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How to get thicker hair

How to get thicker hair

While there is no way to change the texture of the hair follicles, there are many things people can do to make hair appear thicker and to reduce breakage and hair loss.

Overview

Thin or thinning hair is a widespread condition. Men often experience hair loss from male pattern baldness, but both women and men may experience thin hair in their lifetime.

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Natural ageing and genetics may be causes of thinning hair.

Thinning hair could be caused by:

  • natural aging
  • genetics
  • poor nutrition
  • overuse of commercial hair products
  • reactions or allergies to chemicals or substances
  • illness

No matter what the cause, it may be possible to help hair look naturally thicker by using everyday products.

These methods should not take the place of treatment for underlying conditions that may be causing the thin hair, such as a nutritional deficiency or alopecia.

The natural treatments below may help thicken thin hair regardless of whether further treatment is required.

Remedies

There is a range of natural ways to thicken thinning hair, but results will vary from person to person.

Everyday products to make hair look thicker include:

1. Eggs

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An egg treatment may help to make hair look thicker.

Eggs are high in protein, which is essential for the body to build strong, thick hair. When used regularly, an egg treatment may help thicken and strengthen a person’s hair.

To use an egg treatment:

  • beat 1 or 2 eggs together
  • apply the eggs to the scalp and damp hair
  • leave the eggs on the scalp for about 30 minutes
  • wash hair thoroughly with warm water and mild shampoo

Alternately, combine the eggs with oil and water. To use this method:

  • mix egg yolks, 1 tablespoon (tbsp) olive oil, and 2 tbsp of water
  • apply the mixture to the scalp and dry hair
  • leave for 15 minutes
  • rinse out with warm water and a mild shampoo

Using an egg treatment once or twice a week for several weeks might help strengthen the hair.

2. Olive oil

Olive oil is rich in omega3 acids and other nutrients that are essential for overall health, including hair health. When applied directly to the scalp and hair, olive oil helps promote thicker hair.

Olive oil also has the added benefit of softening the hair and relieving dry scalp.

To use olive oil:

  • heat the oil to body temperature
  • massage the warm oil into the scalp and hair
  • leave in hair for about 30 to 45 minutes
  • rinse out the olive oil with mild shampoo

Some people add honey to the olive oil and others suggest leaving the olive oil on overnight using a shower cap to cover the hair.

3. Proper nutrition

A nutritious diet that contains healthful fats, protein, and a range of vitamins can help with thinning or thin hair. In fact, thin hair can be a sign that a person is not getting enough nutrients.

To help remedy this, people with thin hair should include some of the following nutrient-rich foods in their diets:

  • salmon, which is high in protein and fatty acids
  • eggs, which contain protein, omega3, and iron
  • walnuts, almonds, and other nuts, which are sources of fatty acids
  • greek yogurt, which is a source of protein
  • green, black, pinto, and other beans, which contain protein

A person should look to add 1 or 2 servings of any of the above foods to their daily diet. Even adding just 3 or 4 servings a week can contribute to improved hair health.

4. Orange puree

The vitamin C, pectin, and acid in oranges can help a person’s hair in a few different ways.

The vitamins and nutrients may improve hair’s natural luster, which makes the hair appear thicker.

The acid in oranges helps break apart residue left from hair products. These residues may interfere with hair growth. Unlike some of the other treatments, orange puree has a pleasant scent that makes the treatment more enjoyable.

A person can use orange puree as a hair treatment by blending fresh oranges then massaging the puree into the hair and scalp. Leave the puree on the hair for about 1 hour before rinsing it out.

Some people like to use a light conditioner to rehydrate their hair following an orange puree treatment.

5. Aloe gel

Many people believe that the Aloe vera plant is helpful for the skin, scalp, and hair. Applying aloe oil directly to the hair and scalp may help strengthen the hair and thicken it over time.

Several commercial products that contain aloe as an active ingredient are readily available. These products often take the form of gels and creams that are applied directly to the scalp and hair.

For a homemade solution, a person can try rubbing some pure aloe gel into the scalp and letting it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Some people mix the aloe with coconut oil or olive oil.

People can use this treatment once or twice per week.

6. Avocado

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An avocado rub will also include olive oil.

Avocado is rich in vitamin E, and many people believe it to be a good moisturizer. Make a simple avocado rub and apply it twice a week.

To make an avocado rub:

  • combine the fruit of 1 avocado with 1 tbsp olive oil
  • apply the mixture to hair and scalp
  • let it sit for about 30 minutes
  • rinse thoroughly with mild shampoo

7. Castor Oil

Castor oil is also high in vitamin E and fatty acids. Vitamin E is known for aiding hair health.

Castor oil is easy to apply to the hair with no preparation. Simply, rub the oil over the scalp and hair until the hair is coated. Leave the oil on the head for about 30 minutes before rinsing out.

Takeaway

It is important to remember that the results of natural treatments will vary depending on the individual. In many cases, natural remedies for thin hair have not been well-studied, and there are no scientifically-proven results.

People with allergies should use caution and common sense, as rubbing an allergen on the scalp may trigger an allergic reaction.

People who experience a sudden or unexplained hair loss or thinning should talk to their doctor, as there may be an underlying medical reason for the hair loss.

In most cases, natural home remedies are low cost and low risk and may be worth trying.

There is an excellent selection online with thousands of customer reviews if you want to buy olive oilaloe gel, or caster oil.

How to Make Your Hair Grow Thicker, According to Experts

How to Make Your Hair Grow Thicker, According to Experts

Everyone wants healthier, thicker, and stronger hair. How to get grow hair is arguably the question most beauty experts are tired of hearing—because there is no one right answer. From slapping on every mask known to Sephora to popping supplements, most of us are willing to do (or buy!) anything that will help us achieve Sofia Vergara-worthy hair. Don’t waste your time on pills or products that won’t work for you. We spoke with a trichologist and celebrity hairstylists to break down everything you need to know about growing thick and long hair—the right way.

