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How do I make my hair thicker? Answered

My hair is thin and flat. Is there a way to thicken it up and help the shine? I don't eat meat (except for fish); would that affect my hair?


To have a shiny and thick hair, always ensure to get your regular intake of Vitamin B, C, D and Biotin. These are the essential vitamin for your diet plan that surely provides you a healthy crop of hair. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet with adequate rest to reduce stress levels as that also contributes to hair loss. I read some interesting tips at Forhair.com, my wife benefited tremendously by following their advice.

I often publish in places like pubmed and this is a question we get all the time at our hair transplant center.  Everyone ages differently and our skin changes with age in different ways.  The hair is an extension of the skin and so also changes.  I advise all patients not to spend to much on extravagant products without the science to back them and most products do not have the science.  You can see this on pubmed.com as mentioned above.   However, you do have hope.  Products that increase hair growth can give you at thicker look. Also, products that are good for your skin are believed to be good for your hair like b-complex pills and biotin and multivitamins.  We also did research published on hair and vitamin D so its something else to consider for hair restoration. 

Our hair is made up of protein also known as keratin. So, a diet rich in protein is one way to encourage hair growth and prevent hair loss. Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin - two essential nutrients to promote a healthy head of hair. Read more - "proper diet to prevent hair loss"

 I don't use conventional shampoo at all anymore - I used to have limp flat hair, and now it is healthy, shiny and thick - and I don't shed nearly as much.  I use the "washcloth" method around 2 times a week to "wash" my hair - it's so easy - lukewarm to warm water (hot dries out your scalp - and the rest of your body - I take tepid showers now ^_^) - and massage your scalp as though you have shampoo in your hair - the massage will increase blood flow and stimulate more hair growth - the little frizzy hair that people get around their hairline?  That's new hair growth - as annoying as those whispies are, they are a good thing.  "Rinse" your hair as though you were rinsing out shampoo.

Then, with a dry wash cloth (or after getting out of the shower, with your towel) "Brush" your hair on both sides - this moves the oil from the roots to the tips and helps restore balance.  Yes, there is a transitional period - it took me two months of wearing buns and braids and using this method before my hair started behaving and looking great.  On days that you don't wash your hair, brush it gently both morning and night with a natural bristle brush, a la turn of the century practices.

Protein is a huge part of hair growth, nail growth, muscle development, and brain activity - I'm glad to hear you eat fish.  Don't forget the fat either - ever heard anyone say "give the dog all the fat, it will make his/her coat thick and shiny?"  It's the same for people - don't be afraid of real butter, coconut oil, fatty fish, avocados, olive oil, 2% or whole milk if you're not lactose intolerant, eggs - this has the added benefit of being very good for your brain - our brains need good fats to develop and function properly.  That's why we love the taste of fatty foods.   I'm not dogging vegetables, I ate kale and turnips with my chicken last night, but you can be sure I pan seared the kale in garlic and olive oil, and put lots of butter on those turnips.

Just stop cleaning and brushing your hair.


9 years ago

I have exactly the same problem and ive found that the less you wash youre hair, the thicker it gets. But once it starts getting greasy, it'll thin out again... Try and get enough silica in youre system, too... also, conditioning makes it very thin, too...

Take a look at my response to this question:

A guess: You may need to add a little baking soda to your baby shampoo to make it more alkaline. This would make your hair fluffy but dull. A bit of glycerin might then make it shinier. If you need any grease, mineral/baby oil (in the laxatives aisle) should prove largely inedible to your skin bacteria.

As far as treating the thinning goes, you need to be careful. (And obviously you need to consult with a doctor if you are afraid you have a protein deficiency.)
The field of hair loss treatment is unfortunately full of quackery and pseudoscience. Shampoo commercials are full of magic vitamins, minerals, proteins, and technobabble that makes biologists cringe. To avoid some of this, you can try poking through the medical literature a bit:

Try this search on PubMed:

9 years ago

well it could because the lack of protein and i suggest oily fish as they are good for a number of things
best thing to do is let your hair regain it's strength
-never ever use rubber bands to tie it up
-wash it less so your body can excret it's natural oils so just wash it once or twice a week at most
-maybe don't tie your hair up at all for a while they still strain it but not much as rubber bands mind they are hair killers
-don't use straightners
-don't get it cut (also thins it out)
-don't dye it

just keep to that for a while intill it seems strong and go back to wat you do
remember you must have protein everyday as that is wat your body requires or you'll just be unhealthy one of the effects is your hair as it itself is strands of protein

Xerxesx20 is right. I'd like to add that you may consider shampooing a little less often and using a more intensive conditioning option, maybe even a hot oil treatment if needed. The goal is to find a natural balance between "too clean, sterile" and "greasy." I used to shampoo daily, but my hair changed as I grew older and now I shampoo half as often with similar results. If it's been really dry or dull, I condition it without a shampoo. I usually have to give it an extra minute of brushing on the days I don't wash it, but that's not hard. Reduce also your use of hairsprays, gels, dyes, peroxide, or whatever else you might be putting in your hair. If you're a hair-product junkie, this will be hard... but just choose two regular products and toss the rest out. Use the ones you've kept as sparingly as possible. I find sprays and gels can thin the look of hair by clumping it together in strands. Dyes and peroxides can damage hair. They're getting better... but it's better to go without IMO. Best of luck!

Fish oils would be good for skin and a healthy coat (humans or dogs) so that's a plus, having your hair trimmed just a little bit once a fortnight or so would also help.

I have heard that rosemary is used in some hair thickening shampoos, try adding a few drops (or a fresh sprig) of distilled rosemary to your shampoo -- you can find oils to buy in shops, or distill your own using an "essential oil" instructable here, use the search at the top of the page. 8-)

Kiteman's Oil perfume distillation 'ible: