Hair care may not always be on the top of people’s list of priorities, but it is certainly something that needs to be part of a person’s daily routine. One of the things that most people (women, particularly) always wonder about is how to make their hair thicker. Some women worry about brittle hair while many men dread about receding hairline that may eventually progress to full-blown baldness.
Listed below are three clever tips and tricks on how to make hair thicker, as well as what to avoid in order to prevent brittle hair. The following hair care tips apply to both men and women (unless stated otherwise).
Use Coconut Milk Mask 3-4 Times a Week
Coconut milk is mostly known as a key ingredient in curry dishes as it has a unique flavor and aroma. However, not too many people are aware that it is also makes for an excellent hair mask that offers excellent benefits. Not only does the coconut milk make the hair thicker, but it also contain nutrients that protects each strand from breakage. Women who are trying to grow out their hair but are plagued with problems such as brittleness and split ends will definitely benefit from using this all-natural hair mask treatment.
How to Do It: All you need to do is get about 100-200 grams of FRESHLY grated coconut meat, heat it slightly in a pan and extract the milk or juice by squeezing. Be sure to use very low fire for the grated coconut meat, otherwise it will burn due to the high oil content. After extracting the milk, apply it generously directly onto your hair and let it sit for about 30-45 minutes. After which, rinse out your hair thoroughly using mild shampoo (preferably organic or at least natural).
This routine, when done correctly and often enough, would result to thicker and healthier locks in about 2-3 months.
Use Essential Oils on Your Hair Before Bedtime
The human hair produces its own natural oils that act not only as lubricants but a protective shield as well. However, since certain conditions (i.e. extreme heat, humidity, etc) and practices (i.e. use of too much chemical laden haircare products) can strip the hair of its natural oils, it is necessary to replenish them by using essential oils.
Some of the best oils to use include lavender, chamomile, thyme, cedarwood, geranium, and rosemary. These herbs are extremely beneficial to the hair as they contain substances that naturally protect hair follicles so that they do not become prone to damage.
How to Do It: Right before bedtime, put 15-20 drops of your chosen essential oil then rub it between your palms. Then proceed to massage your scalp and apply the oil all the way down to the tips. Scalp massage is almost as important as applying the oil as it stimulates blood flow and allows the hair follicles to remain healthy and strong.
Many varieties of essential oils are available in local supermarkets, pharmacies, and even online. It is best to choose something that soothes you and calms your nerves. The purpose of using essential oils on your hair is to not only make it healthier but also promote deep relaxation to help facilitate sleep.
Additional tip: You can also add a few drops of the essential oil to your conditioner when washing your hair.
Get a Trim Every 2-3 Weeks
A lot of people neglect this very simple routine, which ironically is among the simplest hair care techniques for thickness. Growing out your hair should never mean having to let it grow out of control. In order to achieve and maintain a thick head of hair, it is necessary to get a trim every two to three weeks (6 for those whose hair grow out very slowly) as the hair gets more structure and avoids damage due to neglect.
Tip: When getting a trim, be sure to ask your hairdresser/stylist/barber to massage your scalp (usually done while shampooing the hair) in order to improve blood flow as well as the production of more natural oils.
In addition, you might also want to get your haircut from the same place. Having your hair cared for by the same professionals is a good thing since they are familiar with your specific hair care needs.
What to Avoid in Order to Get Thick Hair
*Too much heat (whether directly applied as in the case of curling/straightening irons or blow dryer, or indirectly such as prolonged sun exposure)
*Daily hair washing (it is not ideal to shampoo and condition your hair every day. Doing so would result to dry and brittle hair. Doing a full wash every other day is sufficient to keep it clean and healthy)
*Using chemical laden shampoo, conditioner, and other haircare products (it is even less ideal to use leave on conditioners unless they are all natural)
Natural ways on how to make hair thicker are always preferable as they do not cost a lot of money and are infinitely much safer.