A How-To Guide to Thicken Natural Hair

Young black woman, afro hairstyle, in urban backgroundWe all want what we can’t have. Those of us with fine strands of hair want thicker hair and those with thicker hair would jump at the chance of having finer hair. I’m constantly asked about ways to thicken natural hair, both by strangers and family alike.

Let me just start by telling you that if you aren’t suffering from an issue like Hypothyroidism, thinning hair or other serious hair condition, you can’t really thicken up your hair. You can give the appearance of more volume, but normal to healthy hair remains physically the same as far as number of hair strands and thickness.

When you were being formed in your mother’s womb, your genetics determined the exact number of hair follicles or “roots” that you will ever have. Yes, there are products on the market that claim to thicken hair, but most will give off the appearance of thicker hair because again you can’t change the number of follicles you have. But that’s not to say a curly girl can’t dream. If you incorporate one or more of the tips below, you can give off the appearance of more volume.

Here are 7 ways to give you the appearance of thicker hair, naturally:

Henna – This is popular amongst curly girls. Henna works to thicken the hair temporarily by bonding to the cuticle (the outside of the hair) and leaving deposits behind that adds a layer on top of your natural strand that temporarily increases circumference. An illustration would be; Henna to hair is like mascara to an eyelash. It adds a temporary layer on top of the strand for a thicker and fuller result. I’ve personally not tried henna because the application looked a little too messy for me, but many curly girls swear by it.

Hair Vitamins – Before becoming vegan, I used Viviscal for my hair vitamin. It did help with maximizing the thickness of my hair. Other vitamins that have been known to work to maximize thickness include green vibrance, msm, biotin, and hair, skin, and nails vitamins. The goal of any vitamin is to help fill any deficiency that you have in your diet. Common deficiency that effect the hair are copper, magnesium, vitamin D, and biotin.

Head massage – One of the simplest ways to promote hair growth and reverse thinning hair is to just to massage your scalp daily. Massaging your scalp increases blood flow and promotes circulation thus providing oxygen and nutrients to the scalp to increase hair growth. Just use your hands to massage your scalp (not your hair) for about 5 minutes, daily.

Low manipulation styles– Ultimately you want all the possible strands of hair on your head. So if you stick with low manipulation hairstyles, you decrease your chances of losing strands prematurely. You can also trying finger detangling versus using a styling tool like a paddle brush or comb.

Protein Treatment – You want to keep your hair strong in order to not loose strands prematurely. So regular protein treatment is essential to enjoy stronger and thicker hair. Non vegans can try adding an egg to their deep conditioner. You can also try traditional protein treatments like Aphogee and the Cherry Lola treatment.

Castor Oil – Using cold-pressed castor oil regularly is one of the easiest ways to get thicker hair naturally. Due to its high viscosity, it coats the hair thoroughly and helps to prevent shedding. It’s high in vitamin E and fatty acids, which aides in hair growth. Be sure to mix castor oil with another oil like coconut oil because alone the castor oil will be too thick and sticky for your hair. You can also use it to pre-poo (oiling hair prior to shampooing).

Hair cut – Getting a blunt cut or different curly girl cuts, can lead to the appearance of thicker hair. Talk to your stylist and see what cut will work best for you.

What are some methods you’ve tried to thicken your hair?


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