Are you the guy who looks up at his pate always wishing he could have been blessed with some thicker hair? If so, we’re here to help you get what you’ve been wishing for, but be realistic about your expectations, we’re not miracle workers here, just masters of illusion. So if your hair is thinning, these are some expert, not to mention cheaper (sans hair transplants), tried-and-true ways to get fuller looking hair right now.
1. Go for a different cut
Yes, creating the illusion of thicker hair can be as simple as getting a specific haircut to do the trick. Celebrity hair stylist Johnny Hernandez, who has worked wonders on men’s locks, told GQ it’s best to opt for a shorter cut so that your hair springs out. Hernandez also recommended telling your barber or stylist to “tuft up your top,” making it slightly longer than your sides to give the illusion of a thicker head of hair. Also, skip the side part.
In the same vein of styling, another great maintenance tip is to reach for the blow dryer. Styling your new ‘do with a blow dryer is a great way to give it some of that needed volume. And make sure you’re not combing your hair to much, because constant combing or brushing can make thin hair look thinner and flat, so style with your fingers instead to add more texture and volume.
2. Hair color illusion
Quite simply, thick hair means the width/diameter of each follicle is thicker than that of thin hair. The secret to making your hair look thicker is artificially plumping your strands. There are certain treatments that can swell each individual hair, creating the same effect as when your hair is wet. FashionBeans explains coloring your hair is a great option to give it more width. But it really has to be done by a professional. In other words — don’t try this at home, kids. Here’s how it works: The process of dying hair “deposits color molecules inside the hair and the peroxide mixed with the color swells the cuticle so the color pigment molecules can penetrate the hair.” Darker dye also makes light hair more visible, creating the illusion of more volume.
3. Reach for the thickening shampoo and conditioner
Because grease can weigh your hair down, making it appear thinner, it’s important to clean it with the right products. Try a thickening shampoo, like Redken for Men Full Impact Bodifying and Thickening Shampoo. “Thickening shampoos, conditioners and sprays contain special polymers which plump up the hair shafts to make them look fuller,” Daniel Morrissey, franchise owner at Toni & Guy told Men’s Health UK. Similar to the hair dye, the shampoos and conditioner swell the diameter of the hair strands and can increase thickness of your strands by up to 20%.
Be sure that when using the thickening shampoo and conditioner that you use it in the same way you would regular shampoo but leave them each in the hair for 1 to 2 minutes before rinsing. Finish by blow drying for extra volume.
4. Finish off with the right products
To pump up your hair up throughout the day if you see it falling flat, use a dry shampoo like TRESemmé FreshStart Dry Shampoo, and take your fingers (remember — not a comb, which will make your hair oily and weigh it down) and spread the product around. Steer clear of pomades or gels, which can make your hair look piece-y, instead, keep your style in place with a putty or a matte paste.