How to Thin Out Hair

Thinning out thick hair can create a more manageable, lighter hairstyle and reduce bulkiness. Techniques such as using thinning shears, razor cutting, and point cutting are effective methods to achieve this. Each method must be used with care to avoid damaging the hair. For those not comfortable trying these techniques at home, it’s advisable to seek the help of a professional hairstylist to achieve the desired result without compromising the hair’s health and appearance.

Understanding Hair Thinning Techniques

Thinning Shears: These are special scissors designed with one blade as a normal scissor blade and the other with teeth, which remove some hair strands while leaving others, effectively reducing hair volume without altering the overall hairstyle.

Razor Cutting: This involves using a razor to slice into the hair at angles, thinning it out while creating a softer, textured look. This method is particularly useful for adding movement to the hair and is best performed by experienced stylists to prevent damage.

Point Cutting: A technique where the scissors are used to cut the hair ends at an angle, creating a textured effect that lightens the hair’s weight. It’s more subtle than using thinning shears or a razor and can be used for minor adjustments to the hair’s volume.

DIY Tips for Thinning Hair at Home

While professional assistance is recommended, careful DIY thinning is possible with the right tools and techniques:

  1. Use Quality Thinning Shears: Invest in a good pair of thinning shears for home use. Ensure they are sharp and designed specifically for hair thinning.
  2. Start Small: Begin with small sections and slight cuts. You can always cut more, but you can’t undo excessive thinning.
  3. Section Your Hair: Work with clean, dry hair and section it off. This helps in managing the amount of hair you thin at one time and ensures evenness.
  4. Technique: Hold the thinning shears midway down the section of hair, not too close to the scalp, and cut gently. The idea is to thin out the middle to ends of the hair, avoiding the roots to prevent visible gaps.
  5. Maintenance: Thinning hair isn’t a one-time process. Regular trims and thinning sessions help maintain the desired volume and prevent split ends.

Professional Thinning

For those unsure about DIY methods or seeking more dramatic changes, a professional stylist can provide custom thinning. Stylists can assess hair type, texture, and the client’s desired look to choose the most suitable thinning technique, ensuring the health and beauty of the hair remain intact.

Caring for Thinned Hair

After thinning, hair may require different care to maintain its health and style:

  • Moisturize: Use conditioners and hair masks regularly to keep thinned hair hydrated and prevent frizz.
  • Protect: Minimize heat styling and always use a heat protectant to prevent damage.
  • Regular Trims: Keep up with regular trims to maintain the shape and remove split ends.


Thinning out hair can transform a heavy, bulky hairstyle into a lighter, more manageable look. Whether opting for a DIY approach with the right tools and techniques or seeking professional help, understanding the process and maintaining proper hair care afterward are key to achieving and preserving the desired outcome. With careful execution, thinning can enhance the hair’s natural beauty and make daily styling much easier.

Author: Dan Silvertown

Hello, I'm Dan Silvertown. I'm passionate about the world of grooming, style, and the art of barbering. As an author, I've had the privilege of writing articles for a virtual barbershop, sharing my insights, tips, and expertise on all things related to men's grooming and self-care.

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