This article was co-authored by Janet Miranda. Janet Miranda is a Professional Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, and the Founder of Be.NYLA. With over 15 years of experience, Janet specializes in makeup and hair for advertising, commercial, editorial, runway, special events, television, and videos. She was trained at Vidal Sassoon Academy and with top hair and makeup artists including MAC Cosmetics and Redken. Janet has worked five seasons of New York Fashion Week and one season on Project Runway. She continues to add brands to her growing client list including Armani Exchange, Neutrogena, and Pantene. Janet’s work has been featured on CBS, Brides Magazine, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Ireland Image Brides Magazine, and Elle Japan.
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If you have thin or thinning hair, there are a number of ways to keep your scalp from showing through your part. Getting a chunky, textured, and short cut can add volume and camouflage your scalp. Keeping up with your coloring or highlighting routine will also draw attention away from your part and down to your face. Talk with your hairdresser about other options, including using special products. It may require some effort to hide your scalp, but you’ll likely feel more confident as a result.
Method 1Method 1 of 3:Using Products to Hide Your Scalp at the Part
- 1Use volumizing shampoo. People with thin hair get the most benefits from shampooing daily. This helps to break up any oils and spread them out so that the hair at the scalp looks less limp. Shampooing can also hydrate your scalp.
- To keep your hair healthy, use a sulfate-free shampoo that is advertised as volumizing or oil reducing.
- Towel drying your hair can increase volume around your part, making it easy to hide your scalp.
- 2Lift your roots with a volumizing product. Spray a small amount of mousse or spray onto your fingertips and massage it into the hair roots immediately surrounding your part. Look for a product that gives more definition to your part area without any accompanying stickiness. Don’t overdo it by using more than one product at a time.XResearch sourceAdvertisement
- 3Apply hair fibers to your part. These are very small, colored, plastic-based fibers that attach directly to your hair and scalp. Some fibers require that you use a bonding solution, whereas others stick instantly where they are scattered. Placing these fibers around your part can create the illusion of a hidden scalp.XResearch source
- Choose a fiber that is very close to your hair color. Many hair care companies, like Keranique, offer a wide array of color options.
- Hair fibers will usually stay in place when exposed to wind or rain. However, they will fall out when you wash your hair. This is why many people with hair fibers will only shampoo their hair once a week. The downside is that this can lead to oily hair.
- You can find hair fibers online or at your local beauty supply store.
- 4Place some hair powder around your part. This light powder is colored to match your hair. Depending on the brand, it can be brushed/sprayed or shaken out onto the scalp. You can use it to make the width of your part less noticeable or to fill in any bare patches of hair.XResearch source
- One of the great things about hair powder is that it is generally sweat resistant. But, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on it and reapply if necessary.
- To apply the product without it caking, keep the spray or bottle at least six inches away from your scalp.
- 5Blend eyeshadow over the part. This is a creative solution that relies on the same principles as hair powder. Find an eyeshadow that matches the general color of your hair or is slightly darker.XExpert SourceJanet Miranda
Professional Hair Stylist & Makeup ArtistExpert Interview. 13 April 2021. Use an eyebrow spoolie or small makeup brush to apply the powder into your part. Evenly cover the whole area or you’ll draw more attention to it.XResearch source
- Don’t apply too much pressure or you could redden your scalp or cause flaking.
- 6Talk with your stylist. At your next hair appointment, tell them that you are concerned about how to style your hair in a way that will hide your scalp. They’ll likely try out a few products or volumizing methods to see which one gets the best results. If your hair is currently thinning, let your stylist know and they’ll try to protect it from further damage.XResearch source
- For example, you might say, "I’ve noticed my part seems a lot wider lately. Is there some way to make it appear smaller?"
- Your stylist could lower the possibility of damage by using products specifically designed for thin or thinning hair, for example.
Method 2Method 2 of 3:Minimizing Your Part without Products
- 1Experiment with locating your part. Get in front of the mirror and try moving your part around to different spots on your head. The best way to do this is to get a comb and guide it through your hair starting from various places on your forehead. The goal is the find the option that creates the fullest look.XResearch source
- A deep side part is often a good option, as it draws attention to your eyes and away from the scalp around your part line. To make this part, position a comb at your hairline directly above the highest arch of one of your eyebrows. Move the comb inwards, experimenting with how far you should go.
- 2Create a zig-zag part. This style makes your part appear more segmented without any long stretches of visible scalp. Get a thin comb and place it where you’d like your part to start on your forehead. Move the comb inwards and slightly right for about an inch (2.5 cm). Keep the comb in place and separate your hair. Continue to move the comb toward the back of your head, this time angling a bit left. Keep going until your part appears to move left and right across your head, almost like a lightning bolt.
- 3Switch part sides monthly. Moving your part around every few weeks on a schedule will help keep your thin hair from going flat or limp. Even shifting your part around just a small amount can yield big results in terms of volume.XResearch source
- 4Cover your part with a hat, scarf, or thick headband. It’s possible to hide your scalp without needing to apply products or undergo procedures. Get a number of scarves and hats in different colors and textures. Play with them to see which ones make you feel the most confident and make your hair look the best.XResearch source
- 5Get a scalp tattoo if you’re looking for a permanent solution. This will likely work best for people struggling with extreme hair loss or thinning. A technician applies a series of tiny colored dots to your scalp in a process known as scalp micropigmentation. When color-matched with the surrounding hair, the dots should be barely visible and may add the illusion of fullness.XResearch source
- A downside can be that scalp micropigmentation works best on people with not only thin, but short, hair. Otherwise, multiple treatments may be required and can still only create mixed results.