Eat Smarter

We have great hair news for avocado fanatics. According to Michelle Blaisure, product and technical specialist and certified trichologist for Bosley Professional Strength, a diet full of healthy fats is essential for thick and healthy hair. “While genetics determines hair texture and curl, our diet plays a role in how genes can get expressed,” Blaisure says. “Be sure to get plenty of good-quality protein and good fats like olive oil and Omega 3.” She recommends foods such as salmon, avocados, nuts, vegetables, and fruit to get all the key nutrients needed for growing stronger hair.

Use the Right Shampoo & Conditioner

It’s obvious but bears repeating: Different hair types require specific products that cater to their exact needs. Cutler salon senior stylist Jenny Balding says those with fine hair should look for volume-building shampoo and conditioners, such as the Redken High Rise Volume, to boost the appearance of thickness and add shine. For those with coarse hair, Balding suggests products that tame frizz and moisturize, like Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Conditioner.

8 Research-Backed Remedies for Stronger, Healthier Hair

8 Research-Backed Remedies for Stronger, Healthier Hair

Yes, male pattern baldness is incurable. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up and just let it all fall out. Instead, you can take action and stop your hair loss with finasteride and minoxidil. Then you can supplement this hair loss treatment by improving the quality of the hair you do have.

We’ve put together eight research-backed hair care remedies that can help make your hair look stronger, fuller, and healthier. While the tips below won’t prevent further hair loss, they can help prevent your hair from breaking, limit split ends, and increase the glossiness of your locks, all of which lead to a fuller-looking, healthier hair.

Combine these tips with treatment and you might just be on the way to having a better head of hair.

1. Shampoo regularly

This is probably a given, but when your hair is thinning or feels weak and damaged, it’s really important to wash it regularly. That’s because shampoo protects the hair shaft (the portion of hair between the root and the end) from further damage.

But before you go washing your hair three times a day and expecting a full head of beautiful hair to appear, hold up. In order to reap the benefits of shampoo, you should use it between two to three times a week. Any more than that, and you risk stripping your scalp and hair of those natural oils—and as you’ll learn in just a little bit: Those oils are necessary for healthy hair.

Oh, and if you’re dealing with dandruff, consider trying ketoconazole shampoo, a shampoo that addresses the issue head-on. (Sorry, sometimes the puns just pop out.)

2. Pay attention to the ingredients in your shampoo

Shampooing your hair regularly won’t do you any good if you’re using one that’s harmful to your hair. And while that’s good to know, there are a lot of types of shampoo out there. So many that you may encounter decision paralysis when you go to buy one. Hopefully that’ll make it a little bit easier. When you’re picking out your next bottle, avoid the following ingredients:

  • coal tar dyes
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl
  • parabens
  • phthalates
  • sodium lauryl sulfate (also known as sodium laureth sulfate)
  • triethanolamine

Instead, look for plant-based, organic, and raw shampoo ingredients like biotincaffeinegreen tea, and saw palmetto.

3. Reevaluate how you wash your hair

The way you treat your hair every day is incredibly important, as there are certain hair grooming habits that can help protect your hair from everyday wear-and-tear.

Here are some of the main ones: When you shampoo, make sure you focus your scrubbing on your scalp, not on your hair. After you’ve rinsed the shampoo out fully, dry it gently with a towel. Then, apply conditioner.

Unlike with the shampoo, though, you want to put the conditioner directly on the hair strands, avoiding the scalp. If you have curly or kinky hair, you can use leave-in conditioner, in which case you wouldn’t wash it out. (Never heard of leave-in conditioner? You need our guide to the seven types of conditioner.)

Hair Types Infographic UPDATED

But for other types of hair, you want to use the conditioner in the shower so you can fully wash it out a few minutes after. For non-curly hair, leave-in conditioner can make it dull and oily. Just make sure you don’t skip this step—conditioner helps reduce inter-fiber friction, make your hair shiny, detangle your strands, and eliminate frizz.

4. Stay out of the sun

We know — when it’s a sunny day out, you want to get outside and take advantage of it. Those rays probably feel great on your skin. But the fact of the matter is, too much in the sun is just not great for your hair. At all. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can really damage the hair, making strands brittle, dry, and much more susceptible to breakage and split ends.

And listen—we’re definitely not saying you can’t go outside. Everyone needs that fresh air and vitamin D. But we are saying to be mindful of how much exposure to the sun your hair gets.

So when you’re outside—whether commuting to work, walking the dog, attending a sports game, or hanging out with friends—consider hanging out in the shade and wearing a hat to help shield your hair. (And no, contrary to popular belief, wearing hats does not cause hair loss.)

5. Avoid hair dye

The verdict is in: If you want the strongest, healthiest hair possible, you should probably avoid changing its color with dye or bleach. Because color-treated hair ultimately has chemical damage. And chemical damage to the hair can weaken it, which means it’s going to break much more easily.

6. Use heat protectant

Similar to chemicals, heat can also be incredibly damaging to your hair, whether that’s heat from the sun, a blow dryer, or a styling tool. After you wash your hair, you should let it air dry. But, if you don’t have the time (or if you just hate the way it looks when it air dries), try using a product, such as a spray or cream, that can protect your strands from the full effects of the heat. The same goes if you’re styling your hair with a tool, such as a straightening iron.

Most of the heat protectants you’ll find will have silicone in them. Silicone is heat-resistant and will help spread the heat along the entire length of the strand rather than having it focused right on the spot the heat is at. Before exposing your hair to heat, apply the heat protectant all over.

7. Give your head a massage

When you get a massage, the body tissue gets warmer, and that makes blood vessels open up more. This, in turn, increases blood flow to the part of the body being massaged. When you increase blood circulation to your scalp, the hair follicles also receive more blood. More blood means that the hair root, which is inside the hair follicle, receives and absorbs more nutrients — such as the fats and proteins that make up your hair. And the massage doesn’t have to be professional. You can simply knead every inch of your scalp yourself while you’re in the shower following all the tips above.

