80 million people in the United States suffer from hair loss or thinning hair.
A good portion of them are women. So if you’ve suffered from hair loss, know you’re far from alone.
If you want to add volume to hair, whether it be because your hair is thinning or your hair has always been fine, there are many ways to do so.
But did you know you can add volume to your hair using hair dye?
It’s a little-known fact that different colors can actually make your hair appear more full and voluminous.
How Can Hair Dye Make Your Hair Look Thicker?
It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but it really isn’t.
A colorist can help make your hair look as though it is thicker by using a technique in which he or she adds highlights to your hair. The contrast between the colors is what makes your hair appear thicker, even if it isn’t really.
Typically, they will dye your hair a couple of shades darker than your natural hair color. Then, he or she will use highlights the color of your natural hair, or a few shades lighter. Once that’s done, your hair will look just that much thicker.
Too many chemicals can make your hair loss worse, though. So ensure you follow instructions on how to ensure you keep your dyed hair looking lovely.
Who Does This Technique Work For?
Anyone can use this technique to give the illusion of thicker hair. It doesn’t matter if your hair is black, brown, red or blonde. Anyone can have thicker looking hair in just a few minutes with correctly applied highlights.
If I Want to Add Volume to Hair, What Should I Avoid?
There is no color you should avoid specifically when it comes to trying to add volume to your hair with color. However, you should not try and dye your hair one tone. Dying your hair all black or all platinum blonde will automatically make your hair appear thinner.
Can I Do This Myself?
If you purchase a kit that can help you highlight your hair, then yes, you can try this technique yourself. If you’re wary, you can have a friend help you.
While you can complete this yourself, you may find that a professional colorist or stylist can be a little bit better at the technique. He or should be familiar with how to ensure your hair is highlighted correctly.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost for highlights varies widely depending on where you live and if you decide to go DIY or to go to a salon. If you live in a big city, salon prices will naturally be more expensive. However, often this means you’ll get hair stylists who know exactly what they’re doing.
You can try to do it on a shoestring budget by purchasing your own hair dye kits. You can buy these at almost any drug store. Most hair dye kits specifically for highlights will have a system or tools you can use to ensure the highlights are properly spaced and look natural. These kits cost anywhere from a few dollars to up to about $20, depending on the brand and what’s included in it.
How Else Can I Make My Hair Appear Thicker?
If you’re not satisfied with the results of your highlights, there are a few other ways you can attempt to make your hair appear thicker.
You can take a fine tooth comb and tease your hair at the root just a little bit. This will give your hair just a little bit of extra volume.
When you blow dry your hair, doing so with a round brush will help make your hair look fluffier and extra voluminous. Simply take the round brush and brush your hair, using a blow drier to dry the strands as you go. This technique will make your hair appear just a little bit thicker.
Some women also swear by blow drying their hair with their head pointing toward the floor and hair falling in front of them. This technique may cause your hair to look minimally fuller.
Products to Make Your Hair Appear Fuller
In addition to the techniques listed above, there are a few products you can buy that make your hair look fuller.
Firstly, you can purchase a hairpiece. Often, they are either clip in or come on an invisible wire that you place on your head and then cover with the rest of your hair. A hairpiece will add instant volume to your hair, no matter how thin it is. Blend it in with your original hair by combing it all together.
You can also get thicker looking hair with extensions. You can have them professionally put in, which will require a professional to remove, or you can purchase clip in extensions. With clip-in extensions, you can mix and match to get the perfect length and amount of volume.
Wrapping It Up
When your hair is thinning, it can definitely feel like a crisis. Many women feel incredibly self-conscious over their hair loss. If you are one of them, you should know you’re not alone, as 40% of people with hair loss are women.
If you want to add volume to hair, it’s incredibly easy to do, even if it does take a little bit of effort.
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