Who doesn’t want thick, lustrous, voluminous locks? Even when you barely have time to put on makeup or accessorize, every woman still feels pretty fierce when she has a full, flowing head of hair. But not everyone is blessed with thick tresses. That leaves many women turning to extensions, both of the clip-in and more permanent varieties. These are certainly good options, but, they can become expensive and time-consuming. And, extensions are a lot harder to maintain than regular hair because you have to be very careful when combing them out. Plus, you can’t really treat and style extensions the way you do natural hair, as some varieties cannot handle straightening, curling, relaxing treatments, or perms. If possible, getting fuller hair, naturally, will be the easier route. Here are natural ways to thicken hair.
Exercising regularly improves circulation, including that on your head. Better circulation helps your hair follicles work and produce more hair. So that’s just one more reason to start your day with a workout.
Get a scalp massage
Struggling to convince your partner to give you a head massage? You can tell him that you’ll look hotter for it! Scalp massages stimulate the hair follicles and boost hair production.
Add castor oil
Castor oil is high in vitamin E, which fortifies the hair and prevents breakage. You can either use a light layer as a moisturizer, or leave a heavy lather on for a half hour and rinse it out with shampoo.
Get a biotin shampoo
Biotin strengthens hair and nails so try a biotin-infused shampoo. You don’t need to use it for every wash, but try it once a week.
Reduce heat appliances
You love your straightener and curler but, they’re doing damage to your hair. Your hair cuticles can only handle so much damage before they stop protecting the inner cortex of your strands and break completely. So ease up on the appliances.
Cut back on sugar and carbs
A diet that is high in sugar and carbs can result in fatty deposits in the body, and these deposits interfere with proper circulation. That means they mess with your hair follicles, too.
Make an egg mask
Eggs are high in protein, and your hair is made up of protein, so the two make a happy union. Whip up two eggs in a bowl, and put them all over your hair. Let them sit for a half hour before rinsing out.
Stress leads to hair loss. We’ve all seen the before and after pictures of our presidents. Stress can take a toll on your body in a lot of ways so, do what you can to bust it.
Add aloe gel
You’ve probably noticed that a lot of hair masks and other products contain aloe vera gel, and that’s because it’s high in fortifying vitamin E and can protect the hair against damage. But you can just put the pure gel on your hair as a mask, and rinse it out after a half hour.
Eat more omegas
Omegas are important for your skin, hair, and nails. Women who are low on omegas often have frail, brittle hair. So make sure to get more of it through salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and flax seeds.
Make an avocado mask
You can make an avocado mask with the avocado from one fruit, and one tablespoon of olive oil. Blend it up and leave it on your hair for a half hour before rinsing. Your hair will look instantly fuller after this omega and vitamin-e-heavy mix.
Condition with olive oil
Consider adding olive oil to your conditioner. It’s also high in vitamin E and can put a protective coat over your strands. Or, you could just use olive oil as your conditioner.
Add rosemary oil
Rosemary oil stimulates your hair follicles and boosts hair growth. That’s part of the tingling you feel—it’s boosting blood flow. Add some to your shampoo or conditioner.
Make a vitamin c mask
Try mushing up the fruit from two oranges and putting it on your hair like a mask. The acid breaks up old product residue that could be interfering with proper hair growth. And the vitamins boost shine.
Use a better brush
If your brush snags and hurts you, it’s time to get a soft bristle one. While you may want to attack tangles with all you have, hard-bristle brushes can rip your hair out. So be patient and use a soft bristle variety.
Every time you wash your hair, you yank some out. You’ve seen it in the tub. You shouldn’t wash your hair every day anyways—aim for three times a week.