When it comes to our hair and what looks and feels best to us, there’s rarely one fit-for-all, especially when you’re experiencing hair loss. Finding a hairstyle you feel confident in can be a trying experience. Where and how much your hair may be thinning can also be a touchy subject to bring up with your hair stylist. Obstacles like these can make it hard for you to determine what hairstyles might work best for you. So, here are a few tips about different hairstyles for thinning hair to help you avoid an uncomfortable conversation next time you’re at the hair salon.
There are lots of reasons people may experience hair loss. But some types- and their location, are very predictable. Female pattern baldness, for example, tends to start at the crown and spread along the hairline, while Alopecia Areata can occur in patches or areas where hair loss may or may not regrow overtime. Luckily, there are just as many solutions for managing thinning hair as there are reasons and degrees of hair thinning! Determining the cause of hair loss ahead of time, however, can help guide the decisions you make going forward.
Making the Cut
If you’re just beginning to see signs of thinning, there are a few simple ways you can make your hairstyle work for you. A shorter haircut can add more volume and fullness, for example, while bangs can sometimes draw attention to thinning at the crown. Understanding how to enhance your look and downplay troubled spots is half the battle. So, here are some basic cuts and styling techniques that can make all the difference.
Short Cuts & Texturing
An A-Line bob, or blunt cut that frames the face can hide signs of a receding hairline. But, for a softer look that still adds body, try texturing rather than layering.
Straight hair that’s all one length can pull and weigh down your hair, making it appear even thinner and limper than before. However, too many layers can also take away needed volume when you’re trying to maximize the fullness of your look. Texturing adds interest and bounce at the ends of your cut while keeping the fuller appearance when going for a shorter hairstyle. This also holds true for wavy or curly hair that’s thinning at the crown.
Another trick to de-emphasizing thinning on top is to change your part. Switch to a side part, or move one to the opposite side, and keep the strands longer where it flips.
Tips to Give Thinning Hair a Boost
Color & Styling
To create the look of more volume with your hair, try adding a slightly darker color at the roots. This is an easy way to mask thinning at the scalp and create a more even, fuller look all around. Stick with natural hair dyes that wash out when shampooing. This will help to avoid damage from toxic chemicals that can also cause more thinning.
Steer clear of over-moisturizing conditioners that can weigh your hair down, clog follicles, and lead to more hair loss. Try a lighter, all-natural conditioning spray to use instead. These can be applied after shampooing to detangle and moisturize your hair away from the roots, where it’s needed the most. A gluten and sulfate-free moisturizing mist conditioner works best for all types of thinning hair.
No Heat Blow-Drying
If you blow dry your hair, try using a no heat setting. Blow dry hair from the back forward, and from each side starting at the base of your hairline. This will create more volume and body without needing to use hair sprays or gels that make thinning hair go limp and flat quickly, while also causing unnecessary damage.
Using topical hair thickening or regrowth products can help stimulate new hair growth and increase the density and thickness of thinning hair. This is a great enhancer for women who want to keep their natural hair without using weaves or other hair additions. There are numerous products on the market that will strengthen and bolster the fullness of natural hair that’s thinning.
To learn more about different types of topical hair products available, we recommend consulting a hair specialist, or hair restoration clinic. Some of their salons offer free one-on-one consultations to assess your hair needs, and often have the most up-to-date products available for their clients.
Extensions and Integration Systems to Enhance Your Natural Hair
Hair extensions can add length as well as body to fill in thinning places, while hair integration systems can offer a more permanent solution that doesn’t require surgery. Whether using a synthetic extension that mimics the look, feel and weight of your real hair, or a real hair extension to add volume and durability, there are multiple options available with hair extension products these days.
Some hair extension lines can even match the color, texture and length to your current hair, add highlights, or simply more volume or coverage in thinning patches.
These can be a great bridge between mild thinning and permanent hair loss, so well worth keeping in mind if your hair loss is progressing.