How to Grow Your Hair Thicker Naturally

In this Article:Article SummaryAdopt New Washing and Styling HabitsUse Products That Promote Thicker HairMake Healthy Lifestyle ChangesCommunity Q&A

Do you long for thick, gorgeous hair? Hair extensions and weaves offer people the chance to get thicker hair, but there are ways to thicken your hair naturally, too. It's a lot less expensive, and the results will last much longer. Read on to learn how to get thick, glossy hair the natural way.

Adopt New Washing and Styling Habits

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    Rethink the way you wash your hair. How often do you wash your hair? If it's every single day, you're actually hurting your hair in the long-term and preventing it from getting thicker. Washing your hair every day removes the natural oils produced by your scalp to protect your hair and keep it healthy.
    • Washing your hair three to four times a week is a healthier routine. This gives your hair a chance to get the benefits of the oils your scalp produces. Your hair might look a little oily when you first start this new routine, but it should balance out in a week or two.
    • If you feel that your hair needs shampooing more often, try dry shampoo. You can use dry shampoo between regular washings, which can be great for people who sweat a lot or have really oily hair.
    • Wash your hair with cold water. Hot water is hard on the hair, causing it to dry out and get brittle. Washing your hair with cold water helps the hair shaft lie flat, protecting it from breakage and damage.
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    Dry your hair more carefully. Don't ball it up and wring it out when you get out of the shower - this causes the hair to break. If you want it to grow thick, take care of the hair you have by gently patting it dry with a towel and then letting it finish air-drying. This natural method for drying hair is easy, free, and produces great results.[1]
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    Know when to use your brush. Brushing your hair while it's still wet is yet another way to break it, causing it to thin out. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently work through the tangles. Save the brush for when your hair is dry, since it's less fragile in that state.
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    Don't use heat styling tools as often. Do you blow dry your hair every day? It's tempting to go for the sleek, glossy look on a daily basis, but this is one of the best ways to thin out your hair. You're pulling on the roots and heating the shaft, damaging it every time. Instead, let your hair air dry and style it using natural methods.
    • Save the curling iron, blow dryer, and hot rollers for special occasions only.
    • To curl your hair without using heat, try the t-shirt method. To use the t-shirt method, cut a t-shirt into fabric strips ranging in size. A good size to start with would be 3-in by 12-in (or 7 cm by 30 cm). Wrap your hair around the fabric, rolling it until you reach your scalp. Then tie the fabric into place. For best results, smooth on a bit of conditioner while your hair is wrapped. Wait several hours or overnight before unrolling your hair.
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Method 1 Quiz

Why should you wash your hair with cold water?

Not quite! Your hair will get more oily if you wash it too much, as this strips the natural oils away and your hair overcompensates and produces more oils. There's another reason to skip the hot water! Try another answer...

Not exactly! You want to avoid brushing your hair while it's wet, as this can cause breakage. Washing it in cold water over hot won't prevent the occasional tangle, though. There’s a better option out there!

That's right! If the water is too hot, it can damage your hair and cause it to become dry and brittle. Cold water helps the hair shaft to lie flat, protecting it from damage. Read on for another quiz question.

Try again! The best way to protect your hair from styling tool damage is simply to not use styling tools very often. The extreme heat and hot air can cause serious damage to your hair over time, but that's not the reason to wash your hair in cold water. Choose another answer!

