Are you bored of having lank, thin hair? Don't tell me - you've tried all the products that promise to volumize and thicken your lifeless locks, and all of them have disappointed. Not only have they failed to do the job, you've spent a fortune for the privilege of squeezing shampoo from a designer bottle.
Do not fear. There are several extremely effective and very cost-efficient natural ways to thicken hair. The external remedies I suggest in this article will produce fast results, and for a more long-lasting increase in the condition of your hair try a few simple dietary changes.
Eggs are rich in a multitude of B vitamins and protein, as well as vitamins A, D and E. Each of these boost the strength of air and protect it from long-lasting damage. Vitamin A is essential for stopping hair from becoming brittle, because it regulates and maximizes the production of sebum in the scalp. Vitamin D is hugely beneficial to people experiencing hair loss and thinning as it stimulates rapid regrowth, whilst vitamin E repairs damaged follicles that, if not treated, can shorten the growth period and diminish the volume and thickness of the hair. Protein acts as a thickening and conditioning agent, protect hair right to the tips and preventing the production of split ends.
Thoroughly beat a raw egg and massage it deep into the scalp. Next, work through the length of your hair with a wide tooth comb; do this until the beaten egg saturates each strand. Leave on for ten minutes and then rinse well with cool water to ensure the eggs don't begin to cook.
A simple and natural way to thicken hair, honey will also brighten your locks as it is packed full of essential nutrients. Brittle hair benefits from the application of honey as it revitalizes, strengthens and infuses the hair with texture and body. Be warned, over time honey may alter the colour and tone of your hair; it can produce a similar effect to having chemical highlights. To avoid this, use molasses as an alternative
Because honey is so naturally thick and sticky, it can take some practice to get the application process perfected. I would advise using a squeeze bottle for easy coverage of the hair. Once you have a generous amount of honey on your hair, massage thoroughly to distribute it evenly and saturate each strand. It will now act as a nourishing hair mask. Pile your hair on top of your head and leave for around fifteen minutes. When the time is up, jump into the shower and rinse out the natural hair mask.
Believe it or not, beer can give your hair an instant lift because it contains protein and sugar, both of which give a cosmetic boost to the look of your locks.
Shampoo your hair as normal, but instead of rinsing with water, use beer (it can even be flat and stale - it will work just as well). It's as simple as that. Don't worry about the stale beer smell, as this will evaporate almost straight after application.
Gelatin is great for adding texture and thickness to your hair.
Use your normal shampoo but add a packet of gelatine to it. Shake well to ensure the gelatine fully dissolves. Wash your hair as normal. Once rinsed out, you should notice that the hair feels and looks instantly thicker and more volumized.
If you want an even more intensive treatment, try dissolving gelatine in a cup of warm water, allowing it to set slightly. Then massage it through your hair and let it set and dry in your hair. Once you have reached this stage, shampoo as normal.
Banana and Avocado
Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin A, both of which are hugely beneficial for redressing the balance of moisture in the scalp. A damaged or unhealthy scalp can contribute to thinning or brittle hair. Avocados are also rich in vitamin A, but also contain large amounts of protein, B vitamins and vitamin E, the positive effects of which are discussed above (in the Eggs paragraph).
You are going to create a natural remedy hair pack that will work wonders on thin, lank hair and really thicken and enliven it.
Mash quarter of a banana with quarter of an avocado until it forms a creamy paste. Apply evenly to the scalp and the entire length of your hair, before covering over with a shower cap. Leave it to work its magic for about 20 minutes, before rinsing and shampooing as normal. Not only will your hair appear stronger, thicker and healthier, your scalp will feel really revitalised and squeaky clean.
The natural ways to thicken hair listed above provide wonderful quick fixes, but what about maintaining the condition and volume of hair? It's important to realise the power a few simple dietary changes can have; eating food that is rich in growth-promoting protein and iron can help your hair stay thick and silky smooth. Try adding the following foods to your diet:
Dark Green Vegetables
Spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard are all excellent sources of vitamins A and C, which your body requires to continue producing sebum. Sebum is an oily substance, hidden away in the follicles. It is a natural conditioner and keeps hair healthy. These dark green vegetables are also rich in calcium and iron.
Never mind thicker, shinier hair, salmon is one of the best foods for all-round beauty. It's a brilliant source of protein and is packed with vitamin B-12 and iron, as well as perhaps the most beneficial ingredient: omega 3 fatty-acids. These are essential for promoting a healthy scalp. A healthy scalp means healthy hair.
Legumes and kidney beans should be included in your diet if you want to thicken your hair. Again, they are rich in protein (notice a pattern here?), but they also contain plentiful amounts of ample, zinc and biotin. Biotin deficiencies can result in thinning of the hair.
If you are looking for a slightly more potent solution to serious hair thinning, Rogaine has been proven to be effective and it is FDA approved. Disguising thinning hair can be done to great effect with Toppik hair building fibres.
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