8. Coat your hair with oil

Your hair has fat in it, and oils are pretty much pure fat. So putting them on your hair can help restore those naturally-occurring fats. Oil can also help decrease the inter-fiber friction that can occur with combing the hair, which is always a plus, because friction between hair strands can cause breakage. Here’s the catch: You can’t use just any oil. Oils high in saturated and monounsaturated fats are good because these types of fatty acids penetrate the hair strand more easily. Oils with polyunsaturated fats, on the other hand, don’t have the same effect.

One great option is coconut oil. In fact, one study showed that coconut oil assisted with decreasing how much protein the hair lost, which basically means it prevented the hair from getting weaker. Another oil that’s high in saturated fat is palm oil (such as saw palmetto oil), and some options high in monounsaturated fats are almond oil, olive oil, and argan oil.

Another oil that’s gotten tons of hype online lately is castor oil, which is rich in a monounsaturated fatty acid called ricinoleic acid. Despite its reputation as an instant hair growth serum, there’s very little scientific evidence that castor oil has that benefit. But it can still condition your hair and make it look shinier, and its antimicrobial properties might help relieve dandruff.

Keep in mind that castor oil is very thick and can cause buildup and even matting, so if you want to use it, be careful. Use only a dime-sized amount, dilute it with one of the oils mentioned above, and wash it out no more than a few hours later. Only use black castor oil if you have thick, dry hair—the standard cold-pressed version is better for fine hair.

Two other commonly suggested home remedies for hair loss are egg hair masks and onion juice. Both contain similar structural components to hair. Eggs have a lot of fats and proteins, and onions are full of sulfur and antioxidants. Sulfur bonds make up keratin, the main protein in hair, and antioxidants protect hair from free radicals it’s exposed to from things like UV rays and pollution. The idea with both of these is that soaking your hair in liquids- rich in the same components hair has can help strengthen it.

But there’s just one thing: There isn’t much research to back these two methods up, though. One study done on 38 people (a small sample size), showed that onion juice can help with hair regrowth, but that was for alopecia areata, a different type of hair loss than male pattern baldness. Giving these a try seems relatively harmless (unless you have a food allergy), but because both lack research, it’s at your own risk.

Ultimately, none of these home remedies prevents male pattern baldness—they won’t stop you from losing your hair and going bald. But they can help you with the quality of the hair you do have (and minimize the appearance of thinning hair), and that’s never a bad thing, is it?

10 WAYS TO HELP MAKE YOUR HAIR STRONGER

10 WAYS TO HELP MAKE YOUR HAIR STRONGER

Bad hair days happen to the best of us, but they don’t have to be a daily occurrence. While genetics play a role in color and texture, there are quite a few things we can still do to manage hair growth, to promote stronger, more vibrant hair. If you’re not a natural Rapunzel, or just want a little help getting your hair to cooperate before you leave for your day in the morning, consider these 10 tips that will help make your hair stronger and will ultimately show your hair some love.**

Let’s get started!

10 Ways to Help Make Your Hair Stronger

HOW TO HELP MAKE YOUR HAIR STRONGER

1. REPLACE YOUR DAILY WASHES WITH DRY SHAMPOO

Daily shampoos remove the natural oils that are essential to protecting your hair and keeping it healthy. Getting hair dried and ready for the day using heat tools, including blow dryers, curling irons, etc., has the potential to cause damage and breakage, making hair appear shorter and more brittle. Opt for a natural DIY dry shampoo using organic cornstarch, or equal parts organic cornstarch + organic cocoa powder for darker hair tones.

And, if you’re looking for more guidance here, explore this post on how often you should wash your hair.

2. SIMPLE WAY TO DRY YOUR HAIR FASTER

Allowing your hair to dry naturally is always the best option, but if that’s not a practical solution, protect your hair using nourishing ingredients found right in your kitchen, such as grapeseed oil, to add shine and an extra layer of protection. Add a small amount to a spray bottle and keep on-hand whenever you need to dry your hair.

10 Ways to Help Make Your Hair Stronger

3. HOW CAN I MAKE MY SCALP STRONG? WE ANSWER THAT.

This is a common question! Here’s our answer: Invest in a brush with boar bristles, or another non-synthetic bristle. Starting at your scalp, brush your hair down to distribute your hair’s natural healthy oils. This also works to stimulate your scalp, which encourages hair growth. It only takes 5 minutes and it couldn’t be easier!

 

4. EAT FOODS YOUR HAIR WILL LOVE

Strong, healthy hair isn’t just a reflection of how we treat ourselves on the outside, but also how we nourish our bodies on the inside. Avoid fast, processed and sugar-laden foods. Instead, feed your body what it needs, including plenty of healthy fats, including those with omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, walnuts, flax seeds and flaxseed oil.

Additionally, consider a beauty supplement that helps you hit your beauty goals. Our Collagen Beauty Glow™ is comprised of not only collagen peptides, but also hyaluronic acid (which helps to improve skin’s moisture levels), probiotics, biotin, and vitamin C (which is needed for our body to produce collagen). Its ultimate goal? Supporting glowing skin, hair and nails.** Give it a try and see what it can do for you!

10 Ways to Help Make Your Hair Stronger

5. HOW CAN I TREAT WEAK HAIR? LET’S EXPLORE THAT.

Argan and coconut oils, when applied to hair, naturally moisturize the hair shaft, prevent split ends and breakage, and add shine. Rub a quarter-sized amount of coconut oil or a dime-sized amount of Argan oil into your palm and gently massage into hair before bed for a natural overnight moisturizing hair mask.

(Psst! Read these tips on what to do before bed for stronger, healthier hair.)

