How to Make Thin Hair Look Fat

Celebrity hair stylist Sarah Potempa shares three ways you can help add volume to thin hair without using extensions.


Tip No. 1: Pancake Method

Pancaking is a technique where you loosely pull on the braid to make it appear fuller. Follow these simple instructions:

  • Add texture beforehand by adding dry shampoo to ends. 
  • Use two or three strands to braid.
  • Use tight braids to start, so pulling will make hair look thicker.
  • Once braided, pull each loop out a little bit to get big texture throughout.


Tip No. 2: Double Hair Doughnuts

Use two hair doughnuts before bed to add fullness and body to thin hair. This method uses the wet-to-dry concept to physically change your hair.

  • Shower to wet your hair.
  • Split damp hair in half and make a bun on the top of your head, rolling hair away from your face.
  • Add a second bun on the bottom half of your remaining hair, rolling the hair away from your face to add wave to the bottom of your hair.
  • When you wake up, twist and style to get the look of the supermodel wave.


Tip No. 3: Double Pony Tail Thickness

  • Split your hair and use the top portion to create a high ponytail.
  • Pull up the remaining hair into a ponytail below the top ponytail, keeping the two close together to give the appearance of more volume.
  • Conceal with a scrunchie or strand of your hair. 
  • Back brush the top ponytail so it nicely falls over the bottom one.  
  • Add curls in different directions.