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7 Tips for Thicker & Fuller Hair


Posted January 29, 2012 by

Black Hair Media is full of information on how women of color can achieve the hair lengths of their dreams.  Yet as you grow your hair to unbelievable lengths, achieving full heads of thick, luxurious, voluminous hair may be more difficult to do.  Whether you genetically have thin hair or it has thinned from years of abuse, age, chemical or heat treatments, or illness there are some things that can help you get the look of thick hair.  Here are seven tips for fuller hair:

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1.  Lay off the heat.  Blow drying and flat ironing works wonders to straighten and smooth your hair, but the trade off is loss of volume.  Try roller setting your hair instead, it is healthier for your tresses than using heat plus it helps the hair appear fuller and thicker.  In addition, you can achieve several different looks by setting your hair:  straight and bouncy by using large rollers and doing the silk wrap method, tousled and wavy with medium sized rollers or curly and springy with flexirods or straw sets.

2.  Use castor oil.  This is an age old treatment for hair growth and thickening. I am not sure exactly how or why it works, but several ladies on BHM have reported (with picture proof) longer, thicker hair growth by treating their scalps to a daily “greasing” with castor oil, sometimes accompanied with a scalp massage.

3.  Try clip ins.  Even the fullest heads of hair may not have the glamorous look that extensions can give.  Clip ins are an awesome solution because they are temporary and cause zero damage when used properly.  Take care when applying and removing the clips, the combs can cause breakage if you are not gentle.  Also do not wear them every day or too often in the same locations.  I also would discourage sleeping with clip in pieces as the combs and clips could cause breakage as you move in your sleep and lie against your pillow.

4.  Snip your ends.  You would be amazed at the difference a good trim can make in the appearance of your hair.  If the last two inches of your hair is noticeably thinner than the rest it can make your entire head of hair look thin and wispy.  Just let that hair go and instantly your hair will appear thicker and fuller.

5. Vitamin supplementation. There are many vitamins beneficial for hair growth.  Biotin is a popular option.  To find more information about biotin, read my article here.  Other vitamins known to help with thickness are MSM, Iron, and Vitamin D.

7 Tips for Thicker & Fuller Hair

6.  Low manipulation & protective styling.  This helps to avoid breakage.  Hair that breaks mid shaft or near the root will cause your hair to be thinner.  It is just mathematics – breakage equals less hair throughout the length, which means the hair is not as dense.  This will cause the hair to be thinner.  By doing low manipulation and protective styling you will reduce or eliminate hair breakage.

7 Tips for Thicker & Fuller Hair


7.  Avoid chemicals.  Even as a woman with relaxed hair, I recommend limiting your chemicals to achieve fuller hair.  That can involve anything from transitioning to natural hair to stretching your relaxers beyond your normal touch-up threshold.  This also applies coloring, keratin treatments and permanent curls.  I definitely would not recommend double processing (using two chemicals on your hair, i.e. relaxing and coloring or BKT and bleaching) if you are concerned about thin hair.



EbonyCPrincess, a self proclaimed hair care enthusiast who began her quest for long healthy hair in 2009. Her hair is relaxed and type 4b (kinky, very tightly coiled). You can find more information about Ebony and her journey on her personal blog, or her YouTube channel (



    i am from india i have thin hair and because of this few hair style suits on me. please give me effective tips to get thick dense hair, pls rply


    hi.. i am from ajmer rajasthan. i have thin hair and because of this few hair style suits on me. please suggest me some tips to get thick dense hair.
    pls reply with some really effective easy to excute home made tips.


    Hi! I am 17 years old and I just recently transitioned to natural hair. My hair isn’t thick or full but I want it to be. Any recommendations? and also, how do i protect my hair from breakage, as I have twists on?


    I will right away snatch your rss as I can’t find your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter
    service. Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me understand so that I may
    subscribe. Thanks.


    My hair has been dropping so much. I’m only 13 and I don’t know what to do! I really want thick hair naturally but I am not sure what to use. I use coconut oil now and then. Do you have any ideas how to make hair thicker naturally?
    Please help me.


    I Recently Bleached My Hair Then Put Tracks In & A Perm Right After . I Need Help On What I Should Do With My Hair . It’s Real Thick & Shoulder Lenght . I Got It Cut Last Christmas


      your doing all the wrong thins to your hair bleaching it and a perm is where you messed up in the beginning i don’t have a perm and i just wash it and straighten my hair and it just thick and almost to my butt try to go natural

    vella williams


    I have being using a new hair product called HairDr10 for the past 5 months. I have experienced hair growth while using this product. This product was recommended by a friend that also had great results.


