How to Cover Up Thinning Hair in Women


Thinning hair can be the result of aging, stress, poor nutrition, illness or changing hormone levels that occur after pregnancy or menopause. Medline Plus states that thinning hair is common in women. Although thinning hair and hair loss can be treated with hair transplants and other surgeries, you can cover up and disguise minor thinning areas.

Step 1

Wash and moisturize your hair daily with shampoo and conditioner designed to add volume to your hair. Look for products that are fortified with protein. Rinse your hair thoroughly afterward, because extra product can weigh down your hair and make it look thin and flat.

Step 2

Style your hair by scrunching it with a lightweight gel or mousse if your hair is curly. If you blow dry your hair, Good Housekeeping recommends you dry it with your head upside down. This will make your hair thicker when you return to an upright position.

Step 3

Tease your hair by taking small sections and combing them backwards toward your roots to add volume. This will make thinning areas appear thicker. Spritz your hair with hair spray to hold the volume.

Step 4

Pull thicker sections of hair over thin areas and secure them in place with a headband, clip or barrette. You can also pull your hair back in a loose ponytail so that the rest of your hair can hide thinning areas.

Step 5

Get a haircut that makes your hair appear thicker. A hair stylist can help you figure out which style is best for your hair, but choppy layers often work best to add volume and reduce the appearance of thinning hair.

Step 6

Color your hair with a light color to hide thinning spots. Your lightened hair will hide your scalp by allowing it to blend in with your hair. Hair coloring also swells the hair shaft so that your hair looks fuller.

Step 7

Wear a hairpiece or wig that matches your current hair color and texture. Medline Plus recommends that you do not suture the hair piece to your scalp in order to prevent scars and infection.