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19 Hair-Thickening Tips That Will Plump Up Fine, Thin Hair

Thin hair is something you’re born with, and while it’s not exactly va-va-voom, its worst offense is probably falling flat by lunchtime. Thinning hair, however, is a bit more alarming — and by about age 50, half of us will have noticed hair loss. But there are styling tricks and products that can plump and thicken the hair you’re born with and the hair you’re left with. In the immortal words of Hans and Franz: The right volumizers will pump you up.

Do a Scalp Treatment

Did you know that hair shedding is at its highest in early fall? “It’s evolutionary,” says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco of Wexler Dermatology. “The scalp holds onto hair during the summer as a protection from UV — the shedding occurs about three months later.” No matter what time of the year, be sure to cleanse and exfoliate your scalp on the reg. We recommend Phyto’s Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment, which fortifies hair with natural extracts of rosemary, sage, cypress, eucalyptus and lemon.

Step Up The Essentials

Using a shampoo and conditioner specifically meant to thicken hair can work wonders to increase volume. Bonus: add in a bit of leave-in conditioner to lock in moisture. Fusco suggests the Nexxus Diametress line — with green tea extract and concentrated elastin protein, these products increase the diameter of each hair strand by up to 17 percent! Avoid washing every day as doing so can strip away hair’s natural oils. Instead, go for a dry shampoo, like this one from Hask, which is infused with charcoal powder and a botanical citrus scent.

Add Coconut Oil

“Of all the oils, it turns out that coconut oil is the most effective at reducing protein loss (and subsequent thinning) of hair,” says Dr. Fusco. Composed mainly of fatty acids, it’s able to penetrate inside the hair shaft, so adding a few drops to your conditioner can go a long way. We like Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

Allure December 2017
Article byHannah Morrill and Wendy Sy