Thinning hair products abound, but did you know that thinning hair can improved by permanent hair color? New York City color guru Beth Minardi of Minardi Salon explains, "Think of each strand of hair as a fiber -- at twenty it was like a strand of yarn, by 50 it’s more like thread."
Thinning hair can be improved by using a permanent hair color, which penetrates the outer cuticle of the hair and swells the hair shaft. Minardi urges women to "take advantage of the thickening benefits of permanent color. It fattens each individual hair so cumulatively your hair feels thicker."
It's important to consider the changes you make to your hair color, especially if you have thinning hair. Women often decide "this is the moment to go blonde or, if they are already blonde, to go lighter." Minardi says this is a big mistake.
"Going too blonde when your hair is thinning: the hair will look transparent and sparseness at the scalp actually becomes more visible. Instead go for variations in blonde tones with a dark blonde or even light brown base and lighter brighter shades on top to create depth and the illusion of more hair. Brunettes should do their variation aiming for a tone on tone multicolor effect too keeping the darkest color at the scalp as your base. A solid allover color will reveal any thinning or sparse areas while a multi-color look adds camouflage and creates the illusion of thicker hair."
Minardi also warns that color with appear more intense in areas where female hair thinning is at its worst. That's why it's important to choose your shade wisely.
"Highlighting around the hairline in brown on brown shades to vary the color helps in this instance. If you’re a brunette who colors her hair at home, go a shade lighter than you think," she said.
Victoria Wurdinger of HairBoutique.com agrees, but warns that it's important to achieve a highlighted looke gently.
"A brunette, dark blonde or red semi-permanent color with semi-permanent highlights might make hair appear thicker, but it won't feel much different. If you use bleach to create the highlights, it'll feel rougher because you're beginning to damage to fine, fragile hair. That's why more and more hairdressers are using color products, not bleach, to create safe, healthy highlights."