6. AVOID TIGHT BUNS OR WEARING THE SAME STYLE EVERY DAY

If you’ve ever noticed patches of hair that are prone to flyaways, frizz, and breakage, the issue may be your hairstyle! Wearing tight buns or a ponytail in the same spot causes hair to break more easily, appearing shorter or contributing to frizz. If you must wear your hair up, change the location of your ponytail or wear a looser style to prevent unwanted breakage.

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7. GENTLY BRUSH OUT HAIR USING A WIDE-TOOTH COMB OR WET BRUSH

Our hair is the most vulnerable when wet. Yanking and pulling with a brush can contribute to broken strands and thinner locks. Instead, be gentle with your hair when wet, and use only a wide-tooth comb or a brush specially designed to glide through wet hair.

8. RINSE WITH COLD WATER

Even though it may come as a shock to your system, rinsing your hair with cold water before leaving the shower closes the hair cuticle, adding shine and making your hair look smoother. Using cold water also helps seal in the moisture from your daily conditioner, which can help strengthen and add length to your hair.

Want Stronger, Healthier Hair? Try These 10 Tips

Want Stronger, Healthier Hair? Try These 10 Tips

Everybody wants hair that’s strong, shiny, and easy to manage. But it can be challenging to get to that place. Most of us have to deal with some sort of hair issue that stands in the way of a healthy head of locks.

Genes do play a role when it comes to your hair type, strength, and volume. But that doesn’t mean you have no control over your hair.

In this article, we’ll look at 10 steps you can take to help strengthen your strands, boost hair growth, and enhance the look, feel, and health of your hair.

1. Dial down the heat

Blow dryers, straightening irons, hot curlers, and other heated styling tools can take a toll on your hair, especially if your hair is fine, dry, or prone to breakage. Too much heat can weaken your hair, resulting in strands that are damaged or frizzy.

To limit damage from hair drying, researchers who conducted a 2011 studyTrusted Source recommend holding the blow dryer about 6 inches away from the surface of your hair, and to keep the dryer moving and not concentrated on one spot.

Limit your blow-drying and other heated styling sessions to two or three times a week to give your hair time to recover in between each session.

Set your dryer and other heated styling tools to a lower heat setting to reduce the chance of hair damage. You may also want to consider using a heat protectant product on your hair to minimize damage.

2. Boost your vitamin intake

Like the rest of your body, your hair needs specific vitamins and minerals to be healthy and strong. ResearchTrusted Source has shown that nutritional deficiencies may be linked to hair loss.

The vitamins and minerals that may be most important for hair growth are:

  • Vitamin A: found in sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, milk, eggs, and yogurt
  • B vitaminsespecially biotin: found in egg yolk, liver, salmon, avocados, nuts and seeds, and dairy products
  • Vitamin C: good sources include citrus fruits, strawberries, and bell peppers
  • Vitamin D: found in fatty fish, egg yolk, and fortified foods like milk and orange juice
  • Vitamin E: good sources include sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, and avocados
  • Iron: found in oysters, clams, eggs, red meat, lentils, and spinach
  • Zinc: good sources include oysters, beef, pumpkin seeds, and lentils

If it’s difficult to get the necessary nutrients from the foods you eat, you may want to consider taking a multivitamin that includes these vitamins and minerals.

However, it’s important to check with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements, especially biotin. ResearchTrusted Source shows that excessive biotin intake can affect laboratory test results, such as tests designed to detect heart attacks.

3. Go easy on the shampoo

Keeping your hair clean is important. But most shampoos use ingredients that strip away your hair’s natural oils in an effort to reduce oiliness and remove dirt.

Unless your hair is extremely oily, you can probably cut back to washing with shampoo two to three times a week instead of every day. Washing your hair too frequently may dry it out and possibly weaken the hair shaft.

Also, don’t use too much shampoo. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you only need a quarter-sized amount of shampoo, applied mostly at your scalp, to clean your hair.

4. Massage your scalp

Revving up the blood circulation in your scalp may help boost the health and condition of your scalp, and also increase blood flow to the hair follicles.

According to a small 2016 studyTrusted Source, a 4-minute daily scalp massage may have the ability to increase hair thickness and strength over time.

You can massage your own scalp by applying pressure in circular motions with your fingertips for several minutes. You can do this on dry hair or when your hair is wet, just before you apply shampoo.

You can also buy a scalp massager. These handheld, brush-like devices work to stimulate your scalp.

5. Up the protein in your diet

Getting enough protein in your diet is important for hair growth, as hair follicles consist mostly of protein. ResearchTrusted Source shows that a lack of protein in the diet can result in hair thinning and hair loss.

Protein-rich foods that may help boost hair health include:

  • eggs
  • fish, like mackerel and salmon
  • nuts and seeds
  • lean meats
  • spinach and kale
  • beans and legumes
6. Try an egg yolk mask

Egg yolk contains the same proteins that make up a strong hair follicle. And, according to a 2018 studyTrusted Source, the peptides in egg yolk may help stimulate hair growth.

Egg yolk also contains several essential nutrients that have been linkedTrusted Source to hair growth and healthy hair, including vitamins A and D, biotin, and folate.

You can make your own egg yolk mask by following these steps:

  1. Use 3 egg yolks and 3–4 tbsp. of slightly warm coconut oil.
  2. Mix the two ingredients together well.
  3. Once the mixture is well-blended, apply to your scalp and roots.
  4. Put a shower cap over your head once the mixture has been applied.
  5. Let it sit on your head for 10–15 minutes.
  6. Rinse it out with cool water.
7. Use a cool rinse

Showering with water that’s too hot may cause heat damage to your hair, both at the root and on the cuticle. Steam in the shower can open up the cuticles on your hair, which may result in hair that’s dry, frizzy, and prone to breakage.

To protect your hair, lather up with lukewarm water. Then, finish your shower with a spray of cool water on your hair and scalp. This may help seal your hair cuticle, making it easier for your hair to retain moisture.

