How-To: Tips for Creating Fuller Looks

Thirty-five million men in America are experiencing hair loss—and they’re looking for help from their barbers and stylists. After you’ve done your scalp examination—and zeroed in on a thinning problem—try some of  these pro tricks that give male clients fuller-looking results.

Rub It In “Massaging the scalp tones, soothes and encourages healthy hair growth,” says Kevin Luchmun, label.m International Artistic Director. “Look for treatments with tea tree oil, which unclogs follicles and nourishes the roots, and peppermint oil, that increases blood circulation.”

Go to the Matte “Matte-textured products—that give hair a bit of a dull finish—actually make hair look fuller,” says Angus Mitchell, Co-Owner of Paul Mitchell Systems. “Using just a little clay product instantly plumps up fine hair.”


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Hail, Caesar “If the hair is extra fine and thinning, keeping it long will look flat and floppy,” says Manny San Martin, Nioxin Stylist. “But a short Caesar haircut—with a defined outline along the hairline—creates strength and uniformity.” 

Opposites Attract “Blow dry the male client’s hair in the opposite way you’re going to style it,” says Sara Caroline, Bosley Professional Strength Pro Educator. “Then, when you push the hair into the style, the volume is already there without any fuss.”

Java Jumpstart “When I have a male client with thinning hair, I mix coffee grounds into my shampoo and focus my scalp massage on thinning areas. The grounds remove clogged sebum in the follicle, and the caffeine encourages circulation and hair growth,” says Kelly Bileddo, Sexy Hair International Master Artist.