For many women, thinning hair is an embarrassing problem that can cause them to feel self-conscious about the way they look. Although it is normal to lose approximately 100 hairs a day, conditions that cause major stress to the body, such as childbirth, severe illness and dramatic weight loss, can cause more significant hair loss. Just because you have thinning hair, though, doesn’t mean you can’t look good.
Wearing your hair short helps to make it look fuller, reports Victoria Wurdinger, a writer for the Hair Boutique website. But short doesn’t mean you have to forsake style. For women with fine, thinning hair, Wurdinger recommends sticking with the classic chin-length bob. If that’s not exactly your style, try a variation of the bob. Instead of a straight edge, have your stylist cut the ends so that they are choppy and irregular, or tapered around the face. If your face is petite or oval, wear bangs with your bob.
If you can’t bear the idea of parting with your long hair, keep it cut at or just below shoulder level. Light layers added throughout will add volume and bounce. However, be sure to trim hair regularly to maintain the shape. Lastly, Wurdinger says cutting hair on a diagonal line so that it angles forward will give it the illusion of fullness.
Tricks of the Trade
Though people tend to use the terms “fine hair” and “thin hair” interchangeably, they actually mean two different things. Fine hair refers to the diameter of the hair shaft. The smaller the diameter, the finer hair is. This is true even if you have more hair per square inch. Thin hair refers to the density of hair on your scalp and is what gives the appearance of balding. But regardless if you have fine or thin hair, or a combination of both, it can end up looking dull and lifeless. Dennis Baker, an Atlanta stylist with more than 20 years of experience, recommends applying a dark, semi-permanent hair color to make hair look fuller. Similarly, a loose perm or body wave can give hair more body. When styling hair, apply a volumizing foam at the roots and dry while holding the hair up. Instead of using Velcro rollers to add volume, use heat rollers. When hair is heated, it loses its chemical structure and actually reforms to the shape of the roller. Just be sure to let your hair cool down completely before removing the rollers so that the shape holds longer. Finally, avoid using too many finishing products in your hair, as they tend to weigh hair down and make it look greasy or dirty.
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