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Whatever the reason, hairdressers find that guests complain of thin hair more than anything else in the salon. So what can one with overly thin hair do?

Here are some general tips that can help thicken those locks but we'd always recommend coming in to see one of our expert stylists for free for personalised advice most.

The basics

  1. Get it checked: thinning hair can be caused by an underlying medical condition. If you're noticing that more hair is coming out in the shower than usual, it could be androgenetic alopecia. This condition is most common after menopause but can occur as early as your 20s. There are other possible medical causes too, so get looked at.
  2. Improve your diet: healthy hair starts from what you put in your body. Foods with a rich iron content like spinach or kale are great, while biotin and zinc are also known to be good for hair growth. Experts also recommend cooking with coconut and olive oil, and avoiding things like caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
  3. Massage your scalp: nurturing healthy circulation in the scalp promotes healthy hair growth. A little lightweight hair treatment oil rubbed into the scalp could make a difference.

Volumising hair care

  • Dry or oily? Determining whether your hair is dry or oily can help you select the right products. A shampoo for thin, oily hair will gently remove unneeded oil, while a shampoo for fine, dry hair will gently moisturise. Oily hair needs frequent shampooing, while dry hair needs less intensive work.
  • Cleansing and conditioning: There are volumising shampoos and conditioners that can really help with thin hair. They gently cleanse without stripping back the hairs, yielding a thicker, fuller look.
  • Towelling: Don't rub your hair vigorously if it is very fine. Gently blot dry when you leave the shower - a super-absorbent microfibre towel is a great help.

Styling tips

  • Lift the roots: Add lift to the scalp to create the illusion of thicker hair. Blow-dry until the hair is slightly damp, then apply a volumising product to the roots.
  • Work on individual strands: Today's volumising products can increase the size of individual hair strands. There are many formulas like lotions, sprays, mousses and gels - just avoid heavy styling creams, moulding muds, waxes or thick serums.
  • Protect against thermal damage: Heat protector is essential when you blow-dry, curl or use straighteners. These will protect your fine hair from damage, ensuring thin hair doesn't become even thinner!

Adding volume to fine hair is possible, whether you do it through the body's natural processes, strategic haircare or illusory styling tricks. The third option has many more possibilities than are listed here, and it is helpful to experiment to see what works for you.

In any case, the best approach is to speak to an expert stylist and most likely use a tailored combination of all three approaches to get the best results.

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