Ask an Expert: Are There Any Products to Thicken Hair?

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Our expert Anthony Dickey – Hair Stylist and Co-Founder of The Hair Rules Salon in NYC – is back once again to answer another reader’s question.  For over 20 years, Dickey has created iconic hairstyles for designers, advertisers, photographers and celebrities including, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Keys, Kelis, and Andre 3000. Dickey has also contributed editorial imagery to magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Essence, Vibe, The New York Times Magazine, Glamour, and Allure.

Question: Tracy asks: I have thin hair. I usually wear a weave until my hair grows; however it’s so thin that it just falls back out.  I then go back to a weave to attempt to grow it out again.  Are there any products on the market specially formulated for Black women to thicken the hair?

Answer:   Hey, Tracy! Weave can be a great way to transition from shorter to longer or unhealthy to healthy or to use as a simple change of style, but anytime there is damage to your hair from the weave, avoid the weave!

 Some things to consider:

  • Avoid wearing a weave for more than 6-8 weeks! Find someone who is able to work with your naturally thin hair to make it look good in between.
  • Avoid weaves that are too tight and too heavy.  They may cause damage to the scalp and break your hair. The weave hair should match the natural weight of your hair. Try not to go more than 20 to 30% heavier.

Products are about 20% of the solution. The methods used to care and style your unique texture make up the majority. Again, find a stylist that can make your natural texture look its best. You can go to for more info on different styles and styling techniques.


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