If your locks fall a little on the limp side, you don’t have to live with them like that. Take cue from these expert tricks and tips that will have everyone thinking you were born with to-die-for hair. The best part: No one will know your secret!
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Exfoliate Your Scalp
Just like how the skin on your face and body needs to be exfoliated, the same goes for the skin on your scalp. “Your scalp is exposed to everyday life like your face,” says celebrity stylist Julian Farel. “Hair cannot grow in a clouded, cluttered, oily scalp. By exfoliating your scalp, you get the benefit of producing healthy hair.”
Load Up On Thickening Agents
When it comes to products, celebrity stylist Ahn Co Tran, co-owner of Ramirez Tran Salon in Los Angeles, says that you want to choose those that create volume without weighing down the hair. Certain ingredients, think wheat protein and antioxidants, can thicken hair at the root so that it looks fuller overall. While these products don’t give permanent results—on average, they’ll last until you wash your hair—they can make a big difference. A few to try: Aveda Thickening Tonic ($28), John Frieda Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion ($8) and L’Oréal Tecni Art Bouncy ($26).
Wrap Your Hair in a Towel Turban
According to celebrity stylists Kayla MiChele and Christine Cherbonnier, after washing your hair, wrap it up in a towel turban and leave it on for as long as possible. “When you take the towel off, shake your head around to find your part. Don’t brush or comb your hair out, which will flatten it,” says MiChele. “Once your hair is dry, add some baking soda to your roots for a natural dry shampoo effect that adds body.”
Add Some Color
For hair that’s thinning at the roots, create denser looking strands by coloring the hair a little darker at the crown. “The lighter the hair color, the more transparent it will look. In general, coloring hair can also make thinning hair look fuller as hair color expands the hair shaft, increasing volume and thickness,” says Amy Errett, CEO and founder of Madison Reed.
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