Tips for Styling Clients' Thinning Hair

Published 14th Nov 2023 by Josie Jackson

Thinning hair can be a concern for many clients, and while trichologists can offer long-term solutions and advice, their hairdresser or barber is often the first port of call for style advice. With the right cut and the right product, thinning hair can look thicker, fuller and healthier – so why not brush up on these eight tips for styling thinning hair, courtesy of Toni & Guy's Gianluca Caruso?

  1. The shorter the hair, the less noticeable the thinning will be. Offer a short fade through the sides and back and keep the top longer.
  2.  However, for those who want to keep their hair long, you need to find the right length for them without exposing the scalp. Recommend keeping it shorter through the sides with extra length on top to make it look fuller.
  3. Blunt-cut the lengths to make it look thicker through the ends.
  4. For those who are prepared for a bigger change, the buzzcut is very on trend, with a high face through the back and sides and leaving the top a number 2/3 so it’s slightly longer.
  5. Product use is essential when styling thinning hair, like a thickening tonic which will create volume and texture when hair is blow-dried. Avoid heavy products like wet-look gels and pomades that will separate hair strands and make the scalp more visible.
  6. Building volume through the roots is key, so use something like a matte paste mixed with a styling powder on dry hair. On wet hair, apply root sprays, mousses and hair creams and blow dry for added volume and lift.
  7. Regular trims are essential to keep the hair in shape, so make sure clients book appointments every 4-6 weeks.
  8. Keep hair clean - your natural oils will weigh down the hair and expose the scalp, so wash hair daily.

Meanwhile, if you're trying to help a client find the right haircut for their face shape, check out our guide here.

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 14th Nov 2023

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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