People have different types of hair depending on their genetic nature, the climate ofthe place they live in and according to the food they consume. There are many other factors which affect the thickness and thinning of hair. People suffer from hair loss at some stages in their life. Though thinning of hair is not fully avoidable you can use many home remedies to keep your hair appear thicker. The most important thing to do to keep the hair fuller is to avoid any use of chemical hair products which cause thinning. There are many natural remedies which will be able to prevent the loss of hair and which can revive the growth of the hair. There are a few important home remedies that will help you to increase the volume of your hair. They are safe and they are cheaper than other artificial methods for making the hair look fuller.
Understand your hair
At any given time, your hair is in one of three phases: The Anagen cycle- when it is actually growing, the Catagen phase- the intermediate phase when the lower two-thirds of your hair is destroyed, or the Telogen cycle- the resting phase.
Usually about 85-90 percent of your hair is in the Anagen phase and 1 percent is in the Catagen phase. The rest of the hair is in the Telogen phase; however circumstances can cause growing hair to get to this cycle faster, causing thinning hair.
Determine the cause
This is the time to check with your doctor to determine the cause of thinning hair, whether it is post-pregnancy hormones or even a thyroid issue.
Try a healthy-hair diet
Make sure your diet contains foods with vitamins and minerals that can help with healthy hair growth. Folic acid (found in soybeans and wheat) can help with hair thinning, Vitamin C (found in citrus fruits) can help with keratin production, Vitamin A (found in spinach) helps keep the scalp healthy. Lastly, Vitamin B (found in red meat) can help prevent hair loss.
Make sure to also take your vitaminds and talk to your doctor or dermatologist about a good daily vitamin or supplement with the vitamins above in combination with biotin and zinc.
Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet with plenty of vitamin B and iron.
Many people experience thinning hair because they have nutrient deficiencies.
Vitamin B plays a large role in the health of your hair, and getting enough of it is essential to keeping thick hair and reducing how much you shed. Good sources of vitamin B include fruits, vegetables, nuts and brown rice, among others.
Diets deficient in iron lead to poor hair growth. Good sources of iron include beef, pork, lamb, poultry, fish, green leafy vegetables and iron-enriched grain products.
Take prenatal vitamin supplements. Prenatal vitamins contain the right mix of vitamins for heathy hair, and as a bonus, healthy nails and skin.
Your existing hair can get weak and brittle with exposure to the elements and frequent washing and blow-drying. Keep it moisturized and strong with frequent conditioning treatments. Once a week, shampoo hair and remove excess water then apply a deep conditioning mask and wrap a warm towel around your head. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse. If this is too long for you, try one of the new express conditioning treatments.
Avoid chemical based shampoo, conditioner and styling products.
Most hair products contain chemicals that are effective at cleaning your hair but may cause much damage. Some people aren’t affected by these chemicals, but if you’re worried about thinning hair, it’s best to avoid them.
Sodium laurel and laureth sulfates are cleaning agents found in most shampoos. They strip the hair of natural oils and cause hair to weaken and fall out over time.
Choose organic products or products made with natural oils and soap agents. Check www.thegoodguide.com for detailed information about different hair products and which ones are better to use for those concerned about hair loss.
Massage your scalp
Massage your scalp with coconut or jojoba oil to increase scalp circulation. On either wet or dry hair, apply coconut oil to your scalp. Massage in circular motions around your scalp. Finish by wrapping a warm, wet towel around your head and leave on for 10 minutes for extra conditioning.
Use essential oils to thicken your hair. Chamomile, lavender, rosemary, thyme, geranium and cedarwood, among others, help thicken hair follicles.
Apply 10 to 20 drops of your chosen oil to your scalp, and massage the oil in with your fingers. Use you fingers to rub the oil down to the tips of your hair.
You could also mix 3 to 5 drops of essential oil into your shampoo or conditioner when washing your hair.
Deep condition your hair by adding five to 10 drops of essential oil to 3 to 4 ounces of castor oil, olive oil, jojoba oil or sunflower oil. Apply the oil to your hair, taking care to cover each strand. Wrap your hair in a towel and let the oil sit for 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition as normal.
Not just any oil will do. Research into hair thickening oils published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science shows some, like coconut oil, penetrate better than others.
