15 Volume-Boosting Haircuts for Older Women With Thin Hair
For most older women, with age comes wisdom and maturity and increased self-confidence…and often-times thin hair. And while you can’t turn back the clock, you can choose a haircut (and hairstyle) that will help make your thin strands appear noticeably fuller. When it comes time for your next haircut, make sure to have a candid conversation with your stylist. Be honest about what type of at-home maintenance you can commit to, says Penny Fair, a stylist at the Young American Salon in Villa Park, CA. “The reality of the upkeep and styling involved can make or break a haircut, especially for an older woman with thin hair. It’s important to be practical about a haircut that suits your lifestyle,” she says.
Next, you may want to consider losing some length, especially if your hair is quite long to begin with. “Hair can be a security blanket, and so many women often think longer hair means more hair,” points out Fair. But that’s not always the case. Shorter, graduated shapes are better able to support volume and fullness, explains stylist and curly hair artist Gina Rodriguez, owner of The Cultivated Curl in Fair Oaks, CA. The other added benefit? Opting for a strong shape or silhouette with dimension can easily lower the styling maintenance required at-home, notes Fair. Speaking of, before you leave the salon, be sure to talk with your stylist about how to style your new cut at home. It’s an often-overlooked but very important step, says Rodriguez, and can make a huge difference when it comes to maintaining your new-found volume.
Remember that nailing the right cut is only one piece of the puzzle; the products you use play a role, too. “Products and thin hair have a love-hate relationship. Too much of the wrong product and the hair gets weighed down, too little of the right product and the hair becomes frizzy,” says Rodriguez. She likes using a dry shampoo to help clean hair retain fullness and volume, while Fair recommends a styling powder to help create movement and make hair appear denser.
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Before your next hair appointment, check out these pictures of the best haircuts for older women with thin hair.