If you’ve finally given up on the empty promises of late-night infomercials and other expensive quick fixes, you might be ready to try the more difficult but effective way to get thicker hair.

Why don’t many hair thickening products work?

A common problem with many products that promise thick hair is that they focus on the speed of the resolution and not what is actually going on in an individual’s body to make their hair thin. Many products are applied directly to the hair or scalp and are meant to do things like reactivate hair follicles or somehow make existing hair strands thicker. The real focus should not be on such immediate results. Instead, it should be aimed at achieving long-term changes in one’s overall health. 

What makes for thick hair?

A major factor in healthy hair is one’s diet. A well-rounded diet rich in healthy fats and vitamins is known to be the best basis of strong, healthy hair. Another factor in healthy hair is the maintenance of the natural oils in one’s hair. Maintaining proper levels of these natural oils makes for stronger hair that is more resistant to drying out and breaking.

What can make one’s hair thinner?

Thick, full hair is considered a sign of a healthy, young individual, so it stands to reason that thinning hair is associated with older individuals and those in poorer health. Without the proper diet, the body won’t have the necessary nutrients to devote to the hair. The hair of individuals with poor diets can be weaker in terms of tensile strength and can lead to breakage; this leaves hair looking thinner. Meanwhile, the mismatched lengths further reduce any appearance of a healthy shine. Many individuals also make the mistake of over-washing their hair. As previously mentioned, the hair’s natural oils are a necessary part of hair strength, so when individuals wash their hair too frequently or with shampoos that are too harsh, their hair can be stripped of these oils and it will be left dry, brittle, and more prone to breakage. Unfortunately, thinning and balding are strongly tied to genetics, so for some individuals, a great deal of their thinning hair can be inevitable. 

What is a natural hair thickener to add to my diet?

Even for those with hair thinning due to their genetics, there are many steps that can be taken toward great-looking hair. The simple addition of some key nutrients in your diet can even help compensate for what you might lack in genetics. Healthy fats coming from sources like avocados, walnuts, and flax seeds can be greatly effective in giving the body what it needs to consistently produce the oils that keep your hair healthy. Better production of these oils means your hair will have a healthy shine, which creates fuller-looking hair on its own. Furthermore, these oils are the best defense against breakage and split ends. This means less hair in your brush and more on your head. In general, eating a balanced diet with a good amount of protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals will keep your body healthy, which will be reflected in your hair.

What is another natural hair thickener outside of a healthy diet?

In addition to a poor diet, there are some environmental factors that can lead to thinner hair, but they can be fought against with some effective, natural treatments and natural hair thickening products. One factor that can hurt your hair is dry heat and sun damage. Just as your skin can have severe reactions to too much sun, your hair can get damaged, too. Heat damage is a big enemy of healthy hair, but many individuals forget to consider sources outside of their blow dryer. When hair is damaged by heat, one of the main issues will be the loss of healthy oils. For immediate protection against further damage or breakage, other natural oils can be used. Some great options are olive, coconut, or avocado oils. Find these oils at the grocery store or in natural hair products, and use them as you would a conditioner. Escaping the heat by hopping into the pool can be another issue for hair because of the chlorine. In this case, one must take care to wash out all chlorine with chlorine-specific shampoo immediately after swimming to minimize the drying effects as much as possible.