8. Use aloe vera on your hair and scalp

Aloe vera is rich in vitamins A, C, and ETrusted Source. These vitamins may help promote healthy cell growth, including the cells in your hair. In addition, aloe vera also contains vitamin B-12 and folic acid, both of which may be helpful in promoting healthy hair.

However, it’s unclear if these beneficial vitamins actually penetrate the scalp upon topical application of aloe vera.

You can apply the pure gel of the aloe plant to your hair and scalp, or look for hair products that contain aloe vera ingredients. You can also make your own aloe vera hair mask for extra conditioning.

9. Swap your towel for a T-shirt

According to hair care experts, rubbing your wet hair with a terry-cloth towel after washing can cause hair damage and breakage due to the friction that’s created between the towel and your hair.

You can opt for a microfiber towel, or an easier and cheaper solution is to use a simple cotton T-shirt.

The smooth T-shirt fabric will create less friction when drying and, therefore, less damage and frizz. To use a tee on your hair, follow these steps:

  1. After washing and rinsing, gently squeeze sections of your hair to remove as much water as possible.
  2. Bend your head forward and wrap the T-shirt around your head in a turban style.
  3. Leave your damp hair wrapped in the shirt for 5–10 minutes, then unwrap.
  4. Gently squeeze the T-shirt around any sections of hair that have excess moisture, then dry and style as usual.
10. Try a hot oil treatment

Hot oil treatments are a popular choice for helping to restore moisture to dry, frizzy, or damaged hair.

A coconut and avocado oil treatment may be especially beneficial. According to a 2003 studyTrusted Source, coconut oil has the ability to reduce protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair.

Like coconut oil, avocado oil also contains essential fatty acids as well as vitamins A, B-5, and E.

To make your own hot oil treatment, follow these steps:

  1. Mix together 1–2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil (room temperature) and 1–2 tbsp. avocado oil. You can use more or less, depending on how long your hair is, but keep the ratio of both oils roughly equal.
  2. Put the oil mixture in a glass jar, and gently lower it into a pot of hot water.
  3. Allow the oil to melt together and warm inside the jar for about 2 minutes. You don’t want the oil to be too hot, just slightly warm and well-mixed.
  4. Test the temperature on the back of your wrist. It should be lukewarm, not hot. If the oil appears to be hot, don’t risk touching it. Wait until it’s cooled.
  5. Once the oil mixture is at a safe temperature, apply to your scalp, roots of your hair, and ends. Work the oil into the rest of your hair.
  6. Apply a shower cap and allow the oil to penetrate your hair for 20 minutes.
  7. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
The bottom line

Achieving strong, healthy hair requires work on all fronts.

While minimizing heat damage and overwashing is important, what you put into your body counts too. Eating a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and sources of protein can help boost the health of your hair and scalp.

If you notice that your hair has become prone to breakage or that you’re losing more hair than usual, it’s worth mentioning it to your doctor. Hair loss is normal for many men and women, but it can sometimes indicate an underlying health condition.

Experts share their 7 tips for incredible hair (no matter what your texture)

Experts share their 7 tips for incredible hair (no matter what your texture)

From shampoos, to brushing, the experts tell us the tips that make every day hair care easier.

Regardless of texturecolour or style, there’s one thing nearly everyone wants: hair that looks like it’s been through the hands of a salon professional every week.

But if there simply isn’t time in your ever-increasing list of things to do, and if you’d rather prefer that extra 20 minutes in bed over waiting for the keratin-rich hair mask to work its magic, read on. We’ve spoken to leading experts in the beauty industry for their seven, yes, just seven key hair rules to stick to for the happiest, healthiest hair of your life.

1) Rethink the way you wash your hair

Mintel reports that 33% of women who have changed their washing habits in the last 12 months cite worrying about damage as the top reason, so how often should you be shampooing? Well, industry experts argue that less is more.

Over-washing can be damaging for your hair, especially if it is bleached, coloured, has been chemically treated or is naturally very dry or porous,” says Steve Rowbottom, co-director of Westrow.

“When you wash your hair every day it strips away the natural oils and proteins that you need to keep your hair and scalp healthy, so try to limit hair washing to three times a week if you can.”

But it does depend on your hair type.

The best shampoo for thick, coarse, curly hair

“The curlier your hair is, the longer you can go between washes,” explains dermatologist Dr. Doris Day. If you have thick, coarse, curly hair, pick a shampoo that hydrates as it cleanses, like Percy & Reed’s Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Wash Shampoo, £18. It’s also sulphate-free, so won’t strip your colour.

The best shampoo for fine hair

“The finer and straighter your hair is, the faster the oil wicks down,” says Steve, “so that can make it oilier faster. If you have super straight hair, you may not be able to go more than two days without washing.” If you have fine, straight hair, pick a gentle shampoo like Bumble and Bumble’s Gentle Shampoo, £22.50 which is super-kind on strands.

The best shampoo for coloured hair

If you colour your hair regularly then it’s best to avoid washing your hair every day to keep your colour from fading and your strands from becoming parched. The same applied for just-dyed lengths.

“Leave your hair for at least 72 hours after a colour appointment before washing it again,” says Kamila Pruszek, salon manager at West London salon, Blue Tit. “It can take up to three days for the hair cuticle to fully close, trapping in the colour molecules. If you wash your hair before the cuticle has closed, you risk disrupting the freshly applied colour and your gorgeous new hue is likely to fade.”

When you do eventually wash your hair, avoid shampoos that contain sulphates and silicones. Sulphates can strip the colour, while silicones leave behind residue that can leave your new colour looking dull. Stylist recommends Pureology’s Hydrate Colour Care Shampoo, £14.95, which cleanses from root to tip without stripping your strands of colour and Moroccanoil’s Hydrating Shampoo, £19.95, to eradicate build up and nourish porous lengths.

