Yes, you can have thicker hair! Boost what you’ve got and fake what you haven’t

Whether you want a quick fix or long-term so­lu­tion, Fiona Mckim shows you how to boost what you’ve got and fake what you haven’t

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Contents -

The fast fix

Ex­ten­sions aren’t for low­main­te­nance types, but they’re a fail-safe way to get boun­ti­ful locks. Prob­a­bly the fastest ex­ten­sions ever at one hour are the tape-in Hairtalk Ex­ten­sions at Hair Ex­ten­sion Ex­perts in Four­ways, Jo­han­nes­burg. Hu­man hair is ap­plied with thin tape ‘sand­wiches’ that last up to two months un­til you have them gently re­moved in the salon. From about R3 520 for a full head, in­clud­ing colour match­ing and con­sul­ta­tion.

The long game

Sup­ple­ments don’t work overnight, but they do long-term, if you re­mem­ber to take them! Look for amino acids – like col­la­gen – which are the build­ing blocks of protein and es­sen­tial for ev­ery metabolic func­tion in your body, hair growth in­cluded. Vitabi­otics Tri­co­logic Wo­man, R365 for 30 tablets, with hy­drol­ysed ma­rine col­la­gen, helps make hair less brit­tle. Or try So­lal Col­la­gen Plus Skin Es­sen­tials, R240 for 30 cap­sules, with growthen­hanc­ing bi­otin and sil­i­con.

The su­per­star styler

Mousse bulks out each strand so hair im­me­di­ately looks and feels thicker, plus it holds vol­ume and lifts roots. Bad mem­o­ries of crispy ’80s hair? Modern for­mu­las give all the guts with­out the crunch. Try Tre­semmé Beauty-full Vol­ume Mousse, R85,99 for 200ml; or V05 Ex­tra Body Styling Mousse, R64,95 for 200ml.

The tools for the job

If your hair is wet, brush­ing gently is key to avoid break­age. Use the Tan­gle Teezer The Wet De­tan­gler, R299. Beachy waves are our go-to hair-plump­ing style, and we love the Glam­palm Magic Wand, R2 100. Wind in large sec­tions away from your face, then brush out. Dry prod­ucts suit fine hair far bet­ter than creams or balms, and O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray, R480 for 150ml, gives you ef­fort­lessly tou­sled waves.

The healthyscalp sys­tem

The Nioxin Sys­tem 5 Starter Kit, R586, won’t turn you into Ra­pun­zel, but with con­sis­tent use at home, it can get your scalp in peak con­di­tion. There’s a tingly clarifying sham­poo and con­di­tioner, and the treat­ment gives cu­mu­la­tive full­ness. w&h

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