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
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