Fuller looking hair is easy with these hacks

woman with thick full hair
As we age, hair loses some of
its thickness and volume, but if you want fuller looking hair you don’t need to
succumb to the tyranny of this cold, hard fact of follicular life. There are
many hacks, haircuts, products, tips, and tricks that can help you boost the
fullness and thickness of your hair. Your hair will look naturally voluminous
and lively if you follow any of these expert suggestions that best fit your
hair type, style, or situation.
woman getting haircut
The golden rule of healthy
hair is regular trims, which boosts fullness. However, Sarah Rappolt,
stylist and Director of Education at Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor,
stresses that while a good cut is essential, the maintenance of said cut is
even more important for fuller looking hair. “People tend to stretch time
between haircuts because of their busy schedules and lifestyles,” Rappolt
told me. “When layers grow out and ends get split and limp, we sacrifice
body and fullness.”
Mio Sota of Trio Salon in
Chicago declares that “a great, even haircut” is crucial and the
cornerstone of full hair. If a cut is bunk and you don’t tend to it,
“you’ll be spending more time trying to style it to look decent, rather
than spending the time to add volume,” Sota explained.
Therefore, a trim every six to
eight weeks is recommended by Rappolt to “keep your hair looking fresh,
bouncy, and full.”
cut with a blunt bottom
Selena Gomez full hair
Los Angeles-based celebrity
hairstylist Laurie Heaps has a go-to cut for adding volume. It’s mid-length,
with a critically important twist. “When this style is cut with a blunt
bottom, hair is going to appear thicker and fuller,” Heaps told me.
“The weight from long hair is removed, but the cut is still long enough,
especially if you are not ready for a super short cut.” With this style,
you can have the best of both worlds — length and thickness.
bob or lob
Rihanna bob haircut
Length is often equated with
fullness, but shorter cuts like bobs and lobs (long bobs) allow for a fullness,
according to Rappolt. “These lengths are great for volume and body because
they sit nicely around the collarbone and shoulder area,” she explained.
There’s an added bonus, too! 
Rappolt shared, “As the
haircut grows, the shoulder naturally pushes the hair up for more fullness and
volume.” How’s that for a natural way to add some thickness? Plus, you
avoid that awkward and annoying growing out phase! 
hair, don’t care
woman with short hair
While super short hair may
seem counterintuitive to fullness and volume, Alex Kantor, a hairstylist and
barber for 14 years with fine hair of her own, dispels the notion. “Keep
it short,” she declared. “The idea that your hair will appear fuller
if it’s longer is a total myth.” 
Coby Alcantar of Oribe agreed,
saying, “Removing hair may seem contradictory for finer hair, but
carefully (read: barely) done, it can help the hair move, which can appear
fuller.” To achieve this look, ask your stylist to remove internal weight
to increase fullness. “Creating an ‘inner layer’ or a support system for
the length that is left to rest on can help add volume and depth,”
Alcantar explained.
Jennifer Aniston layered hair
Layers are an easy way to get
fullness, if you follow these golden rules. Celebrity hairstylist Angelo
David Pisacreta is an expert in thinning hair who suggests asking your
stylist for “a cut with few layers to add volume, as it will appear a
little thicker.” He also has some bad news for long-haired girls, saying,
“As much as you love long hair, if it’s thin, long is not the best cut or
style for you.” Instead, interspersing layers throughout should do the
trick to increase the look of lush, thick locks.
Rappolt agreed, saying,
“To get more body and fullness with long locks, it’s important to have
layers.” Kantor explained that fine hair cut in all one length “will
fall flat and lose life,” but cautions that when “adding layers,
don’t go crazy short or choppy because fine hair can’t hold that shape.”
hair crimper
Crimped hair was huge in the
’80s, as the heat styling tool imprinted a zig zag pattern into hair. Many
stylists suggest crimping hair at the roots to create the illusion of fullness,
but in a twist — you actually hide your handiwork. It’s about the root lift
provided by the crimper, not the pattern.
Christy Stewart, stylist and
owner of CRS Hair Design, uses a texture iron, telling me, “It’s basically
like an old-school crimping iron.” She suggests sectioning off your hair
at the part, clipping it out of the way, and then crimping the hair that’s
underneath at the root. Release the hair that’s been clipped and cover up the
hair you crimped. “This technique adds texture and helps give tons of volume,”
she said.
Sheenon Olson, celebrity
stylist at ATMA Beauty in Miami, also advocates crimping for fullness. He
encourages using a micro crimping iron, telling me, “You can use this iron
to crimp the first two to three inches of your hair  — typically in the
crown area — and then hide the crimping with a thin veil of hair.”
