Some of us are blessed with beautiful thick hair that has a bounce with every step, and some of us are born with fine/thin hair that regardless of how many vitamins we take, or how much coconut oil and avocado we eat, our hair will never get thicker. When genetics isn’t on our side, we have to rely on hairstyles and tips for thicker hair that give us the illusion of volume, and various tricks that other women have passed down for generations that give our hairstyles an instantly thicker look. I wish I had super thick locks of gorgeous curls but I don’t. I have run of the mill, medium thickness hair. As such, I have always been a fan of any hairstyle, trick, or even color that gave my hair the look of being thicker.
I decided to update my toolkit for how to give my hair that extra volume that to see if there was anything I was missing. After a bunch of Googling, Pinterest searching, and some Instagram filtering, I have created this list of tips to instantly make your hair look thicker. Remember, these are short term solutions that will give you an instant increase in volume. I have written a separate article about how to get long and healthy hair that takes time, patience, some genetics, and lots of vitamins and healthy foods. In this article, I cover everything from the bun and braid that gives instant volume, to how to make a thicker ponytail, to some products like dry shampoo and a volumizing hair iron that you can add to your arsenal of hair-thickening tricks.
1. Instantly Make Your Hair Thicker Using Dry Shampoo 101
Let’s start with a product that most of us have heard of, but probably haven’t considered using for the purpose of making our hair look thicker. Usually when I think of dry shampoo, I think about those long weeks where I get home late and just do not want to go to sleep with wet hair and the next morning, after oversleeping, decide I don’t want to go to work with wet hair and I’m not using my blow dryer. Well, it turns out dry shampoo is an incredible tool for instantly adding volume to your hairstyle. In this tutorial, she shows us how to make our own dry shampoo at home, as well as some secrets for how to prevent white flakes in your scalp. What she doesn’t talk about is that NOT washing your hair is the quickest way to add volume to your hair, especially if you have some curls or waves. But you have to use dry shampoo to keep it from looking oily.
2. Add Volume And Thickness – Lace Braid Hairstyle Tutorial
If you have thin or medium thickness hair, then you need to use the braid as much as possible. There are some braids that will still not get you the volumizing look you are going after but the lace braid words great for providing the illlusion of volume. It does this by connecting to longer strands that sit on your scalp in a way that creates a sort of wave look above the braid, which provides texture that essentially translates to looking like volume.
3. Quick And Easy Hair Thickener – Tape In Hair Extensions
I’m going to cover a few different tutorials on hair extensions because these are a sure fire way to give your hairstyle more volume (by adding more hair!) However, it’s important to really make sure that you do this right or that you have a professional do it because if you mess up tape in hair extensions, people are going to notice. I’ll cover another hair extension tutorial below that shows an alternate way to use extensions to get volumized hair.
4. How I Put In My Hair Extensions For Added Volume To My Hairstyle
This is a more professional way of doing hair extensions that I added for women who have never tried them but are curious how they work should they want to request them next time they are at the salon. If they are done well, people can’t tell and they make a world of different for your hair. A few things to make sure of are that the colors are blended after being put in to give it a natural look and making sure the structure is similar (curls/straight).
5. Use A Voloom Iron To Add Volume To Any Type Of Hair
If you haven’t tried the Voloom Iron yet, then you are in for a little treat. You can find the original or you can find a knock off version but whatever you do, try one of these. They add instant crimp in your hair that immediately translates to more volume instantly. I love this trick because it is a way to make your hair look thicker naturally, without the use of harsh chemicals.
6. Perfect Thicker Ponytail – Quick and Easy Ponytail Tutorial
I think every woman needs to know how to hack the ponytail so that you get an added boost of volume. This Beauty Department tutorial gives away my favorite secret for making a pony that will bounce with every step and makes my hair look so much thicker than it actually is. To really make this or any ponytail pop, you can add extensions (mentioned above), or you can add some texture first with curls or waves. That has a doubling effect on the pony and is one of my favorite looks to rock on the weekend.
7. Hair Volume How-To: Sexy, Messy Ponytail
If the more traditional ponytail isn’t your style but you still want the ease and volume that a pony provides, then I suggest you give this cosmo tutorial a shot. They call it the sexy, messy pony but I call it the lazy girl pony strategy. You are basically going to do tease your hair into different sections, and do two crisscross ‘braids’ that will build on each other and will make it look like there is a ton of ‘messy’ hair but it all stays together with the help of some strategically placed bobby pins. This look is great for rocking a casual look but also goes well with a slim and sleek dress. I like to rock the messy pony with smokey eye makeup.
8. Hair Tutorial For Thicker Looking Hair: Messy Crossover Pony
If you are down to use a little product to add to your texture and volume, then this is another amazing ponytail trick that I have been using for years. Truelane does a great job of showing exactly how to pull it off every time. This pony is great for helping women with thin hair make their hair look thicker instantly. It’s great because you don’t have to rely on braids to stay together and instead you use product and a hair tie.
9. Messy Pony For Texture and Voluminous Hair
As you probably noticed, I am obsessed with pony tails because they are my go-to for having my hair look thicker. I don’t have a lot of volume naturally so I go to the pony regularly to get that voluminous look that I have always wanted naturally. This particular ponytail tutorial is great for short hair that you want to make look longer and thicker.
10. The Post Workout Pony – Thicker Hair Instantly
The post workout pony is one that we all know about. Ok, I am disgusting after a workout. I sweat like crazy and my hair gets absolutely oily and gross. The only way for me to deal with it is with a pony. Also, it keeps the hair out of my face to prevent breakouts. Here’s the secret; you can use this post workout pony even if you haven’t gone to the gym. This technique makes your hair look much thicker and if you add some texture with curls or waves, it looks amazing. I highly recommend for anyone with highlights or a balayage.
11. Textured Double Pony
This is another way to do the double pony that we talked about earlier. Again, she uses the technique of adding some texture before putting the ponytail together. This helps a ton and will do wonders for making your hair look thicker immediately. I think the trick to a double pony is making sure you can’t see the pony underneath that props up the visible pony.
12. Messy Side Ponytail
13. Messy Ponytail Braid
14. Tuesday Tutorial: The Textured Pony
15. Hair Tutorial: Knotted Sock No Heat Curl
16. The Double Dutch Up-Do Perfect for Brides, Bridesmaids, and Wedding Guests
17. A New Twist
18. How To: Pull-Through Braid | Easy Braid Hairstyle
19. Braid Embellished Smooth Bun
20. Messy Knotted Low Pony
21. Twisted Crown Braid Tutorial
I hope these tutorials for making your hair look thicker help. Remember, these are great short term solutions that will give you that needed volume for the night out. But to get that long term thicker hair, you need to use a combination of better care and treatment as well as better nutrition and vitamins for your health. Your overall health will help increase the thickness and health of your hair. Be sure to pin some of these for future use when you need to add some volume to your hairstyle.