Thick beautiful hair is really a sight to behold, whether it is natural and wavy, kinky curly or relaxed, thick hair is really glorious. In days gone by the thickness of a person’s hair was viewed as a mark of their health. Most women have at some time or the other wished that they had thick flowing hair or that their hair could make a big perfect Afro like the wigs they used to wear in the sixties. The beauty about hair is that when you know the ins and outs about caring for it, issues like hair thinness can be addressed and you can apply the techniques that will make your hair flourish. There are several ways to grow thicker hair and the beauty about these suggestions is that they are so simple to do.
Trim Damaged Hair and Ends
It is a painful thing for some women to take off even an inch of hair. However, in order for the hair to be full and thick the old damaged part has to go, split ends and uneven thin wisps are unnecessary. This part of the hair is unhealthy anyway, look at it as investment into your hair thickness instead of losing a major part of your hair. Usually, the hair root of the hair is stronger and thicker than the ends. This is especially true for women who relax their hair, the new growth at the root of the hair is usual thick and strong. If you want your hair to look thick and you are not so much into cutting your damaged ends all at once then you can do it on a month-by-month basis. Hair grows on average of ¼ inch per month. So you can cut ¼ inch of hair every month until you remove all the damaged ends. This means you won’t realize any growth for a few months but at least your hair will be getting better until you have only healthy hair on your head.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
By now; every woman who is interested in the health of their hair should know that some of the hair products on the market are filled with chemicals. Some of these chemicals are so harsh that people have to wear protective gear in the labs that develop them. Some may argue that its only a small bit of the chemicals are placed in the products but the hair always tells the truth. For years black women were laboring under the impression that their hair just could not grow and science has proven overtime that this is just not so. One of the culprits of hair thinness and lack of hair growth is the slew of chemicals that are placed in our hair products. Some of them strip the hair shaft and leave it brittle and prone to breakage and yet we use them because we are convinced that they have something to do with hair growth. The best advice for ladies who want thin hair, whether you are black, white or Indian is to stop using products with harsh chemicals; they do nothing good for the hair. Can you imagine if you did not use them how your hair would flourish? Some of these chemicals include petroleum, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens and loads of others. Switch to the milder products or use natural alternatives and you will see a result in the thickness of your hair.
There are several persons who color their hair because it is gray or because they want a different color. There is nothing wrong with that and it is good to switch around your colors sometimes to reflect your personality or just for a change. However, most of the colors on the market even those that purport to be natural have some kind of chemical additive. The main one being peroxide. Peroxide is a hair thinner and it causes severe hair loss. This is very evident in persons who have gray hair and they dye the hair with over the counter dyes. After a while the hair starts to get thinner and starts shedding like crazy. A good natural alternative to this problem would be henna. It is a natural colorant and combined with indigo can give you various dark colors based on the strength with which you mix it. Besides being a good colorant it is a great conditioner and makes the hair thicker. Even when using henna you have to ensure that there are no chemicals added so be on the lookout as some of these henna products are sold as natural when they are not.
Stay Away From Hair Styling Appliances
Long-term use of hair appliances will make the hair thin. It has been proven time and time again that usage of hair styling equipment such as flat irons; curling irons and blow dryers break down the hair shaft and weaken it significantly. The hair will start to look shaggy and rough overtime, this is then exacerbated by split ends and then the hair looks lack luster and dry. There are ways to get around these appliances. You can air dry hair, use techniques like plaits and flat twists for curly hair or wrap the hair for a flat straight look. Excessive use of styling equipment will make your hair thinner.
Practice Healthy Diet and Scalp Massage
This is an oft repeated mantra eat a good balanced diet and it will contribute to your hair health and your health in general. Even though the advice is common, it is not to be ignored. It is the chief way you can grow thicker hair naturally, because hair grows despite ourselves, its what we do with it after, that affects whether it is thick or thin. Things that will contribute to hair health are adding quality protein to your diet such as eggs and vegetables. Things that will detract are crash diets or eliminating fatty foods from your diet. Fats are what gives hair the luster and shine that it needs. On a related point, scalp massages are a good way to get the blood circulated on your scalp and it can help to grow thicker hair. Using natural oils such as jojoba and coconut oils while massaging will enhance the experience of your scalp massage.
Happy growing as you pursue your thicker lustrous hair in the future!