No one wants thin, flat, limp hair, so we get why you’re a little envious when you run into that woman with the impossibly thick and bountiful strands. Well, that can be you, too. Just follow these tips and tricks straight from the pros and Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientists to get the full, luscious hair of your dreams.

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1. Pick a thickening shampoo and conditioner

If you don’t want to try expensive extensions or experiment with supplements, there’s always the tried-and-true method of volumizing: picking a thickening or volumizing shampoo and conditioner. “I prefer to go with the work-with-what-you-have approach by using hair products and styling tools to create volume, thickness, and texture,” says Devin Toth, celebrity stylist at Salon SCK.

“Shampoos and conditioners labeled volumizing or thickening usually contain fewer conditioning ingredients, so they don’t weigh hair down,” says GH Beauty Lab Chemist Danusia Wnek. They’re a good foundation (but not a replacement) for stylers; use the matching shampoo and conditioner set for best results. Try the GH Beauty Lab’s volumizing and thickening shampoo and conditioner test winners, below.

Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo Garnier $4.73 Bain Densité Shampoo Kerastase kerastase-usa.com $33.00 The One Uplifting Shampoo Frederic Fekkai $30.00 Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo Pantene $12.79

2. Cut hair at your shoulders or above

Though “longer hair” and “thicker hair” are sometimes used interchangeably, in reality, they’re totally different. “If you have thin hair, opt for a cut that is short to medium length,” advises Nick Penna, owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri.

“Often thin or fine hair that’s very long can look stringy and even thinner since it’s weighed down by the length.” Searching for the perfect cut for your thin hair? Think blunt cuts: we’ve got three long bobs that will work wonders.

3. Use your dry shampoo in a whole new way

Dry shampoo is one of the beauty world’s modern miracles, but it does more than make your dirty locks look clean. Spraying a bit of dry shampoo along your roots can give you an instant boost of volume.

“Dry shampoo often contains powders like starches and minerals to increase the friction between strands and absorb oil, which creates volume,” Wnek says. The GH Beauty Lab suggests trying out the Bumble and bumble. Prête-à-powder, a winner of their dry shampoos test for giving hair all-day volume.

4. Invest in high-quality extensions

When applied by a pro, hair extensions are an effective, natural-looking way to make your hair appear thicker — as long as you go to a seasoned stylist who has a lot of experience with extensions, of course. But it’s important to note that there’s one big catch: the price tag. According to the experts at Angie’s List, a set of extensions, especially those made of human hair, can cost you anywhere from $275 to $1,400.

5. Keep your hair healthy

This seems like a given, but getting great-looking hair is nearly impossible when you’re constantly damaging it. “If women want thicker-looking hair, they should minimize the use of heat styling tools and refrain from using too much conditioner in the shower,” Toth says.

Taking precautions like using heat protectant spray and not over-washing your hair can help it look thicker and stronger over time, too, by minimizing breakage and hair loss. And lay off the super-tight hairstyles and heat tools as often as possible!

6. Strategically tease your hair

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Teasing your hair doesn’t have to turn you into a full-on 1980s rockstar. If your locks tend to fall flat, use a skinny or rattail comb to gently tease it at the roots all over, giving the appearance of more volume.

A more targeted approach: Back-comb near the roots with a comb where you want height (like at the crown), then comb over hair to smooth, suggests Bridget Brager, a celebrity hairstylist in Los Angeles. This will give your hair nice oomph at the roots without that telltale teased look or rattiness.

7. Add volumizing styling products to your regimen

Starting your style with volumizing or thickening products can go a long way toward making your hair look fuller, fast. Leave-in thickening and volumizing sprays, mousses, serums and gels are used on — and “left in” — damp hair and provide more fullness boost compared to shampoos and conditioners.

“They coat hair to make it feel thicker and give it grip to help you manipulate strands into a voluminous look,” Wnek explains. See the GH Beauty Lab’s volumizing and thickening spray test winners below for the most effective options.

Another to styling aid try: root lifting spray. “Hair flat to the head always looks more thinner than hair that is lifted at the root,” Penna explains. “Women can use a root lifter to give their hair bounce and volume right at the start of the hair shaft.”

SuperPlump Thickening Blow Dry Spray ColorProof $28.00 Instant Lift Thickening Spray Kristin Ess $14.00 Go Big Thickening Treatment Bumble and Bumble $30.00 Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion John Frieda $6.64

8. Ask your stylist for highlights

If you’re open to coloring your hair, adding a few foils into the mix could be the right way to go. “Highlighting hair adds the look of depth to strands,” Penna says. “It gives your mane dimension, which creates the illusion of fuller locks instead of flat, single-toned hair.” Talk to your stylist about the most flattering highlights for your face, or bring a photo of a style you already love to your consultation.

9. Use a ceramic brush when you blow dry

Using the right post-shower tools can also make a difference in helping your hair appear thicker and more bouncy. “I like to use a ceramic barrel brush to build volume during a blowout,” Toth says.

Instead of blowing downward on your roots with your hair dryer, make sure you’re getting the brush under your roots and lifting upward as you blow dry. A round brush is super helpful for this. Not sure which brush is which? Check out our handy hair brush guide.

10. “Color in” your scalp

The more of your scalp you can see, the thinner your hair will appear. Fill it in a bit with eyeshadow or a coloring spray, like Bumble and bumble Hair Powder. Hold it out about 10 inches from your scalp and spray it onto your roots. Seconds later, voila! No more roots.

Brunettes, if you already use dry shampoo, try swapping out the traditional white spray for a brown-tinted hue, like DryBar’s Detox Dry Shampoo For Brunettes. It adds volume while giving the scalp a dark tint.

