One of the most frequent questions that I find myself being asked is how to deal with thin hair. Look around you, thin hair is extremely common. All it takes is walking into the supermarket and you are sure to see at least a large handful of people who are either balding, or seriously thinning. And when this is happening to you, chances are, it’s forthright in your mind.
In our society, hair makes up a large part of our image, so when we feel we are lacking, it’s only natural to start to devote attention to this.
Hair loss does come in many shapes and sizes. For some people, hair loss is a function of bad genetics. Their parents were bald or had very thin hair and now they are following in their footsteps. For others, hair loss comes about due to transient life factors such as stress or pregnancy. Still yet, others suffer from real medical conditions such as alopecia that cause hair to fall out. For these individuals, their hair may fall out in clumps and be extremely devastating.
Whatever the reason behind your hair loss, there are things that you can do to either promote better hair growth or help make the current hair you do have look thicker.
I definitely do encourage you to get to the bottom of your hair loss. If you do not know why you are currently losing your hair and it is falling out more than normal, it’s important to get assessed by a medical professional to ensure there are no serious underlying reasons this is happening.
Now let’s get on to some of the best natural home remedies you can use to start recapturing the luscious hair that you desire. Even better is most of these will also stand to benefit your nails and skin as well, so prepare for a complete beauty transformation.
Drink Up Aloe Vera Juice
When many hear aloe vera, they tend to think of sunburns. While putting some aloe vera gel on a red hot sunburn is definitely a way to achieving soothing relief, there are a number of great benefits to actually drinking aloe vera juice as well. Such as thicker hair. This is one reason why many of the natural hair regrowth shampoos on the market contain aloe vera. It’s a rich source of numerous vitamins and minerals that will help to keep the actual bonds in the hair shaft strong and healthy.
Remember that in some cases, hair loss isn’t just about actually losing the strands of hair from your head, but rather due to breakage. If your hair is dry, brittle and damaged, it’s more likely that it will start to snap off when you brush or style it, resulting in thinning hair. By strengthening the hair from the inside out using aloe vera juice, you help to prevent this from occurring.
On top of this, many people who suffer from dandruff will use aloe vera gel to help get this under control as well. The enzymes found in this gel may help to remove the dead cells from the scalp, which then provides room to focus on the generation of the skin around the hair follicles. This will also naturally promote better growth.
Some of the other health benefits you can expect to see from drinking aloe vera juice includes:
· Improved alkalinity (reduced acidity in the body)
· Superior hydration – it is one of the best ways to help treat dehydration
· Better liver function thanks to its detoxification properties
· Relief from constipation. Drinking aloe vera juice when constipated can quickly get things moving again
· Cleaning up of acne on the skin
· Neutralizing the effects of UV radiation, which may help prevent fine lines and wrinkles on the face
· Relief from heartburn
· Prevention of gastric ulcers
· Improved digestive system health – reduced risk of irritable bowel syndrome
So how much do you need to get a little hair help? Start with drinking half a cup, twice per day. This should get you seeing great results and if you want, from there, you can increase it to three servings per day as desired.
Make Use Of Rosemary Oil
If you aren’t into using essential oils, rosemary oil is one that you may perhaps want to give some thought to. Rosemary oil works by stimulating the scalp, which then helps to stimulate greater overall hair growth and may even help to prevent balding in those that are headed down that path. While it won’t cure baldness in everyone, it certainly may help slow down the progression. If you’re currently losing your hair and seeing unwanted bald patches, my guess is you will take all the help you can get!
Many of those who experience dry, itchy and flaky scalp also report that using rosemary oil really helps them combat this as well.
To use rosemary oil, you’ll simply mix it in with another ingredient(s) and then apply it directly to the scalp. This is one that you will want to use topically for hair loss purposes, not internally, so do take note of that.
