Hair Styles For Thinning Hair

Tips and ideas for styling thinning hair for men and women.

Thinning hair knows no gender; it's a problem for men and women alike. Some of the most common causes of thinning hair are said to be heredity, scrubbing your hair too hard when you shampoo it, taking certain prescription medications, and having certain medical conditions such as a thyroid disorder.

If you have noticed that your hair is thinning, you should first try using a gentler shampoo. If that doesn't work, consult your healthcare professional about the problem to see if it can be resolved. In the mean time, though, you can help to conceal the thin spots by wearing an appropriate hair style.

The hardest type of hair to camouflage skimpy spots on is thin hair. If your hair is thin, you should, in addition to using the suggested hair styles, use a shampoo and a conditioner that adds volume to your hair. You can also use a volumizing mousse or gel product to help add thickness and fullness.


A common trick to add fullness to your hair without using mousse or gel is to shampoo and rinse your hair first. Then, towel it dry until it's damp, but is no longer dripping water. Before you start to use a blower to dry it, flip your head over so that you are looking at your legs. Use a brush to gently move your hair from the back of your head straight to the front on all sides. Finally, blow your hair dry while you continue to brush it straight forward. When your hair is completely dry, raise back up and brush or comb your hair into the style you desire.

Otherwise, if your hair is relatively thick, but you have thinning places, you should generally not wear your hair long and straight. This applies to men as well as women. Long, straight hair allows the places where the hair is skimpy to stand out more. In order to wear a long style, you should have your hair curled so that it has more volume. You can then use a pick to arrange the curls so they cover any problem areas. You can also use this trick if you have medium length hair too.

Just make sure that you schedule your permanent with a professional hair stylist who knows what he or she is doing. And, make sure that the hair stylist chooses a gentle, permanent solution that is appropriate for your hair type. You don't want your hair to become dry, brittle, overpermed, or otherwise damaged in the process. That, of course, would be a detrimental step because it could cause you to lose more of your hair.

For both men and women who like to wear their hair shorter, a layered cut can also help to conceal thinning hair. The layered look is always in style. And again, you can add extra volume to your hair by using a blower to dry it with.

Another good style for short hair on men or women is the spiked look. You can use a good holding gel or mousse and then spike your hair up in the air so the thinning spots can't be noticed.

Or, you can have your hair cut so it's longer on the top of your head (where thinning most often occurs), and it's shorter on the sides and in the back.

Of course, for the ultimate way to camouflage thinning hair, men can always go the "whole nine yards" and shave their heads. But, this resolution is not advisable for women. Men have the advantage of being able to look masculine with a bald head.

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