Use Products That Promote Thicker Hair

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    Toss out products that contain harsh chemicals. In your quest for thicker hair, you might have an array of shampoos and conditioners promising to help your hair grow longer and thicker. Unfortunately, many of these products may be exacerbating the problem. Take a look at the ingredients and toss out the products that have unpronounceable names. To grow thicker hair, you need to avoid dousing your hair with harmful chemicals.
    • Sodium laurel and laureth sulfates are found in many shampoos. These cleaning agents are also found in dishwashing detergent, and are much too harsh for your hair.
    • Conditioners with silicones can be useful for people with thick hair, but they build up on the hair. For those with thin hair, this build up can weigh the thin hair down, making it look flat and thinner than before. Silicones can only be completely washed out with strong stripping shampoos, which can be damaging.
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    Look for ingredients that promote hair growth. There are a variety of natural shampoos, conditioners and styling agents out there with ingredients that can help your hair grow thick and healthy. Look for the following ingredients, or buy the pure versions and apply them to your hair:
    • Aloe. This is known to stop hair loss and help your hair grow healthy.[2]
    • Avocado oil. This contains vitamins that are absorbed into your skin, promoting healthy hair growth.[3]
    • Growth Factors. These are signals like the ones you naturally make telling hair to keep growing. If for some reason, like stress or aging, you produce less of these, adding topical hair growth factors could help.
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    Use treatments that make your hair healthy. Avoid dyes, bleaches, chemical straighteners, and other harmful treatments, and embrace hair treatments that make your hair thicker instead.
    • Give yourself a deep conditioning treatment by applying olive oil to your hair, covering it with a shower cap, and letting it sit for a few hours or overnight. Shampoo your hair as usual and enjoy your thick, well-conditioned hair.
    • Dye your hair using honey. If you want to go a few shades lighter, use honey, which conditions your hair instead of drying it out like most dyes.
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Method 2 Quiz

What is the benefit of using aloe in your hair?

Not exactly! There are natural dyes available on the market and you can always try a temporary dye, like henna or honey, but aloe has another benefit. Guess again!

Not quite! Of course, aloe isn't bad for your skin -- it can help with healing after burns or exposure. Still, there are other ingredients that promote scalp health. Aloe is far more effective for other reasons. Click on another answer to find the right one...

That's right! Aloe can actually prevent or stop hair loss and help your hair to grow back healthy and strong without any negative side effects. Apply to your hair often and let it sit before washing it out completely. Read on for another quiz question.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes

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    Eat foods that make your hair grow thicker.[4] Sometimes thinning hair is a sign that you aren't getting the nutrients you need. Eating a well-balanced diet is a sure way to start growing thicker, healthier hair.
    • Make sure you get plenty of protein - eat fish, chicken, legumes, and lean meats.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to hair health. Eat nuts, avocados, and olive oil.
    • Vitamin B is also important when it comes to nourishing your hair. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
    • Biotin is another essential nutrient for hair growth, found particularly in seafood, eggs and soybeans.[5]
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    Take supplements for thicker hair. You can buy supplements specifically designed to help you get the nutrients you need to grow thick hair. They usually contain biotin, fish oil, protein, and a range of vitamins. Prenatal vitamins are another good choice when your goal is growing thicker hair.
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    Protect your hair from outside damage. Spending time in the sun, in the pool, and even on your morning commute may be affecting your hair if you aren't taking measures to protect it. Being more mindful of keeping your hair safe - the same way you would your skin - can lead to thicker hair in the long run.
    • Wear a hat when you'll be in the sun for long periods of time. This way your hair won't get dried out and brittle.
    • Wear a swim cap in the pool, so the chlorine doesn't damage your hair. If chlorine does get on your hair, use a daily clarifying shampoo afterwards to remove it.
    • Try not to spend too much time in polluted areas. If you have to walk next to traffic, wear a scarf or hat.
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    Get regular trims. Having your split ends trimmed off immediately gives your hair the appearance of being thicker. Over time, trimming your hair also keeps it healthy from root to tip.
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    Try to de-stress. Stress can be a cause of hair loss.[6] Find ways to make your life calmer, and eventually you may find that your hair begins to grow in thicker.
    • Start meditating. You can't wish your problems away, but meditation helps you figure out how to handle them better.
    • Get regular exercise. Keeping your body healthy helps destress the mind.
    • Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping for 8 hours a night is essential to your mental and physical health.
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Method 3 Quiz

What is the benefit of eating seafood, eggs, and soybeans?

Close! You can ensure your hair gets the nourishment it needs by stocking up on vitamin B, found in fruits and veggies! Seafood, eggs, and soybeans serve another purpose. Pick another answer!

