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3 Ways to make your hair look fuller

Make the most of thin hair with this styling advice

Thin or thinning hair can be an embarrassing problem for women in a world where long, thick, luxurious supermodel hair is en vogue — but it doesn't have to be. Even if you can't make your hair grow thicker, there are tricks to make sure it grows healthy and looks its best.

Choose the right color

Well, more like colors. You can create depth and dimension in thin locks by simply highlighting and lowlighting. An expert hairstylist will know exactly what to do, so find a stylist that specializes in thin hair. By using thickening shadows — or darker under-layers that top light layers can sit on — your expert stylist can create a shadow effect that makes your tresses appear thicker. An alternative is textured weaves, or using light and dark colors to capture dimension and mimic texture.

Vet your local stylist by asking for photo examples of their work, or just ask your thin-haired friends for recommendations. Aveda has an app available on iPhone that will give you color, styling and relaxation advice, just in case stress is the cause of your thinning. You can even take photos and upload your progress as time goes on.

Choose the right cut

Thin hair needs texture. That's thin hair 101, but there are specific hair-cutting techniques that can make your hair appear thicker. Short, square layers, layered bobs, mid-length layers and pixie cuts work especially well on women with thin hair.

Not sure if you're ready to take the pixie plunge? Try these various styles out on your face using one of the many makeover apps online. Take a front-facing photo of yourself, upload it and switch out each style to see if they suit you. If one sparks your interest, it's time to take that photo to a local stylist for a clip sesh.

Choose the right style

Cut and color are the foundations of a great head of thicker-looking hair, but styling is what will take the look from good to glam. If you have thin hair, you probably already know that teasing is your best friend. By teasing the crown of your head and each individual element you include in your look, you're creating thicker-looking hair.

For example, if you're creating a classic pony, you'll want to tease the crown of your hair, then lightly secure the top portion with an elastic. Then, comb the lower portion of your hair toward the secured elastic and place another one directly under it. Finally, secure both ponies with one elastic and tease the pony underneath toward the base. The many elastics, one on top of the other, will appear to contain nothing but hair. For extra oomph, curl the ends of the ponytail for texture.

Another example is braiding. If you're going to braid your hair, you don't want to just leave it at your standard braid. Braid your hair as normal and secure loosely with an elastic or clip. Then, working gently, separate the individual parts of the braid with your fingers, making it appear thicker and looser.

This post was sponsored by Aveda.

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