By Richard Nilsen
Thick hair can be problematic both because certain hair styles don't look good with thicker hair and also because thick hair tends to "poof" out like clown hair. There are a number of opinions about what to do for the problem other than actual thinning out of individual hairs. This article identifies some options for this dilemma.
Have your hair cut with thinning shears. Thinning scissors are used by hair dressers and have serrated cutting edges so that hair is cut at different lengths. This way it doesn't all "bunch up" together. The one side of thinning shears looks like a comb and only cuts about 15 percent of the hair trapped in any one snip.
Razor cutting also cuts a measured percentage of hair at a time. By simply taking a safety razor and running it down hair held with the other hand to put tension on the hair, a portion of the hair is cut with the razor "hit or miss" so that a percentage of hair is thinned out. Practice with how much pressure needs to be put on the razor or if the thumb should hold hair against the razor's edge are each part of experimenting with this type of thinning out of hair.
Since dryer hair looks and feels thicker than moist hair, anything that imitates that moisturizing can help. Special conditioners, straighteners, hair gel, hydrators or using shampoo for dry and damaged hair may help hair look thinner.
The way your hair is cut can make it look thinner. Layering or texturing type haircuts can make your hair appear thinner. Other hair cuts can also give the appearance of thinner hair. Ask your hair stylist for suggestions.
Simply growing your hair longer will give it more weight and give it a thinner look. The shorter the hair the bushier and thicker it tends to look.