Fashion & Beauty

Quick Fix: Fuller-Looking Hair

January 15, 2023



By Valerie Monroe

For nearly 16 years Valerie Monroe was the beauty director at O, The Oprah Magazine, where she wrote the popular “Ask Val” column.

If you’re interested in feeling happier about your appearance—especially as you age—you might like reading what she has to say about it. For more of her philosophical and practical advice, subscribe for free to How Not to F*ck Up Your Face at

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“ASK VAL” answers your urgent questions, Vol. 25

Yes, you in the first row with the cute side part?

Q: My doctor says I’ve got normal post-menopausal hair loss but I’m not taking it lying down. I’ve found a useful cosmetic solution. Would you like to know what it is?

A: Well, this is interesting. Do tell!

Q: On the face of it, dabbing a bit of this powder along one’s part shouldn’t make a difference, but it somehow gives the illusion of a fuller head of hair. It obviously wouldn’t work for extreme hair loss, but it’s very helpful for the general thinning so many of us experience post-menopause. What do you think?

A: You’re quite right, thank you! And if you happen to be a dye-hard still coloring your hair, similar products are also great for touching up grays. I especially like this one from stylist Rita Hazan. And a couple of friends gave great reviews of this wash-in gel from the venerable French stylist Christophe Robin. (I always have to stop myself from asking him, “Say, Christophe, how’s Pooh?”)

This just in…

About a year ago I was asked to respond to the Oldster Magazine questionnaire, which was, like Oldster Magazine, thought-provoking and fun. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed answering it.

5 thoughts on “Quick Fix: Fuller-Looking Hair

  1. cynthia tilson says:

    Wow is great for disguising a thinning part, and dry shampoo helps with volume, according to my daughter who has experienced thinning hair postpartum.

  2. Nancy G says:

    I read Valerie’s answers to the Oldster Magazine questionnaire. Terrific. Wonder if something like it could be sent out to My Little Bird readers. I think the responses would be fabulous.

  3. Maureen says:

    I love this column. Can I buy this in a local store? Not only is my hair thinning, but I am no good at buying things online….help!

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      You can buy Wow at Sephora or Ulta.

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