According to a celebrity stylist
By Jenny Cook
Many people view their hair as an integral part of their identity, which is why it’s important to keep it looking and feeling as healthy as possible – no matter how much of it you’ve got. Here, we speak to Celebrity hairstylist and ViviscalAmbassador Neil Moodie, who gives us some top tips for styling thin hair.
“Hair is made up of many protein strands. The life span of a hair strand is anything between two to seven years. Your genes determine a lot about how much hair we have on our heads and bodies. As we age, our hair strands become smaller and lose their pigment. Some strands just don’t grow anymore and so our hair becomes thinner.”
- Keep it short
“Generally speaking, if you have finer hair, I would advise against growing it long. The longer it gets, the weaker the hair gets and so it can tend to look lank and straggly on the ends. There’s nothing worse than long hair that doesn’t look healthy. I would be inclined to say to people with fine or thin hair to keep it shorter in length. I would recommend hair to be bob length or shorter and then to have some layers – the length of the layers would depend on what your hair is like. Ask your hair stylist – they’ll know best.”
- Style smart
“Styling thin hair really depends on what products you use and what sort of look you’re going for. Getting a root lift will make hair look thicker rather than having it lying flat against the head. To get root lift that lasts using the correct tools and styling products is essential.
“There’s a lot of thickening hair products around and plenty to choose from. The Windle & Moodie Fortifying Spray is great for hair that’s not super thin but needs a bit of a boost as it’s a lighter thickening spray which has a little bit of hold. I recommend using Windle & Moodie Foundation Spray that acts as a de-tangler first as this will help distribute the thickening spray through the hair more evenly.”
- Colour carefully
“There is often the misconception that colouring is bad for your hair. However, I think that colouring is so sophisticated now that – if done right – it shouldn’t be harmful. Colour is good for making each individual hair shaft swell and make it feel a bit thicker. Having said that, you do have to be careful with colour as the finer the hair, the more delicate it is.
“I’m also not a fan of home colouring. My concern is that people don’t know what they’re doing and might for example put blonde on top of a dark colour not realising that this won’t work. It is a science. There are chemicals involved and colourists are rigorously trained to use those chemicals. Someone who’s worried about the condition of their hair is best off to go into a salon and get some professional advice to guide them in the right direction.”
- Know your nutrients
“If you do decide to colour your hair then it’s good to start with a healthy base. Supplements such as Viviscal contain biotin and zinc – a marine-based complex that promotes hair growth. This will get the nutrients working from the inside out and that’s the most important thing for getting hair back on track. I always notice much healthier hair growth after women take Viviscal and I often see a slight increase in speed of hair growth, and reduction in shedding. If your hair’s really thin, try the Windle & Moodie Thickening Cream, which is a more heavy-duty cream to make thinner hair feel fuller.”