- 6Get a transplant if you have severe hair loss. Talk with your physician about getting hair follicles removed from thicker spots on your scalp and placed in thinner areas. Ask about the price of the procedure and any possible complications. This approach may not be for everyone, but it can be a good solution for anyone dealing with ongoing hair thinning.XResearch source
- A full hair transplant process can cost upwards of $3,000 and require multiple procedures.
Method 3Method 3 of 3:Disguising Your Part with Cut and Coloring
- 1Cut your hair shorter. It may be tempting to let your hair grow out to create more volume, but the opposite is actually true. Shorter hair usually appears thicker and healthier. Show your stylist where you part your hair and ask them to cut it in short layers moving out from there.XResearch source
- It can be scary to cut inches off your hair, so start off slowly. Gradually trim away inches until you reach a length that makes your part look good.
- Try going with a long bob if you have shoulder-length hair.
- 2Get a textured cut. Request that your barber or stylist trim your hair at an angle. This will create more movement, which will make your hair appear thicker. Intermix layers around the part area as well. However, be aware that maintaining this type of cut will require frequent trims.XResearch source
- 3Add bangs if your scalp is visible close to your forehead. Ask your stylist to cut your bangs so that they begin higher up on your head, which will make them look fuller. Place a bit of volumizing gel onto your bangs to give them even more of a boost. In general, adding bangs draws attention downward to your face and away from your scalp.XResearch source
- 4Keep roots touched up. If your roots are a different color than the rest of your hair, it will automatically draw people’s eyes to your part. Make appointments to re-color roots about once a month. If you have overall highlights, you’ll probably need those redone every 6 to 12 weeks.XResearch source
- If you are worried about scalp visibility, choose a hair or highlight color that is close to your natural shade. This will make any future root growth less obvious.
- There are also root touch-up sticks that work well for a quick, on-the-go fix.
- 5Blow out with round brush if you have straight/slightly wavy hair. It can take some effort to make thin hair appear thick enough to hide your scalp, but working with the right tools can help. Get a round brush and use it to draw up a section of hair at a time. Add some hair spray before laying the hair down again. Doing this around your part should add volume.XResearch source
- A natural-bristle brush is your best option with thin hair. The heat generated by metal brushes can damage hair strands.
- 6Place cooling rollers in the part area to add volume. After you’ve towel or blow dried your hair, place it in Velcro rollers. Divide your hair into small sections and roll each of them up starting from the bottom. Concentrate on your crown and part areas. Leave the rollers in for at least 10 minutes.XResearch source
- Rollers are sold in a wide variety of sizes. Experiment to see which ones work the best for you.
- QuestionHow do I part my hair without showing my scalp?Janet MirandaJanet Miranda is a Professional Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, and the Founder of Be.NYLA. With over 15 years of experience, Janet specializes in makeup and hair for advertising, commercial, editorial, runway, special events, television, and videos. She was trained at Vidal Sassoon Academy and with top hair and makeup artists including MAC Cosmetics and Redken. Janet has worked five seasons of New York Fashion Week and one season on Project Runway. She continues to add brands to her growing client list including Armani Exchange, Neutrogena, and Pantene. Janet’s work has been featured on CBS, Brides Magazine, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Ireland Image Brides Magazine, and Elle Japan.
Professional Hair Stylist & Makeup ArtistProfessional Hair Stylist & Makeup ArtistExpert AnswerJust don't brush or comb it from the root. You may still show some scalp though, since a part is fundamentally going to make a little bit of space for your scalp to show through.
- QuestionWhat product can I use to hide my scalp?Janet MirandaJanet Miranda is a Professional Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, and the Founder of Be.NYLA. With over 15 years of experience, Janet specializes in makeup and hair for advertising, commercial, editorial, runway, special events, television, and videos. She was trained at Vidal Sassoon Academy and with top hair and makeup artists including MAC Cosmetics and Redken. Janet has worked five seasons of New York Fashion Week and one season on Project Runway. She continues to add brands to her growing client list including Armani Exchange, Neutrogena, and Pantene. Janet’s work has been featured on CBS, Brides Magazine, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Ireland Image Brides Magazine, and Elle Japan.
Professional Hair Stylist & Makeup ArtistProfessional Hair Stylist & Makeup ArtistExpert AnswerThere's a color powder that you buy at drugstores and pharmacies that's designed for this. Just pick one up in a color that matches the color of your hair, and apply it to the scalp. You can also use eyeshadow in a pinch and just apply it with a makeup brush to camouflage your skin.
- To keep your hair healthy, avoid getting too much sun and don’t smoke.XResearch source
- Splurge on a nice microfiber towel to dry your hair. It will absorb moisture faster and will keep your hair from getting frizzy and exposing more of your scalp.
- Talk to your doctor before you take any medications for your hair thinning.
- ↑Janet Miranda. Professional Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist. Expert Interview. 13 April 2021.
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If you want to hide your scalp while parting your hair, try switching up where you part it every few weeks. Doing this will give you extra volume and keep your thin hair from going flat. You can also use a thin comb to give yourself a zigzag part, which will cover up areas of your scalp you don’t want showing. Alternatively, use a hair powder or eye shadow the same color as your hair to cover up exposed parts of your scalp. To apply it, simply dab a small makeup brush in the powder and gently tap it onto your skin. If you want to cover your scalp completely, try wearing a scarf or headband in your hair. To learn how to choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, read more from our Beauty co-author.