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11. Start taking supplements that benefit your hair

The shelves are packed vitamins and supplements claiming to stimulate hair growth, but a Rx is your best bet for something that truly works. “Female-patterned hair thinning is related to our hormones and the sensitivity of the hair follicles to the hormones,” explains New York City dermatologist Hadley King, M.D. “Hormonal prescription medications such as some oral contraceptives and spironolactone can be very effective in making hair thicker.”

12. Consider a dermatologist visit

One in four American women reports thinning hair — and that doesn’t count those born with wispy or sparse strands. For serious thinning hair or hair loss, a session with a dermatologist (they also specialize in hair) may be needed.

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“Hair that’s naturally thin in diameter or sparse is genetic,” says Joyce Davis, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. “Hair loss is often hereditary (or androgenic) thinning, which tends to be patchy.” Another common type is telogen effluvium (TE), or allover shedding due to hormones or health issues such as thyroid or autoimmune disease and anemia.

With TE, hair generally grows back once the problem is treated; see a doc for diagnosis. For androgenic loss, the OTC topical minoxidil is proven to grow hair with continued use. For all types, PRP (platelet-rich plasma), a new dermatologist’s-office treatment, stimulates growth with scalp injections of your blood’s growth factors, Dr. Davis says.

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5 Ways to Get Thicker Hair Naturally

1. Try biotin.

Biotin is probably the most popular hair growth remedy, and it definitely can work. Research behind this popular treatment is actually limited, and although many hair, skin, and nail supplements for hair growth and thickness tout the benefits of biotin, unless you’re actually deficient in biotin, it might not do wonders for your hair.

“Biotin is a vitamin cofactor used in biochemical reactions vital to each cell,” Tran says. “Biotin deficiency causes hair loss as well as skin irritation around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Severe cases can have neurological symptoms as well.”

You might see biotin listed as an additive in shampoos and conditioners, but Tran warns consumers not to buy into the hype: Biotin works best orally, he says, and—because it’s a water-soluble vitamin—any excess is flushed from the body in your urine.

2. Keep your hair healthy and hydrated.

Castor oil is a great natural remedy to give your hair a gentle sheen. Try using it as a deep conditioning mask, massaging the castor oil into your hair and roots then covering it for an hour or two. After that, you’ll want to shampoo and condition your hair because too much oil can risk leaving your hair limp and greasy.

Green recommends indulging a little bit. Massage your scalp and consider mixing up your own DIY hair mask using bananas and grapeseed oil. You can then apply the mixture directly to your hair.

“The grapeseed oil contains fatty acids that make the hair thicker—also bananas are rich in B vitamins and potassium, which protects the hair shaft and prevents split ends,” Green says. “This combination stimulates the blood flow in the scalp and protects the hair shaft, resulting in longer, thicker, healthier hair.”

Coconut oil, argan oil, and jojoba oils are also great for hair oil treatments, according to Tran. Jojoba even mimics natural human sebum oil, so it definitely helps promote healthy hair by keeping it from getting too dry and brittle.

3. Give green tea a shot.

Green tea has been shown to be so good for you in so many ways, including potentially reducing the risk of cancer and type-2 diabetes. Green tea may also have an anti-androgen effect, which can help reduce the risk of baldness. We definitely need more studies on this one, but looks like it might help and can’t hurt!

4. Get a scalp massage.

Look, this is a really small study, but it says that scalp massage can make your hair thicker. And worst case scenario, it feels really, really good, right?

5. Test out the inversion method.

Another popular remedy is the inversion method for hair growth, which—if you’ve seen it on YouTube—claims to help your hair grow an inch in just one week (which is a lot, considering hair grows at an average 0.5 inches per month).

“The inversion method involves inverting the head upside-down at a comfortable angle and massaging the scalp with warm oil,” Tran says. “One clinically proven drug for male and female hair loss is Minoxidil, which dilates the blood vessels to the scalp.” This means that, yes, it’s possible that supporting blood flow to the scalp by the inversion method may cause hair growth (although this hasn’t been proven).

The important thing when trying these natural remedies for stimulating hair growth is that you’re addressing the underlying problem. If you have a health issue causing hair loss, even the most popular hair growth remedy might not do anything to boost your hair’s thickness. However, that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck.

If you aren’t getting results from these natural remedies, you can also style your hair to make it look thicker.

You might not be able to plump up your hair shaft permanently to boost fine or thin hair, but there are hair treatments that plump up the hair shaft until they’re shampooed out, explains Sarah Moscato-Goodpaster, co-owner of Witch Hazel Salon in Indianapolis.

“Creating the illusion of thicker, fuller hair always starts with the products pre-styling,” Moscato-Goodpaster says. “I like to use a fiber-based prep product paired with a root lifter of some kind. Once the hair is prepped, I always blow dry the hair in the opposite direction from where it would fall naturally. This will cause lift at the root.”

Another option and hair stylist go-to? Turn down the heat!

“Over-drying deflates the hair and not only makes it harder to style but also causes frizz and damage,” Moscato-Goodpaster says. “When using a curling iron, I also encourage clients to turn down the heat to create a fluffier wave and start curling from the top and work their way down. This will give the hair a more voluminous, modern finish.”

When it comes down to it, the secret to thicker hair is actually *healthier* hair. While you may not be able to swap the actual strands for something thicker or curlier, you can prevent any future damage (or even reverse existing damage). Plus, taking the time to boost your hair health totally counts as self-care, so it’s a double win for us.

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Think About Your Actual Hair Cut

Matt Fugate, Kérastase Consulting Hairstylist, suggested asking your stylist for a crosshatching cut. “This is where you basically create shorter pieces of layers that push up on the top pieces of layers in the cut. You can’t get that done on the surface, though, as tiny hairs will pop up, but underneath this helps to give a full appearance.”