The best shampoo for African or Caribbean hair

Afro and Caribbean hair can get very dry because of its unique texture, which also makes it incredibly fragile. Most hairdressers comment that the issues they see with this type of hair are from a build-up of debris on the scalp and damage caused by detangling. KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo, £5.40, is specifically designed to put moisture and bonds back in your hair.

 

Remember, dry shampoo is your friend

“If you’re prone to greasy hair, then use a little dry shampoo in between washes to soak up excess oil,” advises Steve. “But try and avoid becoming too reliant on dry shampoo as it can cause build-up on the scalp and clog hair follicles, which can impede hair growth. If you really struggle to avoid frequent washing then remember that certain styles work better – and look better – on hair that isn’t freshly washed. Braids, bedhead buns and twisted topknots are all great looks for those in-between wash days.”

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Having strong, shiny, vibrant hair can boost your confidence and make you feel ready to take on the world. Follow these easy steps and you’ll soon have the happy, healthy hair you always wanted!

Washing and Drying

 

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Know when to wash. People often make the mistake of thinking that they need to wash their hair every day, but washing hair too often can actually dry hair out, or weigh it down with product.[1] For most people, washing your hair twice a week is adequate.[2]

  • The longer, thicker, curlier, and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes.
  • If your hair gets oily very quickly and you must wash every day, use a lightweight or “every day” shampoo, as these contain milder detergents than others. Alternately, you can try soap nuts or use dry shampoo in between regular washes. [3]
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Use conditioner. Always use a good conditioner after you shampoo. Conditioner will provide moisture for your hair while making it softer and more manageable. It will also make your hair easier to brush out after the shower, thus causing less damage. Only apply conditioner to the ends and mid-lengths of your hair, otherwise your hair will look greasy.

  • Use a leave-in conditioner at least once a week. Leave-in conditioners penetrate deep into your hair cuticles to heal them more completely.
  • Try using a leave-in conditioner spray after you shower. The spray will make your hair more pliable and easier to detangle.
  • Every so often, try using a deep conditioning treatment. You can use deep conditioning treatments like olive oil, argan oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
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Use a comb. Wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair, it is more elastic and more likely to break. Since hair is most fragile when it’s wet, you shouldn’t rip a brush through it after washing. Instead, you should spray some detangler on it, and then use a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles and minimize breakage.

  • Remember to start from the ends up, not from the roots down.
  • Once hair is dry, avoid unnecessary brushing, combing, or handling.
  • Using your fingers to comb through your hair while wet can cause damage and hair loss. Make sure to wait until after your shower to comb out any tangles.

5 Of The Most Effective Ways To Keep Your Hair Healthy

5 Of The Most Effective Ways To Keep Your Hair Healthy

Who does not dream of having long, thick, and healthy hair? Both men and women alike want to get and keep their hair in great shape. Healthy hair is strong, silky, and smooth. Thick, alluring hair that shines bright and makes people look neat and tidy is the kind of hair health most people always struggle to achieve.

Want that long, silky hair for yourself? This kind of hair is often exaggerated for promotional purposes in commercials for hair products and hair care, but the hair of your dreams is still very attainable in real life as well. Here we take a look at some of the most proven and effective ways to keep your hair healthy.

1. Give Your Hair A Trim

Ensure you get your hair regularly trimmed. Have it trimmed by a professional barber or stylist. Short hair should be trimmed every 4 to 8 weeks, while the recommended time period for trimming for medium to long hair is 6 to 12 weeks. If going the professional route is not your preference, it is possible to do it yourself at home with a little bit of practice. All you need is a pair of scissors to get you started with your at-home trims.

 

Hair trimming aids the hair with its growth. It might sound counterproductive, but this is very true. This is because regular trims help remove damaged hair and split ends, promoting further hair growth from the roots. Trimming your ends will make your hair softer and more flexible, thereby preventing breakage.

2. Cleanse With Shampoo And Conditioner

It is very important to shampoo your hair because it helps clean your scalp. When you shampoo, pay attention to the scalp and not the ends of your hair. You should also know the right amount of shampoo to use, depending on the length of your hair.

This is because over applying shampoo makes the hair dry by removing all the essential oils responsible keeping your hair moisturized and giving it that natural luster. How frequently you need to wash your hair will vary based on its texture, but once or twice a week is perfect for most people.

 

Condition your hair using a high quality conditioner after shampooing to revitalize your strands with moisture. Dry your wet hair with a clean towel before applying a conditioner. Apply the conditioner with special focus on the ends of the hair and not on the roots.

3. Good Diet

This is probably the most effective and important way of keeping your hair healthy. Vitamins, protein, and iron found in certain foods are very essential for hair growth. The hair cells need these nutrients for growth.

They also give hair its natural sheen. We recommend that you incorporate iron-rich foods such as fish, beans, soybeans and vegetables into your daily diet. You should also include protein-rich sources, such as milk, peas, and lentils.

 

Drink plenty of water daily to reinforce the work you are doing with your diet. Keeping yourself hydrated means healthy skin, nails, and of course, hair.

4. Apply Hair Oils

This is a common way of promoting healthy hair growth. It is a very traditional way of ensuring a healthy looking hair. It works by regulating the amount of oil produced by the oil gland in the skin of your head.

The oil produced then moisturizes the hair and the scalp. Try applying a little coconut, almond, or olive oil to your scalp and strands regularly. If you have thin/straight hair, apply an essential oil like coconut oil to your hair before shampoos and skip the regular applications. Your hair type is more susceptible to oil, so an overabundance of oil will make it appear weighed down. If you have kinky/dry hair, apply oil when hair is wet to seal in moisture. Because your hair tends to be drier, oil helps the hair retain its moisture, keeping it from breakage. You won’t believe the results: soft, manageable, healthy hair. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

 

5. Handle Hair With Care

You need to handle your hair with a lot of care. Use a brush with wide bristles to comb your hair. Wet hair should be combed gently as strands are very weak compared to dry hair. Handle strands with great care to ensure you do not overstretch them, causing breakage in the process. Brush your hair daily, preferably twice a day and do the brushing from the bottom up.

