How to get thicker hair? Do genes alone cause thicker hair or…


How to get thicker hair? Is it all about good genes or are there any good advice on how to grow thicker hair? In this article I will provide you with my best advice on how to get thicker hair – without extensions or other temporary means.

Stine Holm

Community Manager, HairLust

Stine has a Master in communication from Copenhagen Business School and a never-ending love for the playful world of writing. At HairLust she works hard to communicate the natural values of the HairLust brand and has pushed HairLust in a more transparent direction. Her knowledge about ingredients and her passion for natural hair care shows in every sentence she writes for us. Read more.

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.

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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.

6. Try a Supplement For Hair

The absolute best (and easiest) you can do to grow thicker hair is to build up an ideal nutritional basis for the body to maintain your hair. In order for your body to have a chance at building thick hair, your body needs good nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B complex, including biotin and other essential nutrients. You find all these important vitamins in, among other products, HairLust Hair Gummies, which is a dietary supplement that contributes to thick hair and is specifically developed to provide the proper strength for the hair and in that way you can achieve a healthy and thick hair directly from your diet.

Say what you want, but I believe that health (read: thick hair) comes from within. Taking vitamins and minerals are the easiest and best thing you can do for your hair. Just after taking the HairLust dietary supplement for three weeks, I started getting compliments for my hair. I’m serious when I say that now – one year after embarking on my “hair journey” – the vitamins have also produced positive results regarding my hair length and thickness. Of course, the road to a stronger and thick hair was paved by a combination of all of the routines mentioned above.

My personal tip: To optimise my chances of getting thick hair and simultaneously maintain my hair’s general health, I take a dietary supplement every day. I also make sure to get a proper variety of fatty acids through a diet based on healthy food sources.

Read more about hair vitamins, diet, and hair loss, plus how to keep your hair healthy through your diet.

Best Tips For Getting Thicker Hair

In an effort to grow thicker hair many people – including myself – have tried all sorts of products: volume powder, hair mousse, fibre spray, and dry shampoo, all of which promise that your hair will instantly become thicker. They’re simply a no-go! Too many products damage the natural growth of the hair, so in order to rebuild a thicker hair, you need to give your hair a break from all those chemicals and products.

If your genetics dictate that your hair is fine and delicate, you might not be able to create the permanent hair volume that you desire so much. But certain hair products and hair styles can help you out – and others you should probably avoid.

INVEST IN A GOOD HAIR BRUSH

On the subject of “how to get thicker hair”, it’s necessary to talk about hair styles and hair styling products. To add volume to your hair and create a thick and more voluminous hair, start by looking at your haircare products. I like to use good quality hairbrush. Make sure you use a hairbrush that is good for sensitive hair and a sensitive scalp, and avoid unnecessary or excessive brushing of the hair. Invest in an either rounded or broad brush made of natural and durable materials. If your hair is wet, always use a wet brush, because wet hair is more sensitive to rough brushing. To get healthy and thick hair I also recommend that you brush your hair before showering in order to straighten out the most tangled tufts before the hair gets wet and more fragile.

TREAT YOUR SCALP TO A ROOT LIFTER

Apart from having my hair brushing routine in order, I also use a volumising product for my scalp and follicles. It adds volume to the hair and nourishes the scalp by providing moisture and lots of proteins – an indispensable product for those of us who want thicker hair. Unfortunately, there are lots of products that in the long run dry out both hair and scalp as well as clog the scalp pores because the chemical content builds up around the hair roots and hair strands. And believe me, you don’t want that to happen! I use a product called Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer, which enhances natural hair volume without leaving chemical residue in the scalp – a product for both men and women who want thicker hair in a natural way.

GET A REGULARLY HAIRCUT

Don’t go too long between visits to your hairdresser. You’re doing yourself a disservice by postponing your haircut. In itself, getting your hair cut won’t give you thick hair but by eliminating the thin, split ends, your hair will in no time look 10 times thicker. In addition, you avoid that the splits continue to spread further up and avoid needing an even shorter cut.

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AVOID HAIR EXTENSIONS

Extensions are an easy way to get thicker hair, but frequent use of extensions exposes the hair to quite a strain from metal clips and glue, which WILL cause severe damage to any type of hair. So no, by all means don’t use extensions, because a healthy and permanently thick hair takes patience, and it’s worth the wait!

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO GET THICKER HAIR?

Apart from a daily intake of a dietary supplement to grow thicker hair, products rich in protein and scalp stimulating products can be useful. They come in many shapes and sizes and can almost instantaneously give you visibly thicker hair.

REBUILD THE HAIR WITH ACTIVE MICROPROTEINS

You might be thinking “What are microproteins and how do proteins make hair thicker?” Microproteins are a protein source that penetrates deep into the hair fibres. Countless studies show the positive effect of microproteins on hair, hair growth, and hair thickness (for more information about the studies, see www.personal-care.basf.com and www.carecreations.basf.com). The majority of HairLust products contain active, vegan microproteins from plants and rice extract, which among other things rebuild the hair root proteins and contribute to prolonging the hair life cycle, improve the hair structure, and minimise split ends, all of which contribute to a healthy, strong, and thick hair.

STIMULATE THE SCALP WITH SPEARMINT OIL

Who would have thought that spearmint oil was the way to thicker hair? I’d never have guessed. But after reading about it in pretty much every debate on hair and on every specialised website, I had to give it a go myself. Spearmint (also called garden mint, common mint, lamb mint, mackerel mint) stimulates and invigorates the scalp, and it provides an instantaneous sense of freshness. Spearmint is rich in vitamins A and C, Omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals, plus mint has antiseptic properties, which relieve itchiness and prevent dandruff. You can find spearmint in, for instance, Hair & Scalp Detox Scrub and Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer, which are two of my personal favourites for getting thick hair.

DEEP CLEAN WITH A SCALP SCRUB

Everybody should scrub once in a while, and especially if you suffer from scalp problems, dryness, and greasiness (which can also have an impact on your chances of getting thicker hair). Just like you scrub away at your skin to remove tallow and dead skin cells, your scalp could benefit from a good scrub. A scalp scrub scrubs away grime, dandruff, and build-up product residue from the scalp and provides the ideal setting for the growth of long, thick hair. I recommend that everyone incorporate a weekly scalp scrub in their showering routine. I personally use a scalp scrub a couple of times a month and my favourite is the Hair & Scalp Detox Scrub, which is certified organic and vegan! You can use it more often, if you like and want. In other words, you can actually scrub your way to thick hair!

So how do you get thicker hair? This post isn’t a how-to list with guaranteed results, because several factors play a role, but I find that there are great products and good advice that can contribute to getting thicker hair without you having to resort to the popular (and harmful) extensions.

If you have advice on how to get thicker hair, we would love to hear from you, so drop us a comment below. And if you have any questions about how to grow thicker hair, ask away!

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  • Maham

    Hi my name is maham anda im 17 years old…. 2 years ago I lost 20 pounds through extreme dieting and exercise and at first it was quite an achievement but then 4 months later all my hair started falling out ( I had extremely thick long hair) I used different oils and improve d my diet..though my hair is better now but it still that thick as is used to be….


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