Hair Question: How to get Thicker HairTuesday, March 10, 2009
Question: "How do I get thicker hair?"Advice: I frequently come across this question. I, too, used to ask this question a lot when I first started out my Hair Journey. I never understood how to get my hair thicker. I was told that Biotin, MSM etc. etc. were the main contributors in having thicker hair.
Truth be told, they are not "mandatory" for thick luscious hair. From my experience and research, I've come across some tips that can help those looking to increase the thickness of their hair.
Tips on How to Increase Thickness in your Hair:
- Add Castor Oil into your regimen. It nourishes and thickens the hair i.e. as a sealant, prepoo, scalp oil, or in your conditioner.
- Deep condition often. As we all know deep conditioning gives the hair strength and moisture. As you continue to Deep Condition regularly, you will notice your hair getting stronger and thicker.
- Use Protein Conditioners once a week or bi-weekly. Protein causes the hair to swell in diameter. Protein treatments toughen the strands preventing breakage.
- Use conditioners with Panthenol in the ingredients. Helps to thicken each hair shaft naturally. Panthenol penetrates the hair shaft and root, and can thicken the hair by up to 10%.
- Prepoo with Coconut Oil. Over time Coconut oil strengthens and thickens the hair as it prevents protein loss in the hair.
- Relax only the new growth and protect the previously relaxed hair with a light coating of oil or conditioner. Relaxing previously relaxed hair causes thinning and can be very damaging to the hair. You will immediately see a difference when you relax the new growth only.
- Less Heat. Opt to air dry, roller set or braid the hair instead. Applying heat in excess can cause thinness.
- Cut off thin ends. Remove thin ends. They don't look cute and it can make your hair appear much thinner than it really is. You'd be surprised. Do no hold onto them for length sake.
- If relaxed, stretch your relaxers. Relax your hair no sooner than 8 weeks. Preferably, stretch to 10-12 weeks that way your hair is getting a break from the chemicals, it's easier to see the new growth when relaxing and your hair has a chance to thicken up over time.