If you could swear your hair always looks a little thin this time of year, you’re not crazy: Hair’s natural shedding cycle peaks in October/November, says a study in Dermatology. The solution? Fake it till you make it to summer, when hair growth spikes. To bolster strands, try out these DIY and pro tips.
Treat your roots. Use a spray like Matrix Biolage VolumeBloom Full Lift Volumizer ($16; biolage.matrix.com). As you blow-dry, take a round brush and pull hair up and in the opposite direction of the way it naturally lands.
Fill in with fibers. If your part is wider than usual, hair fibers like Keranique Instant FX 100% Natural Hair Fibers ($40; keranique.com) bond to your hair for a thickening effect.
Go short. Shorter styles look healthier and have more volume because they’re not weighed down by extra inches, says George Papanikolas, a celebrity hairstylist and colorist in Los Angeles. Cuts that stop at the collarbone work best for most women. (Check out these awesome hair makeovers for inspiration.)
Embrace color. Don’t avoid your monthly dye job: Color swells the hair’s cuticle, increasing its diameter and providing extra volume.