Are you like me not lucky enough to be born with the genes for a thick, natural hair? A thick hair not only gives the impression that it is fresh and healthy, but the hair also looks longer! And who wouldn’t like to have that beautiful, voluminous ponytail that looks even more beautiful when it is made with thick hair? Keep on reading to get the very best tips on how to grow thicker hair and what to be careful about in everyday life if you dream about thick hair.
Most people dream about having a voluminous, thick hair. But it takes both a lot of patience and a great deal of care, because frequent bleaching or dyeing your hair and excessive use of heaters, such as blow dryers and straighteners, reduce your chances of getting a healthy, thick hair. Luckily there are a lot of (easy) aids that can help you achieve thicker hair. Read on in this article where I have gathered the best recommendations from hair stylists, dermatologists, and a trichologist (a hair specialist) in the quest for an answer to “How to get thicker hair?”
How To Get Thicker Hair?
The first question you ask yourself is probably: "How to grow thicker hair"? Assuming you have genetically healthy hair and you yourself are healthy, get both your vitamins and enough exercise, and that you are not affected by menopause, is it then possible for you to get thicker hair? This is what I asked hair stylist and beauty expert Helene Sørensen about, and here is what she said: "With proper haircare, a haircut every 3-4 months, and no unnecessary strain from various chemicals or other styling products, the hair will look and feel thick and healthy. However, the key word here is "look". The thickness of the hair does not change, but by avoiding the "rough" chemicals from both daily use of haircare products and from various colour treatments, and at the same time providing the hair with in-depth nurture, the hair won’t lose its natural volume, shine and freshness. That in itself will help make the hair look a whole lot healthier and help you get visibly thicker hair."
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What Causes Thin Hair?
Abnormal hair growth that is not genetically determined is most often the result of poor nutrition, poor blood circulation in the scalp, or hormonal imbalance from either menopause, pregnancy or stress. Unlike genetics, we can luckily change these factors and improve ourselves without resorting to overly complicated treatments or expensive visits to the hair clinic in the quest for thick hair.
But it is important to keep in mind that hair loss can be caused by many factors, so what works for some people, may not work for you. That’s why “How to get thicker hair” is not a how-to list complete with a guarantee, but instead something to try out and test.
Home Remedies For Getting Thick Hair
Home remedies are simply easier and probably also cheaper, so why not start there? It doesn’t take more than a few Google searches for “how to get thicker hair home remedies”, and you’ll have all the answers you need. To save you time and make it easier for you, I’ve already done that for you. I’ve practically trawled through the entire internet and asked every specialist I could find. Below is a condensed version of the answers:
1. FIND THE RIGHT HAIR WASHING ROUTINE
Obviously, it is important to remove grime and bacteria from the hair and scalp, but excess hair washing results in a disturbance of the hair’s natural moisture balance. Depending on your hair type, we recommend you wash your hair 2-3 times a week. Hair that has been washed too much is often dry, because applying too much soap too often desiccates the hair, so washing your hair too often won’t bring you any closer to the thick hair you dream about. Make sure you use natural and nutritious products, which don’t contain desiccating, rough perfume or soap components.
My personal tip: My hair has a general tendency to get greasy very fast, so I wash it three times a week. If a good week, I keep it down to two times a week. I’ve found a good routine that suits my hair type, and I advise you to do the same! I make sure to use a moisturising conditioner and sulphate free shampoo (SLS/SLES), since they can desiccate the hair. At the same time, I avoid any silicone in my shampoo and conditioner because it causes my hair to almost immediately fall flat and in no way makes my hair thicker or anything that even vaguely resembles thick hair.
If you want a good shampoo and conditioner, I recommend HairLust Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo and Conditioner – both are completely free from (SLS/SLES) sulphates, parabens, and silicone!
2. TRY A SCALP MASSAGE
While we're talking bathing and washing routines, try pampering your scalp with a scalp massage. Because even though the scalp is essential on getting thicker hair, the scalp is often overlooked. If you want to enhance your chances of getting thick hair, the most important thing to do is to increase the blood circulation to your follicles. This is easily done by remembering to massage your scalp with your fingertips every so often. An obvious occasion to do this is when you massage shampoo into your hair during a shower. We also recommend investing in a good hairbrush for this specific purpose, and that you comb through your hair before showering, because this stimulates the scalp and untangles the hair.
My personal tip: A good starting point for getting thicker hair is to massage your scalp with gentle movements for 1-2 minutes approx. 2 times a week. After showering I use the HairLust Detangle Wet Brush. The brush has specially constructed brush bristles that provide a gentle massage for the scalp and also helps stimulate the blood circulation. Click the link, if you want to know more about the benefits of using a wet brush.
That said, I would probably recommend you use a bigger brush for dry hair, if you have medium thick or thick hair.
3. AVOID Direct Heat on Hair
After a refreshing shower, many take advantage of the occasion to style their hair. Most people would pull out the blow dryer and crank up the heat to dry the hair as fast as possible. After all, is high heat exposure really that damaging to the hair? The short answer is “yes!”, so you better put the blow dryer back in the closet and save it for special occasions, when you really want to dazzle everyone. Without proper heat protection, heaters are the single worst habit when it comes to styling, and in a worst-case scenario it can even prevent you to grow thicker hair. Blow dryers, straighteners and straightening brushes wear out your hair a lot more than you know and considerably reduce the likelihood of getting thick hair. If you’re anything like me, you’re busy in the morning and have to dry your hair fast, your chances of getting thicker hair are greatly increased by using a towel made from delicate fibres. And then do your best to let your hair air-dry or blow-dry it with your blow dryer set to cold.
My personal tip: If you want thick hair, then let your hair dry naturally after showering! HairLust carries a soft turban towel made of bamboo. It is made specifically for hair and doesn’t tear the hair unnecessarily when used for drying hair after washing it. Just gently put up your hair and leave it to dry, while you take care of the rest of your body.
4. AVOID TIGHT HAIRSTYLES
If you often put up your hair, I always recommend making a loose knot at the nape of your neck. My best advice here is also to avoid using hairclips and hair bands with metal. If you use a tight ponytail, a tight knot or hard pins, you risk damaging the hair and breaking your hair strands, which you obviously should avoid if you want thick hair.
5. GIVE YOUR HAIR A WEEKLY MOISTURE BOOST
I’m sure you’ve read it before in one of my previous articles, but I’ll say it again. If you want thick hair, you have to thoroughly nourish your hair with a moisturising treatment. A nourishing and moisturising hair mask that penetrates into the deeper hair fibres helps achieve and maintain thick hair. If your hair is delicate or has been damaged from chemicals, make sure you chose a hair mask with extra proteins. If you, on the other hand, have curly or thicker hair, pick a hair mask with lots of moisture and essential oils that lift and moisturise the curls. After this treatment you can even add a little extra moisture to the hair ends by using a hair oil.
How I get thicker hair: I use an extra moisturising hair treatment once a week. For everyday care, I use a few drops of hair oil, which keep my hair shiny and thoroughly moisturised throughout the day. In addition, the hair oil protects my hair from damage caused by heating tools and UV rays. HairLust’s hair oil is even a natural heat protector because it contains argan oil.
Learn more about good hair oils by reading our post about hair oil for dry hair.