Roxie Darling, hair expert (and my go-to colorist), stressed diet first, then “working with what you’ve got.” She recommends bobs for those with finer hair. “A bob will make your hair look and feel thicker because the cleanliness of a chic bob makes fine hair look really supple.” If you have longer hair, trim it frequently to keep the ends from splitting. She also recommends that you brush your hair often (while dry) to distribute “the beautiful natural oils that your scalp makes.”

Yessenia Reyes recommends hair trims every two to three months. “This will help get rid of any sparse hair. Sparse ends make the hair appear thin.”

Consider the Product You Use and How You Style Your Hair

Chase Kusero and Aaron Grenia, Co-Founders of IGK Hair, want you to stop over-washing your tresses. “Shampoo less and your hair will be more hydrated,” they said, which helps promote thickness. “Be sure to use sulfate-free products to preserve your hair’s natural oils. (Their whole line of products is sulfate-free, should you be in the market.)

If you blow dry your hair: Kusero and Grenia recommend their Trust Fund Thickening Foam on damp hair for great volume and texture.

“You can actually let the cuticle frizz up just a little bit,” says Kérastase’s Matt Fugate. “Blow dry the ‘not camera-ready sections’ a little rougher — i.e. the underneath sections, then keep the top polished. This helps create body and volume.”

If you prefer to air dry: The IGK co-founders say texture is your friend. “Apply Beach Club Texture Spray mid-shaft through ends and Jet Lag Dry Shampoo at the root, then massage the scalp to encourage lift.”

Yessenia Reyes endorses the dry-shampoo hack and likes a product that plumps. “To give the illusion of thicker hair, go for volumizing products. One of my favorites is Phyto’s Phytovolume Actif Intense Volume Spray. The product helps to plump up strands of hair by making them appear thicker and fuller. Dry shampoos are also great. They absorb oils which might weigh the hair down, making it appear thin and flat.”

If you have thinning hair: Matt Fugate recommends Kérastase’s Specifique Traitement Intensif Anti-Affinement. “They are these little ampules that you can either get in-salon or buy online and help with adding volume and shine so hair doesn’t have that thinning appearance. The shampoo in the collection stimulates fiber production and increases hair metabolism, so it too helps with thinning hair.”

If We’re Talking Genetic Hair Loss, That’s Treatable

“There are many causes of thinning hair,” said Dr. Avram. “Genetic hair loss is the most common. Other causes of hair loss include medications, chronic medical conditions, poor nutrition and telogen effluvium, stress-related hair loss.”

Don’t go diagnosing yourself on WebMD just yet.

“When evaluating hair loss in women, it is important to obtain a complete medical history and perform a physical exam of the scalp,” he said. “If there are any doubts in the diagnosis, a scalp biopsy can be performed.”

If your hair loss is genetic, Dr. Avram says it’s treatable. “Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is the most significant new treatment option. PRP is done in the office by drawing blood from the patient and then centrifuging the blood for 10 minutes. The platelet rich clear part of the blood is then injected into the scalp at monthly intervals for three months, then roughly in nine to 12 months for maintenance. Approximately 50% of patients have had regrowth. Patients like it because it is not something done daily at home.”

The most recommended and clinically proven medication for hair loss is Minoxidil. (The brand-name version of Minoxidil is Rogaine). Minoxidil comes in both foam and solution forms and is applied daily. It’s used to hold on to your existing hair and in some cases, to regrow hair. Another medical treatment option for hair loss is low-level l laser light therapy (LLLT). LLLT is done at home 30 minutes every other day. All these treatments have variable results and take about six to nine months to judge.”

Another option is hair transplantation, which Dr. Avram says is, “a safe, effective surgical treatment option. It is done under local anesthesia in the office setting. We remove thousands of follicles from the posterior scalp and place them into thinning spaces in the frontal scalp individual hair grouping at a time. Hair transplantation is consistently natural.”

Things to Avoid When Trying to Make Your Hair More Thick

Over-washing: Roxie Darling, Chase Kusero and Aaron Grenia all said to wash thin hair less. Roxie specified that you wash it no more than three times a week. “This way your scalp has an opportunity to create the good oils that you need to brush through your hair.”

Too much moisture: “Anything super-moisturizing may weigh the hair down,” said Matt Fugate. “Be careful with anything in this vein, like coconut oil. They’re better for when you’re trying to slick hair down, or if you have super-thick hair.”

Making the problem worse: For anyone with thinning hair, Dr. Avram recommends avoiding extra tension on hair follicles, like tight braiding, Brazilian hair straightening and hot combs. “Thin hair breaks easily and can worsen the problem. Shampooing, coloring and blow drying on a regular basis is fine,” he said.

Stress: Man oh man does it always come back to stress. Kérastase’s Matt Fugate, IGK’s Chase Kusero and Aaron Grenia and McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped said to avoid stress, while Dr. Avram confirmed it contributes to hair loss. Easier said than done, of course, but it’s worth trying.

I wonder if low stress is the horse community’s secret. It totally is. I bet they meditate.

Photos by Louisiana Mei Gelpi; Pawaka sunglasses featured throughout.

7 Daily Habits That Are Effective In Increasing Hair Volume Naturally

Are you worried seeing all those additional strands of hair in your comb every day? Well, it is natural to lose up to 100 strands of hair in a day, but excessive hair loss is definitely something that you need to worry about. Your lustrous locks need as much care as your face.

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So, here are some simple ways to increase your hair volume naturally.

