Thicker and Fuller Hair

Girl with long thick hair
Have you ever dreamed of having luscious thick hair? I had a girl friend who once told me that in heaven she would have beautiful long thick hair hanging down her back. She confided that her hair would only grow so long and then it would stop. If she did not color her hair it would be just like she had when she was a baby, delicately soft, without any volume or body.
A blunt type of bob cut will help give you the appearance of thicker and fuller hair. There are variations of bobs to give you many options when you are ready to go for it. Talk to your stylist about a bob and get her opinion. Bring in a picture so she can know exactly what you are talking about. There should be pictures at the salon for her to suggest for you too.
Products and more products are the name of the game today. They will help you achieve the feel and illusion of having thick hair. This is what we are going to be talking about today.
When you look at a strand of hair under a microscope you will see something that resembles a fish scale. If you have a virgin head of hair that has never been touched by a chemical process, this scale will look smooth, just like it lays neatly against the fish close to its side. Highly bleached, tinted and permanently waved hair will have all the scales up and open. The coloring mixture opens the cuticle and colors inside and out.
This is why you appear to have more volume in your hair when you color. The texture appears thicker and fuller because the scales are wide open. When you blow dry your hair whether you are a colored head or virgin head, the scales are blasted open and all of sudden you have all this hair.
The combination of the heat and air can make one strand of hair expand three times the size by opening up the cuticle. When we use a brush while we blow dry the same thing is happening, only the shaft is directed to where you want it, instead of where the hair would otherwise go.
I’ve decided to be fair and not name the brands of what I am talking about. There are so many good products on the market today. If you are looking for the illusion of having thicker, fuller hair begin by a good shampoo that will plump in the thickness. This shampoo will get inside of the scales and begin to open them up creating substance and body.
Afterwards, there are so many things you can do. Real Tip: If you cannot afford a good volumizer shampoo, use dish soap or castile soap, once in awhile. Used on a continual basis will dry out your hair.
They will both:
1. Give volume to your hair.
2. Expose of any built up residue on your hair, due to conditioners and sprays.
3. Lighten your hair a little bit, if your “tinted” hair was too dark to handle.
I wash my own hair with castile soap at least two or three times a year to get everything out of my hair. Remember the “squeaky clean” feeling? Well, that is what you get.
After you’ve found your shampoo, you can put on a “root lifter” that will be an instant success as it lifts your hair from the scalp and begins to give you that volume you desire. A root lifter is usually not heavy but does the job you want. I personally, like to place a good heavy gel on my ladies and then blow dry if she is wanting a smooth, straight, thick look. When it is almost dry I spray on a volumizer and continue to blow dry. The benefits are amazing.
When you have decided to purchase a volumizer for your hair be sure and read carefully what it does. There should be instructions. The volumizer spray definitely chubs up your hair. There are also lotions that advertise to “fatten up” your hair. Begin to try each one until you find something that works for your hair. Using all the different products becomes a personal preference and a trial and error method. What would work for your friend doesn’t necessarily mean it would work for you. Every head of hair is different regardless of the thin or thickness.
Most women know the trick of spraying your hair with a good spray while having your head upside down. If big fat hair is what your after, this will do the trick. Old fashioned rolling your hair and a good brushing afterwards with some back combing will also produce the big look with lots of gentle curls.
Rolling your hair is much more healthier than blow drying and will not promote split ends and your style will last so much longer. You have volume while the cuticle is protected. As for trends, rolling is in, blow drying is out. Healthy hair is everything.
Penny Williams     ©
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