Use a leave-in thickening serum to increase the thickness of individual hairs
Here’s a nice surprise for you: These things actually work! Wash your hair as normal. Let it dry as much as possible. The dryer the better. Apply the serum sparingly all over your hair. These are the three best ones I’ve used. Most others don’t seem to do a lot (even the expensive ones) but these three work wonders:
L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Serum
Pantene Pro V Age Defying Thickening Treatment
Head & Shoulders Thickening Serum
Use a thickening cream to style your hair
If you have short hair and you want to style it with a gel, creme or wax there are some really good products that volumize hair while providing hold. Unfortunately some of them seem to be fairly useless, but of the ones I’ve tested the three below are really good:
Decaesare Thicken Creme
If you haven’t tried the Decaesare Thicken products yet I recommend you do. I’ve tested hundreds of these thickening creams and this in my opinion is the best for increasing the volume of hair. It seems to somehow plump up the hair making it thicker and easier to style in a way that looks more volumized.
It’s quite a thick cream that feels nice. It’s not like some creams that are a bit watery. Of all the ones I’ve tested, this is the one I’d go for.
Although Decaesare Thicken is the most effective volumizing treatment I’ve tried the only problem is it contains no ingredients that promote hair growth. So you might want to try a volumizing product that also contains ingredients that promote hair growth and/or prevent hair loss, like the one pictured.
I’ve created a list of what I think are the best volumizing hair products that also contain ingredients that promote hair growth here.
OK, so we’ve got the immediate problem sorted by instantly volumizing your hair with a thickening product. Now though we need to try to reactivate dormant hairs in your scalp to make your hair genuinely thicker…
Proven ways to increase hair growth
These are scientifically proven natural methods to make your hair thicker and fuller that can be used in combination with other natural hair loss treatments.
1. The Hormone Fix
My number one recommendation for naturally thickening your hair is to follow the Hormone Fix — it’s a powerful natural method that stimulates hair growth. It takes just two minutes per day to perform and the results from users of the method are remarkable. If it can get results like the ones pictured for people with hair loss, imagine how effective it will be at volumizing your hair if you’re not experiencing hair loss.
Find out more about the method here.
2. Feed your hair from within
Hair is made of a protein called keratin. Keratin is produced in the scalp by combining several key amino acids. Your body needs several key supporting nutrients to produce hair keratin. These include biotin, iron and fatty acids. Biotin is particularly important:
Biotin is used by the body to break down proteins you consume through diet into the amino acids needed to form keratin.
Your hair receives all the nutrients it needs to grow via the bloodstream. So the best way to feed your hair is to eat foods that make your hair grow. If you find it difficult to eat lots of those types of foods, use a hair growth supplement. It’s possible that stress or a hormonal imbalance is causing your hair to receive an inadequate supply of nutrients. In this instance, ‘supplementing’ your diet is exactly what is required to compensate for the deficiency your hair is experiencing.
See my personal reviews of the best products below:
It could be something as simple as a minor iron deficiency, which is causing your hair to not grow as much as you’d like it too. Iron deficiency is a common cause of thinning hair among women.
3. Use a laser comb three times per week
Although laser combs are unlikely to regrow your hair if you’re bald, the technology used in them does show promise for making hair grow faster and potentially fuller.
How lasers jumpstart hair follicles by activating ‘chromophores’:
Chromophores are substances in your cells that are very sensitive to light. “Chromophore” literally means “color-loving”, as the pigmented substances in our cells such as amino acids, hemoglobin and melanin tend to absorb energy from light sources. Once they are activated by light, chromophores signal and trigger various cellular processes. Lasers are intense enough to penetrate deep into the scalp and reach the follicles (without heating up the tissue), activating the chromophores in these cells.
Laser combs are much cheaper than they used to be. And all you have to do is sit down and hold the comb on your scalp for 15 minutes, three times a week, which is actually quite relaxing.
If you want to increase the volume of your hair I recommend using a laser comb. View my review of the world’s best laser combs for hair growth to find a suitable product.
4. Scalp Massages
A scalp massage is not just a way to relax but also a way to improve the health of the hair follicle without any side effects. A study on Japanese males showed that only 4 minutes of scalp massage per day can improve total hair count, hair thickness and hair growth rate. One explanation for the results is that mechanical stress is transmitted to human dermal papilla tissue. (Koyama et al.,2017)
5. Hypericum extract
Hypericum extract is another way to obtain thicker and fuller hair naturally. A study in 2016 showed that the t-Flavanone synthesized from the plant doesn’t just actively stimulated hair growth but also increases the strength of the hair follicle and reinforces the hair root by increasing blood circulation. (Nagasawa et al., 2016)
A natural oral supplement called Viviscal may be the key to fuller hair. The supplement is made from a marine complex called AminoMarC, a form of silica extracted from Equisetum sp., Vitamin C, apple extract powder, L-cystine and L-methionine. A study researching this natural supplement showed that the group receiving the treatment had an increase in the number of hairs as well as an enhancement in hair diameter. (Ablon and Dayan, 2015)
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6. Rosemary oil
When it comes to natural alternatives to minoxidil, Rosemary Oil seems to be the answer. One study (Panahi et al.,2015) found no significant difference between the results on hair loss in a group treated with minoxidil and another group treated with Rosemary Oil. This article cites other studies that have confirmed the positive effects Rosemary Oil treatment.
- Koyama, T., Kobayashi, K., Hama, T., Murakami, K., & Ogawa, R. (2016). Standardized Scalp Massage Results in Increased Hair Thickness by Inducing Stretching Forces to Dermal Papilla Cells in the Subcutaneous Tissue. Eplasty,16, e8.
- Nagasawa, A., Wakisaka, E., Kidena, H., Nomura, T., Hotta, M., Taguchi, H., & Moriwaki, S. (2016). t-Flavanone Improves the Male Pattern of Hair Loss by Enhancing Hair-Anchoring Strength: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Dermatology and Therapy, 6(1), 59–68. http://doi.org/10.1007/s13555-016-0101-1
- Ablon, G., & Dayan, S. (2015). A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Multi-center, Extension Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of a New Oral Supplement in Women with Self-perceived Thinning Hair. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 8(12), 15–21.
- Massachusetts General Hospital. (2001, February 19). Blood Vessels Hold Key To Thicker Hair Growth. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 2, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010215074636.htm