Recommended Read: 6 Simple Hair Care Tips To Keep You Hair Healthy During Pregnancy

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#1. Use aloe vera

It can work wonders if used sensibly. Aloe vera is a natural remedy to bring hair fall under control. It provides essential moisture and nutrients to your scalp; thus, boosting hair growth. Apply aloe vera gel directly to scalp and let it stay for one hour. Then shampoo your hair to rinse it out. Regular use of this will definitely reduce hair fall.

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#2. Be cautious of shampoos

Many people have a common question when it comes to using shampoos, ‘should we shampoo our hair every day or not’? Well yes, you need to be cautious of how often you shampoo your hair. If you have a very oily scalp, then only you should wash hair daily, otherwise washing your hair thrice a week is enough.

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Note: Using a good conditioner after shampoo is necessary. Conditioner makes your hair more manageable and easier to untangle. Also, remember that you apply the conditioner at least 1-2 inches away from your scalp.

Also Read: How To Wash Your Hair Properly At Home To Get A Spa-Like Experience

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#3. Good ‘old’ amla

Amla has always been an age-old herbal remedy for so many hair problems. From preventing grey hair to promoting hair growth, it does it all. Include one amla daily in your diet. Eat it on an empty stomach to get phenomenal results.

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#4. Oil massage

Massaging your scalp is very important as it improves the blood circulation and makes your roots healthy. Use warm oil to massage your hair and scalp. Always massage your scalp in circular motion. It is best to use either coconut or jojoba oil. Use rosemary oil to combat dandruff. After the massage, wrap your hair in a warm towel for a few minutes to provide extra conditioning to your hair.

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Take a look at 11 Unheard Ways To Use Coconut Oil In Your Beauty Routine

#5. No chemicals

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It is best to avoid unnecessary hair procedures like perming, straightening, and colouring. Such processes leave your hair dull and dry. Not only this, they also make your hair fragile and weaken your roots, thus leaving you more prone to hair loss.

#6. De-stress

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Stress is seen as a major culprit behind hair loss. Excess stress can lead to hair thinning and hair greying as well. Some of the good ways to distress is to include yoga or exercise in your daily routine. This would not only help you to de-stress, but also boost the flow of oxygen and blood to your scalp.

Must Read: 8 Yoga Exercises That Will Help You Grow Your Hair Faster

#7. Balanced diet

A healthy and balanced diet is very important to enhance the volume of your hair naturally. Include necessary vitamins B, C, and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper in your diet. They will promote hair growth by strengthening your hair follicles. Also, drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to keep your body and hair hydrated.

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Recommended Read: 7 Homemade Hair Masks For Brides That Have Better Results Than Parlour Treatment

These tips are very easy to try and bring noticeable difference in the hair fall! If you follow these tips, you will see an increase in the volume of your hair, without spending a bomb on any expensive treatments.

12 Natural Ways To Enhance Hair Growth And Thickness Atulya Satishkumar Hyderabd040-395603080 December 9, 2019

Hair fall and thinning of hair are common issues today. Modern lifestyle, exposure to pollution, and the use of chemical products deteriorate hair quality and lead to hair fall. In this article, we have listed 12 natural remedies that can reduce the damage to your hair and lessen hair fall.

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Natural Ways To Increase Hair Growth And Thickness

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has the ability to reduce the loss of protein from damaged hair (1). Coconut Oil can penetrate the hair shaft and reduce hair loss. This property of coconut oil may help reverse the effect of harsh chemical products.

What You Can Do: Take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your palm and massage it into your scalp. You can leave it on for about an hour and then wash it off thoroughly using a mild cleanser or shampoo. Do this at least twice a week.

2. Gooseberry

Amla or gooseberry has been found to have a proliferative effect on the dermal papilla cells (DPC) of the hair follicles. Thus, gooseberries might promote hair growth by extending the anagen phase (active growth phase) of the hair growth cycle (2).

What You Can Do: Take some amla oil in your palms and massage it into your scalp. You can leave it on your scalp for an hour (or more) and then rinse it off thoroughly. Do this twice a week.

3. Yogurt

Yogurt is a rich source of probiotics and may facilitate robust hair growth and prevent damage to hair. A study done on mice found that it increases the number of subcuticular follicles, thus yielding more luxuriant fur (3). Therefore, it may also help boost hair growth in humans.

What You Can Do: Have a serving of yogurt once daily.

4. Fenugreek

Fenugreek contains bioactive compounds that may promote the growth of healthy hair. A rat study found that fenugreek could significantly reduce hair loss and promote new hair growth (4). Do not follow this home remedy if you are allergic to legumes such as peanuts, green peas, or soybeans. You may be allergic to fenugreek seeds as well as they all belong to the Fabaceae family.

What You Can Do: Soak a quarter cup of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Grind the seeds into a paste and apply it as a hair mask. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes before rinsing it off with plain water. You can follow this routine once a week.

5. Onion Juice

Researchers have discovered that the phytochemical compounds in onion juice can help induce hair regrowth and that it may be an efficient treatment for patchy alopecia areata (5).

What You Can Do: Extract the juice of half an onion. Strain it and apply it to your scalp. Leave it on for an hour. Wash it off thoroughly with a shampoo. Follow this routine twice a week.

6. Chinese Hibiscus

Extracts of hibiscus leaves and flowers have been found to promote the growth of hair in rats (6). Thus, they may have the potential to reverse the effects of excessive hair fall in humans.

What You Can Do: Grind a couple of hibiscus flowers and a handful of leaves to make a paste. Mix it with coconut oil. Apply this hair mask and leave it on for an hour. Wash it off with shampoo. Do this once a week.