Switch to products that create volume from shampoo, conditioner to hair styling products. These products contain ingredients that give hair fullness. These include humectants, a non-oily substance that draws in hydration from the surrounding environment and attracts it to the hair strand. These humectants swell the hair shaft, temporarily making hair look thicker. Polymers in hair volumizers coat each strand, also adding to the thicker look. In result, the increased moisture also helps each strand of hair look thicker.
Try volumizing techniques for a fuller appearance.
There are many volume-boosting products on the market. Go for the ones with natural ingredients.
Wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo to add waves and volume to the crown of your head, making your hair appear fuller.
Apply a volumizing conditioner to the strands and roots of your hair every time you shampoo. Avoid putting the conditioner on the top of your head near the roots of the hair, which can make hair appear thinner by weighing it down.
Try using root lifters and volumizing sprays when styling your hair to get the fullness you are looking for.
Try strategic color placement and ask your stylist for low-lights to create the illusion of thicker hair.
Even if you are not seeking extra length to your hair, extensions can be a great way to add volume and fullness. Find a salon that offers real hair extensions (prices start at $500) or try one of the new at-home, clip in versions to save time and money, such as Milani Hair Extensions. This is one of the few do-it-yourself extensions that are made from real human hair. They can be cut and styled just like regular hair and even a few strands can make a huge difference. These are also low-maintenance and commitment-free compared to in salon extensions.
Don’t wash your hair every day. Our scalps produce natural oils that coat the hair and protect it from outside damage. When these oils are washed away every day, the hair becomes weaker over time.
Everyone’s body is different, but most people should be able to comfortably wash their hair two to three times a week without it getting too oily. If your hair is naturally quite oily, you might want to wash it three to four times a week instead.
Washing too infrequently can also be harmful. People with thinning hair often find themselves more susceptible to dandruff and scalp conditions which can be avoided by regular (though not daily) washing.
Use a “dry shampoo” to treat your hair in between washes. It keeps it looking fresh and has the added benefit of making hair look thicker. Dry shampoo is a powder you can comb through your hair, especially around the roots, between washings.
Try a laser comb
New at-home FDA approved technology uses nourishing laser light energy into your hair to revitalize it and improve its condition. Results are usually seen in 6-16 weeks, depending on the condition of the scalp and hair.
Treat your hair gently to decrease hair loss.
Use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush, and work out the tangles with care, rather than pulling them through.
Be especially gentle when your hair is wet. Don’t towel it dry roughly or wring it out, since this may cause some hairs to break. Use a towel to gently squeeze and pat your hair dry instead.
Avoid ponytails and other hair styles like weaves and braids that pull and stretch the strands of your hair, these can cause breakage or worse, Traction Alopecia.
Avoid heat styling tools.
Use blow dryers, straight irons, and curling irons sparingly. Overusing heated hair appliances causes your hair to become dry and brittle, making it fall out much more easily.
Allow your hair to grow in its natural texture and color. Avoid dyes, highlights and chemical treatments. Any type of chemical applied to your hair will damage it and dry it out. Even natural hair lightening techniques, like using lemon juice, can cause your hair to fray.
Get your hair cut.
Cutting off dry, dead ends adds new life to hair, making it appear thicker. Short blunt cuts, such as bobs, make hair look fuller.
Protect your hair from chemicals and pollutants. It’s difficult to avoid exposure to everyday environmental toxins, but there are a few preventative methods you can try:
Wrap your hair in a scarf or hat when you walk or bike through heavy traffic. Pollution caused by cars can dull and flatten your hair, making it appear limp and unhealthy.
Wear a swim cap in chlorinated pools. Have you ever had a stylist ask you if you’re a swimmer? Chlorine stays in hair and makes it visibly dry and damaged. Protect your hair in the pool, or be sure to wash it with a good shampoo before the chlorine dries.
Examine your stress level. Stressful situations often lead to hair loss. If you have a source of stress you can remove from your life, consider doing so.
Some sources of stress are unavoidable, but they usually go away after awhile. If your hair is falling out due to a stressful situation, it will probably grow back with the situation is resolved.
Thinning hair itself can be a source of stress. Calm your mind by doing everything you can to help your hair be healthy, like using natural products, making healthy lifestyle choices, and getting all your vitamins.