5 Mistakes That Make Your Hair Look Thin

by Stephanie Montes

You’ve tried every trick in the book to make your mane appear thicker—us too—but a few steps of your hair care routine might actually be making it look super thin. From washing the right way to styling techniques that add oomph, these tips will get your hair looking luscious again. Ahead, find out what you’re doing to sabotage your thickness and how to stop.


Through Thick And Thin

Mistake #1: Weighing Hair Down With Conditioner

We understand that conditioner is an important part of your hair care routine, but applying it directly onto the roots and not rinsing it out completely is weighing your hair down, making it look limp and straggly.

Mistake #2: Not Using A Volumizing Powder

The easiest way to get fuller-looking hair instantly is to massage a volumizing powder directly onto the roots. Giving yourself a lift at the crown makes your hair look thicker all day long.

Mistake #3: Straightening With A Flatiron

Straightening with a flatiron instantly makes your hair appear thinner (especially if you're leaving your ends pin straight too). For a look that's both sleek and full, blow-dry your hair lifting up at the roots with a round brush and rolling in at the ends.

Mistake #4: Not Getting A Layered Cut

The next time you pop in to see your stylist, ask for rows of subtle layers. Long hair weighs more and looks thinner. If you still want the length but need some bounce, get some shorter pieces to frame the face and keep your hair long in the back.

Mistake #5: Forgetting The Mousse

Whether you're blow-drying or letting your locks air dry, a lightweight mousse adds volume and density to your hair. Applying a dollop at the roots and working it through the ends makes hair look thicker the second it dries.