7. Green Tea

Green tea is rich in polyphenols that can help promote hair growth. It has been observed that the bioactive compounds in green tea can have a proliferative effect on the dermal papilla cells and have the potential to reduce hair loss (7). Avoid drinking green tea if you have an intolerance for caffeine or are taking stimulants or blood thinners.

What You Can Do: Steep a green tea bag in a cup of boiling water and consume the decoction. You can drink green tea 1-2 times a day.

8. Rosemary Oil

According to a study conducted on mice at Kinki University, rosemary oil may help increase hair growth (8). This could make it suitable for enhancing hair growth in humans as well.

What You Can Do: Do a patch test to determine if you are allergic to rosemary oil. Mix a few drops of rosemary oil with a carrier oil. Apply this mixture on the scalp and let it sit for an hour before washing it off.

9. Geranium Oil

Geranium oil has been proven to promote hair growth in mice via a proliferative effect on dermal papilla cells (9). Some people may have an allergic reaction to geranium oil, so do a patch test before use.

What You Can Do: Take a few tablespoons of geranium oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for about 60 minutes, then rinse it off with a mild shampoo. You can do this at least once a week.

10. Ginseng

Research shows that ginseng can have a proliferative effect on human hair follicles to promote hair growth (10). Some people may experience dizziness, nausea, or headaches upon using ginseng. It may also be a stimulant in some cases. Therefore, proceed with caution.

What You Can Do: Take a few tablespoons of ginseng oil and gently massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for about an hour. Rinse it off with a mild shampoo. You can do this at least twice a week.

11. Fish Oil

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that can promote the growth of hair. Fish oil supplements contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) that induces the growth of hair by exhibiting a proliferative effect on the dermal papilla cells in your scalp (11). This can reverse the impact of hair thinning and balding. Make sure you consult your dermatologist before taking fish oil supplements.

12. Coffee

Caffeine is a major component of coffee. Research shows that caffeine can promote the elongation of the hair shaft and stimulate hair growth by prolonging the anagen phase (12). This can reduce the balding and thinning of hair.

What You Can Do: Brew a cup of coffee and have it at least once a day. Do not consume excess coffee due to its high caffeine content.

As with any condition, a balanced diet goes a long way in ensuring that you are healthy and supplementing the right amount of nutrients to your body. Here are a few foods that you must eat to ensure healthy hair growth.

Diet That Promotes Hair Growth

  • Consume fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. A study conducted in France has found that supplementing your diet with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids can improve hair density and fight hair loss (13).
  • Berries and other citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Studies suggest that such foods can promote hair growth (14).
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach contain nutrients that can aid hair growth (14).
  • Nuts and seeds are packed with nutrients that can help control hair fall (14).

Medical Treatment Options

Here are a few medical treatment options you can consider to enhance hair growth:

  • Minoxidil: This over-the-counter medication can be used by both men and women. You need to rub it into your scalp daily. However, it may cause an allergic reaction in some people (15).
  • Finasteride: This is a medical treatment option, particularly for men. This pill is administered to men who have androgenic alopecia. It may, however, have some side effects, such as erectile dysfunction, lower sex drive, and gynecomastia (16).

How Can I Prevent Hair Fall?

  • Following a strictly balanced diet with intake of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help promote hair growth and prevent hair fall.
  • Massage your scalp gently regularly to stimulate blood circulation, thereby strengthening hair roots and preventing hair fall.
  • Staying hydrated is key to maintaining healthy hair. It nourishes the scalp and prevents flaking and itching.

Hair loss is an increasingly common problem that women all over the world face. A variety of factors contribute to the thinning of hair.

Factors That Affect Hair Growth

  • As we grow older, the diameter of the hair and its thickness can decrease (17). This can make it seem like you have had a lot of hair fall over time.
  • Another factor that can affect hair growth is prevailing ailment or illness that can lead to hair fall. Hormonal changes can also lead to hair fall in some men, subsequently causing male-pattern baldness (18).

Other factors, such as stress, trauma, and anxiety, may also contribute to hair loss as studies show that they can have an inhibitory effect on hair growth (19).

All these factors can cause your hair to fall and may eventually lead to balding. Inadequate rest, hormonal changes, and a diet deficient in nutrients can hamper the growth of healthy hair. It can also affect hair growth as these factors can reduce the supply of blood and oxygen to your scalp.

Since these are natural remedies, you must be patient and follow them diligently to get the best results. However, if you feel that your problem persists, seek medical help.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

How can I regrow my thinning hair?

You can explore medical and natural treatment options. You could try any of the remedies mentioned above.

How do you grow dead hair follicles?

You can consume vitamin supplements like biotin and niacin to revive dead hair follicles and restore strength to damaged hair. You should also massage your scalp regularly.

Can your hair grow back while on chemotherapy?

Yes, your hair can grow back while on chemotherapy, but it may be of a different color and texture.

How does yoga help stimulate hair growth?

Yoga can help in dealing with hair fall. Some of the asanas you can practice are downward dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana), diamond pose (Vajrasana), camel pose (Ustrasana), headstand pose (Sirsana), etc. These asanas increase blood flow to the head and stimulate circulation in the scalp. This, in turn, can aid hair growth.

Can bleached hair grow long?

Products that bleach your hair can lead to hair damage and slow down the growth of hair.

Is hot oil treatment good for hair growth?

Yes, massaging using hot oil can increase the flow of blood to your scalp. It can also repair damaged hair.

Do split ends stop hair growth?

Split ends do not stop the growth of your hair, but they can lead to increased hair breakage. This can make you feel like your hair is not growing in length.

