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How to Thicken Thinning Hair

author image Leigh Wittman
Leigh Wittman has been writing professionally since 2007. She writes primarily on health, career advice, outdoor pursuits and travel for various websites. Wittman is a licensed nurse and studied nursing at Arizona State University.
How to Thicken Thinning Hair
Consider pantry staples to give the illusion of thicker hair. Photo Credit phasinphoto/iStock/Getty Images

Both men and women can lose their hair. Anxiety over the loss sends many to the drugstore for minoxidil and others to the cosmetic surgeon for hair transplants. But hiding hair loss doesn't have to be so complicated. A few staples from the cupboard can help make thinning hair look thick and healthy. If your hair loss is sudden and unexplained, however, see your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

Step 1

Select a short hair style with multiple layers. Short, layered hair styles give the illusion of thickness, whereas long hair often makes even naturally thick hair look fine and thin.

Step 2

Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to your shampoo. Baking soda binds to hair, making it appear thicker and fuller, according to "The Science of Hair Care," by Claude Bouillon and John Wilkinson. Although rinsing removes most of the baking soda, microscopic particles remain in the hair, giving it a fuller look.

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Step 3

Add 2 tablespoons oat flour to your conditioner. According to "Hair Care: An Illustrated Dermatologic Handbook," by Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos, oat flour adds natural volume by leaving clear, microscopic particles in your hair after you rinse. Work the conditioner into your scalp and roots for the best outcome.

Step 4

Apply mousse to your hair before styling. Mousse helps hair look fuller by filling in any gaps in the cuticles.

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  • The Science of Hair Care; Claude Bouillon and John Wilkinson
  • Hair and Hair Care; Dale H. Johnson
  • Hair Care: An Illustrated Dermatologic Handbook; Zoe Diana Draelos
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