Having fine hair might seem like a blessing to some — it’s easy to style and requires little to no blow-drying or heat styling. Better yet, you can tie your hair back in a low ponytail or bun and look perfectly put together. However, millions of women with this hair type will tell you that it can be nearly impossible to hold curls or add natural-looking volume, and no one wants limp hair halfway through the day.

If you suffer from thin hair you are not alone. Hair loss affects 25 percent of women by age 49, 41 percent by age 69 and half of all women by age 79. About 80 million people in the U.S. are battling hereditary hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Although it can be difficult to manage, there are steps you can take to style your hair in a way that makes it appear fuller and healthier. Here are some of our best-kept secrets for people with fine, thin hair.

Shorter Hair Creates More Volume

The longer your hair is, the more it will weigh down the hair around your scalp. This causes hair to lose volume and look flat. Shorter hair can make fine hair look thicker. To provide a fuller look to your hair, consider trying a pixie cut, bob or blunt cut. Avoid cutting bangs! Female pattern hair loss typically begins at the crown, and by creating bangs you're removing hair from where you need it most.

Use a Lightweight Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Avoid any deeply hydrating products that could weigh your hair down at the root. The most important step in getting volume for fine hair starts in the shower, so be sure to only use a lightweight volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Remember to never apply conditioner to your roots as this will only cause your scalp to look greasy and weighs down the hair.

Backcomb Your Hair at the Root

Teasing your hair with a fine-tooth comb at the root can be a game-changer for styling thin hair. Starting by lifting hair in small sections, backcomb each section two or three times using a fine-tooth plastic comb, spray with dry shampoo or texturizing spray, and then comb the hair down on top lightly to smooth it out and hide the teasing. Voila!

Shampoo Less, Dry Shampoo More

Women with fine hair tend to get oily faster than normal. However, daily shampooing with volumizing products (which lack moisture) can cause your scalp to produce more oils to compensate for the lack of hydration. Try to shampoo only three to four times a week. Your scalp will begin to adjust and your hair will hold volume for extended periods of time. Remember to avoid products like pomades, oils, or waxes as they will weigh your hair down and make it look thinner.

Add Extensions For Volume

Extensions are great for adding length but can also be styled to give the appearance of fuller, thicker hair. Clip-in extensions can make all the difference for special events, such as weddings, when you may want a more formal, coiffed hairstyle. The key to making extensions looks seamless and natural is to take them to your hairstylist to have them help you trim them and match your hair color.

Use A Hair Growth Serum

Although there are many effective methods for styling thinning hair, there are also steps you can take to help repair fine hair from within. Vegamour’s GRO Volumizing Hair Serum helps kickstart new hair growth and visibly increases hair density up to 50% while reducing loss from combing and washing. 

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