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No one wants to lose their hair but for 25 per cent of men under thirty, it’s inevitable. That number rises to over 60 per cent by the time you’re sixty. For those unlucky enough to suffer from tonsorial trauma, there’s little to be done to reverse the shedding process altogether.

Why Do I Have Thinning Hair?

As with many medical issues, there can be many reasons why you have thinning hair. From stress, to hair-styling products, to your diet and your genes, it’s important to know the culprit behind your lacklustre locks.

You’re stressed

If your 9-5 is making you feel zero, physical and/or emotional stress can wreak havoc on your system. Usually, there’s a three-month delay between particularly stressful circumstances and your hair falling out, but the correlation between stress and hair loss is well-documented. Why? Because, when stressed, your body enters ‘fight or flight’ mode, producing extra hormones to send around your body — which affects the growth of hair follicles on your scalp.

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Your diet

It’s true — you are what you eat. As you’ll know by now, your nutrition is directly responsible for the shape and the function of your body — from your moods to your metabolism — but did you know that it can affect your hairline, too? That’s because hair loss can be caused by dietary deficiencies that can come from a restrictive diet — from ‘Keto’ to ‘Paleo’ to ‘Carnivore’ and more — as you’re depriving your body from certain nutrients that can be found in food groups. Similarly, if you’re not eating enough protein, it’s your hair that will suffer, as hair is made from protein. Omega 3s and Vitamins A and D can all help build a healthier scalp, so foods like salmon, eggs and nuts all need to be on your shopping list.

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Your genes

Blame your parents for this one, because male pattern baldness runs in the family. If you’re losing your hair, male pattern baldness is caused by your body becoming increasingly sensitive to androgens — male sex hormones that regulate development and maintenance of male characteristics and reproductive activity. The extent to which your scalp is affected by this process is hereditary, so fighting thinning hair may be an uphill battle for some.

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You’re anaemic

A lack of iron, anaemia, can seriously affect your hair growth. As with the lack of correct nutrients in your diet (explained above), making sure your diet is nutrient-rich is important for both fighting hair loss and maintaining energy levels. Unfortunately, this will be more difficult for vegetarians and vegans, but leafy greens like spinach, beans and lentils can all help. That said, steak and other red meats come out on top when it comes to upping your iron intake.

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Your hair follicles

If you’ve spent years styling (and re-styling your hair), your scalp may have become a bit of a warzone. So if your scalp is looking or feeling unhealthy, chances are that your hairs will be following suit. Consider using clarifying shampoos, like the one below, to get rid of the debris from your scalp, including dead skin cells and oil.

Symptoms of Thinning Hair

There’s more to male hair loss than you’re likely to realise. It’s not all about thinning crowns and slowly-emerging bald patches, but instead about where you’re losing your hair how quickly and by how much.

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Symptoms of thinning hair include circular and patchy bald spots, scaling that spreads across the scalp, hair loss across your body (it isn’t just about your scalp, you know) and sudden loss of hair; which can be particularly noticeable when you’re showering, shaving or styling your hair. Of course, a gradual thinning on top of your head is most likely to go un-noticed, so be sure to pay attention.

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3 Types of Hair Loss

Telogen effluvium

Stressful circumstances and events pushs large numbers of hair follicles into a ‘resting phase’, says the Mayo Clinic. ‘Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.’

Trichotillomania

Not every man will experience this when dealing with hair loss or thinning hair, but ‘Trichotillomania’ is ‘an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body’, a direct reaction to negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as anxiety, unhappiness, boredom, tension, frustration or loneliness.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is when the body’s immune system ‘attacks’ hair follicles, causing hair loss. It’s thought to be caused by extreme stress.

Expert and Celebrity Advice on Thinning Hair

If you’re worried about your rate of hair growth or thinning hair, there’s plenty of advice — from dermatologists to scientists to Hollywood celebrities — that is likely to resonate with you. Below are five of favourites, each armed to the teeth with expert advice, anecdotal tips and real-world stories.

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Make Your Hair Thicker

However, there’s plenty you can do to thicken what hair you have left. Cheap, quick and easy to do, these solutions will help thicken your lid.

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1. Wash Your Hair

Many men worry that the more they wash their hair the more they’ll lose but in reality washing actually thickens hair because dirty, greasy hair lies flat and looks ‘gappy’. For best results use a regular use shampoo like Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo For Men and wash with warm water (hot water dries out the hair and scalp). Just don’t make these grooming mistakes.

American Crew Thickening Shampoo, 250ml American Crew amazon.co.uk £8.50

2. Use a Thickening Product

“Thickening shampoos, conditioners and sprays contain special polymers which plump up the hair shafts to make them look fuller,” says Daniel Morrissey, franchise owner at Toni & Guy. The effects are only temporary so you’ll need to use them regularly but they can increase hair thickness by up to 20 per cent.

3. Put the Comb Down

Step away from your toothy tangle tamer. Constant combing and brushing can make thin hair look limp and flat. Instead, try styling your hair using your fingers and you’ll add start to thicken your hair, while adding volume and texture, too.

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4. Use the Right Styling Products

If you’re using heavy waxes and gels on thinning hair you’re not doing it any favours. “These can weigh hair down making it look thin and flat,” says Enzo Volpe, stylist at Michael John salon. “The most effective styling product to give hair volume is mousse, along with sprays developed to give the hair “root lift.”

5. Pack in the Fags

According to a study by Harvard School of Public Health in America, smoking not only increases levels of hormones that can trigger hair loss, it also constricts the tiny blood vessels that supply the scalp, starving your hair of the nutrients it needs for growth. Stub it out to stop it falling out.

