Having thin hair comes with its own perks—the best part being that they're naturally smooth and silky (there’s no need to reach for a hair straightener). But because they’re so fine, it just falls flat. Sure, there are tons of volumizing products out in the market, but if you’re looking for a more effortless way to achieve thicker locks (because who has time to do their hair in the morning?), a strategic haircut will work wonders in naturally giving your tresses a much-needed boost of volume.
Breathe new life to your fine tresses with these hairstyles below:
The best hairstyles for thin hair
Long, fine locks naturally fall flat, and at times, it can make you feel like it lacks an "oomph" factor. While there are plenty of ways you can style your long hair, you can consider taking the easier route to spicing up your thin locks: get a blunt bob cut.
This sophisticated short haircut, where the ends are cut into one straight line, instantly adds shape and volume to fine hair textures. "Blunt ends, with your hair ending at one spot, will keep the hair together, which creates an overall thicker look," explains Southern Living.
Blunt bobs are normally ironed to achieve the sharp appearance, so this haircut allows you to embrace your naturally straight locks with full open arms. Plus, going for a haircut that's effortlessly edgy will help you forego having to style your hair on a daily basis.
FN Tip: As how it goes with all short haircuts, blunt bob cuts require maintenance—especially since the ends are evenly cut into one straight line. To keep your bob sleek and blunt, you'll need to take regular trims every three to six weeks.
For more volume, consider getting an angled haircut, where the hair is slightly shorter in the back compared to the front. The strategic cut will create the illusion of thicker manes. If you're looking into a dramatic hair change, this bob cut is the way to go.
If you can’t decide whether to keep your long tresses or to sport a shorter ‘do for a new look, lob (a.k.a. a longer version of a bob) haircuts are your best option. When getting this shoulder-grazing cut, consider getting your hair layered like Jodi Sta. Maria’s to end up with naturally textured tresses. It looks so chic and effortless!
FN TIP: For added texture and grip (without having to reach for your curling irons), spritz sea salt spray to your locks and feel free to slightly mess up your 'do.
TRY: Beach Born Sea Salt Spray, P185, BeautyMNL
Chopping off your locks isn't the only solution to getting fuller, thicker hair. Highlights will be your best friend, too, as dyeing your locks in various hues can create the illusion of depth to any straight hair.
For seamless highlights that won't come off as too chunky (which tend to make your fine hair appear even thinner), you can opt for balayage; it's a highlighting technique wherein a colorist will freehandedly paint the dye to your hair, without using any foils. This allows the colorist to "choose the placements to best complement your haircut, skin and features so it looks really natural rather than actually coloured," notes Elle. Think of it as contouring, but for the hair!
In case you're wondering how much you'll need to shell out, local hairstylist Miguel Alquiros of Miguelized shared with Female Network that his balayage coloring treatment costs around P6,000 to P9,000, depending on the length of your hair.
Long and layered
Not planning to get short hair anytime soon? If you want to add oomph to your long locks, simply ask your hairstylist to cut your hair in long layers for a subtle update. Layered strands nicely frame the face and add texture and volume to straight tresses.
Other ways to get thicker hair without hitting the salon
Play up the parting of your hair
When your hair is used to your usual hair parting (whether it's middle-parted or side-swept), it naturally becomes flat. Try flipping your part to the opposite side and you'll instantly achieve a much-needed volume on your crown...
...or you can also try a side-swept hairstyle if you're headed to a formal occasion like a wedding. Gathering your locks to one side instantly creates volume.
FN TIP: Secure it with a bobby pin and spritz your hairspray on the deep side part to keep everything in place.
Reach for a dry shampoo
Dry shampoos are a godsend not only for those with oily, unwashed locks, but even for fine-haired women. If you're not a fan of using salt sprays or hair mousses, dry shampoos add tons of volume to the tresses without any sticky feeling. Keep one in your office cubicleso you can easily freshen up your 'do before heading straight to an after-work dinner your BFFs.
TRY: Dove Volume And Fullness Dry Shampoo Refresh + Care, P299, Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, The SM Store, and BeautyMNL
Stop applying conditioner to your scalp
When taking a shower, it’s a common habit for anyone to massage their scalp when applying shampoo or conditioner—but this will only make your locks even flatter than they already are. According to Self, “glopping it on the roots will just make you look greasy and limp within a few hours.”
Consider adding a clarifying shampoo to your routine
Volumizing products work wonders in faking a fuller hair, but they tend to leave product buildup on the scalp, which further weigh down your strands. To keep that from happening, start welcoming clarifying shampoos to your routine. These shampoos are just like the regular ones you’re using, except they offer a deeper cleanse. Use it once a week to get rid of unwanted impurities, as well as oil and product buildup.
TRY: Ouai Clean Shampoo, P1,618, Sephora.ph