    I use Biotin 10,000 mcg. I stopped for a bit, but just started back using them. Should I take Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D too to help it work faster and to receive better results?


    im a teenager…i dono wht problm i hav n my hair…wen i wz smally i really had a gud hair…bt nw it became so thin….n my colour s changd 4rm black 2 brown!…although i dont use hair colour…or i dont straighten my hair…n i dont use ny chemicals…except shampoo n conditioner!…its becoming worse day by day….my hairfall has incresed a lot….pls give me a natural solution…i want my hair back…. :(


      Hi Sweety,

      First of all stop worrying. Worrying leads to stress which in turn weakens your hair. It’s not a serious issue.
      Seems like you have deficiency of some vitamins or Iron. Go and get your blood tests for vitamin deficiencies. If deficiency is found take vitamin pills.
      Also improve your diet. Do some exercise regularly. Deep Condition your hairs once a week.
      And you will see great results within few weeks.
      All the best…


    i started off Biotin 5000 a day and my started to grow faster than ever, like i was wearing individual braids because i wanted to see how much it was going to grow, and like on my 3rd week of taking it, i saw a lot of growth. i just use castor oil and i wrapped my braids up every night and now that i relaxed my hair, my hair is still good. like before i would straighten my hair every single day, and made my hair break off and shorten it but its better than before and its not bad as it used to, its better. you just need to take care of your hair and you should be fine ;)

    J Wilson

    Where do I get “Clip Ins” for Black Hair?


    Take Biotin vitamins 10,000 mg per day. Try to wear your hair oil with castor oil for two month…….it works. Drink lots of water, eat fruit and veg. Also try Vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Just do this and it will work. I did.


    Okay i have question if you don’t mind me asking. I am 17 and i have been wearing my hair in a wrap for a very long time. I am the type of person that hates to grease my hair so i dont do it. To be honest i don’t grease my hair until right before i get a perm. i hate the feeling of it to be weighed down, straight and oily. i have pretty thick hair that grows reasonably fast but its not to the length that i want it to be. what can use to still keep my hair thick and get it even more thicker and longer with out having to grease my hair so often and make my hair oily?


    April, I can def feel your pain as I am in the same situation. My hair used to be thick and manageable until recently when due to stress and being overprocessed it has broken off badly. I don’t know what to do as I cannot do anything to it and constantly wear half wigs so that I wont damage it any further. I put a relaxer in about two weeks ago and it looks a hot mess! I usually weared it in a wrap and would only have to comb it down the next day without any heat, etc just a spray of oil sheen and go. Now I cannot do anything to it but pull it back in a ponytail where it is broken off all over. I actually wanted to cry. I don’t want to do the big chop or go natural but I probably will not have a choice, unless there is another way I can save my poor hair. I need help!


      Iv’e had same problem beautiful long hair and it started falling out.Told hairdresser she said it was normal it wasn’ was a hot mess.went to doctor had some treatments i’am physically fine it was the chemicals in to long and was’t for my haie type.Iv’e been doing weaves but donot like them. Iam going to have it taken out and go natural cant do braids iam just going with a short natural style.


      The best way to go natural is to have your hair stylist put in a weave to give your hair a break and go natural. I had a weave (with good hair) for about a year (getting it redone every 2-3 months.) Have your stylist wash your hair every (2) weeks. After you get the weave out use the Nioxin hair treatment bi-weekly. This brought my hair back tremendously.


    To above poster ^^. I was told that going natural is the best option if your hair is severely damaged. No offense, but it sounds like yours is if it has broken off that much. My hair sounds like yours. I used to have really thick hair and hair past my shoulders. It broke off alot due to relaxers and home colorings, and trimming it a few inches didn’t help it grow. When you relax already damaged hair, it won’t grow. It will just keep breaking off. My hair was so damaged that I went natural. I’ve been natural for a year, and trust me, your hair does grow much faster in its natural state. I used sew-ins while I transitioned since I didn’t wanna big chop it off from the start. If you youtube videos on natural transitions, you’ll see how much hair grows in a year or two. I’m sure it’ll be back past your shoulders in 2 years. It’s gonna take patience to get it back to where it used to be. I’m learning to adjust with the natural lifestyle while my hair grows out.


    I’m so stressed out and I don’t know what to do. I have relaxed hair, it’s been relaxed since I was 13 (I am now 18) and it’s an absolute mess. It’s the shortest it has ever been, it is broken in places, but I wouldn’t say it’s thin necessarily, I just can’t stand looking at it, it used to be collarbone length, but now it is only just past my ears. Everything has literally gone wrong in a matter of months, my hair was in reasonably condition last september, and now it is all broken and I am wearing clip-ins to cover it, I just can’t stand the sight of my hair right now, it makes me feel hideous (I am fat and short hair does NOT look good on fatties). Please help me, I don’t want to have to shave all my hair off or anything, I don’t want to go natural, I just want to get my hair back on track. I have had minor setbacks in the past where my hair got a little damaged but I overcame those, but this one is the worst and it’s making me stressed, which isn’t helping the problem :’(


      thank you for your comment, I’m going to send you an email. So sorry for the delayed response! Thank you to everyone who offered up words of encouragement and advice to this lovely reader!!!


      Let your relaxer grow out (get your ends clipped regularly until the relaxed hair is gone and you are to your natural state). Consider wearing weaves and keep your hair moisturized. Maintain a health diet and refrain from lots of heat as much as you can. You can also try taking Biotin vitamin supplements to help with hair growth and the maintenance of your hair.

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