Caring for Your Thinning Hair

Shampoo, styling, and hair care tips for women with thinning hair.

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Two other options are cosmetic enhancements -- powder and scalp concealer.

The powder made up of keratin fibers that matches one’s hair color and is sprinkled on the hair and scalp. The products (such as HairMax Hair Fibers, Super Million Hair Enhancement Fibres, Toppik Hair Building Fibers, and XFusion Keratin Hair Fibers) adhere by static electricity and create volume.

Another option is a scalp concealer, a loose powder that is close to the color of the hair, that is applied directly to the scalp. It works to reduce the visibility of skin under thinning hair. These products can’t always be found in drug stores, but are readily available online.

Color, Styling

There are also some styling tips that can be performed in a salon or at home, that can thicken and bulk up the hair’s texture.

One is a good haircut. Although many women may be tempted to grow their hair out to have more of it, they should keep it relatively short, so it weighs less, says Kristopher Kutcher, owner of Kristopher’s Hair Studio, Inc. in Quincy, Ill. If it’s not too thin, layers can also give lift, he says.

When done well, chemical treatments won’t damage the hair and can also help add texture, Kutcher says. Perms change the hair’s physical texture and make each strand fuller.

“It is all about taking that hair strand and bulking it up or causing the cuticle to swell or be rougher to add texture,” he says.

Coloring products swell the cuticles and add more texture while leaving the hair’s integrity, Kutcher says. A combination of highlights and lowlights can create contour and the illusion of texture. Demi-permanent colors can also be good for thin hair. Kutcher says those products work like a shellac on wood - they coat the strands and build up over several applications, adding thickness.

At home, women can do their best to keep hair healthy and reduce breakage. Kutcher recommends letting it dry naturally after washing, using a mousse, thermal protectant, and drying just briefly on medium heat while brushing with a round boar’s hair brush.