Not exactly! The best way to prevent your hair from greying is to protect it from the sun and the elements. Wear hats or scarves when outside and cover your hair when swimming. Seafood, eggs, and soybeans won't help to prevent greying, though. Guess again!

Not exactly! There are many foods that can help to keep your hair healthy and strong, but the best way to prevent split ends is simply to get a regular trim or haircut. Click on another answer to find the right one...

Correct! Seafood, eggs, and soybeans contain biotin. Biotin is an essential ingredient in promoting hair growth, so add some more biotin-rich foods to your diet! Read on for another quiz question.

Not quite! Your hair may be suffering because of your emotional state. If you find yourself stressed or experience difficulty sleeping, that may be contributing to hair thinning or loss. Meditation, yoga and deep breathing can be helpful here, but seafood and eggs won't do much. Pick another answer!

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    What other oil can I use if I don't have olive oil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Other then olive oil, you can use argan oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. All three are great for hair, especially coconut oil.
  • Question
    How can I add thickness to my scalp around my middle parting?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Change your parting for a couple of weeks. Having the same parting for too long will damage your hair and cause hair loss. If you noticed that your middle parting looks thin, it might be time for you to try a new parting.
  • Question
    What fruit can help my hair grow thicker and faster?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Fruit like berries, oranges, gooseberries, bananas, kiwis, and strawberries can help hair grow thicker and faster.
  • Question
    Is it okay to wear a tight ponytail?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, no. Wearing tight ponytails causes a lot of breakage. If you really want healthy, thick, long and luscious hair, then wear it some other way.
  • Question
    Which oil is best to stimulate new hair growth?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Rosemary and castor oils both stimulate hair growth quickly.
  • Question
    How does wearing my hair in a bun a lot affect its health?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Buns can protect your hair when you're out and about. But if your bun is too tight, this can pull on your scalp, causing strain that can result in hair loss or thinning. Try to avoid tying your bun too tightly, especially on the roots.
  • Question
    How can I get thick hair quickly without using hair masks?
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    Community Answer
    Taking multivitamins and doing daily scalp massages (5 to 10 minutes everyday) works wonders. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Question
    Is it okay to wear a medium-height ponytail for 16 hours of the day?
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    Community Answer
    As long as it's not extremely tight, you are just fine.
  • Question
    How long should I keep the oil on my hair?
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    Community Answer
    About an hour or so, just to nourish the scalp for better, thicker-looking hair.
  • Question
    How can I get thick, healthy hair in two weeks?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Don't wash your hair every day. Wash it once every three days with cold water. Don't heat style it often. If you just, use protectant.
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    • Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.
    • Use an overnight hot oil treatments with heated coconut and eucalyptus oils.
    • Be careful what styling products you use regularly as some can cause hair loss, dandruff and scalp dryness.
    • Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss.
    • Remember to be patient. Thicker hair is not going to happen overnight, but you should see results if you keep up your healthy hair habits.
    • Always consult your healthcare provider for extreme causes of excess hair loss and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.
    • Heat equal amounts of coconut and olive oil and few drops of rose water and mix well. Massage gently on the scalp and leave it overnight. Wash off in the morning with a mild herbal shampoo.
    • While in the shower or whenever your hair is wet be gentle with it as it could be easily harmed.
    • Don't brush while your hair is wet.
    • Beware of tight ponytails because they may cause breakage.
    • Before going to bed put your hair in a braid to avoid knots and tangles so you don't have to cut tough knots out.
    • Trim your hair every month only once a time.
    • Try combing with your fingers. If you don't have the time, try a wide-tooth comb.
    • For the head scarf use a silk head scarf not cotton.

    Article SummaryX

    To grow your hair thicket naturally, wash your hair 3-4 times per week with cool water to preserve natural oils. When it's wet, use a towel to pat it dry gently, rather than squeezing or pulling it, and use a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles and knots. Try to avoid using heat to style your hair, which can cause your hair to break. Depending on your hair texture, you may want to remove products that contain sulfates, which strip natural oils from your scalp. Instead, look for products that have aloe or avocado oil, and use a deep conditioning treatment with olive oil or coconut oil.

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