, styling cream, silicone serum, and polishers. These add too much weight for thinning hair to support, and they amplify the appearance of areas with little or no hair. Finish up with the blow dryer until your hair is completely dry.

Suffering through hair thinning and hair loss doesn’t have to mean you are dissatisfied with your appearance. Your stylist or hair care professional is typically experienced with making the most of the hair you have, and he or she can recommend techniques to help you feel great.

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