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Many of us are just not happy with the hair we were born with, it’s either too thin, too thick, or too frizzy! Whilst there is no magic wand to wave at all hair dilemmas there are some ways to naturally thicken your hair.
We spoke to Helen, from hair and beauty training company TNB skills, her top tips were:
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Stop washing your hair every day! Try and leave a 3-day gap if you can, the longer the better. This is because the natural oils produced by your scalp are there for a reason! Washing your hair every day or even every other day removes sebum, meaning your hair is not receiving the minerals to keep it healthy and therefore thick.
If you are prone to greasy hair, try using dry shampoo for an extra boost of freshness. Or even better if your scalp is oily wash only the roots with baby powder and leaves the rest of your hair unwashed!
It’s also worth mentioning that washing too frequently can strip out moisture from your strands which makes them more likely to break and look thinner.
Give your system a boost
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential for hair health as well as your overall wellbeing.
Make sure you’re getting plenty of protein, vitamins, and minerals to help encourage hair growth. Things like broccoli, red peppers, and citrus fruits are great for a natural boost!
If you are unable to do this with food top up your system with a supplement containing vitamin C and biotin, both can help to keep hair strong and healthy.
Vitamin C Is critical for the body to produce collagen, a protein that is essential for hair growth whilst biotin deficiency has been linked with thinning of the hair so a supplement containing both will help.
If you are vegetarian or vegan and cannot take some supplements because of this Spirulina is a good alternative, this algae rich in protein, amino acids, and beta carotene can contribute towards healthy skin hair and nails.
Massage isn’t just for your shoulders
Hair thickness can also be improved by massaging your scalp with oils like coconut, olive, or castor oil. This helps to increase blood circulation and stimulate the follicles, encouraging healthy hair growth!
Massage your scalp whilst you wash for an added bonus, this is easy to achieve as it only adds minutes to your existing routine.
Tender loving hair
Show your hair some love and improve your hair care routine!
Avoid too much heat and pressure which can damage the hair surface, make sure you’re using a good quality shampoo and conditioner that is suited to your hair type and use a heat protector before styling.
Try not to overbrush your hair, this can cause breakage and split ends. If you have long hair try brushing it in sections rather than from top to bottom. And definitely don’t brush your hair when wet as this can cause a great deal of damage, wait until it’s at least 70% dry before combing through with a wide-tooth comb. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots.
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Book yourself in for regular hair care.
Trimming is essential for healthy hair, have your stylist cut off any damaged ends every six to eight weeks to keep your hair looking thicker and shinier. This won’t slow down growth and if anything will stimulate the follicles and encourage lengthy locks.
So there you have it! Helen’s simple tips to help improve the thickness of thin hair. With a bit of effort and some changes to your daily routine, you should start seeing a noticeable improvement within weeks.