Some people are born with thick hair, while others naturally have thinner hair. Certain factors such as age, your environment and the amount of stress you have can cause hair loss. Thinning hair is not completely avoidable, but there are strategies you can try to make your hair look fuller. Read on to learn how to care for your hair, what changes you can make to your lifestyle and what treatments can lead to thicker hair.
1-Take care of your hair
1-Avoid shampoos, conditioners and styling products on a chemical basis.
Most hair products contain chemicals that are effective for cleaning your hair, but can cause a lot of damage. Some people do not respond to these chemicals, but if you worry because your hair is getting thinner, you can better avoid them.
- Sodium lauryl sulphate and laureth sulphates are cleaning agents that are in most shampoos. They rid the hair of natural oil and cause the hair to become weak and eventually fall out.
- Choose organic products and products made from natural oils and soap. Visit www.thegoodguide.com for detailed information about different hair products and which are better in the case of hair loss.
2-Do not wash your hair every day.
Our scalp produces natural oils that lay a layer around the hair and protect it from external damage. If you wash these oils out every day, the hair becomes weaker.
Everyone’s body is different, but for most people it is sufficient to wash the hair two to three times a week without getting too fat. If your hair is naturally free of fat, you can try washing three instead of four times a week.
- Washing too little can also be harmful. People with thinning hair are often more susceptible to dandruff and scalp disorders that can be prevented by regular (but not daily) washing.
- Use a dry shampoo to clean your hair between washes. Therefore it looks fresh and it has the added advantage that your hair gets more volume. Dry shampoo is a powder that you can comb through your hair, especially at the hair roots, between your washes.
3- Use essential oil to make your hair thicker.
Chamomile, lavender, rosemary, thyme, geranium and cedar help to make hair follicles thicker.
- Put 10 to 20 drops of the chosen oil on your scalp, and massage it with your fingers. Use your fingers to rub the oil all the way to the tips of your hair.
- You can also put 3 to 5 drops of essential oil in your shampoo or conditioner when you wash your hair.
- Give your hair a deep treat by mixing five to ten drops of essential oil with 90 to 120 ml of mixed, olive, jojoba or sunflower oil. Apply the oil to your hair, and make sure that each strand is smeared. Wrap a towel around your hair and let the oil soak for 30 minutes, wash it with shampoo and put in a conditioner as normal.
- Not only oil works. Research into thickening oils published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science  shows that some oils, such as coconut oil, penetrate better than others.
4-Be careful with your hair to reduce hair loss.
- Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush and gently pull out tangles instead of pulling hard.
- Be especially careful when your hair is wet. Do not rub it too hard with a towel, and do not squeeze it out, because you can break it. Use your towel to gently squeeze and pat until your hair is dry.
- Avoid too tight ponytails and other hairstyles that pull your hair too hard.
5-Avoid too much heat.
- Use the hair dryer, straight iron or curling iron in moderation. If you use these devices too much your hair will become dry and fragile, and it will fall out faster.
6-Let your hair grow in its own color and with its own texture.
Avoid paints, highlights and chemical treatments. Any kind of chemicals will dry out and damage your hair. Even natural means of bleaching your hair like lemon juice can make your hair fluffy.
7- Try techniques that give your hair more volume.
There are many products that can give your hair more volume. Look for one with natural ingredients.
- Wash your hair with a volume shampoo to give your hair waves and volume from the crown of your head, making your hair appear fuller.
- Every time you use shampoo, put a volume conditioner in your locks and points. Do not apply the conditioner to the hair roots, because the hair may appear to be thinner because it becomes heavier.
- Try volume spray as you style your hair to get the volume you want.
8-Let your hair cut. By cutting dry, dead ends, your hair looks vivid, making it appear thicker.
Short, blunt hairstyles, like a bob, make your hair look fatter.
2-Changes in lifestyle
1- Eat a balanced, healthy diet, with lots of vitamin B and iron.
Many people find that their hair is thinning because they have a shortage of certain nutrients.
- Vitamin B plays a major role in the health of your hair, and it is essential to get enough of it if you want thick hair and less hair loss. Good sources of vitamin B include fruits, vegetables, nuts and brown rice.
- Iron deficiency can lead to poor hair growth. Good sources of iron are beef, pork, lamb, poultry, fish and green leafy vegetables.
- Take prenatal vitamin supplements. Prenatal vitamins contain the right mix of vitamins for healthy hair, and as a bonus, healthy nails and skin.
2- Protect your hair from chemicals and pollution.
It is difficult to avoid exposure to everyday toxins from the environment, but there are a few preventive measures that you can take:
- Wrap a scarf around your hair, or wear a hat if you have to walk or cycle through heavy traffic. Pollution by cars can make your hair dull and flat, making it look unhealthy.
- Wear a swimming cap when swimming in chlorinated water. Has your stylist ever asked you if you swim often?
- Chlorine stays in your hair and makes it dry and damaged. Protect your hair when you go into the pool, or be sure to wash it with a good shampoo before the chlorine dries.
3-Massage your scalp regularly with your fingertips.
Massage stimulates blood circulation in your scalp, making your hair healthier.
4- Investigate how much stress you have.
Stressful situations can lead to hair loss. If you have a source of stress that can be eliminated from your life, try to do so.
- Some causes of stress are inevitable, but usually it passes once. If your hair breaks down due to stress, it will probably grow again if the situation is resolved.
- Thinning hair can become a source of stress in itself. Calm your mind by doing everything you can to make your hair healthy, such as using natural products, making healthy choices in your lifestyle and getting all your necessary vitamins.
3-Treatments for thicker hair
1-Try a hair growth product that is freely available.
There are products for both men and women that seem to be effective in many people.
- Some of these products are hair growth stimulating shampoos, others have a more complicated process of application, where you have to let the product work for a long time. Do some research to find out what fits your needs.
- Test the product on a spot of your head that is not so well visible, before you apply it to your whole scalp, because you may be allergic to it.
2- Take hair extensions.
- Extensions are attached to your existing hair, so that they blend with your natural hair color and texture. They can be as long or as short as you want.
- Extensions can be very expensive, so do some research before you decide which species you want.
Go to a hairdresser to request information about extensions and have them applied to your hair.
3-Use a hair thickener.
Colored sprays and creams can be used to color the scalp and to give the illusion of thicker hair. Another option is Nanogen, small keratin fibers that bind to your hair and make it thicker, but easy to wash off. This is a more flexible solution.
4-Consider a hair transplant.
Hair transplants are surgically applied to areas where you are bald or where the hair is very thin.
- This method is mainly used in men, but women with thinning hair can also undergo a hair transplant.
- Hair transplants are done by a doctor. Consult your doctor or ask for a referral to get more information about whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.
- Put olive or coconut oil in your hair, at least one hour before you take a shower. Do this once or twice a week for the best result.
- Do not pull your hair.
- Always dry your hair slowly and carefully, with a comb with wide teeth. Never use a brush if your hair is wet, because then it can break.
- Always read what is in the bottle before you do something in your hair.
- Use coconut shampoo and conditioner.
- Put conditioner in your dry hair and let it soak for 20-40 minutes, then rinse well and allow it to air dry.