I’m a girl with thin curly hair that tends to frizz. And the struggle is real. But over the years I’ve figured out how to work with my “difficult hair” and today I’m sharing the best tips and tricks to style thin hair along with links to some of my favorite haircare products.
Select the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
Your friends may already tell you this, but washing your hair too frequently isn’t suitable for thinner hair. It’s essential to use shampoo and conditioner that benefits your hair type and to wash your hair as infrequently as possible. I wash my hair every five days, and I can stretch it to a week with the help of dry shampoo.
Here are my two favorite products. They both have a fresh citrus/grapefruit scent and come in recyclable aluminum bottles:
- BeautyCounter Daily Shampoo in Bright Grapefruit – This essential shampoo does it all, gently breaking down buildup without stripping strands. It’s infused with moisturizing and strengthening provitamin B5 and an uplifting grapefruit scent for a fresh wash.
- BeautyCounter Daily Conditioner – This conditioner is the bomb! The formula nourishes and detangles strands with hydrating and conditioning provitamin B5, while pure grapefruit essential oil provides an uplifting scent experience. Avoid over-conditioning as this can weigh your hair down. Focus on the ends of your hair to avoid a greasy build-up near the roots.
I always read the ingredient labels and these two products are free of parabens and sulfates.
Try Dry Shampoo
I always lean on a dry shampoo in between washes to fight greasiness. This can mitigate the frequency of washing and allow for some intermittent lift on the bad grease days. Also, dry shampoo can help create texture. I’ve tried a ton of brands but my favorite combo is the Living Proof Dry Shampoo as well as their Dry Volume Blast. I always purchase the large size for home and I buy the smaller cans for travel.
Add Body When Styling
I swear by my Dyson Airwrap to dry and curl my hair in one convenient step. I have an in-depth Dyson Airwrap review on my blog. You can also use good old fashioned rollers. Curling rollers can boost the hair from the root down and give the length some much-needed body. So section off your hair at the crown and roll!
You can enhance your rolls with a quick blow-drying session since the heat will adhere to the curl, similar to a curling iron. Also, ensure you use a volumizing hairspray to lock the rolls in. If you experience midday fallouts, you can flip your hair and fluff the roots with your hands to bring it back to life.
By default, thin hair is more brittle, so it’s at an increased risk of damage. Overbrushing is the fastest way to speed up thinning and damage your hair.
Too much brushing can also cause breakage and a flatter appearance. I try to comb my thin hair in the morning and before bed to stimulate the roots and decrease the chances of damage.
Experiment With Extensions
Of course, if you’re still in a bind with your hair and feel there are not many options for you, consider experimenting with extensions. There are different types of extensions to try, and most can add volume and increase the total amount of hair on your hair. Just ensure you know how to style your extensions with heat if you like to curl or straighten your hair! I like that extensions give you the option to lengthen your hair or blend them with your natural locks for extra volume.