6. Put the Wind up Your Hair

Blow-drying is a good way to give fine hair more volume but don’t flame-grill it or you’ll damage your hair’s natural proteins, making it brittle. Use the drier’s ‘cool button’ to protect your locks.

7. Protect Your Pate

Allowing your bonce to bake in scorching heat is a recipe for hair-loss disaster. As well as making hair brittle and fragile, sunburn causes the scalp to produce a compound called superoxide that can cause hair follicles to switch from a growth phase to a shedding one.

8. Don’t Be so Rough

Human hair is three times weaker when wet and over-combing or rough towel drying can damage it and cause snapping – the last thing you want if you’re already a bit thin on top. Instead, let hair dry naturally or gently pat dry and style with your fingers to give it more texture.

9. Stock up on Soya

New research shows that a molecule produced in the intestine when soya is digested could halt the balding process because it blocks the effect of the hormone that triggers hair loss. Worth a try and a lot better than most supposed baldness cures (like getting cows to lick your head).

10. Get a Better Cut

Many men try to deal with baldness by growing their hair or playing with partings when in reality a shorter cut is always more flattering, so go for a classic crop or an unstructured one if you’ve still got some hair to play with. Both will help make it look denser and draw attention away from your hair loss and towards your face.

“If your hair’s not as thick as it used to be ask your stylist about slicing and brick cutting,” suggests Jen Deighton, Art Director of Toni & Guy in Sunderland. “If done finely these cutting techniques can create a more textured finish which will, in turn, make hair appear thicker.”

11. Consider Hair Pills or Vitamins

Helping maintain healthy, faster hair growth, Hairburst Strawberry gummies contain Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12; which contribute to healthier, thicker hair.

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First things first: It’s nearly impossible to thicken your hair at the root itself unless you medically intervene with supplements or injections. But that’s not what this article is about .It’s about how to make your hair look and feel fuller—to maximize the follicles you’re already working with, and to be all the more confident when you head out into the world with each passing year.

Because the truth is every single one of us will lose hair to some extent—some quicker and to a greater degree than others—but if you act quickly and get a little crafty no one will be the wiser.

It mostly comes down to using the right hair products, and some minor dietary fixes, says Los Angeles-based celebrity groomer, KC Fee.

These are her tips for getting a fuller head of hair.

1. Switch to a Milder Shampoo

Hopefully you already know that too much shampoo is bad for your hair. It strips all the good oils along with the bad, drying it out and making it hard to style. However, sometimes that’s the tradeoff if you actually want your hair to look fuller: When it’s parched, it stands up more and looks thicker. So, since you might be shampooing more frequently in order to get this effect, Fee suggests switching to one that’s engineered to be less harsh on your strands. It’ll still lift the hair since it removes the oil at the root, but it’ll dry the actual hair out less in the process, by preserving its natural oils.

She prefers Christophe Robin Men’s Cleansing Thickening Paste for her clients.

“It gives hair volume and a thicker feel,” Fee says.

2. Use Light, Dry Products

“When it comes to thinning hair, you don’t want to use heavy, greasy products that’ll weigh the hair down,” says Fee. “It will cause separation that only accentuates the hair loss.”

She’s referring to things like standard shiny pomade. Instead you want something with a matte finish that lifts the hair. She uses Kevin Murphy Rough Rider Clay Pomade (note that it’s not a “traditional greasy pomade—sometimes the word ‘pomade’ is used interchangeably with ‘hair product’), or a texturizing spray like Oribe’s, which kind of works like a dry shampoo to soak excess oils and add some lift.

“Both are light and dry products that give volume and texture,” says Fee. “A good rule of thumb is to start with a little product and build as needed.”

3. Use a Round Brush (and a Hair Dryer)

You probably know that a brush isn’t the best styling device for short hair. It’s used to evenly distribute natural oils to the ends of longer hairs. So, while you keep a comb nearby for your styling needs, there is one brush you should have on-hand: a small, rounded one, like the 3/4″ brush from Spornette. If you use a cream styler, like Baxter of California’s Hard Cream Pomade, apply a small amount to clean, towel-dried hair, then use the brush with a hair dryer (a cheap, simple Conair hair dryer will do) to lift the hair and dry the product at the root, Fee says.

“It gives the hair volume and a thicker look,” she adds.

4. Follow These Dieting Principles

“Diet and supplements can be very helpful in strengthening hair and prolonging the inevitable, as hair loss comes down to genetics,” Fee says.

You can take a proactive approach to hair loss, aside from pills and procedures, by focusing on your diet.

“It can be as easy as eating a clean diet—no sugar or processed foods—and one high in antioxidants,” she says. “Or you can take supplements that include biotin, zinc, vitamin C, iron, and niacin—such as Viviscal daily hair growth supplements.”

5. Opt for Hair fibers—Hollywood’s Big Grooming Secret

We asked Fee for the “Hollywood secret” to making hair look thicker—something beyond these everyday salon tips.

Her answer was a bit of a shock: It’s hair fibers—like those sprinkle-on powders guys use to cover their bald spots.

“You’d be surprised to know how many men being photographed or in films and on TV use this trick,” she says. “There’s absolutely no shame in it. And it works! I use Toppik Hair Fiber. It comes in every shade in a shake bottle. You can either shake it in to cover bigger areas, such as the top or back of the head, or it has a pump nozzle you can buy separately to use for a more precise application along the hairline.”

If you aren’t balding but simply want to make your hair look thicker and fuller, this could be the solution. Just don’t touch the hair much once it’s applied, and shampoo thoroughly before resting it on any pillows.

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How to get thicker, fuller hair?