If you want the simplest and fastest method, just mix 5-10 drops of rosemary oil with some olive oil and then massage this into the scalp for a few minutes. Or, if you’re in the bath, massage it in, put a shower cap over your head and let sit for 10 minutes or so while the steam from the bath really allows the rosemary oil to penetrate into the scalp. This is a great deep conditioning treatment that will leave your hair feeling fantastic.
Here is an additional hair mask recipe using rosemary oil that will help you get thicker hair naturally if you want to step it up to the next level.
2 tbsp. coconut oil
2 whole eggs
1 tablespoon honey
10 drops rosemary essential oil
½ ripe avocado, mashed
Mix the coconut oil and avocado in a blender. Whisk in the eggs and honey and then stir in the rosemary oil. Apply to hair and then let sit for 20-30 minutes, preferably in a steamy environment before rinsing out.
The Facts On Flaxseeds
You’ll often hear about various foods that you should eat to help get thicker looking hair and while some do offer vitamins and minerals that may promote healthier looking hair, none are as powerful as flaxseeds.
Flaxseeds are already a great food to be taking in on a regular basis because they contain a large dose of both dietary fiber as well as the important omega-3 fatty acids. Most people are not getting sufficient levels of omega-3 fatty acids, therefore it’s important that you focus on doing whatever you can to get these in.
In terms of getting thicker hair naturally, flaxseeds provides two key benefits: first is those omega-3 fatty acids. These fats will help keep your hair shiny and strong, preventing breakage while stimulating better overall hair growth. Secondly, flaxseeds also provide lignans, which are a group of chemical compounds that are found in plants.
How does this work? One of the common reasons behind hair loss is the hormone DGT. When you consume flaxseed lignans, you will inhibit the production of an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT, which then increases the overall rate of hair loss taking place.
You may recognize testosterone as one of the primary male sex hormones and it is. Men have two primary hormones, testosterone and DHT. DHT is critical for the development of the male body, especially during the puberty years, but as a man gets older, DHT can build up and this can cause the hair follicles on his head to go dormant. When this happens, hair growth stops and balding can take place. When you stop this development of DHT in the body, it reverses the process and the hair follicles come out of being dormant and as a result, hair will often begin to grow back again. Research (1) is now backing this concept up, so it can be a very powerful way to promote extra hair growth if you are man who is suffering hair loss or thinning.
Flaxseeds also have a great mix of protein, complex carbohydrates (providing dietary fiber) and the healthy fats noted above, so they are a well balanced food that will also help combat hunger, food cravings, and stabilize blood glucose levels. For this reason, they are a terrific addition to just about any diet plan.
Try adding some ground flaxseeds into your morning bowl of oatmeal, sprinkle some into a smoothie, or use them in your baking as desired.
The Benefits Of Biotin
Biotin is a mineral that gets a lot of attention in terms of skin, hair, and nail health, so it’s not surprising that you’d see it listed here as well. Many people get so wrapped up in the main features of their diet plan – their fat intake, their carb intake, their protein intake, and how many calories they are consuming that they completely overlook their mineral intake.
But, while you may not take in a large dosage of minerals, the small amounts you do need are very important. And as it appears to be the case, larger doses of biotin may help with strengthening the hair, as well as the nails.
Additionally, research (2) has also noted that those who are suffering from biotin deficiency may be more prone to experiencing alopecia, which while a more rare cause of hair loss, definitely does impact many in a devastating way as noted earlier.
Biotin itself is a B vitamin that has the purpose of converting food into energy and is also needed to keep your eyes, liver and nervous system healthy as well. It’s also vital during pregnancy as it’s important for embryonic growth.
You can find biotin naturally in some of the foods that you eat such as egg yolks, organ meats, nuts and nut butters, soybeans, whole grains, cauliflower, bananas, as well as mushrooms.
For those dealing with hair loss, additional supplementation may be preferable to ensure that you are getting your needs met. As biotin is a water soluble vitamin, so it will wash out of the system every day continuous replenishment is needed.
