If you asked the average woman over 50 her biggest hair and beauty niggle (or nightmare, for some), we bet the answer 'thinning hair' would crop up time and again. Hair loss can be a huge worry when it starts to make itself known, so here are the best hairstyles to compliment fine or thin hair - and how you should look after it.
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"My hair is very fine, so I find it looks better cut quite short - the weight of long hair pulls it down so it looks even thinner."
Do you want to add volume, give the illusion of thickness or simply find a cut that will hide the odd bald spot? These hairstyles are the cream of the crop when it comes to thin hair.
Short or medium length, the classic bob haircut with a side-swept fringe is perfect for fine hair. Whilst accentuating cheekbones and framing your face, it makes hair appear thicker, heathier and styled with very little effort. The shorter you go, the easier the upkeep too.
A brave choice, the pixie cut can be the epitome of class and elegance. Whether you keep the hair longer and sweep it across like Julie Andrews (ideal if you have a maturing hairline) or cut it very short like Dame Judi Dench, this hairstyle was made for fine hair.
Choppy, side-swept or wispy, fringes can be as versatile and personal as hair colours. They create a soft look and flatter almost everyone face shape - just don't forget to ask for a cut that compliments yours. This style is best suited to those with straight hair.
If you have super long locks that are thinning, it may be time to think about losing some length or opting for a short hairstyle. Long hair with plenty of volume looks great, but once it starts to thin drastically, the length only highlights the loss in volume and causes your hair to fall flat. That doesn't mean you need to run to your nearest salon and get a drastic cut - even an inch or two can make all the difference!
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If you don't see yourself with a daring new hairstyle (and they can be daunting), try a volume boost instead. Whether your hair is short or long, grab some curling tongs and create a few Helen Mirren-esque waves. These will add extra volume to thinning hair.
Always use a heat protectant spray, and use a larger barrel for relaxed waves - we're not talking corkscrew curls here!
Creating a slightly deeper parting and sweeping the hair over to one side also boosts thin hair, but remember to go against the direction in which it normally lies. You don't necessarily need a parting as deep as Tilda here, but you get the idea.
Whether you're looking for a product that promotes regrowth or a budget buy that adds density, our favourite products for thin hair are:
Scientifically formulated with the important nutrients, biotin and zinc, this supplement helps to maintain normal healthy hair growth from within.
An effective, yet budget, buy, this spray is applied to wet or dry hair and conditions the scalp while adding density to the hair shaft. Lots of great reviews for this one.
The minoxidil in this treatment works to promote regrowth in bald patches on the scalp. Be warned though, it may take up to four months to see the new hair growth.
From volumising shampoos and conditioners to serums and mousses, our favourite lotions and potions for adding volume to thin hair are:
This daily treatment will increase the density of hair if used correctly for three months. Application is easy - simply spray onto damp hair from scalp to ends.
Suited to hair of all lengths, this product grips at the roots to create immediate volume and give fine hair a good boost.
It contains fillaxone which penetrates the hair shaft to thicken hair while adding texture and nourishment.
Volumising shampoo is ideal for adding fullness to fine or thin hair and this product does just that while making your hair feel smooth.
Prices correct as of 17/04/18