Who doesn’t want a head full of thick, healthy hair? Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed to have it.
In fact, between 2006 and 2008, the number of surgical hair restoration procedures worldwide rose to 252,002. Luckily, there are plenty of natural ways to thicken your hair too. Through small and simple natural supplements, you can help yourself get one step closer to the flowing tresses of your dreams. Read on to discover 5 completely natural ways you can naturally thicken your hair.
By: Emily Dinenberg
In order to begin to thicken your hair, it’s important to determine the root cause of your hair’s thinness.
Some causes may include:
- Physical and emotional stress
- Imbalance in hormones
- Lack of essential vitamins and minerals
- Hereditary Conditions
In addition to taking natural supplements, begin adding simple lifestyle changes to your routing. Try more calming activities, eat more vegetables and healthy fats, and ensuring you’re receiving a balanced portion of vitamins and minerals. When you want an extra boost to power up your scalp, here are some alternative methods to try.
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Aloe Vera Gel/Juice
Aloe Vera is a great alternative method to thicken hair as its extremely accessible. You can easily find it at your local super market, health store, or even online. The chemical makeup of Aloe Vera is extremely beneficial as it contains polysaccharides. A polysaccharide is a single large molecule made of multiple, small monosaccharides. Monosaccharides are essentially simple sugars (like glucose!). Polysaccharides can take on a wide variety of forms, and each have its own unique function. One of its largest functions, however, is providing support to cells and tissues to create strong bonds. When Aloe Vera is applied to you hair, polysaccharides provide cellular support to your strands, which thicken and strengthen them in the process.
A simple way to reap these benefits is to drink at least 1 cup of Aloe Vere Juice a day. To take your thickening process a step further, you can also DIY your own Aloe Vera Shampoo!
Aloe Vera is also amazing for your skin! Learn how to make Kimberly’s D-I-Y Cooling Aloe Vera Gel, to use after a day in the sun.
Another great method to strengthen your hair is through collagen. You can easily incorporate collagen into your daily routine with Collagen Protein (or another protein derived from bone broth).
Collagen Types 1 and 3 make up almost 90% of the collagen in your entire body. Within this collagen are amino acids that make your hair, skin, and nails. As we age and are exposed to sugary foods, environmental pollution, sunlight, and even stress, our levels of collagen begin to deplete. This eventually can cause hair loss and thinning in addition to weak nail beds, and decrease in skin elasticity.
While its possible to obtain a good portion of collagen by incorporating bone broth into your daily diet, another additional step is to take 1 to 2 scoops of collagen protein a day. You can add this protein into your favorite smoothie, or even incorporate them into a baked good!
In addition to collagen, a vitamin that’s extremely valuable to our hair, skin, and nails in Biotin.
Biotin, also known at Vitamin B7, is a member of the Vitamin B family, and helps synthesize fatty acids, isoleucine, and valine. These are all necessary components for cell growth within your body. Lack of Biotin often causes hair loss and can even cause rashes on your skin. Taking a Biotin supplement or a B-Complex vitamin (which contains vitamin), can aid in strengthening your strands and lead to an overall thicker head of hair!
Taking 1 to 2 capsules daily (or as prescribed for the individual supplement), should do the trick.
Plus, in addition to helping with hair cell growth, B vitamins are proven to extremely benefical in restoring energy levels and focus!
Vitamin B isn’t the only nutrient your hair loves. Try this D-I-Y Banana Hair Mask with Vitamins A, C, E, and Potassium to enhance hair growth!
Rosemary Essential Oil
Essential Oils are a time tested natural way to improve your inner and outer health. Rosemary Essential Oil is specifically beneficial for thickening hair because it contains Rosmarinic Acid.
Rosemary has historically been used to treat hair loss as it promotes cell growth and clears the scalp of oil and buildup that may be blocking hair follicles. Rosemarinic Acid, found in Rosemary and Rosemary Essential Oil, is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. Applying this topically will reduce inflammatory chemicals in your body (such as leukotriene B4), that can potential harm your hair follicles. In addition, Rosearinic Acids anti-biotic properties cleanse your scalp. Rosemary Essential Oil has even been shown to aid with bald patches as well.
Rosemary Essential Oil also blocks a hormone called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which can cause baldness, hair loss, and hair thinning.
To use Rosemary Oil, take 5 drops of the essential oil and mix it with Aloe Vera Gel or 1 tsp. of warm olive oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp for 1 minute then let it rest in your hair for about 30 minutes to an hour, then rise it out.
Essential Oils are amazing for your skin, Try amping up your current skincare routine with Lemongrass Oil!
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid that is not created within the human body. A major benefit of Omega 3’s is that they contain anti-imflammatory properties, opening your hair follicles and promoting healthy hair growth. Because we can’t produce Omega 3 Fatty Acids ourselves, they must be consumed. An easy way to incorporate Omega 3’s is through Flax Oil, Fish Oil, or Cod Liver Oil.
Regardless of the type you choose, its essential you take 1,000 to 3,000 mg the Omega 3’s EPA, DHA, ALA on a daily basis in the form of capsules, or even a tablespoon of oil itself.
You can attempt any method you choose, a combination of your favorites, or even all five in tandem! In as little as two weeks, you can anticipate a thicker, and stronger, head of hair.
While all of these methods contain valuable vitamins, nutrients and essential oils that are not only beneficial to hair thickening, but also contain a multitude of health benefits for your entire body. While you focus on strengthening your hair, your body will be getting stronger and healthier at the same time, and who can argue with that?
What method do you think you’ll try first to get thicker hair? Share with us in the comments!