Salon Tips for Women With Hair Loss or Thinning Hair

Written By Wilfredo Allen on Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Q. What's the best haircut for thinning hair?

A. Thin hair does best with shorter cuts that can add fullness, as long thin hair can get stringy and lay flat against the head. A modified bob is a good choice. A modified bob is a chin-length or slightly longer bob haircut with irregular, wispy ends. With this hairstyle, you can curl the ends upward in a flip. A short pixie - think Halle Berry - is a stylish option for thinning hair. Short hairstyles are light and don't weigh down the hair. Asymmetrical styles also will give you the appearance of having more hair, as will bangs.

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Q. Can I achieve a natural looking head of hair with a wig?

A. Yes. A wig is a very convenient way to hide hair loss.

Not all wigs are created equal. As with most things, you get what you pay for. A cheap wig of artificial hair can easily be spotted across a room; however, a handmade wig of human hair can be undetectable. If it's in your budget, get a wig that is custom-fitted and dyed to your natural hair color.

Q. My hair is thin, but I want to wear an updo for my wedding. Is this possible?

A. Ask your stylist about clip-on hair extensions in your natural color to augment your hair and give a stylish boost to your look. Clip-ons are affordable and easy to put on and can be treated as any accessory - scarves, jewelry, sunglasses - just clip them on for a new look and you're ready to go.

Q. What hair color is best for thinning hair?

A. If your hair is fine, thin or damaged, be careful with overuse of chemical dyes, etc. If you want to dye your hair, however, stay away from blonde and light red -- darker hair looks more voluminous. Add color with high or low-lights. Color coats the hair shaft, adding thickness to each individual strand and highlights add contrast and trick the eye, creating an illusion of depth and density.

Q. Is my hair dryer damaging my hair?

A. Yes. Blow-dryers and other styling tools can cause heat-damage. Try to towel-dry or let it dry naturally. Use your blow-dryer on a low heat setting, but the longer your hair is exposed to any level of heat, the more damage is done. So, if you have to choose between high heat for a minute or low heat for 20 minutes, choose the high heat.

Q. What's the best hairstyle for my thin, curly hair?

A. Curly hair gives you an advantage -- curly or wavy hair looks thicker and more voluminous and curls can camouflage thinning areas. Long hair may look stringy and thin, so keep it between chin and shoulder length. Use a light mousse rather than a heavy gel when styling, as heavy gels and waxes will pull down your hair, making it appear thinner.

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