23 Incredible Hacks to Make Your Hair Look Thicker

Growing up, did you want hair as thick and long as Rapunzel? Don’t we all wish to have thick, long, luscious hair falling down the side? Well, we can’t grant you a genie wish and give you that hair but here are some ultimate tricks on how to make your hair look thicker and fuller even if you have been blessed with thin, fine hair.

1) Layers are the way to go


When your hair is fine make sure you go for layers when you have a haircut. Ask your hairdresser to cut the under layer of your hair half an inch shorter than the top layer. This will make your hair look full. Caution on using a razor on the ends. It creates frayed ends; you’re better off with blunt ends.

2) Highlight those strands

Highlight those strands

Getting highlights actually helps. Peroxide doubles the thickness of each strand and makes your hair look and feel fuller. Also when your hair colour has a mix of shades, it creates the illusion of density.

3) Mousse it up

Mousse it up

Rather than using creams and heavy gels that weigh your hair down and make the strands stick to your scalp, use mousse to lift them up. Mousse gives the roots a boost and essentially creates volume without stickiness, which is what you are aiming for. Use it on damp hair and make sure you coat every strand.

4) Blow-dry gently

Blow-dry gently

The more wear and tear your hair goes through, the more it looks bleak and thin. Treat your hair as if it were fragile. Be gentle with it when you blow dry. Let it air dry 85 percent and then just gently blow dry it using a round brush. This will lift the roots and smooth the ends.

5) Say goodbye to long hair

Say goodbye to long hair

The moment your hair creeps down your shoulder it starts looking thinner. The shorter your hair the thicker it will appear. Of course, if you are cringing about having to go for a boy cut, don’t panic. That’s not what we meant. Just make sure to keep your hair above shoulder length to make it look thick and full.

6) Regular hair cuts

Regular hair cuts

Regular trims help your hair grow healthier. Not only that, but getting the ends cut every 6-8 weeks will maintain the thickness, leaving the ends looking full of health.

7) Scalp health

Scalp health

Your scalp health also determines how quickly your hair grows. Wake your hair up and help it breathe by massaging your scalp every day to stimulate blood circulation, hair follicles and aid thicker growth.

8) Experiment with extensions

Experiment with extensions

If your hair is brittle and wispy at the ends, then clip-in hair extensions are the answer to a lusher look. Remember it’s about volume and not just length. Also, if you are going to scratch your wallet anyway, then invest in synthetic versions to get that natural look.

9) Wash it right

Wash it right

Sometimes it all depends on how you wash your hair. Despite what you might have heard, don’t wash your hair every day if you have fine hair. It actually robs your scalp of its natural oils and makes it look flat. If you think your hair is getting oily, use a dry shampoo to get fuller looking hair at the roots. Also, wash your hair with cold water to avoid it getting dry and brittle.

10) Conditioning your hair

Conditioning your hair

Use a light nourishing conditioner so that it doesn’t weight down your hair. Also, make sure you condition only ends of your hair and not the roots. This will ensure your hair doesn’t fall flat at the crown. You can also use a hair mask once a week to moisture the ends.

11) Heard of a dry shampoo? Use it

Heard of a dry shampoo

Don’t wash your hair regularly, well we already spoke about that. But if you feel dirty then a dry shampoo is just the answer. Use it during the night as the tossing and turning will actually help absorb the hair oils so you end up waking up with hair that actually looks more voluminous.

12) Bang it up with bangs!

Bang it up with bangs!

Consider bangs to create that fuller look especially if your hair is thin at the crown but still thick in front. You can also take a slice of hair underneath the bangs and colour it two shades darker than the rest of your hair colour. This way when you bring the top layer of the fringe over the bottom layer, your bangs will look thicker.

13) Drying and rinsing

Drying and rinsing

Dry your hair as naturally as possible to avoid hair fall. You don’t want your already fine hair to look finer. After you wash your hair, pat dry with a towel and then allow it to air dry. Also, avoid over rinsing your hair. Both these methods can give great results.

14) Thickening products

Thickening products

Invest in a good hair thickening product. This will help you increase both hair volume and density. Be it a hairspray or a shampoo, do your research and buy a product of good quality that will yield results. And no we aren’t going to name a few here…!

15) Go natural

Go natural

There are a number of natural products that help thicken hair. These are rumoured to promote hair growth. No harm in giving them a shot. Aloe Vera, castor oil and apple cider vinegar are some of the consistently cited natural products that help in hair growth.

16) Brush it as little as possible

Brush it as little as possible

Opt for wide tooth comb while brushing your hair. But in the first place brush your hair as little as possible. If you do it too often, it stimulates oils from the scalp and gives your hair the dreaded flat look. Rather just run your fingers through your hair to remove the irritating knots.

17) Blow drying upside down

Blow drying upside down

You must have heard this numerous times and it actually works. When blow drying it’s a fantastic idea to tip your head upside down. This gives a natural lift to your roots. After you are done don’t forget to throw back your head and pout for that confident look, now that you know your hair speaks volume!

18) Reduce the number of products you use

Reduce the number of products you use

Don’t use a lot of products on your hair. You don’t want an overdose of chemicals to ruin your already thinning hair. Instead, invest in a maximum of 2 good thickening hair agents and stick to them. It’s easy to get carried away with ads and false promises from various products. So beware, the fate of your hair is your hands. Literally!

19) Tease your hair

Tease your hair

Get that extra drama into your hair by teasing it right. Hold your hair vertically away and then gently comb it towards the head. Don’t force the partitions when you backcomb rather do it at an angle that your hair naturally falls into. This way your hair won’t look clumpy after you tease it.

20) Curling your hair

Curling your hair

Curls are the best way to fight your limp hair. You can use a basic curling iron to keep your curls for a day or two. Another tip for you: when you are doing the curls, make sure they are outward facing. It will make the hair look more lush, drawing the attention away from the centre of your face.

21) Velcro rollers

Velcro rollers

It’s the easiest and cheapest way to lift those roots up. Set the front part of the hair and the hair at the crown in Velcro rollers and clips for about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove and enjoy the high volume.

22) Parting your hair

Parting your hair


If your hair naturally parts a certain way avoid blow drying or brushing your hair that way. It is going to wind up flat along the part whereas you actually want some height there. Instead, part your hair the opposite way. When you are finished lightly blow drying it, flip it back and get that gorgeous volume look. That’s how the hair models do it anyway!

23) Eat right

Eat right

Your food intake matters. Considering that proteins essentially makes up most of your hair, it is important to consume enough proteins for strengthening your hair and adding thickness. Lack of it can lead to brittle hair resulting in hair loss. Food rich in omega-3 fatty acid and biotin is also a must.

24) Twist and braid

Twist and braid

Twist and braid your hair when it’s wet and let it dry about 80%. Then unbraid. Alternatively, you can dry your hair about 80% and then twist and braid it till it is 100% dry. Then unbraid. Voila – your hair will look nice and thick.

25) Sleep with a high ponytail

Sleep with a high ponytail

We’re not kidding. Put your hair up in a high pony tail and sleep. It will help you get volume at the roots while you get a good night’s rest by preventing your hair from getting flat. In the morning, all you have to do is shake your hair out using your fingers.

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