Best Care for Thicker Hair
Thick, healthy hair has long been a sign of youth, good health, vitality and beauty. Yet, for so many, growing thick hair is difficult. While there are many strategies you can employ to make your hair appear more full, the key to rich, thick, healthy hair is to nourish it from the inside out.
Top Issues for those Seeking Thick Hair
Below we address some common questions regarding thick hair, along with natural alternatives for supporting healthy hair growth. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.
There are two ways to define thick hair.
Hair texture is determined by the diameter of the hair strand itself. Fine hair has the smallest diameter, coarse hair has the largest, and medium texture is somewhere in between.
Hair density is the number of hair follicles in a 1-inch square area on your scalp. On average, humans have about 2,200 hairs per square inch. Those with more than 2,200 strands have thicker hair and those with less have thinner hair. The number of hairs on the head generally varies with the color of the hair. Blonds usually have the highest density, and people with red hair tend to have the lowest.
Naturally occurring thin hair, or fine hair, typically has less amino acids than thick hair naturally does. When a person regularly uses hair products, the amino acids usually are stripped from the hair, leaving it lifeless, flat and dull. Volumizing shampoo works to add humectants, which are non-oily substances that attract and pull in moisture from the surrounding environment. These humectants help to swell a person’s hair shafts to create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. Other products use synthetic polymers that coat each hair strand adding to illusion of thicker hair. While these products make your hair appear thicker, they do not help you grow back any hair you’ve lost or even keep you from losing more hair. They will only help make what you have left on your head seem a bit healthier.
Coloring or relaxing your hair can also make your hair feel thicker. These processes damage the hair shaft, causing it to swell. This swelling makes hair feel and look thicker. The downside is that these processes damage hair. The use of color itself can also give the illusion of thickness. If your hair is all one color, it tends to appear more flat and lifeless. Adding some visual contrast, in the form of highlights and lowlights, can give it more dimension.
While genetics play the biggest role in determining hair thickness, there are several ways to increase the hair density. While some drugs claim to increase hair density, the long-term effects of these pharmaceutical treatments are unknown. In addition, because they artificially stimulate hair growth, hair is likely to fall out when these treatments are interrupted or discontinued.
More and more people are turning to natural therapies as a solution. You may wish to supplement conventional treatment(s), or consider an all-natural approach with a balanced diet and hair-healthy nutrients. Natural ingredients such as the herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in Hair Essentials™, help restore balance to the body and encourage natural healing. With proper nourishment, the body can naturally repair damaged and inflamed follicles, and reinvigorate dormant follicles increasing the number of active hair follicles on your scalp.
Additional Tips on how to Naturally Grow Thick Hair
Try these natural remedies to help encourage strong, healthy, thick hair growth.
Stay away from lauryl sulfate.
This chemical, also known as laureth sulfate, causes shampoos to foam and makes you feel like you are really giving your hair a good washing. However, it also strips your hair the same way that bleach does causing damage. Use an organic shampoo that does not contain this chemical to help your hair grow thick and strong.
Increase blood flow to scalp through massage and exercise.
Massaging the scalp will improve the circulation. Use cold-pressed oils from plants such as jojoba, argan, evening primrose, borage seed, and coconut, which are rich in fatty acids including omega-3, omega-6, omega-9 fatty acids, and many other phytonutrients, which reduce inflammation within the follicles, encourage circulation to the scalp, regulate sebum (oil) production to create a healthier environment for hair to grow in, moisturize and protect the scalp and hair, and repair and rejuvenate damaged hair follicles. In addition, essential oils (not to be confused with pressed oils) including rosemary, lavender, chamomile, helichrysum and many others, provide therapeutic benefit to the scalp and follicles. Add a few drops of essential oil(s) to your jojoba, coconut or other oil and massage your scalp a few times a week, or use in a weekly hot oil treatment. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to your shampoo and conditioner. You should also consider exercise to rid the body of toxins and increase blood flow to the scalp, which delivers essential oxygen and nutrients to our hair cells.
Mix it up with mayonnaise.
Mayo acts much like oil and honey on the scalp. It softens and hydrates it to create healthier hair. It is also beneficial for your existing hair. It is full of essential proteins, fats and oils. Massage it into the hair just like you would any shampoo or conditioner and leave it for 15 minutes under a shower cap. Rinse it with warm water when the time is up. This treatment will leave hair not only thicker but shiner and softer.
Eat a balanced diet and supplement with Hair Essentials™.
The old adage ‘You are what you eat’ certainly rings true when it comes to hair health! Eat a diet rich in protein, essential fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids), Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. You may also want to supplement your food intake with a natural supplement like Hair Essentials™ that offers an abundant supply of hair-healthy nutrients.Hair Essentials™ provides more than 20 all-natural, hair-healthy vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other nutrients that support strong hair growth. Its more than 20 all-natural ingredients are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and go straight to the scalp where they work in combination to:
- Repair damaged hair follicles
- Stimulate inactive hair follicles
- Reduce scalp inflammation which can lead to hair loss
- Encourage hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance
- Regulate the time hair remains in the dormant stage
- Protect hair follicle cells against oxidative stress and damage
- Support healthy circulation to the scalp
- Boost hair cell division
- Seed follicles with the nutrients they need for new hair growth
- Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair