Stylists Reveal the 5 Best Ways to Fake Thicker-Looking Hair

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If your strands are looking meek these days and thinning is becoming more of a problem than ever before, seek solace in the fact that thicker, fuller hair can be had. We asked the experts to sound off on what their best-kept, easy-to-do secrets are for achieving a to-die-for head of hair in next to no time.

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Add in extensions.

According to celebrity hairstylist Tippi Shorter, the number-one way to fake fuller hair is with extensions. “Clip-ins have staying power and require less product and manipulation to keep the fullness,” she says. “My favorite ones are from Her Imports.”


Add height with an iron.

Andi Black, founder of Caj Beauty, likes to use the brand's Volumizing Flip and Bend Style Iron ($175), especially during the winter when hair can easily become flat and lifeless. “I throw my head over and spray it with hairspray first. Then, I toss my hair back and use the iron to create height at the root. This gives sexy volume with less stress on your hair.”


Load up with mousse.

Mousse is making a comeback, and for good reason: it creates instant volume, and, if the formula is right, won’t leave your hair feeling sticky or tacky. We like applying Rossano Ferretti Favoloso Mousse ($46) to damp hair, which contains proteins and aloe extract to give extra fullness during styling.


Sprinkle on hair fibers.

Stylist Joey George likes to apply Nanogen Hair Fibers ($25) to give the illusion of fuller hair. “When it is applied to the roots and scalp, it resembles little hair strands. The product is available in 10 different shades and is easily applied by simply sprinkling it on your hair like you would sprinkle salt on French fries. Fuller hair without the calories!”


Tease the roots.

Nancy Twine, founder of Briogeo Hair Care, says that if your hair tends to lay flat, you should part your hair in sections and use a teasing comb at the roots to create the appearance of fuller hair. “Just don’t tease the top layers of the hair—tease only the under layer—so that the teasing is discreet.”


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