12 Healthy Hair Habits You Should Adopt ASAP

12 Healthy Hair Habits You Should Adopt ASAP

Bad hair days are a bummer; that’s a beauty truth. But they are no joke: According to a Redbook poll, 74% of women say a bad hair day makes them feel less confident. So, when your hair is in good shape, it undoubtedly looks better, and the chances of that happening are far less likely— or at least less frequent.

The challenge is your strands are constantly prone to hair damage: dullness, thinningdryness, breakage, frizz, and more. With all these potential strand stresses, it’s no surprise that having healthy hair requires effort to keep it looking lush. And while there isn’t a secret shortcut to healthier hair, taking time to keep strands strong is worth the commitment. With small tweaks to your routine, maintaining great hair can be effortless.

Sunnie Brook, a Los Angeles-based celebrity hair dresser, shares her pro-tips to help you establish healthy habits in your haircare routine for great hair days ahead!

1. Brush your hair before you shower.

No matter what your hair texture is, taking 60 seconds to detangle strands will keep them strong. “When your hair is wet it is more vulnerable to breakage,” explains Brook, “so always brush knots out of your hair when it’s dry.” One added benefit: brushing dry hair distributes the natural oils from your scalp down to the ends of your hair. Another plus: post-shower it’s already smooth and ready to style!

2. Condition correctly — and with care.

Unless your hair is long (read: Rapunzel-like), a nickel-size drop of conditioner is plenty for most textures and lengths. “Apply your conditioner first to the mid-shaft and ends of your hair; then work your way up to the scalp,” advises Brook. It’s important to make sure your scalp gets hydration as well. Leave it on for a full minute before washing it out. If you are a dry shampoo addict (no judgement!), this is especially important to prevent a dry scalp.

3. Take time for hair masks.

To keep strands hydrated and smooth, “use a moisturizing hair mask or deep conditioner at least once a week, and more frequently if you use hot tools regularly,” says Brook. Her go-to: Matrix Biolage HydraSource Deep Treatment Pack, which leaves hair feeling soft and shiny without weighing hair down.

4. Be mindful of key ingredients.

Staring down the haircare aisle can be overwhelming: with endless haircare options, how do you choose the one? As you pick out your products, narrow down your options by looking for strengthening ingredients, which will nourish your strands. Brook suggests incorporating coconut oil, Argan oil, aloe, or spirulina into your regimen.

5. Eat a balanced diet.

You already know that you are what you eat. “Your hair is mostly made up of protein, so eating a balanced diet of protein rich food is important,” says Brook. Add these items to your grocery list:

  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Beans

Other good sources of hair food: berries, spinach, and avocados, along with anything else rich in vitamins C and E which will help boost collagen production, resulting in stronger strands.

6. Take a deep breath.

Repeat after us: breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. The little things make a big difference. “Your hair is an outgrowth of your body; if you are stressed, your skin will be stressed and that includes your scalp.” Now, keep calm and read on.

7. Turn down the temp of your shower.

As soothing as a steamy show may feel, “taking a super hot shower on a daily basis can irritate you scalp and possibly weaken your hair as it grows out,” says Brook. Keep the temperature on the warm side and at the end of the shower, do a quick cold-water rinse to seal the cuticles shut, boost shine, and maintain healthy hair.

8. Shield strands from the sun.

UV rays don’t only cause damage to your skin, and the same goes for pollution. When you style your hair, “apply a leave-in styler to protect your strands,” says Brook. She recommends antioxidant-rich Coola Organic Scalp and Hair Mist SPF 30, which guards against an array of environmental factors.

9. Don’t skip your scalp.

Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. “If you’re notice dryness, itching, or any scalp issues, your hair will be affected by this,” says Brook. To maintain a balanced scalp, Brook recommends her long-time go-to for clarifying the scalp: Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo and Conditioner. The result? Voluminous, fresh hair.

If you prefer a more sleek style, go for Head & Shoulders Smooth and Silky collection, which keep hair frizz-free. If your scalp is stubbornly flakey and your hair is dry too, try Head & Shoulders Masque Conditioner Treatment. The 2019 Beauty Award-winner is proven to reduce dryness in both scalp and hair.

10. Sleep on silk.

Make the most of your beauty sleep: swap out your cotton pillowcase for a silk alternative. “It protects the cuticle of your hair by reducing the amount of friction between your hair and the fabric,” says Brook.

Another secret to reduce stress on strands: “Sleep with your hair in a loose topknot—secured with a silk scrunchie— or try a low loose braid if you have thick or textured hair to give you more control of your strands during the night.

11. Style smarter.

To minimize damage from heat styling, “invest in professional hot tools that have ionic technology, which will infuse moisture into your hair as you style,” she says. Also, opt for a curling iron or straightener that is solid ceramic, rather than only having a ceramic coating: “This will distribute heat onto your hair evenly, locking in your style quickly so you don’t need to re- apply the iron continuously to get your desired look,” explains Brook. Follow her smart steps when using hot tools:

12. Get a trim.

You need regular haircuts to ensure that your strands stay healthy and don’t break off at the ends. If you don’t want to loose a lot of length, ask your stylist for a “dusting,” so only the tips are snipped, which gets rid of damaged ends, but maintains the length. Brook recommends going every two months and if you have a short or defined cut, you will likely need to go in sooner.

How to Maintain Healthy Hair: 7 Hair Care Tips You’ll Love

How to Maintain Healthy Hair: 7 Hair Care Tips You’ll Love

Healthy hair doesn’t get easier than this! These unique hair care tips will win you over and your haircare regime will never be the same.

