Luscious thick hair – isn’t that the dream of every man and woman on the planet? Because say whatever you want, looks do matter and an important part of your looks are the hair on your head. Think about it – when was the last time you came across a balding man or women and thought them to be attractive? That’s right – never.
However, with so many factors affecting the growth of your hair, including diet, stress, pollution, etc, it really does become a task to have a head of beautiful thick hair. But what if we tell you there are 100% naturally ways to thicken your hair?
How to Thicken Hair
Drink More Water
Might sound stupid, but hear me out. If you didn’t know already, water helps flush out toxins and waste materials from your body, leaving the good stuff behind for your body to feed off. And no matter how good your diet is – if you’re drinking only 2-3 glasses of water per day, that is not gonna cut it. Drink a minimum of 5 liters every single day. And while we’re at it, say no to sugary drinks, soda, carbonated drinks and even energy drinks.
Use a hair conditioner
Much like your body needs cream to remain moisturized, your hair too needs conditioner to remain moisturized. Invest in a decent conditioner, preferably one with keratin. Not only will it help smoothen your tresses and make them appear shiny, but the keratin in it will also promote hair growth. Let it remain on your hair for a minimum of 5 minutes, and apply conditioner at least twice a week from now on. Avoid applying it on your scalp, though.
Try vitamin E
You can work on how to thicken hair by using vitamin E in 3 ways – incorporate vitamin E rich foods in your diet, ingest it by taking vitamin pills, or use vitamin E drops or capsules in DIY hair masks you make. Vitamin E stimulates the capillary function of your scalp, which means that it leads to increased blood circulation. This in turn brings more blood supply to your hair follicles, thus encouraging them to grow thicker.
Change your diet
There’s a 90% chance that the reason you have poor hair growth is due to a poor diet. Begin by reducing your junk food/processed food/readymade food portions. Start incorporating more green veggies and fresh fruits. Focus specifically on protein rich foods like tofu, soya, legumes, beans, peas, etc. Also ensure you get enough of zinc, copper and vitamin B as well.
Take some supplements
If you feel that making a change in your diet is not possible due to your hectic work life, then shift to taking multi vitamin tablets instead. Focus on vitamin D, zinc, B12, and calcium tablets. Of course, do so after notifying your doctor.
Visit your doctor
Sometimes, home remedies for how to thicken hair do not work, and certain medical or genetic reasons might be stopping your hair from growing thicker. In such a case, it’s best to visit a doctor and find out the actual cause of the problem, and then work together to come up with a solution that suits you and your lifestyle the best.
How to Thicken Your Hair with DIY Home Masks
Make avocado-banana mask
Take an avocado and 1 banana, preferably ripe, and mash them both in a bowl. Add a tsp. of an oil of your choice like almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, etc. and mix well. Apply the mixture on your scalp and lather it till your hair ends. Let it stay there for at least 1 hour, and then rinse it off with warm water.
Use aloe vera
Now you can use the organic aloe vera gel that is available in the market, or you can use extracts from fresh aloe vera leaves. All you have to do is to take half a cup of aloe vera gel, add 2 tbsp. of your favorite oil to it, and add half a tsp. of vitamin E extract to it. Mix, apply on your scalp and hair and let it sit there for at least 45 minutes. Wash with warm water and then shampoo your hair with a gentle shampoo.
Flaxseeds are an often overlooked thing of how to thicken hair. Containing omega 3 fatty acids and proteins, flaxseeds can give your hair a growth boost like no other item on your list. Like vitamin E, you can either add these seeds to your diet, eating 1 tbsp. daily, or you can apply it externally.
Take half a cup of seeds and soak them overnight in warm water. Make sure to cover your bowl so that it doesn’t get dirty the day after. The next day, add another cup of water to it or more depending on the consistency you want for your paste and then boil the water. Slowly, the mixture will thicken. Take it off the stove, let it cool, strain and use as a gel mask for your hair.
Use hibiscus leaves
Not only will your hair grow thicker, but it will also make your hair look softer and silkier as well. It also takes care of premature graying hair and strengthens your hair follicles. All you need are a handful of hibiscus and curry leaves. You can use a blender or a pestle and mortar to make a paste of the leaves. Don’t forget to add a little water. Add a tbsp. of your favorite oil to it or more depending on the kind of consistency you want, and then apply it on your scalp and hair. Wash after 1 hour.