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Aug 31 2018

Seven Ways to Thicken Your Hair

How to thicken your hair
Source: Aveda

As much as we want you to LOVE your hair when you leave our chairs, we really, really want you to LOVE it every day in between appointments. But it can be hard to LOVE your hair when it’s feeling flat, limp and won’t hold a style. If this sounds like you, my dears, pull up a (salon) chair and let’s talk volume.

It could be that your hair is naturally thin (in which case you probably have an impressive hair-tie collection) .  .  .  .  .  or is getting thinner due to age, medications, illnesses, health conditions or other factors. You might have taken to hiding bald spots or thinning patches with hats or scarves. If your hair needs a little more oomph, we are your f-HAIR-y godmothers and we’re here to help you throw away those hair ties, ditch the hats, and LOVE your hair again!


Since 2015, when Nuovo became one of only a handful of salons in the U.S. licensed to perform “Europe’s volumizing Calligraphy Cut” .  .  .  .  .  .  this has been the preferred cut for so many of our guests with fine or thin hair. The cut involves using a patented tool that cuts the hair shaft at an angle, maximizing surface area. The result? More body, more movement, more texture, more smiles in the mirror. Here’s a little more info about it.


The path to a thicker mane often starts in the shower. Aveda has created various shampoos and conditioners to promote hair growth and volume, depending on your specific needs.

How to thicken your hair
Invati Advanced System | Source: Aveda

Finding more and more strands in your brush or shower drain? Aveda’s Invati Advanced System uses the ancient healing art of Ayurveda to thicken and reduce hair loss by 53 percent, while promoting natural hair regrowth. A certified-organic herb blend of ginseng and turmeric invigorate the scalp when massaged in, while amla fruit instantly thickens hair.

How to thicken your hair
Pure Abundance | Source: Aveda

Naturally fine from the get-go? Aveda’s Pure Abundance collection uses kaolin clay and acacia gum as natural bulking agents for weightless body and volume. The shampoo and conditioner create volume and the illusion of more hair, while the pre-style treatment and hairspray give you all-day hold, volume and the look of abundant hair. The key here is that it plumps up your hair while being superlight, so it won’t weigh it down over time.

How to thicken your hair
Invati Men | Source: Aveda

Hair loss affects both men and women, but men are hit by it the most. In fact, approximately 50 percent of men will have some degree of androgenic alopecia (the medical term for hair loss) by age 50. Aveda’s Invati Men System shampoo and scalp revitalizer work together to cleanse and invigorate the scalp, removing pore-clogging buildup and promoting thicker hair and easier regrowth.


So instant gratification is what you want? You got it! Hair extensions are an easy way to immediately change your look .  .  .  .  . as subtly or dramatically as you want. We use VoMor Hair Extensions, which are tape-in extensions that don’t damage your natural hair. Remember, extensions aren’t just for length .  .  .  .  . if you just want to fatten up that short- to mid-length style you already have, these are ideal. If you do want to go for that Victoria’s Secret Angel look with length AND volume AND a hefty dose of va-va-voom, well, my dears, we can give you that too! All in the span of one salon appointment. 

How to thicken your hair
Before and after VoMor extensions. Hair by Candace at Nuovo Salons, First Street. | Source: @callmeyourstylist_nc


Prepping your hair with thickening products before you style makes a huge difference in keeping your hair full of body all day. Here are some of our favorites: 

How to thicken your hair
Thickening Tonic | Source: Aveda

Apply Aveda Thickening Tonic to towel-dried hair and comb through. Amla fruit instantly expands strands from roots to ends. Wheat and corn boost thickening and hold your voluminous style in place.

How to thicken your hair
Phomollient | Source: Aveda

Air-infused technology transforms a liquid into foam. Phomollient Styling Foam creates weightless body and volume on fine to medium hair. Apply 3 to 5 pumps (don’t shake) to damp hair and style as usual.


Wavy, textured styles give hair extra width and dimension, making hair appear fuller. A simple flip of the hair from the opposite side of where it usually sits will automatically add extra volume and oomph. These products are perfect for texture and hold:

How to thicken your hair
Texture Tonic | Source: Aveda

Aveda’s Texture Tonic is “beach waves in a bottle,” creating effortless waves and texture. Salt contracts and compresses the hair, creating piecey and defined texture. Sugar is a natural humectant to provide soft, touchable texture with natural shine. Apply to damp hair and air-dry or blow dry while scrunching into waves.

How to thicken your hair
Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Thickening Paste | Source: Aveda

Men can make the most out of their hair with Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Thickening Paste. It instantly thickens and adds pliable hold to create any style. Work a dime-size amount into damp (or dry) hair and that’s it! As low maintenance as it comes, gentlemen!


How to thicken your hair

What goes in (to your mouth) plays a huge part in what comes out (of your scalp). That is, nutritional deficiencies are a frequent cause of hair loss. A diet rich in antioxidant flavonoids, iron and B vitamins can often get to the root of the problem. Incorporate dark leafy greens, berries, avocados and seeds into your meals to cut down on hair loss. The more color on your plate, the better!


How to thicken your hair
Stress-Fix | Source: Aveda

Stress and anxiety can be another factor in hair loss. Work, school, relationships, family and/or financial issues can all play into your shrinking ponytail. Take some time out of your day for YOU! Meditation, exercise, listening to music or hanging out with favorite people and pets can alleviate anxiety and stress. And it never hurts to incorporate Aveda’s nourishing Stress-Fix body care line into the mix. The certified-organic lavender aroma is clinically proven to help reduce feelings of stress, and it smells . . . . .  dare we say? .  .  .  . .   ahhhhhh-some.

We see every single day how much it means to someone to look in the mirror and LOVE their hair. Conversely, we know how tough it is for someone to look in the mirror and .  .  .  .  .  not like it so much. If fine or thin hair has you in the latter category, we can tell you that it often doesn’t take much to make that smile reappear. Don’t believe us? Bring those limp locks into any Nuovo Salon and we will help you LOVE your reflection again.

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