Do you wish your hair was thicker and fuller? You’re not alone.
For many people, thick, full hair is a symbol of youth and health. As we get older and experience sickness or stress, our hair can get thinner and more prone to breakage. It’s natural to want to return our hair to its strong, vital state.
While growing thicker hair might seem impossible, particularly if we’ve faced a lot of hair loss in recent history, there are steps we can take to improve hair.
In this article, we’ll highlight six ways to grow thicker, fuller hair that we can be proud of.
#1: Get a Haircut
It may seem contradictory to suggest a cut for you to have longer hair-- why would you cut your hair if you want it to grow thicker? Wouldn’t a haircut just get rid of your hair and make it thinner?
However, a haircut can improve the appearance of your hair greatly. As your hair grows longer, it grows heavier. That means it might fall flatter against your head as the strands weigh it down.
Similarly, long hair can be more prone to breakage and dryness. This damage will make your hair look brittle.
By getting a haircut, you can remove the dead, broken ends, and eliminate some of the weight that is making your hair lie flatly against your head. The result? Thicker, fuller hair that looks healthy and vivacious.
#2: Eat a Balanced Diet
Just as your diet affects your skin, it affects your hair, too. If you eat a diet that’s full of unhealthy, oily foods, your hair will look fragile and flat. That’s because unhealthy foods lack the nutrients that your hair needs in order to thrive.
If your hair seems to lack its usual luster, consider changing your diet. You want to make sure you’re consuming proper nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The following foods help promote hair growth:
- Eggs: Eggs have protein and biotin, which can help your hair grow strong.
- Berries: Berries have vitamins and antioxidants to promote hair growth.
- Fatty fish: Fatty fish like salmon is an excellent source of omega-3, which helps reduce hair loss.
- Spinach: Spinach contains nutrients like folate, iron, and Vitamin C, which are all great for your skin and hair.
- Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which converts into Vitamin A to promote healthy hair.
None of us can change our age or genetics. But we can change our diet. If you’re frustrated with how your hair appears, try making some dietary switches to improve your overall hair’s health.
#3: Take Care of Your Scalp
Many people overlook the fact that good hair starts with a healthy scalp. After all, your scalp is the source from which your hair grows. If it’s oily, unhealthy, or clogged, your hair doesn’t stand a chance to grow.
Your scalp is skin, and skin needs proper care. Because we don’t see our scalp, we don’t think about it, and do not realize how important scalp care is to hair growth.
Here are some factors that can negatively affect the scalp:
- Product buildup: If you don’t exfoliate or scrub your scalp from time to time, hair product residue can build up, making it impossible for hair to grow healthily.
- Oil buildup: The scalp naturally produces oils that are essential for hair growth and vitality. However, too much oil can affect the hair’s appearance. You need to keep your scalp clean and hydrated for your hair to grow strong.
- Skin damage: Oxidative stress affects your scalp just as it affects the skin on the rest of face. Stress males the scalp less flexible, and drier. If this happens, your scalp will experience stress and inflammation that can negatively impact your hair growth.
You can improve your scalp health in a number of ways. For instance, scalp massages are a great tool for stimulating blood flow and addressing oil and product buildup. You can also use clean scalp and hair products to improve your scalp health. A hair growth serum like Mereltä’s Root Renewal can help re-balance your scalp and provide the needed environment for growth of thicker, and fuller hair.
#4: Change Up Your Washing Routine
It’s possible that you can over or under wash your hair, leading to a flat, lifeless appearance. Everyone’s hair is different: some people’s hair needs washing every day; other people’s hair can go days between washes.
Typically, if your hair is fine, you’ll need to wash it more frequently. If you go longer in between washes, your hair may build up too much oil, looking slick and limp instead of thick and full.
If you have thicker hair, washing it often can cause dryness and breakage. Your hair may need more of a break between washes to allow your scalp’s natural, healthy oils to accumulate.
How frequently you wash your hair (and which products you’ll use) depends on your genetics, location, and lifestyle. But, if you’ve noticed that your hair is less healthy and thinner than normal, it’s worth taking a look at your washing routine. You may need to change it.
Heat can damage your hair, making it harder to grow thicker, fuller hair.
#5: Adjust When You Use Your Brush
Brushing your hair at the wrong time and with the wrong tools can cause your hair to break.
When you get out of the shower, you should use a wide toothed comb to untangle your hair, rather than a brush. Combs are gentler on your hair and can help remove those pesky knots without damaging your hair when. And very important: don’t comb wet hair! Limit your brushing to when your hair is dry and able to handle more stress.
#6: Lay Off the Heat
It should come as no surprise that heat can seriously damage your hair. If you are using hot tools like a blow dryer and curling iron on your hair every day, you will likely see some breakage and dryness. Heat damages your hair, making it more prone to breaking or split ends.
If you use heat to style your hair consider the following steps to improve hair health:
- Skip a day between styling: Don’t use heat on your hair every day. Style your hair one day, then use a dry shampoo or put your hair up instead of washing and using heat again.
- Use heat protecting products: These products can help keep your hair safe from some of the damage caused by heat.
- Protect your scalp: Heat can damage your scalp, too, causing dryness and stress that may impact hair growth. Using a serum like Mereltä’s Root Renewal will restore needed moisture to your scalp.
Final Thoughts: How to Grow Thicker, Fuller Hair
If you have flat hair or lifeless hair, you may feel frustrated and self-conscious. But you can take steps to thicken your hair.
By following a proper diet, limiting the amount of heat you use to style your hair, and taking good care of your scalp, you can grow thicker, fuller hair that makes you feel confident and proud.