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Whether your hair is thinning or your fine strands are in need of extra volume, today’s beauty innovations mean faking fuller hair has never been easier – we’ve come a long way from backcombing and sticky volumising sprays. From the new-gen products to use, to the hair colouring trick to try, SL grilled the experts for their top tips…

Try Viviscal

“Viviscal – a dietary supplement and professional hair growth programme – is ideal for those seeking thicker, fuller and healthier looking hair. Just be patient – results take a few months to show, but it’s totally worth it so stick with it. The clever formula works to strengthen the hair and decrease breakage, which will ultimately lead to thicker hair.” – Cheryl Munoz, Style Director at Daniel Galvin Kensington

Be Wary Of Heat

“Thin hair is notoriously weak, so be wary of using excessive heat, especially in the form of hair straighteners. Bleaching thin hair can also lead to damage, so steer clear of these two culprits if you’re on the hunt for thicker strands.” – Cheryl Munoz

Try Kérastase

“When it comes to products for thin hair, you can’t go wrong with Kérastase. Try Aminexil, a topical product that kick starts hair growth, as well as Densifique, a clever serum that helps to boost hair follicle thickness, and Stimuliste, which works by stimulating hair to maintain hair density.” – Paul Edmonds, hairstylist and Founder of Paul Edmonds London

Colour Smartly

“Create the illusion of thicker hair with balayage, where the colour gets lighter towards the end of the hair. This will help to break up the hair and make it look instantly thicker – having a tint or one flat colour will do thin hair no favours.” – Carmel Blackburne, John Frieda Salons

Stay Short

“Having a shorter cut can give the hair a thicker, fuller feel. Adding layers through the top to the sides can also add texture to shorter styles. I love a slightly longer elfin style crop – it’s the ideal style for those concerned with hair loss and thinning.” – Paul Edmonds

Get Extensions

“When done professionally, extensions are a great way of adding volume. Be sure to find a good stylist – they’ll recommend the best system of extension for your hair type (bonded, tape or sewn-in wefts) – and stick with a cut that’s between your chin and shoulder for best effect.” – Paul Edmonds

Try Two Tone

“Ask your colourist to add a minimum of two tones into your highlights – this will create volume, texture, definition and substance. Adding colour automatically adds volume to the roots.” – Fran Dixon, senior creative colourist at Hari’s

Care For Your Scalp

“Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp so treat yours with care. When shampooing, take the time to gently massage the scalp, which will encourage blood flow for an instant root lift, and look for gentle sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners, which won’t weigh down finer strands. – Elsa Forbes-White, Art Director at Taylor Taylor London

Do A Side Part

“Even the simplest styling changes can really improve the fullness of your hair. Avoid centre partings and instead focus on side partings, which add height to the crown.” – Elsa Forbes-White

Find A Balance

“Don’t let your hair get greasy as it will fall very flat to the head and make the scalp more visible. However, don’t over-wash your hair as it will only make your hair greasier, quicker. Instead, use a dry shampoo to disguise any greasiness and to add volume.” – Katie Allan, Creative Manager at Charles Worthington Salons

Blow-Dry Right

“When blow-drying your hair, make sure you’re lifting your hair at the root as you dry each section – this will give you a great foundation. If you struggle using a round brush and a hairdryer try using Babyliss Big Hair – this clever spinning round brush with an in-built dryer is a great way to get instant volume.” – Paul Percival, Founding Partner and Director of Percy & Reed

Invest In The Best

“The biggest mistake people with fine hair make is not investing in a good haircut. If you have fine hair, long hair can be tricky to keep healthy and lots of layers can make strands appear thinner, making it harder to achieve volume. A good hair cut will make your hair feel weightless rather than appearing as if you have less hair.” – Paul Percival

Specifique Aminexil Force R, £21.70 | Kérastase
Dual Big Hair, £60 | Babyliss
Thickening Shampoo, £20 | Bumble & Bumble
Cleansing Volumizing Paste, £43 | Christophe Robin
Rice & Wheat Volumizing Shampoo, £17.55 | Kiehl’s
Professionel Tecni Art Volume Architect, £10.81 | L'Oréal Paris
Rootalicious Root Lift, £22 | Original & Mineral
Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse, £12 | Percy & Reed
Hair Growth Programme, £37.49 | Viviscal


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