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A Yes for Your Tresses

Bid bad hair days goodbye with this list of volume-boosting hair care tools and techniques.

DO gently pat freshly washed hair with a microfiber towel (or, if in a pinch, a paper towel) to absorb moisture. Because it minimizes breakage, this is the best method for drying thinning hair before styling it. 

DO treat thinning hair with gentle care, and avoid over-brushing, washing, and processing, all of which can further damage already fragile strands. 

DO snag yourself a quality wide-tooth comb  if you have curly or wavy hair, or a brush with soft, rounded bristle tips for straight hair, and make these your new grooming go-to’s to prevent further disruption of thinning hair.

DO toss out any fine-tooth combs and brushes with sharp bristles. These tools can increase breakage in hair that needs extra TLC.

DO turn your head upside down to blow-dry when you are in a pinch and don't have time to air- or pat-dry it. This is an easy way to give your thin hair a powerful boost, making it appear more voluminous.

DO nudge your hair to new heights by indulging in a nourishing bedtime hair-care routine. Tenderly comb out breakage-causing tangles and gently gather your mane into a low, loose bun, braid, or ponytail before nodding off to sleep.

DO massage your scalp using the pads of your fingers before hopping in the shower. Beyond just feeling amazing, this increases blood flow and helps exfoliate pores for a healthier scalp.

DO lather up with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner duo. Look for a gentler shampoo that is residue-free, weightless, and sulfate free. 

DO add volume to your tresses. When you can't squeeze in a shower, use a dry shampoo with cornstarch or rice starch and a clear formulation.

DO add a touch of ‘Va-Va-Voom’ to your oily strands. Dab at your hairline and front layers of hair surrounding your face using blotting papers or, if in a bind, paper towels. 

DO detangle your locks before you shower, as dry hair is more durable and less apt to break than wet. Just remember to use a wide-tooth comb for curly or wavy hair, or a brush with soft, rounded bristle tips for straight hair. 

DO adopt a more tousled, casual, wash-and-go style as your new signature look. This will be easier to pull off and maintain with thinner hair, and any trouble spots can easily be handled with a little back brushing to give the appearance of more volume. 

DO wash your hair only when it is dirty, but know that thinner hair generally gets grimier faster than thicker hair. If you can, shampoo every other day to diminish damage from overwashing. To stretch the time between washes, try a dry shampoo with cornstarch or rice starch and a clear formulation.

DO protect your hair from damage by limiting direct sun exposure. Natural sunlight, and even artificial ultraviolet light, can break down keratin protein in your hair and hamper its elasticity--definitely undesirable outcomes for already-thin hair. Thinning hair is like a cashmere sweater--it needs and deserves to be coddled and specially cared for. Certain hair-care shampoos and conditioners now contain sunscreen. Ask your dermatologist if these may be right for you.