How to Make Hair Thick and Full of Volume and Healthy

by Lynne Sheldon ; Updated July 18, 2017

You have thin, flat, brittle or unhealthy-looking hair. It may be the hair you were born with, or it could be damaged due to too much styling or chemical processing. Either way, you want hair that is thick, full of volume and truly healthy. To achieve this, you need to take care of your hair with proper shampooing, styling and deep conditioning. This helps to repair any damage, nourish your hair and scalp, and make your hair stronger and healthier.

Wet and shampoo your hair and scalp once a day with a moisturizing shampoo. "Elle" magazine recommends Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo. This product claims to nourish even the driest hair and make it softer and healthier, which is the foundation for thick, luxurious hair. Work the shampoo into your scalp, through your hair and onto your ends. Rinse it out thoroughly.

Condition your hair every time you shampoo to strengthen hair and make it fuller, as well as to make it shinier and easier to style. Apply the conditioner from your roots to your ends, and leave it on for five minutes or more before your rinse it out. "Allure" magazine suggests using Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Conditioner.

Spray a texturizing and styling spray all over your hair and roots to keep it from falling flat. Hairstylist Tommy Buckett recommends Living Proof No Frizz Restyling Spray to add volume and thickness to all types of hair.

Blow dry and style your hair as desired. Tease your hair at the roots to add even more volume. Use a paddle brush to backcomb your hair and tease it at the crown. Secure the style with bobby pins or pretty barrettes.

Apply a thickening serum before bed every night, both to your roots and throughout your hair. "Elle" recommends Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum. This product claims to make hair thicker, more voluminous and stronger over time. You can use it on wet or dry hair. Work the serum into your roots, throughout your hair and onto your ends. It does not need to be rinsed out.


  • Rinse shampoo and conditioner out thoroughly, since any left-behind product can cause residue and weigh hair down.

    Aim the blow dryer at your roots to create even more volume.

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About the Author

Lynne Sheldon has over 12 years of dance experience, both in studios and performance groups. She is an avid runner and has studied several types of yoga. Sheldon now works as a freelance writer, editor and book reviewer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and art history from Boston University and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Pacific University.