If you are reading this article, chances are that you have a problem with thin hair. You look at models and celebrities and dream about having voluminous, strong hair like Kim Kardashian. While the texture of hair is mostly hereditary, there are many ways to improve its thickness, overall condition and looks. It is also important to remember that healthy, thick hair should not be taken for granted as there are many factors that can influence its condition. That is why every person that cares about the looks of their hair should get to know what factors may put their hair in danger and what remedies can help solve this problem.
Causes of thinning hair
The process of hair thinning may be triggered by various factors, the most common being changes in hormones level, allergies, the use of inappropriate hair products, bad diet, exposure to excess sun and pollution, ageing and stress. Whatever the reason is, you should first try to determine why the condition of your hair has deterred and – if possible – eliminate the reason. The second step to enjoying beautiful, thick hair is choosing the appropriate treatment that will strengthen and thicken your hair.
How to avoid thinning hair
Even though you might be tempted to use a blow dryer and a curling iron every day in order to add some volume to your hair, you should try to avoid prolonged use of heat styling tools. Hair that is exposed to high temperature gets weaker, thinner and eventually breaks or falls out easily. Try some alternatives, like hair rollers that do not need the application of damaging heat.
Natural Hair-care Products
Most hair products are chemical based. Even though they do the job at cleaning and adding volume to your hair, constant use of shampoos and conditioners may cause a long-lasting damage to your hair. Choose organic products for everyday haircare. Make sure they are based on soap agents and natural oils. If you notice that your hair gets thinner, one of the first steps you should take is to avoid shampoos that contain strong chemicals, like sodium laurel and laureth sulfates.
Give Your Hair a Break
Washing your hair every day might seem like a necessity, but regardless of the hair type, you should be able to take a two or three day break between the washes. If you fell that your hair gets too oily after just one day, try using a dry shampoo. It will make your hair look less oily and more voluminous. For best results, make sure you use it in the morning, before styling your hair. People who are accustomed to washing their hair daily might find this advice difficult to follow, but after two weeks they will definitely notice the benefits of not removing natural protection barrier from their hair on a daily basis.
Obviously, washing your hair too infrequently is not a good idea either as it may lead to the development of scalp conditions, like dandruff.
Protect You Hair
Every day your hair is exposed to UV radiation, pollution or dry air from the air conditioning. While you can’t entirely protect your hair from these damaging factors, you can, at least, try to cover your hair when possible. In the summer wear a straw hat that will protect your hair from the exposure to the sun. In the winter remember about a wool hat that will not only prevent your hair from the damage caused by very low temperatures but will also make a barrier for the pollution coming from the air, especially if you live in a city.
The best way for your hair to stay in a good condition is to leave it as natural as possible. Try to avoid dying your hair or at least, don’t do it too often. Chemicals that come in contact with your hair always damage it to some level. If you are a hair dye addict, make sure that you give your hair a lot of care by applying hair conditioners hair masks regularly.
Home remedies for thinning hair
Hair is built mostly of proteins. You need to make sure that your diet is properly balanced and provides your body with the much-needed substances to keep your hair strong and healthy. You can also make a protein hair mask that improves the hair condition in and instant. All you need to do is beat two eggs (one may be enough if you have short hair), wet your hair, apply the mask and leave it in for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and a bit of shampoo. It might take the time to wash it off properly as the egg can get a bit dry in some places. Let it not discourage you from the egg treatment for your hair. It is one of the most effective ways to fight thinning hair. Repeat this treatment twice a week.
Olive oil is widely used in cosmetics due to its countless properties. When applied to your hair, it nourishes it and makes it feel softer. You can use olive oil to stimulate the hair growth by massaging a small amount of it into your scalp. For best results, you should leave it in for the night and wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and warm water in the morning.
You can also nourish your hair by applying a paste made of olive oil and honey. Leave it on for half an hour, then rinse and shampoo your hair. You should notice the difference in the structure of your hair immediately.
