My Hair Is Getting Very Thin After Coloring It. What Is the Best Treatment?

Create voluminous hair with easy at-home remedies.
Create voluminous hair with easy at-home remedies. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

If you already have thinning hair, or if your hair is fine, it’s not recommended to color it yourself at home. These types of hair are delicate and easily damaged. Chemical processing can cause breakage, which could result in losing a lot of hair and the feeling that your hair is thinning. Professional stylists understand the ways that hair color chemicals interact with your specific hair color and texture.

Shampoo and Conditioner

The way that you wash and condition your hair can greatly affect whether or not your hair continues to thin. Instead of rubbing the shampoo and conditioner in roughly, be gentle with your hair. Rubbing too hard will damage your hair, cause breakage and strip your strands of their natural, protective oils. Apply shampoo to your roots and conditioner to your ends.


Short hair tends to be stronger than long hair. In order to combat thinning hair, hair must be kept healthy. Get a trim or chop off a lot of length in order to help your hair be as healthy as possible. To create volume, ask your stylist for undercutting: Pieces underneath your outer layer of hair are cut short. Don’t get too many layers, which can cause your thin hair to fall flat.


While some hair color may cause breakage, having a stylist professionally apply highlights could actually help you with your thinning hair. Highlights can expand the size of the hair shaft by approximately one-third, making hair feel thicker. Ask your stylist to apply a conditioning treatment to your hair after applying the chemicals but before applying the toner. This will help to protect your hair from further damage. Lowlights can also help to increase the look of your hair without the ammonia and peroxide in highlights. Since lowlights add dimension, your hair will look more voluminous.


Using volumizing products can greatly help your thinning hair. Check to ensure that the products you choose do not include paraffin, which can cause hair to break and contribute to thinning hair. For the best volumizing products, ask your stylist which products are best; you likely can purchase a recommended product in the salon.

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