People who are far from the intricacies of hairdressing, it is not always clear why hair should be milled. What you need to know about this procedure?

What is hair thinning?

Uneven cutting of hair at different heights - this is thinning. This procedure is sometimes referred to as thinning. Milling hair is advised if the hairstyle lacks volume or, conversely, it is necessary to correct the excessive density of the hair.

Special serrated scissors are used for thinning.

What is the difference between thinning and graduation?

Graduation is a multi-stage haircut with definite and noticeable transitions in the length of the strands. When thinning, the transitions are almost invisible.

What is thinning for?

This procedure solves several problems at once. At the same time, she also has her advantages and disadvantages.

Let's start with the pros and at the same time explain point by point what hair thinning is for.

  • It allows you to achieve the missing volume.
  • After thinning, any haircut looks very natural.
  • The procedure can lighten too thick hair.
  • With the help of hair thinning, you can set the desired shape.
  • This treatment of curls is also designed to improve hair - after such thinning, they split less.

Now let's talk about the risks that cannot be excluded when thinning.

  • In some cases, the procedure can cause brittleness, especially if thinning is performed on very thin hair. To prevent this from happening, we recommend that you start using special care products even before the planned procedure, for example, Elseve, Anti-Breakage Cream Checked by Comb, by L’Oréal Paris.
  • Those who have recently had a perm or bleaching should not mill their hair: there is a high probability of severely damaging already weakened curls.
  • Thinning requires experience and professional knowledge, so hair thinning at home is definitely not welcome.
  • Thinning hair is another possible disadvantage of the procedure. In this case, you will need a sealing treatment. The Garnier Fructis Superfood "Watermelon" series showed itself well. These products help to restore elasticity and density to the hair without weighing down the hair.

Full length milling

Thinning long hair allows you to update your hairstyle without losing the length and volume of curls. This is one of the most popular hairdressing manipulations in salons.

Long hair needs to be milled to make the haircut more textured and natural. This approach is especially relevant for cascading haircuts.

Specific examples of thinning long hair with photos before and after the procedure can be seen below.


This is a thinning method in which the master makes a vertical sliding cut. Slicing is performed with the sharpest scissors and requires special skill from the hairdresser.


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To profile the hair in this technique, they are separated into sections with a wide-toothed comb, and then each section is cut vertically with scissors. After a haircut using the mush technique, the curls begin to curl up.

Thinning using the rope method

This method is suitable for cutting long hair and medium length curls. Small strands are twisted into bundles, and protruding hairs are removed with a machine or scissors. You can try this method at home.

Thinning hair ends

Thinning hair ends is suitable for those who just want to lighten their hair a little and refresh it, getting rid of split ends. We will tell you in what ways this can be done.

Horizontal way

The ends are cut horizontally with special thinning scissors for the most natural cut.

Vertical method

In this case, the ends are cut vertically with thinning scissors.


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The ends are cut in a zigzag pattern for a tattered effect.

Filling at the roots

At the roots, thinning is performed so that the hair acquires the missing root volume. Unfortunately, this method does not always bear fruit: if the hair is cut incorrectly, it will grow inaccurately and the overall appearance of the hairstyle will inevitably suffer.

Bangs thinning

Smooth and straight bangs are not for everyone, so stylists often resort to thinning them out. This allows you to make the haircut more stylish and natural.

Besides, judging by fashion trends, airy and slightly careless bangs are now much more popular than regular geometric ones.

Features of thinning thin hair

In most cases, stylists dissuade their clients from thinning not the thickest, finest hair, as after the procedure they may seem even thinner. In any case, it is better to contact experienced specialists who competently profile hair or advise you to refrain from this procedure, explaining the reasons.

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If hair thinning has taken place, then after it it is recommended to use sealing care. L'Oréal Professionnel's Pro Longer filler concentrate promises a good effect. The tool thickens the tips and restores the hair along the entire length. We also recommend trying the shampoo, conditioner and mask from this series.

Thick hair thinning

Sometimes too thick hair can add problems: hair is difficult to style, it is naughty and does not look very neat. Just in such cases, thinning curls comes to the rescue. It adds movement and lightness to the hair, making it easy to style even a thick mop.

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Only a professional should work with heavy thick hair - so as not to spoil the original data and not harm the curls.

Curly hair thinning

In most cases, thinning of curly hair is performed only in the tip area. If you overdo it and cut off the excess, then curly hair will become very fluffy and it will be even more difficult to style it. By the way, to facilitate the styling process, use a special styling for curly and curly hair. For example, L'Oréal Professionnel's Siren Waves cream was created just to make curls more elastic and defined. And if you like casual styling, use the Beach Waves Texturizing Spray.

Hair thinning: what do stylists recommend?

Do I need to somehow change the care after hair thinning?

If the current hair care suits you and covers all the needs of your curls, then nothing needs to be changed. Perhaps it makes sense to include leave-in care products (cream or oil) in your beauty routine. And do not forget that before hot styling, you must definitely apply thermal protection to your hair.

How often should my hair be milled?

It all depends on the growth rate of your hair - this is what determines the need for a haircut and thinning. However, you can mill your hair more often, especially if they have been injured as a result of external influences.

After the thinning, the hair was badly damaged and became naughty. Is there any way to fix this?

It's worth going to the salon and signing up for professional hair care treatments. Home care can be supplemented with smoothing and firming products. It can be creams, oils and various serums for smoothness and shine of hair.

Can I use a curling iron and flat iron after thinning my hair?

You can, but with restrictions. Too much styling with hot stylers can damage the hair.

Dry shampoo and strong hold products can extend the durability of styling.

Who doesn't need to have their hair milled?

We have already said above that thinning can be detrimental to thin and sparse hair.

Thinning should also not be resorted to by girls who prefer strict graphic haircuts that imply a straight cut (for example, a classic bob).