Medically reviewed by Mary Lucas, RN
Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 4/26/2020
Let’s face it, the majority of us men are going to experience thinning hair at some point during our lives. And while there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of hair shedding, thin hair can make it difficult to wear certain hairstyles. Fortunately, you have options when it comes to increasing the thickness of your hair.
For starters, finasteride and minoxidil are both approved by the FDA to treat male pattern baldness and are proven to increase hair density when used over an extended period of time. However, there are when you need instant results and don’t have 20 or more weeks to wait for your hair to grow thicker, which is why you should make use of these five tricks to make your hair look thicker.
Oily hair is the kryptonite of thin hair. The way your oily scalp can cause your hair to clump together and fall flat is enough to make anyone’s hair appear thinner than it is. So, if you’re trying to boost the volume of your hair, you’ll want to make sure that you wash your hair before oil and dirt to build up (usually every two or three days). While most shampoos are great for making your hair look fuller, you might want to go the extra step and use a shampoo and conditioner that boosts volume and makes your hair look thicker.
Just make sure not to go overboard on the volumizing products, especially those that contain paraffin (beeswax), as it can weaken your hair over time and cause strands to break. But as long as you stick to shampooing daily with a gentle blocking shampoo, the chances of your shampoo damaging your hair will be greatly reduced.
When it comes to creating volume and thickness, is in a league of its own. Do you remember the big rock-and-roll hair of the 1980s? That was all mousse and hairspray. Unlike products like gel and wax, mousse gives your hair a denser look by creating stiffness in each strand of hair, causing your hair to stand up slightly. When coupled with some blow drying and a faint mist of hairspray, mousse can leave your hair looking nearly twice as thick as before.
Hair fibers are great for adding a quick volume boost. They work by binding to your strands of hair, creating a fuller look that hides your scalp. The best part about hair fibers is that they usually stay in place until you wet or wash your hair, so you don’t have to worry about your hair suddenly losing volume halfway through the day.
If you’re in need of some quick volume boosting but don’t want a product that’s going to weigh your hair down, try a dry texture spray. By simply lifting sections of your hair and giving a light spray at the root of every section, you’ll increase your thickness by adding to your hair. And once you’ve finished spraying, just quickly go over your hair with a brush or comb to take care of any loose strands of hair.
Another product that works in a similar way is saltwater sprays that are designed to mimic the look and feel you get after spending the afternoon in the ocean. Unlike dry texture sprays, these will give you a bit of a volume boost while adding a little more wave or curl to your hair. They’re great if you’re going for a messy look.
If you need to give your hair a quick clean while increasing thickness in the process, spray or sprinkle some dry shampoo onto your scalp. It will absorb all of the oils and dirt in your hair while leaving behind an invisible residue that makes your hair smoother, thicker, and easier to style. It even gives you a light hold once you’ve styled your hair. And the best part about using dry shampoo is that it literally takes a minute to apply. There’s no need to scrub or dry your hair – simply put it in and go.
As you can see, adding a quick burst of isn’t rocket science. By adding a couple extra minutes to your grooming routine, you’ll be able a thin head of hair into a dense forest.
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