The usual pomades, waxes and pastes that work for most men’s hair are not always the best choice for thinner hair types. To create the appearance of thicker, fuller hair, it’s all about creating volume instead of the usual focus on hold.
While the best styling products for thin or thinning hair are ones you may not have heard of before, all of these are commonly used by barbers and stylists. They may not be in the product arsenal for most guys but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be.
Yes, this post is venturing into hair products not designed specifically for men. But hair is hair and women’s products cover a wider spectrum of needs. Just think of them as unisex and buy them online if you don’t want to venture to that section of a store.
Check out the best products for styling thin and thinning hair, in no particular order.
Volume makes hair bigger, resulting in thicker looking hair. The easiest way to get it is with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. On their own, they will have some impact but even better use them as a foundation to build on with more products.
There are also sprays, foams and mousses that boost volume. Just apply one to wet hair and blow dry, pulling the root away from the scalp and working hair in the direction of your desired hairstyle.
- Kenra Volume Spray #25
- Big Sexy Hair Spray Full Bloom
2. Dry Shampoo
The purpose of dry shampoo is to soak up oil and keep hair looking good without a shower. It also has the benefit of boosting hair’s volume and fullness from the roots down. Just sprinkle a touch of dry shampoo onto the scalp and massage into hair. The powder is usually white so guys with dark hair with added color.
- Batiste Dry Shampoo or Batiste Divine Dark Dry Shampoo for brown or black hair
- Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
3. Salt Spray
Texture is one of the top trends and another way to make thinning hair seem thicker. Just spray into damp, almost dry hair and either blow dry or air dry. Salt spray adds some wave and will clump hair into sections, which works for both longer and shorter styles. Texturizing sprays do the same thing without the salt.
4. Hair Spray
For thin and fine hair types, hair spray can be the ideal styling product. It is easy to use, has plenty of hold and never weighs hair down.
Try spraying wet hair before combing it into place. After the product dries and hardens, brush hair again to separate strands. Finally, style hair with damp fingers and finish off with a few final sprays for hold.
5. Styling Powder
A similar option is to use a styling powder instead of the usual pomade. They are light enough for the finest, thinnest hair while providing desired hold and thickness. This format is growing in popularity so while there are only a few options now, there should be more available in the future.