Who knew the crimping iron
could be such a secret weapon?!
black woman with soft curls
If you have fine hair,
“you can add lots of body with soft waves,” according to Heaps. Loose
waves are easily created with a curling iron or by sleeping with your hair
fastened in loose, thick braids, which you eventually shake out in the morning
and further texturize with a sea salt spray. You can sleep with damp or dry
braids, as well. These style tricks require minimal to no commitment, as well
as little effort or spend on additional product.
at the crown
woman with long hair
Heaps also suggests the
easiest styling tip to create the look of fullness. “Take a mini round
brush to damp hair and use a lifting motion around the root area,” she
explained. “The heat from your dryer, paired with a thermal spray, will
ensure a hold with height that isn’t sticky or overly stiff.” It’s the
perfect mix of product, tools, and wrist motion skill and it’s incredibly cheap
to accomplish. You also enjoy a ’60s-inspired, fullness-at-the-crown aesthetic.
applied product
woman spraying on hair product
Speaking of products, the way
that you apply them to your specific hair type, be it thick, curly, straight,
or fine, will also assist in your efforts to make your hair look thicker. Less
is definitely more when seeking fullness and it may require that you experiment
with different products until you the combo that works best for you, so be
“For example, with
mousse, a golf ball-sized amount is ideal for regular hair,” Heaps shared.
“Girls with fine hair should use slightly less product to ensure it is not
weighed down.” 
woman using dry shampoo
In recent years, dry shampoo
has become one of the most popular styling products on the market. Brands line
shelves with different formulations and fragrances meant to keep your hair
fresh, clean, and to zap excess oil, which can weigh strands down in between
Karen Gordon, owner of J.
Gordon Designs in Chicago, told me, “If you have fine, silky hair that
never seems to have enough volume, tip your head upside down and spritz a some
dry shampoo all over at the roots. Flip your head back and voila! You’ll notice
a whole lot more volume.” 
hair clean
woman showering washing hair
This one’s really
simple: always keep your hair clean. Not just for general hygiene
purposes, but dirty hair is really obvious and goes limp. 
“When hair starts to look
greasy, it will also start to look thin,” Martial Vivot of Martial Vivot
Salon Pour Hommes told me. Plus, product residue also adds weight and makes
hair flat, which is the opposite of what you are seeking. While some stylists
recommend washing hair every other day, if you seek thickness, it’s best to
wash daily or as regularly as possible.
hair completely

woman hairdryer
It’s also crucial to blow dry
your strands all the way through, no matter their length or texture, according
to Vivot. “The wetter it looks, the thinner it looks,” he explained.
Further to this point, he also recommends using styling products with a dry or
a matte finish, rather than ones with a wet or glossy sheen for the same
Leah Taylor of Smoke and
Mirrors Salon in Baltimore suggests a simple hack before blow drying and before
using styling products — gently and partially towel dry hair first. The
technique “allows the hair to truly accept their styling product and work
with their hair rather than simply weighing it down,” she explained.
Product works best in slightly damp hair and is not as effective “if left
on the outside of the hair shaft, since it will further flatten fine
dry upside down
woman drying hair upside down
Bend over at the hips and blow
dry your hair upside down for some easy and additional fullness. Jerome Lordet,
master stylist at Pierre Michel Salon, told me to try “using only your
fingers with the head upside down, pulling on the roots to give more volume.
Finish with round brush to smooth or wave your hair.”
Lordet also suggests going
“against the natural growth pattern of the roots of the hair using hot air
followed by cold air to set the style and give fullness.”
wigs, extensions, and clip-ins
wigs and hair extensions
There is no shame in embracing
additional hair that’s not naturally yours in the form of wigs, hair pieces,
extensions, and clip-ins. These tools all “play a role in creating fuller
hair” and “depending on the which method is appropriate for your
situation, they will add volume, body, length, confidence, and a polished
look,” said Pisacreta.
Stewart asserts that
extensions aren’t just a tool to increase length. “I am a Natural Beaded
Rows (NBR) certified stylist,” she explained. “NBR is the most
natural and the least damaging extension method out there. There’s no tape or
sticky glue and minimal points of contact on the hair. It’s ideal for people
who have fine, limp hair that want more volume.”
Extensions are also ace since
they cut down on styling time. Win-win!
with a side part
Taylor swift side part
“A deep side part can
make hair appear fuller and adds drama and edge to your look,”
explained Leo Izquierdo, co-founder of IGK Hair Care. Flip through the
pages of any fashion mag and you will see Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Selena
Gomez rocking deep side parts. It’s an easy way to change up your look without
having to go under the scissors and properly done side part doesn’t look
Parts are really critical when
it comes to helping hair appear full. But having your part extend to the back
of your head is a no no! “This makes your hair look really flat,”
says Rappolt. “Only part what would be the bang section or the first two
inches back from your hairline.”
your roots
woman with short curly hair
For added fullness, finish
your style with some dry texturizing spray spritz on roots, according to Sota.
“Let the product sit for a minute,” she said. “Then take your
fingers and really work them into the roots. This will give tons of grit to the
hair and help make the hair stand at the roots.”
Molly Weinreb, a stylist at
Blackstones Salon, recommends using a texture spray beyond the roots so all of
your hair is fuller. “Experiment and spritz some through your hair and
shake it out using your hands to distribute the product through your
hair,” she raved. “This is great for all over volume.”
attention to ingredients
woman checking shampoo ingredients
If you’re looking for fuller
looking hair, it’s also important to know what you are putting in it. There can
be lots of stuff in the product recipe that leads to limp locks. “Pay
attention to Ingredients from shampoo to styling goop,” warned Kantor.
“Stay away from harsh, synthetic stuff like sulfates and
She explained that stuff
weighs follicles down, which is the reverse of the fullness you are trying to
achieve. Therefore, you should take some time to educate yourself about
the ingredients in styling products because knowledge is styling power!
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.