Supplement With Vitamin D
Another nutrient that you’ll want to get into your diet if you aren’t already is vitamin D. Vitamin D can be a tricky one because it’s a nutrient that isn’t found in many whole foods, so the only other natural way of taking it in is through direct sunlight exposure.
Unfortunately, that can put you at risk for experiencing skin cancer so it is not a recommended source. That is why supplementation is key.
Vitamin D plays a critical role in the maintenance of strong bones, the promotion of proper hormonal development, maintaining an optimal body composition, keeping up your strength and athletic performance. Also, research is indicating that it’s essential for cell growth and can be associated with diffuse hair loss.
So if you happen to be thinning all over, some vitamin D supplementation may help you get past that.
Almost everyone should be supplementing with vitamin D as most adults do fall deficient in one way or another.
Eat More Beef
Finally, the last way that you can promote naturally thicker hair is to make sure that your iron intake is up to where it needs to be. Many people, especially women avoid eating too much red meat in their diet for fear that it contains too many calories or too much saturated fat.
But, red meat is vital for keeping iron-deficiency anemia away and research (3) published in the Clinical and Experimental Dermatology: Clinical Dermatology journal clearly illustrates that anemia may be at the root cause of hair loss for many people.
While you don’t necessarily need to get your iron from red meat, do keep in mind that vegetable sources typically do not provide a readily absorbable form of iron, so while you may get iron from foods like spinach, it’s not going to be as beneficial as if you had gotten it from a piece of lean steak.
This is one reason why iron is something that vegetarians usually need to supplement with quite regularly. Without it, they just aren’t getting that quality iron in their diet that meat provides.
If beef isn’t your thing, not to worry, there are other good sources. These include clams (which contain a whopping 23.9 mg per 3 oz. serving!), liverwurst, chicken liver, oysters, mussels, venison, extra lean ground beef, sardines, and lamb chop. Any of these foods will deliver you the ‘heme’ iron as it’s referred to that will help your body utilize it and ward off iron-deficiency anemia as it should.
So there you have some of the natural ways that you can promote thicker, healthier hair. Do keep in mind that these won’t work overnight. Nothing with hair loss happens quickly since hair growth is such a slow process to begin with. So you may apply some of these natural remedies and not really see much in the way of benefits until months down the road. This can make it hard to keep going if you’re someone who needs that instant gratification to sustain motivation. Just do try and keep in mind that every day that you do these techniques, you are moving one step closer to a fuller head of hair.
Commonly Asked Questions:
1. What helps make your hair grow thicker and longer?
In order to grow thicker and longer hair, you’ll want to use a combination of internal nutrition (what you eat on a daily basis), external nutrition (what hair masks and/or products you put on the hair to nourish it), and stress reduction with lifestyle modifications. Taking a holistic approach to growing your hair will help you see optimal results.
2. What vitamins are good for hair growth and thickness?
The most commonly used vitamins and nutrients include Biotin, as noted above, vitamin C, Niacin, iron, as well as vitamin D. Eat these regularly in your diet to promote optimal hair growth.
3. What can I do to stop my hair loss?
If you are experiencing natural hair loss not due to nutritional or disease concerns, you’ll want to assess how you are caring for your hair, assess your stress level, and consider scalp massage to promote healthier hair follicles and better hair growth.
4. What can I do to help my hair grow faster?
Hair is one of the slowest growing tissues in the body, however with proper care, you can speed up its growth. Focus on doing scalp massages regularly, avoiding the use of harsh styling products or tools, applying an oil or mask treatment regularly, brushing gently, and sleeping on a silk pillow case rather than a cotton one.
1. Hirata, Noriko, et al. “Testosterone 5α-reductase inhibitory active constituents of Piper nigrum leaf.” Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin 30.12 (2007): 2402-2405.
2. Bergfeld, Wilma. “Diffuse hair loss: its triggers and management.” Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine 76.6 (2009): 361.
3. Rushton, D. H. “Nutritional factors and hair loss.” Clinical and Experimental Dermatology: Clinical dermatology 27.5 (2002): 396-404.