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How Do I Thicken My Hair?

How do I thicken my hair? I have thin, gray hair. So, I would like to know how to get black and thicker hair.

By girish_ambali from Delhi


How Do I Thicken My Hair?

A short hairdo works best for thin and fine hair. It makes it feel thicker. I know, because that's what I have. (04/18/2009)


By vguy

How Do I Thicken My Hair?

I have short thin hair, and it looks much thicker than it really is. I regularly get my hair permed and colored.

I shampoo my hair and partially dry with a towel. I use a small amount of styling mousse and rub it into my hair. Then I bend over at the waist and blow dry my hair and that adds a lot of volume. Once it is dry then I use my curling iron and style my hair as usual. (04/18/2009)


How Do I Thicken My Hair?

I would suggest a few things, first dye your hair black (See #1 below)
Then use Samy hair thickeners(or mousse): These products are some of the very best for thickening your hair:

Blow dry your hair upside down. See #3 below.

  1. You can buy a good quality black hair dye (Like Loreal) and follow the directions on the box. Do not leave the dye on longer that they recommend or you will damage your hair. (like I did) Once you start dying your hair you will get a "grow-out line" and you'll see where the dye grew out and the new gray hair came back in. You'll need to "touch-up" the roots or re-dye the color to black about once every month or every 6 weeks or it will look bad. Permanent hair color is the only kind that will totally cover the gray, but if you use a semi-permanent brand you won't see any grow-out line, but it won't totally cover the gray. Maybe you should try a semi-permanent color first before jumping to the permanent hair color.

  2. Buy the products below or buy a hair "Mousse" foam and apply to hair and roots. I like "Clairol Condition Mousse" because it doesn't flake (it's about $2). Make sure the mouse says "won't flake" on the bottle.

  3. Blow-dry your just washed hair with your head upside-down and put the blow dryer heat at roots. After roots have dried you can continue to dry your hair right-side-up or continue drying hair upside-down. This will make hair seem thicker.

  4. If you are missing vitamins in your body, a good multiple vitamin might help you.

  5. Headband wigs are really hairpieces and not really wigs. You can buy a synthetic headband wig for around $70 USA. These headband wigs look real because you see your hair line in front. They go on in just a couple of minutes and they are comfortable because your whole head is not covered, just the very back. In a good headband wig your real hair will slip into a sort-of "pocket" at the back of your headband wig. You can just slip the headband on like you would any headband (quick and easy), but beautiful styled hair is attached to the comfy headband. If you buy a hairpiece or extensions, you'll need to find out what color number your hair is. Go to a local wig shop and ask them or order color samples online. You can send a sample of your already dyed hair to a place that sells headband wigs.

    Here's a real hair headband wig for $255:

    more headband wigs: -- only $54
    (* CLICK on the dark hair photo on on the bottom right)

    Here's one place that will help you match your color:

    *A note, no one wears the same color hair in synthetic as with real hair, for example: I wear the color #6 in synthetic and a much darker color in real hair #2 or darker.

    Here's some photos of headband wigs:

  6. Clip-in extensions that match you hair color would be great. They clip in under your hair and add fullness and body. They need to match your already dyed hair's color or your natural hair color. These clip-ins are much easier than permanent extensions because you can put them in all by yourself and take them out when you sleep or wash or dye your hair.

    Human hair is the best for clip-ins because you can curl it and color it, but real hair cost's much more. Synthetic hair is much cheaper, but doesn't usually last as long. Synthetic hair comes curled or straight. If you have silky hair and not kinky hair then don't not buy "Remi" or "Remmy" hair, because Remi hair is for black women it's more coarse and not silky like Indian, Asian, or Caucasian hair.

    Quality human hair clip-in extensions will cost you about $300, but will last you a lifetime if you take care of them. Artificial hair will cost you about $80 (and as I said you can't curl or dye it), but synthetic clip-in hair is great for those who only want to wear it occasionally. The trick is to make sure the clip-in extensions match your hair color exactly and sometimes you'll need to get your hair cut in layers so the extensions look real. But all the Hollywood stars (like Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears) wear extensions.


A very nice Headband wig: (see how real it looks)
This headband wig is made of special synthetic fiber that you can actually curl (like human hair only less expensive.)

Pictures and information on Headband hairpieces

Look here:

These products are some of the very best for thickening your hair:

If you get your hair permed, you'll need to use special quality conditioners and have it done professionally or you will end up with frizzy and damaged hair. I'd not recommend a perm and color unless you have it done professionally. (04/19/2009)


By Cyinda

How Do I Thicken My Hair?

Everyone else seemed to cover the thickening part well. In order to dye your hair back to black nice and gently, try using a henna hair dye like this one from Lush: Of course, you can get them from lots of different places online, but that may be a starting point.

Since henna is natural and doesn't have any alcohol or ammonia, it's extremely nourishing for your hair and often improves its condition after dyeing. The dyeing process itself for henna is more time-intensive and not nearly as glamorous, but has amazing results. (04/19/2009)

By vatic

How Do I Thicken My Hair?

I have fine salt and pepper hair. This is what I do. I wash and condition as usual. Then I put the blow dryer on cool and when drying, I take my fingers and lift each section and dry, moving around my head quickly. When all is dry, I wisp it with hair spray and let dry and then I use a curling iron to style it. It is the only thing that works for me. I always get compliments on my hair. I don't dye my hair because I am allergic to the dye. (04/23/2009)

By Laniegirl

How Do I Thicken My Hair?

Personally, I don't think you should color your hair black because the gray is so drastically lighter and your "roots" are going to show within a week or two and you'll end up being a slave to having to color it every couple of weeks. If you really want color try a very light brown and you could even do a "reverse highlight" which will help camouflage the roots because only part of the hair will be colored. A reverse highlight means using a frosting cap and instead of using bleach or high lift tint you're using a darker color.

For thickening, there are lots of styling products out there so you'll have to experiment until you find the one that works best for you. To save money perhaps you could borrow some friend's or family's different products to see which one you like the most. (04/23/2009)

By Deeli

How Do I Thicken My Hair?

A few people respond to a certain B vitamin, takes about four months at least, but deficiencies can cause premature graying and thinning some of the time. (04/23/2009)

By kimhis

How Do I Thicken My Hair?

My hair is very thick now. I get mine cut with a straight edge razor only, never a scissors. It thickens up your hair, the hair is not cut all the same length. Your hair will look thinner if kept longer. And it won't look healthy. I combine 2 bottles of shampoo with 1 bottle of the same brand conditioner. Then in addition I find another good nourishing conditioner. I do not use fluffing products or sprays or gels. The longer I was getting my hair cut this way, the more natural curls emerged, I finger curl.

My hair "should be considered high maintenance." I am a lap swimmer, swim several times a week. I use a cap on my head, others smear their hair with conditioner before the cap goes on, I don't. I shampoo after getting out of the pool. I get no split ends, damaged hair, etc. Hair cuts 6-8 weeks apart. (04/24/2009)

By T and T Grandma

How Do I Thicken My Hair?

Take the vitamin called biotin. It will drastically improve your hair, nail, and skin's condition and growth. (05/05/2009)

By EeshieKing

How Do I Thicken My Hair?

My hair was thinning in one spot due to blow drying. A co-worker recommended CoQ10 (60 mg daily). She said her hair and her father's hair had growth from it. I tried it and sure enough, I have little sprouts of hair growing. There is nothing on the net that will say it creates hair growth. It is actually for cardiovascular health. But it works for hair growth. (05/10/2009)

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