Q: What hairstyle would you advise for thin hair? My thin hair is shoulder-length now.
A: A good hairstyle is based on a number of factors: the shape of the face, the texture of the hair, its growth patterns, natural wave pattern
and its density. Describing your hair as "thin" tells me that your hair is sparse, with fewer numbers of hair strands per square inch than are
normally found. We call this "low density".
With low density, the goal is to help you to look as though you have more hair. One of the easiest way's
to accomplish this is to add volume through curl and layers. If the hair is naturally curly, adding some layers will allow you to get more lift
and fullness in your hair, making it appear as though there is more than truly exists.
In addition, if your hair is sufficiently low in density to make the scalp readily visible through the
hair, consider lightening your hair color so that there is less contrast between the color of your hair and the color of your scalp. This
will help to make the hair appear fuller as well. Volumizing shampoos and conditioners also help to give hair a fuller appearance.
It is possible that when you say "thin" you really mean "fine" which instead of referring to the hair's
density refers to its texture (the thickness of the individual hair strand). Fine hair can look similar to "thin" hair on the head, as in both cases the hair tends to be "flat" and lie close to the head.
With fine hair, layered haircuts can look awkward unless the layers are shallow, as in more of a bevelling
of the hair's ends than actual layers. Depending on the density of fine hair and the shape of your face, an A-line bob haircut can look very
attractive with fine hair. If you need extra volume to balance the shape of the face, try a curly (permed) style with a blunt cut.
Finally, aside from the volumizing shampoos and conditioners mentioned above, there are other products
that will add volume and give the appearance of thickness to both fine and low density hair. Root lift sprays (which help the hair to stand
out at the scalp), and hair thickening serums (which give substance to the hair shaft) are both good products to try. If you want a more
lasting effect, consider getting a body wave using an acid-based perm. These perms swell the hair shaft and actually thicken the diameter
of the individual hairs. They can be rolled on large tools (perming rods, rollers) to avoid the classic "kinky perm" effect. The result is
thicker hair with soft wave that appears fuller.