Thin on top
How to style and care for thinning hair
When you’re styling thin (or balding) hair, there’s a whole new set of rules to follow. Do too much and it’ll look worse. Do too little and it won’t look any better. It’s a tough balance but one you need to perfect if you’re ready to make the most of what you have up top.
Luckily there’s a trick to getting it right: changing your grooming habits alongside your hair. The products that served you well in the past may not work as well on your newly thinning hair, ditto for your usual haircut. Here are three key changes you need to look in to.
Short hair is always best when you’re thinning up top (please… no comb-overs). Ask your barber to cut your hair with a gradient, keeping things short back and sides, gradually building length/volume to the top and front of your head. This gives the illusion of thicker hair and disguises a receding hairline.
Thinning at the crown? Keep it shorter there and build length towards the front to make it look as though your hair is meant to be shorter at the crown as part of your cut. Nobody needs to know the truth.
If you’re thinning up top, thick textured waxes and gels are not your friends. Opt for feather-light products that can help to style without weighing down your hair. Your two best options are hairspray or a volume-boosting mousse like theSchwarzkopf OSiS Volume Shot Flexible Styling Mousse.Spray or pump a small amount into your hair, then quickly ruffle and repeat until you reach the right style/finish.
Nothing works better than prevention, right? Ditch your usual shampoo and try something that promotes hair growth and retention instead. Shiseido’sAdenogen Hair Energizing Shampoo (Rs 2550)is a good bet; it containsAdenosine, which provides the ideal environment for hair to grow and maintain.
Looking for a more budget-friendly option? Try Head & Shoulders Hair Retain (Rs 129, see website. It’s a lightweight shampoo that doesn’t weigh hair down and has the added bonus of preventing hair breakage due to itchy scalp.
If you use conditioner, be careful with your application. Run a small amount of product through the tips of your hair to keep it healthy and strong. Avoid applying close to the scalp as excess conditioner there can leave your hair looking limp and flat.
Go for silicone-free conditioners like the Kiehl’s Amino Acid Conditioner that strengthens hair without weighing it down.