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Haircuts for Thin Hair

When hair is thin, finding an attractive style can be difficult, but there are things that can be done to help certain areas to appear thicker and fuller.

Before I go on, I’ll talk about the difference between thin hair and fine hair. When I speak of fine hair, I’m referring to the circumference of the individual hair. If it is very small, it is fine as opposed to coarse. When I speak of thin hair, I’m referring to the number of individual hairs growing in and area. It is possible to have very fine hair that is also thick, meaning that there are a lot of hairs that are small in circumference. It is possible to have thin hair that is also coarse, meaning that the hairs are large in circumference but there are not very many of them.

In this article, I will talk about hair that is thin – not very many hairs in a given area.

Every head of hair is unique but there are a few areas of concern that are common to many women.

Thinness in the top front hairline:
When this area thins, your best hairstyles will include bangs. Hair can be combed forward to conceal the problem area. If you are used to wearing bangs but they are now too thin, you may want to increase the thickness by cutting more bangs from a little further back on your head. Not too far back. One and one half inches is about as far back as you can go without making it obvious that you are concealing thin hair – unless you wear your hair short all over. Even though it doesn’t seem logical, texturizing the bangs slightly will help them fluff up and appear fuller.

Thinness on top:
When the thinness extends back along the top of the head, it is easier covered with layered hair that is combed to the side. Try a lower side part – usually from the middle of the eye to the outside corner – not much lower. We aren’t aiming for the infamous “comb-over.”

Thinness at the sides:
When the sides of your hair thin, the problem can be helped by shorter hair around the face. This is at the front hairline. This hair can be brushed back into the longer hair or combed down, framing the face.

Thinness in the crown:
If your hair is thin in the crown area, allow the surrounding hair to grow longer. The hair at the top can be combed over the thin area. You may also want to style all of your hair back to conceal it. Everyone has what is called a cowlick in this area – also called a double-crown or swirl. This will often cause the crown are to split apart and appear thinner, especially in fine hair. In this case, use stronger styling products and possibly backcombing to hold the hair in place.

Diffused thinning:
Hair that is thin all over can often be made to appear thicker by allowing it to grow into a one-length bob style. The length should not extend very far below chin level because the weight of the long hair may cause it to appear thinner. If the hair is excessively thin on top, long layering may be added with shorter layers at the top.

As with any hair care problem, it is best to consult a professional. A hairstylist can customize your haircut to fit your individual needs as well as your hair texture and face shape.


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