To condition or not to condition, to oil or not to oil – when it comes to your hair you’ll find all kinds of advice. Mothers’ will tell you to “oil your hair” while your hair dresser will recommend the new IT thing “hair spa, Moroccan oil, strengthening not rebonding and all.” Before you pick your choice of treatment, here are a few things you must know.

 

The first step in hair-care is your diet and the two most important things in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are the fastest growing cells in the body but they are also the first ones to be affected you don’t eat right or suffer with deficiencies because they are not required for survival.

 

Try and include iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpea, soybeans and cereals in your diet. Doctors suggest that you consume around  12 mg of iron daily. You also need protein because that’s what strengthens your hair. Include complete proteins which are also rich in amino acids: like cheese, milk, soy, lentils, peas, quinoa and yogurt.

How to Maintain Healthy Hair: A Few Basic Tips

1. It’s normal to lose 100 to 150 strands of hair a day so don’t panic when you see a small bunch crawling across your tiled floor.

2. Comb wet hair with extreme care because they’re fragile and prone to breakage. Take a broad toothed comb and run it from the roots to the ends of your hair as gently as possible.

3. Trim your hair every few weeks to get rid of those brown and rough split ends. Cut about 1/4th an inch of your hair every 6 to 8 weeks to avoid the split ends to grow out again.

 

4. Don’t wash your hair everyday and whenever you do, apply some conditioner on the ends. Try and use the same brand of shampoo and conditioner.

 

5. Rinse the conditioner off with cold water as it is good for both strength and shine.

6. Unlike the labels on the back of our food items, the labels on the back of our shampoos are mostly left unread. In the last few years, there has been a lot of focus on sulfate in shampoos. What are sulfates? They’re the reason your shampoo lathers the way it does. They clean your scalp and hair, departing the dirt from it. But some researchers also suggest that they strip your hair of essential oils. They’re also why your eye stings when shampoo runs down the side of your face. If you feel any kind of irritation on the scalp or find your hair drying up over time then try and buy a shampoo that’s sulfate-free.

 

7. If you’ve got dry hair then it’s best to avoid colouring. However, if you can’t resist that gorgeous shade of brown, especially under the winter sun then follow this clever advise shared on the blog Free People. Use lemon, chamomile tea or honey as they work as great hair lighteners. You can add lemon juice to water and spray it over your hair when you’re heading out. You can rinse your hair with brewed chamomile tea after you wash them with shampoo or add honey to the water you use to wash your hair.

 

Besides these basic tips, here are few home-remedies that’ll take you a long way. From home-made masks to heat protecting serums, we’ve got it all.

Deep Conditioning

Even though you condition your hair after every wash, nothing quite works as good as deep conditioning. Every once in a while wash your hair with shampoo, squeeze out the extra water and towel dry it. Then take generous amounts of conditioner and apply it right to the root of your hair. Use a broad toothed comb and run it through your hair to make sure the conditioner reaches everywhere. Now, pull them up and clip them together. Leave the conditioner in for anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour. Pull them down, rinse thoroughly and enjoy silky smooth hair.

(Also see: Home Remedies for Quick Hair Growth)

Keep Away the Heat

If you’re stepping out and want gorgeous curls or perfect waves, then there are a few ways you can get those without taking the help of a dryer, straightener or curler. If you must use your iron or curler then buy a serum of your choice or if you’ve got some time on your hands, make one at home.

 

1. Take some almond oil, coconut oil, hair conditioner, 250 ml water and a small empty spray bottle. Pour 200 ml of water in the spray bottle and add 2-3 drops of coconut and 4 to 5 almond oil to it. Add two really tiny drops of conditioner. Don’t use too much of it because it will lather. You can add lavender or some nice smelling oil if you’d like. Add the remaining water and shake well. Let the lather settle and it’s ready for use. (as suggested by beautytips4her)

5jhp0uk8Coconut oil is a great ingredient to rejuvenate your hair. 

2. It’s all about butter with this one. Take 4 ounces of shea butter, 4 ounces of cocoa butter and 20 drops of any essential oil of your choice. Heat the butter till it’s all liquid and let it cool. Add the essential oil to an empty, sterilized jar and pour the butter. Let the jar cool down till the butter takes a solid form again.

 

Home-Made Hair Masks

 

Some might be delicious enough to eat but the rest are just downright smelly! But the great thing is that you’ll easily find all of the ingredients in your pantry.

 

1. Egg, curd and mustard oil – If you’ve got hay-like dry hair then here’s the answer to all of your problems. Eggs are rich in vitamin A, B12, D and E, fatty acids and protein. The protein helps strengthen the roots, the fatty acids make it a natural hair conditioner and B12 helps add volume.

 

2. Avocado and peppermint oil (as suggested by hellonatural.co) – Also referred to as the butter pear, avocados are creamy, rich and the only fruit combines the protein of meat, fat of butter, vitamins and minerals of green vegetables and a nutty flavour. Mash some avocado, add a drop or two of peppermint oil and apply this mask on your hair. Leave it in for 15-20 minutes and wash off.

 

3. Olive oil, coconut oil and egg – Suggested by Bella Fitness blog, this one’s the ultimate mask for speedy hair growth. Warm 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, let it cool, add one or two eggs and two tablespoons of olive oil and apply.

a76lefgoDIY Hair masks can come to your rescue for shiny, smooth and silky hair. 

Oil is the Answer

 

A conditioner might work wonders for your hair but oil gives it certain minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids that don’t just strengthen your roots but also boost overall health of your hair. Coconut oil comes most recommended by hair experts and mothers! It can protect your hair from sun damage, dandruff and removes sebum build-up from hair follicles accelerating hair growth. You could also boil some curry leaves in coconut oil, strain the oil and apply. You could also use Chinese hibiscus flowers instead of curry leaves.

 

If you’re suffering from hair fall then olive oil would be a better bet. You can combine it with a host of other ingredients. Here are our top few:

 

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