"Adding a few layers will help boost volume and aid in disguising thinning," Sinthuchai says. Proper blow-drying can also add fullness. "Always flip your hair over when you blow it out," Aquino suggests. This encourages the strands to lift off the scalp, as opposed to lying flat against it. "Then, once your hair is dry, put in some large Velcro rollers for 10 minutes-maybe while you apply your makeup-to give your hair extra height."
There are also several innovative new products that can help you feign fullness. Our favorites are Living Proof Full Thickening Cream
), to coat and fatten up each strand without leaving it stiff, and Fekkai’s newly revamped Full Blown Volume Shampoo and Conditioner
(both $23; fekkai.com
). Styling pros swear that when you use this cleansing duo in tandem, your hair will appear up to 1,000 strands thicker instantly.
Rule number one: Don’t pluck hairs that have gone gray. If your hair is thinning already, why make matters worse? "Have your stylist mix up an ounce of color and paint just the gray spots so you maintain your overall natural tone," suggests Kevin Mancuso, a New York City stylist and the creative director for Nexxus Haircare: "It will look better and cause less damage." Because gray hair can be resistant to color, Jason Backe, a colorist at the Ted Gibson Salon, in New York City, recommends you switch to a product specifically designed to deposit more dye per strand; look for demi-permanent or permanent on the label. "Temporary or semi-permanent color just won’t cut it," Backe says.
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