8 Hacks For Making Your Hair Look Super Thick

by Stephanie Montes
Matteo Scarpellini

Sure, you can commit to home remedies, vitamins and a regulated diet, but for those of you who prefer instant gratification, try these eight tips for faking fuller, thicker-looking tresses right now. From washing your hair the right way to styling techniques that give you some oomph, our tricks will have your locks looking voluminous with almost no effort at all. Because if there are two things that can get you further in life, it’s working with what you’ve got and knowing how to fake it ’til you make it.


Hair For Days

Get Layers

The next time you pop in to see your stylist, ask for rows of subtle layers. Long hair is heavier, which weighs thin hair down. If you still want length but need some bounce, asking for a few shorter pieces to frame the face while still maintaining length in the back is a great compromise.

Condition Your Ends

Conditioner is an important part of your hair care routine, but applying it directly the your roots weighs your hair down, making it look limp and greasy. Instead, apply a thickening conditioner and focus only on the ends.

Use A Volumizing Powder

Get fuller-looking hair instantly by massaging a volumizing powder—FYI, this is different than dry shampoos and texturizing sprays—directly into the roots. This gives you a lift at the crown that lasts all day long.

Skip The Flat Iron

Straightening with a flat iron instantly makes hair look thinner, especially if you're leaving your ends pin straight too. To achieve a sleek-yet-full look, blow-dry hair with a large round brush, lifting straight up at the roots and rolling under at the ends.

Experiment With Mousse

Whether you're blow-drying or letting your locks air dry, a lightweight mousse adds volume and density to your hair. Apply a dollop at the roots and work it through the ends—we guarantee your hair will look thicker the second it dries.

Curl It

Curling your hair from roots to tips instantly makes hair look bigger and fuller. Use a 1½- to 2-inch wand to curl all of your hair, then brush it out for soft, Old Hollywood volume.

Hide Your Roots

Mask thinning areas by camouflaging your scalp with hair-bulding powders. Pick one in the same shade as your hair color to instantly create the illusion of thicker and fuller tresses.

Try A Braid

With the right amount of texturizer, you can easily make a braid look super-thick with almost no effort. Create the braid of your choice, sprinkle it with texturizing and tease sections apart to make it instantly look fuller.