You probably have a workout routine you swear by, a diet plan helping you obtain your ideal weight or even the holy grail of home remedies for when you come down with a cold. Maybe you have a moisturizer that you have been using for years because of the wonders it does for your skin. But what about your hair? It can take a heavy beating on an average day: going through stress and surviving any element you put it through. However, over time, your hair can lose its strength and thickness, and most shampoos and conditioners you are using contain harsh chemicals, which can strip the oils and make your hair brittle.

Stress is another major factor that can alter the look and feel of your hair. It can accelerate the aging of hair, and can cause rapid hair loss. At the first sign of hair loss, it’s important to begin caring for your hair in order to save it from any more damage. Understanding how to get thicker hair means understanding the nutrients it requires. It’s important to ensure that your follicles in your scalp are given the right nutrients to maintain the ideal environment for thicker, healthier looking hair growth. Vitamin C, Biotin and Keratin are essential in promoting hair growth and protecting hair from becoming dry, brittle and damaged.

How to Promote Hair Thickness with Essential Vitamins

Vitamin C helps you produce collagen, which is the most abundant protein in the human body. Vitamin C also helps protect against the damage that free radicals can cause to body tissues. Free radicals can damage hair. Dry and splitting hair due to a Vitamin C deficiency may lead to hair loss or excessive hair shedding. Biotin, or Vitamin B7, helps the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein and thus essential in growing thicker, fuller hair. Keratin is the key structural component of hair, and it acts as an external protective protein in the outer layers of a hair strand, and as an internal protein in the core of the hair, helping to maintain its strength. Keratin is lost when hair is damaged physically or chemically due to certain environmental factors. The loss of Keratin makes hair fibers susceptible to further damage. Growing thicker hair with vitamins is a scientific code that has been unlocked by Viviscal.

How can I get thicker hair naturally?

Shampoo for Fuller and Healthier Hair (avoid SLS or SLES)

Shampoo will always play a part in how well your hair looks and will increase hair density. When it comes to choosing the best shampoo for thicker hair, avoid harsh chemicals and detergents like SLS or SLES. SLS and SLES act as detergents that can strip your hair of its natural oils. Keeping those oils in your hair is important. That’s one of the main reasons why you should not be washing your hair everyday. Get rid of these detergents or else your hair will dry out. A good shampoo for thinning hair can be the difference between dull, lifeless hair and healthy, shiny hair that you’ll love to show off.

Keep Your Roots Happy for Fuller Hair

It seems like common sense, but healthy hair growth starts at the roots. Take care of your hair follicles to ensure that your hair strands are healthy, strong and full. Your follicles are at their strongest when your blood is circulating as it should. Good blood circulation allows for the nutrients in your diet to travel up to your scalp and into your follicles. Make sure your diet is balanced with hair growth nutrients, including biotin, iron and zinc, to help feed your follicles and keep them healthy. Remember — strong roots mean stronger, thicker hair strands. One of the best ways to make sure your scalp is getting the blood circulation it needs is to get regular scalp massages.

Essential Oils + Scalp Massages for Thicker-Looking Hair

Essential oils are a secret weapon among women with healthy hair. They’re even better when paired with a nice, long scalp massage. This will do a few things for your healthy hair:

  • Clean your scalp to create a healthy growth environment
  • Stimulate blood circulation
  • Keep your hair moisturized and gloss

The skin on your scalp is very thin, so it doesn’t take much to stimulate it. We recommend horsetail plant extract oil, jojoba oil, or even high-quality olive oil in small amounts. Dry hair will never grow as well as it could if it was properly moisturized. Try massaging a teaspoon (or less) of oil into your hair and scalp 1-2 times a week. Use the pads of your fingers to apply a small amount of oil to different parts of your scalp. Work it in using slow, circular motions. Really work it into your scalp, enjoy the scents, and relax!

Thick, Curly Hair Needs More Moisture

Although most hair growth advice works for women of many different hair types, women with naturally thick and curly hair have a few unique problems. Thick, curly hair is more prone to drying out. So pay attention to moisture levels. Deep conditioning treatments once or twice a month can help minimize hair breakage, and even help relax tight curls slightly. Between treatments, use extra-moisturizing oils. Castor oil is a thick, effective oil that prevents split ends and is an important element of your routine for a thicker and stronger hair. While jojoba oil is a great daily moisturizer for women of all hair types.

Reduce Friction Wherever Possible

When it comes to hair growth, take care of wet hair. It’s extremely fragile and prone to breaking — exactly what you don’t want when aiming for thick hair growth. A lot of the time, we’re not aware of what we’re doing to hair during our everyday routine. Simple things like blow-drying, tying it back into a ponytail or even sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can cause friction and breakage. So avoid friction at all costs. Instead of cotton or microfiber, opt for satin or sateen sheets. If you’ve worn your hair tied back in a ponytail for a few days, give it a couple days down and relaxed so the strands aren’t stressed. And do not blow-dry and heat-style your hair every single day — take a break from the high heat every once in a while.

Embrace Hair Supplements to Fuller Hair

You know the importance of diet for hair growth, but let’s be honest. It can be difficult to eat all the right foods with all the right nutrients every single day to boost the thickness of your hair. That’s why we’re so glad to have hair supplements. Daily vitamins are great for your general health, but you need a supplement designed specifically for hair if you want to see the best results.

When looking for a hair health supplement to promote thicker hair, make sure it includes key hair vitamins and nutrients like biotin, niacin, and iron. We recommend trying Viviscal Extra Strength hair supplement. It’s drug-free and contains the healthy-hair nutrients that follicles need.

Remember that the best way to get thick hair growth is to approach it from all angles. It’s not just the products you use, or your diet, or the right hair routine. True hair growth happens when everything is balanced. And remember it won’t happen in a week — stick with it!

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