Another product that can be found in the kitchen that works miracles on your hair is avocado. Avocado hair mask not only nourishes and moisturises your hair, but also provides it with plenty of vitamin E which plays a very important role in keeping the hair, the nails and the skin healthy. The recipe for an avocado hair mask is very simple. You just need to mash one avocado and one banana, then add one or two tablespoons of olive oil to the paste. Apply it on your hair and leave it on. Most hair masks need around 30 minutes for their ingredients to penetrate the scalp. After that time rinse your hair with abundant water and shampoo it as usual.
Fenugreek seeds are a less known, but a highly effective natural remedy for thin hair and dandruff. The preparation of a fenugreek seeds mask takes a bit more time, but it’s definitely worth a try. To make the most of the fenugreek seeds properties, you need to soak them in water for up to 10 hours. You can leave them in a bowl with water for the night and prepare the healing mask for your hair and scalp in the morning. Grind the soaked seeds and add two teaspoons of olive oil or coconut oil to the paste. Regular 30-minute sessions with fenugreek seeds paste on your hair will not only make it thicker and stronger, but also help reduce or even eliminate dandruff.
Castor Oil and Coconut Oil
On the market there is a wide variety of oils recommended for a regular use on your scalp in order to enhance the hair growth and improve the condition and the looks of the hair. The most popular oils used in hair products are castor oil and coconut oil. You can buy any of them in many pharmacies or health food stores. For best results, heat the oil slightly before you apply it to your scalp. Dip your fingers in the oil and massage it into the skin of your head with circular motions. Once the entire scalp is treated with oil, comb your hair in order to spread the nutrients onto the whole length. Wrap your hair in a towel and let the oil work for an hour. Rinse it well with warm water.
In case of oil treatment on thin hair it is extremely important that you wash your hair thoroughly afterwards. Otherwise, the weight of the oil might add to the look of flatness. However, it is highly recommendable to include them in your haircare routine. To add variety, you can use other oils that have been proven to be effective in hair thickening. Some of them are rosemary, geranium, thyme, cedar-wood and chamomile oils.
If you notice that your hair gets thinner, it might be because you have neglected your diet. There are certain substances which are absolutely crucial for maintaining healthy and thick hair. Make sure your menu is rich in foods that contain a lot of iron and vitamin B. Some of the foods that will provide your body with a lot of iron are: lamb, beef, pork, poultry and fish. If you are a vegetarian, increase the amount of green leafy vegetables you eat. Alternatively, you can choose to buy an iron supplement in a pharmacy. Remember also to eat lots of fruits, vegetables, brown rice and nuts in order to get enough vitamin B.
Tips and tricks to give your hair volume
If you have thin hair, you should keep it relatively short and go for a bob or a shoulder-length haircut. Longer hair weighs more, even if it’s very thin. It becomes more difficult to give it volume and despite many attempts to raise it at the root, the hair becomes flat-looking quite fast. If you are too used to your long hair and cutting it short is not an option, go for layers that will visually add volume to your hair.
Part with the Part
Avoid hairdos that expose the part. If your hair is very thin, a defined part will only draw attention to the skin that becomes more visible in this area. This in an even bigger issue if your hair is relatively dark.
If you like the part too much to abandon it, then don’t keep it always in the same place. Try flipping your hair to the other side for an instant boost of volume. Use a bit of hairspray to prevent the stubborn hair from getting back to the old position.
Volumizing Tricks and Products
Current market offers a very wide range of products that will help you add volume to your thinning hair. Sprays, mousses and pastes work wonders when it comes to lifting your hair at the roots but you have to follow the usage instructions. Those products are meant to be applied sparingly in order to not add unnecessary weight to your hair. You also need to make sure that you apply them directly to the roots. Spraying the whole length of the hair is not only pointless, but also gives the opposite result to the one that you want to achieve.
For a special night out or whenever you want to make sure your hair stays voluminous for a longer time, try putting velcro rollers on the top of your head. Do it after you dry and style your hair, but before you apply the hairspray. To boost the effect, apply a bit of heat on the rollers by using the hair dryer. When you take them off, spritz the hair with a fixing product and you’re ready to go.
When to look for professional help
Thinning hair is a reflection of the condition of your health. If it persists and you have tried various remedies to make your hair thicker and stronger, but nothing has brought satisfactory results, you may have to consult the doctor in order to perform a blood test that can show some abnormalities which directly affect the condition of your hair.