Hair loss is a major problem that affects both genders. Hair is regarded as a beauty asset. As such, loss of hair or hair thinning should be controlled as soon as we notice it.
Factors that could cause hair thinning include; poor hair care, hormonal imbalances or changes, genetics, allergies, poor nutrition, pollution, physical or emotional stress, autoimmune conditions such as lupus, radiation therapy, Alopecia areata , anemia, certain infections such as anemia, hairstyles that put too much tension on hair follicles, and scalp infections.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with hair thinning;
- Avoid using hair tools that use high heat.
- Minimize chemical processing of your hair. Try to add more time between hair touch-ups especially when the weather is dry.
- Use hair products target for your hair type and for hair growth.
- Use conditioner after every shampoo.
- Avoid hairstyles that are too tight on your hairline.
Below are home remedies and natural treatments for full thick hair and to prevent, or even reverse, hair thinning;
1. Apply Castor Oil
Using cold-pressed castor oil is the best way to stop your hair from thinning. Castor oil contains a high amount of vitamin E which boosts the growth of the hair and reduces thinning. Mix castor oil with coconut oil and warm the mixture. Dip your fingers in it and apply it on your scalp with a gentle massage. Now use a comb to spread the mixture of the oil through the entire length of your hair and cover your head with a warm towel. Let the oil get absorbed for an hour. Then, wash it off with shampoo. Use this remedy once every week to attain thick and beautiful hair.
2. Fenugreek Seed Hair Mask
A fenugreek hair mask is another great way to attain thick and strong hair as well as reduce thinning of hair. Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Then, Strain the water, in the morning, and grind the seeds to make a thick paste. You may also add coconut milk to the mask to further nourish your hair in a natural way. Apply the fine paste on your scalp and hair for 30 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water thereafter. Try this remedy at least once a week.
3. Avoid Frequent Use Of Chemicals
Hair can get damaged with frequent use of chemicals. Hair care products containing chemicals may strip off the natural oils from the scalp and damage the hair shaft. It is important to choose your hair care products wisely. Always use herbal and organic products and home remedies to prevent the use of harsh chemicals present in shampoos and hair styling gels.
4. Indian Gooseberry Would Help
Indian gooseberry has an anti-inflammatory action on the scalp that helps with thicker hair growth. It also reduces scalp infection and exfoliates the scalps to unclog the follicles. Take a teaspoon of powdered Indian gooseberry and mix it with coconut oil. Heat the mixture until it starts to boil and strain the oil. Use this oil to massage on your scalp before going to bed. Shampoo as usual in the morning using a mild product.
5. Apply Olive Oil
Olive oil not only hydrates the hair but also provides a body to it. Warm up a tablespoon of olive oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave it for 30-40 minutes and wash it thoroughly with a shampoo. You can also make a hair mask by mixing olive oil and honey, then, applying it to your hair for 30 minutes. Wash your hair thereafter.
6. Avocado Hair Mask
Avocados help in making your hair thick. It also contains a good amount of vitamin E essential for the healthy growth of the hair. Mash an avocado and mix it with mashed banana and a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply this hair mask to your hair and gently massage for a few minutes. Let it stay for 25-30 minutes and wash off with a shampoo thereafter.
7. Use Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a great remedy for reversing thinning hair. It moisturizes the hair and balances the pH of the scalp for healthy hair growth. Take some fresh aloe vera leaves and cut open to extract the gel. Rub it on your scalp and the entire length of the hair. Leave it for 25-30 minutes and rinse your hair with lukewarm water thereafter.
8. Nourish Hair With Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that help in promoting thick and strong hair. Take 1/4th cup of flaxseed and soak it in water overnight. Boil the soaked flaxseeds in 2 cups of water. When the consistency of the liquid turns to a jelly, turn off the heat and strain it. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and let the gel cool. Use this cooled down gel as a hair gel to style your hair while preventing them from thinning. Eating freshly ground flaxseeds is also great for making your hair thick.
9. Keep Your Hair Short
Keeping your hair short is essential if you have thin hair. Longer hair usually lacks volume especially if it is too thin. Even if you have thicker hair, it can weight it down making them appear thin. The best way to naturally make them appear thick and voluminous is to cut them short in a style such as a bob. If cutting your hair short seems impossible, you may add layers to a long hair to add volume.
10. Apply Orange Pulp
Oranges are great for hair due to the presence of high amounts of vitamin C that helps in promoting a faster hair growth. Make a puree of an orange. You do not need to peel it as the skin contains a lot of vitamins that may help in nourishing your hair. Apply the puree on your scalp and hair for about half an hour. Rinse thoroughly using a shampoo thereafter. Do this once weekly to make your hair thick.
11. Protect Your Hair From The Sun
Sun can cause serious damage to your hair if you do not protect it. The harmful UV radiations can make them dull and weak. The best way to stop hair thinning, due to harsh sun rays, is to protect your hair whenever you step out in the sun. Cover your hair with a cloth or use an umbrella or a hat to cut off direct contact with sun rays.
12. Minimize The Use Of Heating Tools
Heat can also cause great damage to the hair. It strips off the natural oils present in the scalp and hair and makes them dry, dull and brittle. Such hair is prone to breakage. So save your hair as much as possible from blow dryers and hot irons.
13. Have A Balanced Diet
A balanced diet comprising of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and various minerals would help in boosting your hair health. Include fruits and green vegetables to replenish your vitamins and minerals reserves. Also, eat dairy products such as milk and yogurt. Besides, egg, poultry, fish, nuts, and seeds help in promoting thick and shiny hair.
14. Ensure Proper Hair Care
An everyday hair care regime is essential in keeping hair in the best condition and prevent most hair problems such as hair thinning and hair dryness. Make sure you choose the shampoo and other hair care products according to your hair type. A regular massage with your fingers, with a circular motion, is great to improve circulation of the scalp and induce healthy hair growth. Avoid combing your hair when it is wet as it is more prone to breakage during this time.
15. Use Eggs For Thick Hair
Eggs are packed with proteins and can be helpful in treating hair thinning. Take an egg in a bowl and whisk it. Apply it to your hair and leave it for 25-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo. Do this once weekly for super soft, shiny and thick hair.
16. Keep Your Hair Conditioned
Hair tends to lose moisture when washed, even if you use a mild shampoo. Thus, it is important to condition your hair with a good quality hair conditioner every time after shampooing to retain its moisture content and prevent them from drying and thinning.
17. Apply Henna Leaves Or Powder
Henna leaves are yet another remedy to obtain thicker hair. It enriches the natural color of your hair and also provide it a thick and smooth texture. Grind some fresh henna leaves and allow it to stay for 2 hours. Now apply it on your hair and wash off after a few hours. You may also use readily available henna powder and mix it with water to make a paste and apply it to your hair.
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