Beauty & Fashion
6 Steps to Thicker Hair
April 12, 2019
To my fellow thin-haired women, you CAN have thicker hair. Just follow the 6 steps below to get fuller looking hair. When my daughter was about 6 months old clumps of hair began to fall. I remember standing in the shower tears in my eyes as I combed my fingers through my hair. In the palm of my hand lay hundreds of lifeless strands. At the time I was appearing on national television 3x a week and had booked a commercial that was scheduled to shoot in a month. Panic set in. I quickly had to learn how to create the illusion of a thicker head of hair. Almost a decade and two kids later my hair is still not what it was, but it has improved tremendously. Below are the lessons I’ve learned over the years. SKIP TO THE END OF THIS POST FOR A BEFORE AND AFTER
6 STEPS TO THICKER LOOKING HAIR
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STEP 1: HOW TO SHAMPOO YOUR ‘DO
Shampoo your hair with light-weight, sulfate free shampoo. If you shampoo every day, just shampoo your roots/scalp. Condition only the end of your hair. Heavy conditioning at the scalp will weigh down your hair causing your hair to look flat and lifeless and will make it hard to add volume. The key to thicker-looking hair is volume. I use Pureology. I find that it cleans and conditions without any residue or added weight.
STEP 2: HOW TO BRUSH YOUR HAIR. CLUE: DON’T USE YOUR BRUSH LIKE A WEAPON
Be kind to your hair. When you brush, brush gently. Hair is weakest when wet. NEVER hack through tangled hair. Rough brushing will create more breakage and damage. If you want to achieve thicker looking hair, you’ll want to keep every strand you have. I use a WET Brush to detangle my hair. It’s literally magic and works gently to loosen knots.
STEP 3: PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Styling products are key to add texture and volume, but they also provide protection. I stay away from creams and oily products which tend to weigh my hair down. Here are my 4 go-to products:
- Potion No 9 is described as a “wearable styling treatment”. Work Potion No 9 into the ends of your hair to protect them from damage caused by heating tools. Potion 9 conditions, but also helps to close the hair follicles and smooth frayed ends.
- Bumble & Bumble Thickening Mousse. I apply this all over. The mousse helps
distribute the product evenly and adds just the right amount of texture to my hair.
- If you prefer a spray Kerastase’s Volume In Powder Texturizing Spray is incredible. It adds volume, texture and just enough grip for styling. Click Bumble & Bumble Prep- Primer. Use this at your roots while blow drying. I’ll explain….After giving your hair a quick blow dry, lift sections of your hair, spray the B&B Prep at the root then hit the roots immediately with a blow dryer. Do this until you’ve covered your entire head. Smooth the ends as necessary.
BLOW DRYER RECOMMENDATION: After spending hundreds of dollars on blow dryers that would break after a year, I finally started paying attention to which blowdryer professional stylists were using and bought it. I purchased the Twin Turbo 2600 and 5 years later it’s as good as new. It’s also extremely affordable and obviously durable. Click here to grab it.
STEP 4: ADD LAYERS
My hair stylist Jodie Lock (Bumble and Bumble NYC) has been cutting LONG layers into my hair for over a decade. Layers give hair movement and body. Hair that is all one length can appear heavy and flat.
STEP 5: FILL IN THE GAPS
One day, just before going on air, my makeup artist took a makeup brush dipped it in some eyeshadow and started tapping my scalp where I am most thin. Amazing. Immediately my hair looked fuller.
Flash forward a year-I meet the folks who developed Color Wow. They hand me their product (meant to cover grey roots, and cover up gaps) and says, “Go ahead try it…..it’s great for filling in your hairline.” Well, it sure is! Tap the product where you can see scalp. It’s water resistant and blends seamlessly with your real hair. Filing in your scalp with Color Wow immediately gives the illusion of thicker looking hair.
For all over– I’m a big fan of Toppik. Topik is made from the highest grade of natural Keratin,.Toppik Hair Building Fibers are nearly identical to human hair, which allows the fibers to blend naturally and bind undetectably to even the finest of hair. First, you blow dry your hair, then you either spray or tap the microfibers at the scalp. Start light and then layer as needed.
STEP 6: FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Right after I had my first child, I lost a tremendous amount of hair. I remember sitting in a makeup chair at The View and discussing my issue with the makeup artists. She recommended I try the supplement Viviscal Professional. Desperate, I went online and bought a 3 month supply. It’s not cheap and it is a commitment (3 months to see results). However, I did see a big difference.
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