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Close up of a model's thicken hair being styled with a brush and blow dryer.

How to thicken hair


Whether your hair is tightly curled or poker-straight, if it’s thin, it can look a little lifeless from time to time. While a good haircut can do wonders, rest assured: there are steps you can take at home to add volume and keep that salon-styled look for longer. Check out our insider tips below for how to make thin hair look thicker. 


1. Switch up your routine


If your conditioner adds more weight to your locks than you'd like, our revolutionary TRESemmé 24 Hour Body collection could be just the ticket. Specially formulated with a unique reverse-wash system, use the pre-wash conditioner first to soften your strands, then follow with the shampoo to wash away the weight. The result? Natural, everyday volume which is soft and smooth to touch.


2. Color on


You might think that coloring your hair is purely an aesthetic decision, but did you know that it can help make thin hair look thicker? Cleverly placed highlights and lowlights can add depth to fine hair, making it appear fuller. A good colorist will be able to advise on the best way to achieve this, so talk to your hair stylist about your needs and the overall effect you want. Just remember: colored hair requires more care, so help keep it nourished with a weekly lightweight hair mask like the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning treatment.


3. Go light on product


Sometimes it can be tempting to keep throwing product at thin hair to try and add some oomph, but too many gels and creams can really make fine hair droop. Try simplifying your styling regime with a lightweight products. 


4. Perfect your blow dry 


Fine hair needs lift at the roots in order to create volume. The answer? A brush and your blow dryer. This is a tip we love: instead of parting your hair in its usual place to dry, try the four-way flip: brush all hair to one side and blast with your dryer, focusing at the roots, then flip your hair to the other side and do the same. Repeat this process both forwards and backwards. Sound strange? Doing this helps prevent your hair from simply falling flat in its usual part, instead creating fullness all over. Continue drying your hair in all four directions until its 90% dry – then use a round brush to lift top sections at the root and blast upwards for a volume boost to finish. Remember: use the TRESemmé Heat Defense spray before blow drying to help guard against damage. 


So, next time you're wondering how to make thin hair look thicker, remember these tips for tresses that are full of body and bounce!