Genetics play a huge role in the thickness of your hair strands and the overall density of your hair, but there are a few ways to increase, better yet maximize, the volume of your hair naturally. If you implement one or two of theses methods diligently, you will notice a difference in the thickness, strength, and length of your hair.
1. Massage castor oil into your scalp regularly
Castor oil has been known for its medicinal properties. Since the beginning of the healthy hair movement, castor oil has been touted as the ultimate hair growth and thicken potion. It is packed with fatty acids, vitamin E, minerals, and proteins, which are crucial to maintaining a healthy scalp and growing healthy hair. Massaging your scalp with cold-pressed castor oil or, even better, Jamaican Black Castor oil 3 times a week will help thicken your hair. Do not massage this oil into your scalp more than 3 times a week without washing your scalp because it is incredibly thick and may clog your follicles.
Also, if you are using cold-pressed castor oil, you can add rosemary, ylang ylang, or peppermint oil for a boost.
2. Introduce Amla (Indian Gooseberry) into your Monthly (or Biweekly) Regimen
Amla (aka Indian Gooseberry) is a widely used Ayurvedic treatment that strengthens the roots of hair, reduces the chance of hair loss, improves luster, and promotes hair growth. Amla is rich in Vitamin C and contains many vitamins and minerals including Calcium, Carotene, Vitamin B, Iron, and much more – making it a powerful hair growth and thicken agent. Amla can be applied to the hair either as an oil or a paste (concocted by adding water and/or tea to Amla Powder).
3. Eat a well-balanced diet, included with vitamin B and iron rich foods
A balanced diet is key to thick healthy hair. Eating foods rich in vitamin B will reduce shedding and combat thinning. Upping your protein and iron intake will help thicken your hair. Consuming vitamin C rich fruits will assist with iron absorption and prevent hair loss. Eating the following foods will help correct nutrient deficiencies, promote hair growth, and strengthen your hair from within.
- Green leafy vegetables
- Iron-enriched grains
- Soya Beans
- Fruits (orange, strawberries, cantaloupe, and grapefruit)
Finally, incorporate a multivitamin (or hair vitamin) into your daily diet to ensure your body receives all the essential vitamins and minerals necessary to function properly and promote healthy growth. Please note: vitamin supplements should not serve as a substitute for eating fruits, vegetables or eating a well-balanced diet…they should supplement your daily dietary intake.