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The sad truth is, I have very thin fine hair that most stylists have a very difficult time working with.

I finally found an amazing hair stylist in Orange County @kimberlynicolehair and wanted her to share her top 5 tips for making thin fine hair look thicker and more full. I completely understand the struggles of those of us with baby fine thin hair. Stylists are either frying it with the curling iron, ripping the knots out while taking my hair along with it, or over-bleaching it until it’s a frizzy damaged mess. It took me over a year to finally find a hairstylist who understands how to handle the hair challenged woman like myself who are completely cursed with thin fine hair that is a delicate and lifeless mess. Below are her top 5 tips for fooling the world into thinking you have thick full hair that is fabulous!

1. Get the right haircut. Unfortunately, if you have thin hair you’re pretty limited to the types of cuts you can get. The best haircuts for thin hair are blunt, short, and long square layers. If the hair is texturized too much or given too many layers this will cause the hair to look even thinner. When our eyes see a straight line our brains automatically think weight and structure. Creating that blunt, strong line around the perimeter of the hair will give the appearance of thicker, stronger hair.

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2. Be very gentle with your hair when it is wet. Thin hair is very delicate naturally, but add water to it and it becomes even more fragile. When any hair type encounters water it becomes stretchy. When we yank a brush through wet tangled hair all we are doing is stretching and breaking our hair. A great tip to avoid this is to spray the hair with a light leave-in conditioner (I love Davines Oi All in one Milk). Do not brush the hair! Take your blow dryer and lightly dry your hair from root to ends and gently run your fingers through it. The hair untangles as it drys and you are not ripping your hair with a brush. When it is about 80% dry section off and style with a round brush.

3. Get highlights. This may sound counterintuitive with thin hair, but hear me out. I’m not saying to go crazy and fry your hair with all over highlight, but getting a beautiful Balayage from a stylist who is gentle and experienced with thin hair can do wonders. Highlighted hair causes the cuticle to get slightly roughed up. This gives the hair some texture and volume, creating the illusion of fuller and thicker hair. You will also notice your hair should hold curls and styles longer with a few highlights in there.

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4. Invest in a good volume spray. Try and find a volume spray that is light and allows movement. I absolutely love Davines Volu hair mist. Follow step 3 when drying the hair, but before you start to blow dry, spray the volume mist at your root and crown area and massage into your hair. Don’t go overboard as you don’t want to weigh the hair down, but enough so you feel a slight bit of texture as the hair drys. Flip your head over and dry the hair in the opposite direction it grows for added volume. But remember to wait until the very end when your hair is ready for the round brush.

5. Use a dry shampoo. I’m aware that thinner hair gets greasier faster, but if you can hold off on washing your hair every other day and invest in a good dry shampoo, you can get great volume in your hair.  I swear by dry shampoo and I live for Big and Sexy’s Volumizing dry shampoo. It gives the hair enough grit and texture for day two hair and it gives it that tousled lived in look that is so popular now. Take small sections around the crown area and spray the dry shampoo 6-8″ away from the scalp. Repeat wherever you feel the hair needs it. Let it sit for two minutes to absorb the oils, then flip your hair over and brush your hair from root to ends. Instant volume!

For more hair tips, follow me on Instagram @kimberlynicolehair for a new tip posted every Tuesday!

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